Three Dots and a Dash

Chicago, IL
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435 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL
Opened in August 2013
Mon-Thu 5pm-2am
Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 4pm-3am
Sun 5pm-2am
21+ only
(312) 610-4220
Flaming pu-pu platter

Critiki ratings

Three Dots and a Dash

8.7

Overall

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.5
Food Quality 8.7
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 8.6
Music 7.5
Service 9.2
Tikiness 8.7
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 8.2

Upcoming Visits

  • tikiwithray
    visiting on
    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    for the first time
    I'm thinking I will be there around 6 or so.
  • alohameisha
    visiting on
    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    for the first time
    Quick work trip and I want to make sure I get to see this place. James Beard week tiki party is earlier in the day 1-4 so I'm hoping it won't be packed. Any Intel is appreciated. I am going to Lost Lake first and I'm not sure of timing. What is your favorite drink and or food here?
  • Ladewig
    visiting on
    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    Coming up from St. Louis. Only weekend with cheap downtown hotels and it turns out Three Dirty Dogs is happening. Planning to be there at open.
  • TikiEd
    visiting on
    Saturday, May 27, 2017
    for the first time
    I'll probably be spending several days here.
  • Hexi Lee Voodoo
    visiting on
    Saturday, June 17, 2017
    for the first time
    Very excited about my first visit to Three Dots and a Dash!!!
  • NeilSmith
    visiting on
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
    for the first time
    Staying in a Chicago for 6 nights, without a car, looking for someone to show us all the Tiki Bars in the Chicago area.

Regulars & Visitors

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Humuhumu’s description

Three Dots and a Dash is the creation of star bartender Paul McGee, in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You, a Chicago area restaurant group. The bar is named for the classic Don the Beachcomber drink, itself a WWII call for victory using the Morse code for "V." The focus at Three Dots and a Dash is on cocktails, but it also delivers on the special Polynesian Pop details we've come to expect... most notably on the beautifully detailed souvenir mugs. There is a small menu of food, including a flaming Pu-Pu Platter.
In November 2014, Paul McGee left Three Dots and a Dash, and in January 2015 opened Lost Lake
Lost Lake
Chicago, IL
Bar
8.6
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How to find it

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The entrance is located on an alley around the back of the building, just off of Hubbard St.

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Upcoming Visits
tikiwithray
visiting on
Sunday, April 30, 2017
for the first time
I'm thinking I will be there around 6 or so.
alohameisha
visiting on
Sunday, April 30, 2017
for the first time
Quick work trip and I want to make sure I get to see this place. James Beard week tiki party is earlier in the day 1-4 so I'm hoping it won't be packed. Any Intel is appreciated. I am going to Lost Lake first and I'm not sure of timing. What is your favorite drink and or food here?
Ladewig
visiting on
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Coming up from St. Louis. Only weekend with cheap downtown hotels and it turns out Three Dirty Dogs is happening. Planning to be there at open.
TikiEd
visiting on
Saturday, May 27, 2017
for the first time
I'll probably be spending several days here.
Hexi Lee Voodoo
visiting on
Saturday, June 17, 2017
for the first time
Very excited about my first visit to Three Dots and a Dash!!!
NeilSmith
visiting on
Saturday, September 16, 2017
for the first time
Staying in a Chicago for 6 nights, without a car, looking for someone to show us all the Tiki Bars in the Chicago area.
Regulars & Visitors
  • BitnerDesign
  • Trader Mike
  • Tikinaut
  • DarthMalaguti
  • thedrunkentiki
  • Smazik
  • Comicbookhero
  • Tiki Chi
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Comments
Kahiki Guy
Kahiki Guy has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
April 26, 2017, 11:52 AM
Great drink menu, solid cocktails, a little night-clubbish, but still a solid place for some aloha.
H.P. Hovercraft
H.P. Hovercraft has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
March 31, 2017, 10:47 AM
Three Dots and a Dash is an amazing place. From the moment I slunk down the dimly lit hallway leading from the back-alley entrance and saw the host/ess station, I was in love.

The restaurant is awash in bamboo, coral, fish, grasses, and leaves. The men working wear Hawaiian shirts and white slacks, the women wear Polynesian dresses straight out of a 1960s fashion catalog. All considered, I felt truly like I had stepped into a different time and place. The staff is friendly, courteous, and all smiles, even when I tried to get a table for some unexpected friends.

The drinks are great - nearly every drink comes in its own tiki mug (which are available for purchase if not sold out) and they're delicious.

The main drawback of Three Dots and a Dash is that it's popular. Once a speakeasy-style bar with a "hidden" door, when I was there it seemed like a destination for tourists and clubbers who seek a little bit of a departure from PBR and shots of Fireball.

In general, though, the clientele are relatively well-dressed, relatively well-behaved, and did not keep me from thoroughly enjoying myself. I definitely plan on going back and giving them a lot of time and money.
tikiglees
tikiglees has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
October 28, 2016, 11:57 AM
just came back from Chicago and ended up at 3Dots twice, lucky me. 1st night was two of us and had a great conversation with bartender Eden, who turned me on to a few books and some different rums... 2nd night was with a group of 10 and they were super accommodating the group loved it... drinks, music, food, service was all really well done both nights... better than I remembered from my last visit a year or so ago
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