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

8.5

Overall

by 181 people

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Everyone You
Decor 9
Drink Quality 9.5
Drink Selection 9.5
Food Quality 8.5
Food Selection 7.7
Mood 8.4
Music 7.5
Service 9.1
Tikiness 8.5
Tilt 8.4
Vibe 8

Upcoming Visits

  • TiKi75201
    visiting on
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    for the first time
    Staying a week in Chicago for the Star Wars Celebration convention taking place at McCormick Place that weekend...hoping to make a stop while in chi-town!

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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
8.5
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WFlourance
WFlourance has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
July 6, 2018, 8:06 AM
Went at 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday Night (made sure I had a reservation through OpenTable) and was seated right away. Possibly the largest tiki bar I've ever been to. I think bar staff really nailed the drinks. Got the Royal Hawaiian but also tried the painkiller, saturn + negroni, and the bali bali bowl. Some of the most flavorful and well-balanced tiki drinks I've ever had. The menu was also incredible. Found myself looking at its full color pages and reading its contents like a coffee table book.

What tanks the score for me is how much of an attraction this place has become. A huge part of tiki bars for me is the escapism, but this felt a bit more like drinking in a super amazing hotel lounge rather than a secluded tropical paradise. They had some incredible decor like the illuminated skull wall above the inside entry and some impressively large carved statues, but the area i was seated in didn't have much on the wall to look at other than a pair of ukeleles. My waitress also seemed slightly hesitant to give me a straight answer about what mugs are available for purchase. Great service overall but it left an aftertaste that Three dots might be more for the theme park / casino / lounge crowd.
Tikiwolverine
Tikiwolverine has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
July 2, 2018, 2:28 PM
Alley door, dark hallway, down a staircase, stacked skulls above you. The entry was well done! Had a reservation I made a month in advance, table waiting with a sign. Sad I missed the bar experience. The hostess was snooty, pretentious, better than you mentality. No small talk. Not even a smile. The place is polished, Modern tiki for those with money. The menu was gorgeous but not overly done, a leather bound book with 15 pages. The music was late 90s early 2000 R&B. We heard 2 JaRule songs. The best part was the drinks, the mugs, the presentation.
tikenya
tikenya has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
June 27, 2018, 1:00 PM
Sorry, but nothing seems more anti-tiki to me than pretentiousness and Three Dots and a Dash was pretentious to the extreme. From the literal velvet ropes outside, to the fact that our party was actually charged 3% of our bill JUST FOR COMING - Three Dots and a Dash seemed rather ANTI tiki to me. Yes the decor was nice. But that never made up for the stark reality of this bar calling itself tiki when it really wanted to be "high class downtown Chicago" and screw the vibe. Also, the drinks could have been much better mixed and did not impress at all. They get major points for the decor and how the drinks were served but none of that could make up to what they did to ruin the tiki feel of attending.
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Upcoming Visits
TiKi75201
visiting on
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
for the first time
Staying a week in Chicago for the Star Wars Celebration convention taking place at McCormick Place that weekend...hoping to make a stop while in chi-town!
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