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

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Three Dots and a Dash



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Everyone You
Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.5
Food Quality 8.6
Food Selection 7.8
Mood 8.5
Music 7.5
Service 9.2
Tikiness 8.6
Tilt 8.5
Vibe 8.1

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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


JCorduroy has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
November 6, 2017, 8:18 AM
Spending a weekend in Chicago, with the sole purpose of visiting a few tiki bars in the area. On Saturday, we made our way to Three Dots at 4 PM, just in time for the bar to open.

The bar itself was really nice, and our service was spectacular. I had a good time talking with the server and getting her recommendations on which drink to get. I settled on the namesake Three Dots and a Dash, and my friend got the Time Traveler. The drinks were delicious. We didn't try the food, so I can't say anything there. Overall, I really enjoyed the bar.

That said...there was just something off about it. It was raining the entire time, and being asked to take off my hat when I entered was a bit off-putting but understanding, especially since I now looked like a wet dog. :P The bar itself was nice, and I liked it, but it felt almost too pristine and too sterile. It wasn't a bad experience by any stretch, but it just felt like Tiki by corporate mandate as opposed to a passion project.
Trader Jay
Trader Jay has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
October 13, 2017, 12:42 PM
My wife and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate our anniversary... we loved it so much the first night that we went back a second time two days later.

Feel free to read all about our AMAZING Service and Experience on my Tiki Blog ( - Three Dots
NeilSmith has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
September 23, 2017, 10:46 AM
During our visit to Chicago my Wife and I visited Three Dots and a Dash three nights out of six. The first time we were there at 3.40pm at the front of a small queue waiting for the 4pm opening, we chose to sit at the Bar and got chatting to the Barman/Mixologist I forgot to take his name, but he was a great barman, took time to chat with us, made some amazing drinks, I was able to try Lemonhart 151 for the first time, and also in a Daiquiri. We also chatted to the manager who was also very accommodating offering more mugs that were generally available. I had a Three Dots And A Dash, Lemonhart 151 Daiquiri and a Rum Barrel, my Wife had a Pandan Painkiller and a Long Walk Off A Short Pier, we collected Mugs and Mai Tai Glasses, a couple of swizzles and a menu.
On our second visit we called in later on Sunday night for one drink each, this time we sat away from the bar and experienced waitress service, which was great too, we spoke to that evenings manager and collected another Mug, he couldn't do enough for us, I had a Cheap Lei and my Wife a Cheif Lapu Lapu.
We visited one final time on the Tuesday early evening, we sat at the bar, the Barman/Mixologist (another different one) was very good again, I had a Jet Pilot and Planters Punch, my Wife a Cheap Lei and Pandan Painkiller, we also had The Pu Pu Platter to take the edge off, a great platter of food which was very filling too.
So on a whole I thought Three Dots and a Dash was a good modern contemporary Tiki Bar, modern Tiki decor with Tiki Carvings from Trader Vics of Chicago. Their drinks were very good. However maybe because the majority of their trade aren't Tiki enthusiasts I think it was missing some proper Aloha love. Although, we found this throughout the Chicago bars we visited, it was like they just didn't get Tiki, they should all take a trip to California.
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