Three Dots and a Dash

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

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Three Dots and a Dash



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Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 9.5
Food Quality 8.7
Food Selection 7.8
Mood 8.4
Music 7.4
Service 9.1
Tikiness 8.7
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 8.2

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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

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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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Trader Trace
Trader Trace has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
June 27, 2016, 11:21 AM
It took way too long to get a table past what we were told so we didn't end up dining but the staff was very friendly and the experience was top notch.
The play Exotica Music earlier in the evening.
ggbj1966 has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
June 6, 2016, 5:12 PM
This is Sexy Tiki!!!!
Cheap bastard
Cheap bastard has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
March 18, 2016, 6:06 AM
I'm going to start by saying that I prefer tiki bars that are more campy than ultra mod. That being said, 3 Dots is a very mod, hip, upscale place. There's nothing wrong with that at all. I would say that this is one of the best places I have been. The decor is fabulous. I love that they picked a theme of skulls and went with that for the whole place. The drinks were awesome. They were very tasty and dressed to kill. The mug selection is the best I have seen. I found and purchased my new alpha mug there. I couldn't really hear the music and didn't eat the food but based on the drink quality I'm sure it is wonderful. The waitresses were dressed to kill in very sexy looking Hawaiian sarongs. It kinda made me feel like a classier Hooters. I'm sorry if that strikes anyone as sexist, but I've mentioned before that good looking wahines are just a part of tiki culture and I'm glad to see people embrace it rather than try to shame it away. I was most impressed when the manager, Kevin Beary, came out to introduce himself and talk to me about my tiki travels. I'm not regarded as an expert in a lot of things, but when someone who has helped to create certainly one of the top 5 tiki bars in the US takes time to introduce himself and chat it made me feel kinda special. Thanks Kevin.
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