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 9.7
Drink Selection 9.6
Food Quality 8.6
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 8.6
Music 7.6
Service 9.3
Tikiness 8.7
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 8.3

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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


x52x58 has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
June 17, 2017, 12:38 PM
Really liked this place, great decor. I liked that it was downstairs, it gave it a "in the know" feel. It was a little hard to find, though that gave it a exclusive feel once i found it.
GeekyTiki is a semi-regular at Three Dots and a Dash.
May 29, 2017, 8:05 PM
First, I should probably get the major con out of the way: Three Dots is in an area of Chicago that is directly adjacent to both the business district (the Loop) of downtown Chicago AND the biggest tourist district (Michigan Ave.) of downtown Chicago. This means it get PACKED on weekdays with the after work crowd spilling out of offices in search of cocktails and similarly packed on weekends with tourists looking for a good bar. As such, I highly recommend visiting either later on weekdays when the work crowd leaves or early (traditionaly cocktail hour) on Saturdays or Sundays. That said, there are a lot of perfect little touches that go into making Three Dots a pretty great experience. The entrance is down an alley (just east of Clark st.) which gives it a speakeasy vibe right off the bat. After you enter, you descend a flight of stairs that leads you beneath their signature blue wall of skulls. The bar itself is dark and sleek, with bamboo and thatching and Tikis to set the mood as well as a couple water features and Exotica in the background. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the drinks are excellent. Additionally, one of the perks of Three Dots being owned by a larger restaurant group is that it has a good selection of custom mugs for the avid trophy hunter who needs a souvenir of their excursion. Well worth the visit, just be sure to plan around the crowds.
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.
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Spending the weekend in town, down from Minneapolis to meet up with friends. Stopping here after dinner.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Staying in a Chicago for 6 nights, without a car, looking for someone to show us all the Tiki Bars in the Chicago area.
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