Lost Lake

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3154 W Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL
Opened in 2015
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 4pm-3am
Sun 4pm-2am

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Lost Lake

8.5

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by 100 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.2
Mood 8.1
Music 8.3
Service 9.2
Tikiness 7.7
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 8.2

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Humuhumu’s description

Lost Lake opened in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in January 2015. It is a partnership between Paul McGee, formerly of Three Dots and a Dash
Three Dots and a Dash
Chicago, IL
Bar & Restaurant
8.6
, and development group Land and Sea Dept. Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler's Cove
Smuggler's Cove
San Francisco, CA
Bar
9.5
, is also involved in Lost Lake, particularly helping with their selection of sipping rums. Its design is less tiki, and more of a nod to the early, streamlined bamboo-focused era of Polynesian Pop escapism. Colorful fish floats hang in the front window, and one whole wall is wallpapered with a bold banana leaf motif. Fish trap lamps wrap the bar area, and the canted ceiling is covered with lauhala and bamboo. There is green vinyl booth seating toward the back, and a rock wall. The beverage program has been developed by McGee, with a mix of classic tropical cocktails and his own inventions. Land and Sea Dept. also own the connected upscale Chinese take-out restaurant, called Thank You. In late March 2016, a small electrical fire forced Lost Lake to close for a few weeks for cleaning and repairs.

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Raider273
Raider273 has visited Lost Lake.
March 17, 2018, 10:19 AM
Wife and I visited the evening of Thursday, March 8, 2018. Hit Lost Lake and Three Dots the same day- Doesn't get much better than that! Arrived at opening and sat at the bar. Place filled up quickly but our bartender, who had just moved from Milwaukee, made time to chat about the drinks and our upcoming visit to her hometown.

Drinks, service, and music were great, a true tiki bar vibe. I'm a believer that tiki bars are best dark and was a little disappointed about the amount of light coming through the front frosted windows. Problem went away at sundown, but it's a little hard to imagine being transported to a tropical paradise in the light of day. Would also have appreciated a more authentic selection of tiki mug(s)

Review might seem a little negative, but that's not my intent. Lost Lake is tiki bar in the true sense of the phrase; high praise indeed.
January 25, 2018, 9:17 AM
Following LLís phenomenally creative and immersive 2017 Christmas drinks and decor, the bar has introduced a brand new menu. It is the result of a yearís worth of drink design and experimentation. The result is a resounding success; the new menu includes many old favorites from Lost Lakeís first years, but a vast array of brand new inventions and a surprising number of group drinks with dazzling new vessels. This reveals a spectacular dedication to the customer experience. LL continues to invest a great deal in drink appearance., much more than other bars that have achieved higher ratings. And the taste experience continues to impress, with exotic combinations, unusual components, and satisfying balance.
GeekyTiki
GeekyTiki is a regular at Lost Lake.
November 18, 2017, 8:48 AM
Another Lost Lake Update:
Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and running through December, Lost Lake turns into Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack. The bar will be decked out in tinsel and lights and they will serve an X-mas inspired menu of tropical concoctions in holiday appropriate mugs (I HIGHLY recommend the "On Christmas Island" if its available this year). I definitely encourage anyone in the Chicago area through December to stop in and check it out; its pretty great (I've uploaded an image from last year).
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