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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 107 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.1
Mood 8
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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WFlourance
WFlourance has visited Lost Lake.
July 6, 2018, 8:18 AM
Went to Lost Lake on a Tuesday Night. Definitely a ways from downtown Chicago but completely worth it. It's certainly on the smaller side and the bar staff was thin for bustling crowd within. Everyone was super friendly! You can tell these bar tenders have a lot of enthusiasm for what they do. The menu is gigantic and beautifully designed. They have an overwhelming amount of delicious house specialties and takes on tiki classics as well as all the traditional drinks. I had the No Bye / No Aloha but also tried the Banana Daiquiri and Glassquiri which were both incredible. The decor was amazing as well, the bright neon pink sign adds a warm glow to the room, the wall paper makes it feel trendy and tropical, and the layout makes you gather around the bar for a more social, easygoing visit.

The bar staff was incredibly friendly and were super enthused to give me a handful of swizzle stick souvenirs before I left, hardly had to ask. I could see where some tiki enthusiasts might see Lost Lake as a tiki bar for hipsters, but the drinks and service were so damn good I'd say that's hardly anything to complain about.
Tikiwolverine
Tikiwolverine has visited Lost Lake.
July 2, 2018, 2:34 PM
Tiki for the hipster crowd, more laid back, casual feel. Today's nod to tiki furnished with Cost Plus World Market mugs. A little disappointed they didn't have their own tiki mugs to offer, an exclusive Lost Lake mug. Took home a glass instead. The place was packed, the drinks were well done and the vibe was chill.
Drinkbot
Drinkbot has visited Lost Lake.
May 28, 2018, 3:36 PM
Highly positive experience! Visited on May 26, 2018 at about 6:30pm and sat at the bar. We were lucky to get seats because the place was already full. Julia was our bartender. The whole team was highly professional and efficient, mixing super tasty drinks with attractive garnish, making a great presentation. Also tried the dumplings, which were the best Iíve ever tasted. My compliments to the staff!
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