Three Dots and a Dash

Chicago, IL
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435 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL
Opened in August 2013
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 2pm-3am
Sun 4pm-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 8.8
Drink Quality 9.5
Drink Selection 9.3
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.5
Mood 8.2
Music 7.3
Service 9
Tikiness 8.3
Tilt 8.2
Vibe 7.8

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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


September 2, 2019, 2:46 PM
This was our second visit, but our first experiencing the curated prix fixe tasting at the bar in the Bamboo Room. This was an exceptional presentation from start to finish. The bartender staff was engaging and knowledgeable, and did an amazing job with drink construction and garnishing. They made it a point to use high-end rums and other ingredients, and were open to our cocktail preferences. I would highly recommend this option if you can get a reservation. This was arguably our top single tiki bar experience to date.
ackahuna has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
August 20, 2019, 10:25 AM
Really enjoyed the entrance and the drinks: served in great mugs with quality garnishes. Vibe was very modern and clean, sort of neo-tiki with very restrained and sleek decor. Didn't try the food (no tables available) but it looked great with a fun presentation. Bartenders were attentive despite the crowded bar. I'd go back to try to get into the Bamboo Room but the main area didn't thrill me.
Robotolz is a semi-regular at Three Dots and a Dash.
July 17, 2019, 12:31 PM
Awesome place but ain’t what she used to be when Paul was there pre lost lake era. Has gone from true tiki heart to a bit corporate and mainstream. Hopefully it’ll start hitting the old mark/stride again.
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visiting on
Friday, November 15, 2019
for the first time
Reservations made for the Bamboo Room.
visiting on
Saturday, December 28, 2019
for the first time
Trying out the bamboo room!
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