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

Critiki ratings

Three Dots and a Dash

8.4

Overall

by 228 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.9
Drink Quality 9.5
Drink Selection 9.4
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.6
Mood 8.2
Music 7.3
Service 9
Tikiness 8.3
Tilt 8.2
Vibe 7.8

Upcoming Visits

  • TiKi75201
    visiting on
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    for the first time
    Staying a week in Chicago for the Star Wars Celebration convention taking place at McCormick Place that weekend...hoping to make a stop while in chi-town!

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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
Bar
8.5
.

Comments

Stacy
Stacy has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
March 11, 2019, 10:45 PM
This place has earned its good reputation. We had solid standard and custom drinks, tastey appetizers and a friendly and generous bartender- who even gave us some bonus souvenirs! Lots of great mugs for collectors ( though they can run on the spendy side). Worth taking time off to go early on a weeknight to avoid crowds. Nice atmosphere but does draw some of the tech-bro types.
GeekyTiki
GeekyTiki is a semi-regular at Three Dots and a Dash.
February 14, 2019, 11:34 AM
Some Three Dots news for Febuary 2019

If you've visited Three Dots, you've no doubt noticed the large, lounge-like seating area near the entrance you walk past on your way to the host stand. This was initially intended as a space to seat large groups who wanted a bit of privacy, but it oftentimes went empty even as the bar proper was packed. Three Dots beverage director Kevin Beary has found a new and arguably better use for it: a bar within a bar.

The Bamboo room, as it will be called, has undergone an extensive refit complete with bamboo fronted walls and a full bar. The focus will be on more complex rum drinks and they'll utilize everything from vintage rums to top-shelf modern options. While there will certainly be $200 a pour rare rums for the well-heeled imbiber, the majority of the drinks will be around the more typical $12-20.00 cocktail price. The space will provide a more intimate setting where the two bartenders on staff at any given time can interact directly with the patrons, offering knowledge and suggestions as they do table-side pours, though the goal is for it to be unpretentious and approachable for all. They'll also utilize the space for classes, special events, and to host guest bar pop-ups. All in all it sounds like a much better use of the space.

Bamboo Room should be open early February 2019 and reservations through the Three Dots website will be available. More information about the Bamboo Room is available through Eater Chicago (where I cribbed most of this info from myself)

https://chicago.eater.com/2019/2/13/18222553/bamboo-room-three-dots-dash-new-bar-lettuce-entertain-you-rum-bar-tiki-river-north
TikiTikiDC
TikiTikiDC has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
January 2, 2019, 6:01 PM
Three Dots is a great tiki location. The drinks are top-notch -- great flavor, great garnishes, and swizzles! The prices are high, but you get what you pay for. I also like that people are seated rather than crowding around a bar.

I have heard that the bar has a club-like atmosphere, but I have not experienced that so maybe the vibe changes after a certain time or the management has changed things since my last visit.
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Upcoming Visits
TiKi75201
visiting on
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
for the first time
Staying a week in Chicago for the Star Wars Celebration convention taking place at McCormick Place that weekend...hoping to make a stop while in chi-town!
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