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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Decor 9
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.5
Food Quality 8.5
Food Selection 7.8
Mood 8.4
Music 7.4
Service 9.1
Tikiness 8.5
Tilt 8.4
Vibe 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
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May 15, 2018, 7:28 AM
Visited on a monday night. Cool decor, though when i really began to look at it, it was a bit lacking except for the skull wall when you first come in. Vibe was busy, but a lot of the “who’s who” crowd there taking selfies etc. music was ok, but needed some les baxter. Cool to see people in love with the idea of the drinks and concept, but wish it was a bit more tiki-on. Drinks were good.
TikiScout has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
May 12, 2018, 6:16 PM
Finding Three Dots and a Dash was a bit of a challenge, and got there in the nick of time as the downfall of rain was just about to hit. I loved the Skull Wall on the way in. I didn’t have reservations and I think we got lucky to get in. We were seated in the alcove to the right of the bar, a bit set back but did give us a nice view.

The server was great, I knew I wanted to try the Three Dots and a Dash, my fellow traveler and Board member wasn’t so into the Tiki side... yet. But the server did a good job listening to her likes and recommended the Saturn + Negroni which was a big hit. Round two I went with the Cobra Fang and she got the Idle Hands based on the servers recommendation. They Idle Hands was a failure, but kudos to them for making something else, the Royal Hawaiian was a hit. I wasn’t a big fan of the Cobra’s Fang, but it wasn’t bad but I should have gone with something else.

We also had the Coco’s Coconut Shrimp which was great and with 6 large pieces I felt it was a good value.
Raider273 has visited Three Dots and a Dash.
March 17, 2018, 10:01 AM
Wife and I visited the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2018. Beautifully decorated; was particularly impressed with the 'skull wall' over the entry staircase. Drinks were very well done. Although we didn't have one, several of the surrounding tables had group bowls animated by flowing dry ice. I love fire, but this was a clever way to get around the fire code; anyone remember the Great Chicago Fire?

Place filled up quickly but we had reserved a table and were seated promptly. Waitress was very attentive, even when it got busy, something I really appreciate.

Three Dots gets high marks for the drinks, decor, service, and, of course, the mug selection- I bought six! As a bar, it was outstanding. As a tiki bar, it gets slightly lower marks as the "feel" is just a little too polished and the crowd tends towards the "selfie" types (as another reviewer noted) rather than those truly enamored with tiki. That said, it's a 'must do' when in Chicago.
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