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Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dots and a Dash

Tiki Bar and Hawaiian Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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    The experts at Eater and Time Out Chicago recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Time Out Chicago
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    "Very cool Tiki Bar hidden within an alley!!"(17 Tips)
    Brad H.
    "STRONG drinks, the Tropical Itch is my favorite."(13 Tips)
    Kate F.
    "Get the banana daiquiri, it comes with a banana dolphin!"(10 Tips)
    Todd K.
    "Incredibly tasty, boozy tiki drinks in an immersive environment."(11 Tips)
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  • boozy drinks
  • alley
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • good for groups
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  • Heather W.
    Heather WilliamsJuly 15, 2015
    Fantastic drinks and atmosphere! Also firecake doughnuts is right around the corner! Ask the bartender for a dealer's choice. My boyfriend did it and really enjoyed his drink!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    Emma Janzen says, "Modern tiki drinks featuring mezcal, genever and Scotch hold court against classics, which all taste fresh, balanced and totally on-point every time." Read more
  • J.R. O.
    J.R. OliveroSeptember 2, 2014
    The art of the cocktail! Rare rums, absinthe & falernum from all over the world, Lettuce & Paul McGee have reinvented the tiki bar. Voted #1 US bar. Dangerously strong! Ask for Sasha - best server!
    Upvoted May 18
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 11, 2017
    This venue is typically celebrated for its cocktails but the food menu doesn’t disappoint. A sweet poké sauce & spicy mayo elevate the already delicious tuna & avocado in Big Ern’s tuna poké. Read more
  • Bora U.
    Bora UnSeptember 18, 2013
    Talk about strong drinks! The wait can be long, which can be a good thing so you can pace yourself. Try a classic beverage, then go for a modern twist. Always a good time when it's tiki time!
  • Brad H.heart icon on user image
    Brad HagerNovember 30, 2019
    Neat tiki bar vibe and ambiance. STRONG drinks, the Tropical Itch is my favorite. The food was surprisingly GOOD. I recommend the pupu platter. Great place for a group of friends or a date.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MacQueenAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bars in the city. But try to avoid visiting on the weekend as it gets much too crowded. The banana daiquiri is always solid. Well, just about everything is solid.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissSeptember 1, 2019
    Insane tiki drinks and vibes, though a bit jammed up on a Saturday. The Island of a Thousand Sorrows was perfect mix of suntory whiskey, coconut, citrus, and bitters.
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyFebruary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Brave the dark skull filled stairway and find yourself in this tropical tiki themed hideaway. The Dr. Funkhouser hit the right spot for me! One of my favorite cocktail bars in Chicago!
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelDecember 1, 2015
    Super boozy so if you're looking for some tiki drinkability, I'd opt for the painkillers. Plenty of tiny keepsakes to swipe including mermaid drink stirrers and thoughtfully designed cocktail napkins.
  • Madeline G.heart icon on user image
    Madeline GullettNovember 26, 2014
    Loved the drinks! They weren't cheap but perfect for a special treat. They're strong though! The drinks and decor are both adorable. I love how dark and cozy it was too!
  • Angela
    AngelaNovember 3, 2014
    Amazing cocktails here! The "Painkiller" will set you up for a real good night. They also have a cocktail they set on fire for you. It's pricey but a real treat to share with friends.
  • Leland B.heart icon on user image
    Leland BrewsterMay 12, 2015
    One of my favorite bars in River North. It's tough to go wrong but Bunny's Banana Daiquiri is probably my favorite (in all its masculine glory); they dress up the banana to look like a dolphin!
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the coolest bars in Chicago. Nestled in an alley, with no signs to point the way, except for a bouncer and two ticki torches, this bar cultivates an atmosphere to make every visitor feel rich!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The Saturn at Three Dots and a Dash is one of the 100 best things we drank this year. Read more
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonSeptember 10, 2014
    The ambiance is great - would love to throw an event here some time. Ordered a drink in a clam shell that served three and the thai chicken. Everything was delicious.
  • Amanda R.heart icon on user image
    Amanda RellaSeptember 26, 2017
    Massive lines during peak hours. Try to go on a Sunday. Must get the penicillin, it's delicious!! Recommend making a reservation because it's difficult to find bar or standing table room.
  • Joshua H.heart icon on user image
    Joshua HaftelJanuary 15, 2015
    Great rum selection, well made and creative cocktails (that thankfully weren't too sweet), relaxing vibe, and friendly bartenders. I'd definitely go back.
  • Gizem Z.heart icon on user image
    Gizem ZSeptember 18, 2017
    Fancy coctails and atmosphere! Try downfall coctail if you are looking for something fresh. Long walk coctail was also nice. Enjoy!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M. McNally, CMPAugust 20, 2018
    One Happy Island, One Happy People. This tropical bar is like you have been transported to an island. Amazing and creative beverages to enjoy all accents in a fun presentation glass.
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenJuly 7, 2018
    The address is on Clark but the entrance is actually in the alley around back. Look for the tiki torches, of course.
  • Bee W.heart icon on user image
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    this place was great!!! We got the treasure chest drink to share and it was so good! We also got this fancy Dom Perigon bottle too
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The Jet Pilot is probably my favorite. A bewitching mixture of multiple rums, juices, and spices, it’s everything a classic tropical drink should be: it’s complex, it’s refreshing, and it’s strong. Read more
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake SuharJuly 27, 2018
    A hidden gem in the heart of the city. Tropical experience through and through. Slightly expensive, but high quality. I'd suggest the Aloha Felecia for coconut lovers.
  • Stefanie
    StefanieJanuary 31, 2015
    Amazing tropical cocktails. Take a trip through a back alley in Chicago, down into a basement and somehow find yourself sitting at a tiki bar with an umbrella drink.
  • Mary S.heart icon on user image
    Mary SzafraniecApril 27, 2018
    This place is next level for tiki drinks and atmosphere. All of the drinks are delicious, well thought out and beautifully presented. Loved all of it.
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Lettuce Entertain YouJanuary 29, 2014
    It pays to belong at Three Dots and a Dash! Earn points on every purchase toward meals, trips & wine. Ask your server about the Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club. Read more
  • Chanel L.heart icon on user image
    Chanel LuuJanuary 8, 2017
    The drinks are nicely decorated and taste really good! Nice place to hang out with friends, but also cozy enough for a date.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    Tiki bar with beautifully presented drinks, both classic and new-school. Caution! Long lines on Friday and Saturday nights. Would recommend weeknights or close to closing time.
  • Phil K.
    Phil KatesJanuary 2, 2014
    All of the cocktails are fantastic but the Lonely Island was one of my favorites. There's also a banana daiquiri with a banana dolphin in it.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Three Dots and a Dash was voted the Best Hidden Gem Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Chicago. #daterschoice Read more
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockJuly 13, 2015
    Come early during the week if you want to snag any space for a group. Literally cannot go wrong with ANY of the drinks - in flavor and presentation!
  • Esen A.heart icon on user image
    Esen AndiçMarch 20, 2015
    Love love love this place! The atmosphere alone is enough reason to visit, plus the awesome drinks plus the unique glasses you can actually purchase :)
  • Hudson Sutler
    Hudson SutlerJuly 20, 2017
    It’s a Hawaii themed lounge with awesome cocktails made with fresh fruit juice. The food served is light and tropical. Every city should have a bar like this. Read more
  • Eric G.heart icon on user image
    Eric GaydosAugust 7, 2014
    The fancy cups might be a little overpriced, but don't steal them. One, they definitely check. Two, it kills the underground vibe to see a voodoo mug in the cabinet every day. It's above Hard Rock.
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosOctober 12, 2015
    Awesome tiki cocktails. The Cacchen Some Rays was interesting and featured cold brew coffee as an ingredient! Loved the glasses.
  • Alexandra C.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra ConwayAugust 24, 2013
    Very cool! Love the tiki vibe. You would never know it was there either! The drinks are very cool but also crazy strong, and a bit on the pricy side.
  • hooeyspewer ..
    hooeyspewer .August 18, 2014
    Great spot for drinks. If you fall in love with your drink's glassware, you can talk to the server about purchasing it. They'll get you a new one, boxed and bagged.
  • Claire C.
    Claire CoyleAugust 11, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a reservation or get here the second they open - they fill up fast and for good reason! The drinks are delightful and strong af.
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LOctober 2, 2014
    OMG! Jungle bird & painkiller no.3 are the best!! They have hooks for purses under the bar n the tiki theme.. it feels like vacation in Hawaii ;)
  • Christian T.heart icon on user image
    Christian TafoyaMay 3, 2015
    Their signature drink is amazing. The atmosphere makes you feel like you're in a different world.
  • Todd K.heart icon on user image
    Todd KunaDecember 4, 2019
    Head down the alley to find this gem. Incredibly tasty, boozy tiki drinks in an immersive environment.
  • Kenney M.heart icon on user image
    Kenney MarlattAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Start off with a Three Dots and a Dash or a Saturn. End with a banana daiquiri or Paul's riff on the Painkiller, made with Appleton 12-year aged Jamaican rum.
  • AJ S.heart icon on user image
    AJ SchusterSeptember 27, 2013
    Go with friends and get the Zombie Punch. When you are drinking booze out of a giant glass skull, all of your problems melt away.
  • Fletcher R.heart icon on user image
    Fletcher RhoadsAugust 26, 2015
    Hidden gem behind Bub City in the alley. Amazing tropical drinks. Classy Tiki themed bar.
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.September 10, 2022
    Fun tiki bar place whose cocktails were yummy. Just beware: some can be quite strong and quickly send you up to high orbit.
  • Shawn P.heart icon on user image
    Shawn PoppSeptember 24, 2023
    Everything here is great. Drinks, food, service, atmosphere. All of it! Always a definite stop when in Chicago!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 11, 2013
    An underground tiki bar with tropical drinks both classic and new from Paul McGee, formerly of The Whistler.
  • Mikeheart icon on user image
    MikeDecember 28, 2015
    Killer tiki bar with boozy drinks in the $13+ range. If you don't like pineapple juice (like me) then be sure to try a Jet Pilot.
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannAugust 11, 2019
    Fun place with good if to sweet drinks. Best to stick with a run old fashioned which they make exceedingly well.
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