About Three Dots and a Dash
Chicago, IL 60654
A modern take on a classic tiki bar serving inspired cocktails.
Must be 21 years of age or older to enter.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday: 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
A modern take on a classic Tiki bar serving inspired cocktails, Three Dots and a Dash is the perfect location for your private gathering. The unique libations and distinctly island decor create the perfect setting for a variety of events. Contact us for more information!
Three Dots and a Dash Ratings and Reviews
First time there. It was pretty much everything we had heard and read about. The Tiki decor was definitely over the top, as were the Tiki cocktails, though the latter were a bit watered down. There were two of us, we each had (3) cocktails each, and though we felt a bit tipsy afterward, we were far from drunk. Though that was not our intentions, the description on the menu stating some of the drinks were "strong" may have been a bit of a stretch. At least the ones we had were not so much. As expected, the presentation of the cocktails and the mugs were 'Tiki Fabulous'. The food was nothing special, and in fact seems to be more of an after-thought. The Pu Pu platter was typical, to the point of boring, but there again, most go for the cocktails and the ambiance, and not the food, hence the very limited food items. The side-street and basement location is part of the allure I suppose, though I'm thinking that the location was chosen due to the low rent at that time. Though now that 'Lettuce' owns it, I'm sure that's all changed. The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' theme and related kitsch, made me feel like I was stuck in a Disney ride for adults. I'm thinking the owners spent much time 'researching' at Mouse-World and/or at tiki bars, before deciding to open the 'Dash'. Though we that said, they have obviously been very successful, especially since it's now owned by Lettuce Entertain You, which by the way just happens to be my favorite restaurant group in the world. A word of warning, as one might expect in a place like this, the average age was 20 something's, packed with couples, singles, and 'hopefuls', both male and female. Being the only (obvious) older, gay couple there at the time and seated at the bar, it did feel a bit strange, though that was not the fault of the establishment, nor it's patrons. I'd go back, but only with a group, and definitely with younger people as chaperones.
Fantastic tiki drinks, but each time I come back this place veers more into the Chuck-E-Cheese of tiki territory. The decor is great, and the drinks are made well, but the staff are indifferent if not rude, and the music seems to take a turn for the worse after about 7pm (they should stick to 1950s/60s exotica). As the hours go on, expect more river north "bros" and fewer actual tikiphiles. It's worth a visit, but go early.
A bit pricey, but overall a wonderful atmosphere! Down to their drinks, food, tiki themed decorations - absolutely unique and such good vibes. I had the big kahuna burger - which I'm actually glad wasn't as big as I expected - and OMG it was savory and delicious!!! 100% coming back soon!
Place was great! Understandably it is a Hawaiian themed spot, but I feel like the music may have dampered the mood just a teeny tiny bit. Was almost putting me to sleep. It's definitely one of the coolest designed spots in the area, and their drinks are so creative and fun! Going back without a doubt!
The atmosphere is definitely unique and enjoyable, from the alleyway entrance to the tiki themed interior. I thought the drinks were good, and there were creative and unique options. I did feel that the price was steep for the quality of the drink, but I think that criticism could be made of virtually anywhere in River North. It's a fun environment for many occasions, a date, first stop for a night out, or Friday cocktail after work.
We had a birthday to celebrate, and Three Dots & a Dash was the perfect place for us! We came on a Wednesday happy hour time, and had no problems with our reservation or getting seated. We loved the creative cocktails and trying the various flavors. The few snacks we got to help tide us over on more drinks were delicious too! Service was prompt and friendly!
Loved our GNO at Three Dots and a Dash! We shared a rum based cocktail that arrived in a flaming glass scull with straws. Individual cocktails were also fun. The food is tiki bar basic, but works to absorb some of the alcohol! Service was great and the whole vibe and energy of the place was hopping.
What a fun place! We went on a Saturday night and really enjoyed the cool, tropical island vibe and strong tiki drinks. First off, we had a reservation for 4 at 7pm and arrived a little early. They were very accommodating and seated us at a nice corner booth almost immediately. Our waitress was exceptional and did a good job bringing our drinks quickly and accurately throughout the night. This place has an absolutely killer rum list and the drinks, all of which come served in an interesting tiki type mug, are strong and tasty (Try the Painkiller!). Around 8pm the place was completely packed, make no mistake this is definitely a River North hot spot! With that said, it'd be wise to have a reservation as the line to get in can get long as the night goes on, and once you're in the standing only around the bar can get cramped. Also, be careful at this place! Like I mentioned, the drinks are strong and expensive! I think this place is an excellent place to grab a drink after dinner or even to start the night at but not to spend hours on end at. At basically $15 bucks per drink, it can get rather expensive. Also, while the Polynesian vibe and surroundings are pretty sweet, this place is in the basement so there isn't any natural light (which could be a good thing or a bad thing lol). Overall, this place is a lot of fun. Go check it out, but just be careful or you just might wake up like me the next morning with an empty wallet and a killer rum headache lol!
The ambiance, food, and drink were all great. Our cocktails were delicious and we tried nearly all the food options. Everything was great.
The service, however, was a little odd. I checked in once our party was complete (we were dining with eight). Somehow, they seated another party at our table and implied that party had signed in under my name. I was also told it could be due to my complicated reservation (I reserved through Open Table over a month in advance with no changes).
In any event, once we were seated with drinks all was well.
Went there after the Hawks game for our son's birthday. Had a good time. It has a Hawaiian theme and a large menu of Hawaiian themed drinks. The service was excellent. Our waitress was great in helping to select drinks. The drinks were very strong. The music was strange but I'd rather it be Hawaiian to help with the whole feel of the place.
Fabulously fun! The total super-sexy tiki bar experience, from the be-yond cocktail list to the on-point yet tasteful island decor to the mid-century tropical jazzy music. The island inspired food was a nice accompaniment, but the mixed drinks are truly the stars. A very fun and memorable (if you don't drink too much) night out!
It's a great place for fun tropical cocktails! Drinks may be pricey but worth it for the groovy presentation in a tiki bar setting.
The drinks are strong, so I always get some appetizers too. The Thai fried chicken is good, not heavily breaded and nice quality meat. Service has always been nice, not rushed.
While the atmosphere is really fantastic for a tiki bar the prices are INSANE for what you get. The drinks are truly just there to get you drunk. When 8 people comment on how bad they are, but keep drinking them anyway this place certainly knows how to get people drunk in stupid ways... and then hustle them out the door.
I had a reservation for a Friday at 5:30. I was very eager to get out and try this place, me and a significant other had a work Christmas party this weekend and were staying in a hotel for the weekend to spend some time out and about. This was our first stop to kick off the weekend. I tried for about 2 weeks trying to get a reservation constantly searching for an open spot to become available.
It started out well, we were impressed by the decor, enjoyed the theme and the ambiance. Our intent was to get a drink and a quick appetizer before heading over to zoo lights. We got to our reservation 30minutes early and they still had a table for us. Someone came and served us water and let us know our waiter would be with us soon. It was all downhill from there...
We waited 15+ minutes with nobody addressing us. Our table was in the middle of the room right near the entryway to the dinning/lounge area. About 3-4 girls were huddled around the computer to the right of the bar near the bigger group area. During our time not one of them came to address us. We saw another group or 2 come in and get seated a few tables over who were promptly greeted by a waiter to take their order.
After about 10 minutes in we had thought about just going to the bar to make our orders (maybe thats what your supposed to do?) but the spots filled up quickly ruling out that possibility. Eventually we decided to call it quits and just walked out without ordering. Rather than waste anymore of our free time waiting for a waiter that may never come, we decided to just get a head start on all the other activities planned for our weekend.
Celebrated a big birthday with 8 girlfriends. It was a great experience. The waitress was GREAT! We started with the PUPU platter to see what we liked, then ordered food through out the 1.5 hours we sat and sipped delish drinks. This is a fun, different experience for friends who have done just about everything together.
If you like sweet fruity drinks you will love this place! The drinks seem to be the focal point....the food was delicious but a very limited menu. We were there on a Sunday evening so it was quiet but I bet the bar would be fun for happy hour or a Friday or Saturday night.
Three Dots and a Dash consistently proves itself to be a great place to meet up with friends. The entrance is located on the alley directly east of Clark between Hubbard and Illinois; you'll see a tiki torch and there will likely be a bouncer outside. Fridays and Saturdays are typically crowded, so I would definitely recommend making reservations far in advance. If you decide to go after work on a weekday, however, I think you'll be fine with just walking in.
Although Three Dots and a Dash is known for their specialty themed cocktails, your friends who may not be into drinking or are unable to drink alcohol due to health reasons can still have a great time with non-alcoholic versions of their cocktails, which by the way are still super tasty (especially the Aloha Felicia, if you like coconut!). The drinks are a bit pricey, but are rightfully potent, and are relatively reasonable for a speakeasy in River North.
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