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
What a fun place! We went on a Saturday ...
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 g ...
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 ...
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 tik ...
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 cock ...
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.
Three dots and a dash is a great place t ...
Three dots and a dash is a great place to have drinks and catch up with friends. It's a little tricky to find as the entrance is not on Clark but rather the alley behind Clark. Really creative drinks. Not too much choice for food - bar food.
While the atmosphere is really fantastic ...
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 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 girlfri ...
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 ...
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.
Loved the way of getting inside...dark a ...
Loved the way of getting inside...dark alley, blue light, stairs into a basement...great tropical atmosphere, lively. If you're looking for gourmet, look elsewhere. Basically appetizers and drinks here. But fun, fun!!!!
Three Dots and a Dash consistently prove ...
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.
Three Dots and a Dash is a fun, energeti ...
Three Dots and a Dash is a fun, energetic, bar with great ambiance. It is tucked away in an alley, away from the bustling streets of River North. As you descend the long set of stairs into the front entrance, you are transported from cold, windy Chicago to Polynesia. The drinks were fruity and fun. My friends and I split a drink (I can't recall the name) that came in a diver's submersion-type helmet with dry ice spilling over the side. It tasted very sweet but was satisfying. Overall, the place is a bit pricey (but what isn't in River North), but the atmosphere is worth the extra buck.
The big draw is the side entrance and c ...
The big draw is the side entrance and cool underground space. It immediately gives it an exclusive & mysterious feel. The drinks are why you're there- fun flavors and exotic presentations. Definitely Instagram worthy. The food was just mediocre; we had the rangoon and duck wraps. Unfortunately our service was just sub-par. You could tell our server had been repeating herself all day and wasn't interested in doing it again. Thankfully the menu has descriptions for each item. It would be a fun spot for a date or night with friends. Overall, pretty good!
Three Dots and a Dash was fun and intima ...
Three Dots and a Dash was fun and intimate. Drinks were amazing, favorite bar. Location excellent, somewhat hidden down the alley without name or address which only made it more special. Excellent service. Atmosphere friendly with patrons obviously enjoying themselves. Will definitely recommend and return to meet up here and relax with close friends. Thanks.
Overall I had a great time and so did m ...
Overall I had a great time and so did my friends. My only caution, unless you are willing to spend lots of money to get a private table, I wouldn't recommend this place for more than 8 people. I had a party of about 11 people, and the staff set us up in a nice area that was big enough to seat all my guest, even though I didn't reserve that space, I was lucky that happened because otherwise my tables would of been separate. the drinks were interesting and some were good, The service was okay, our waitress seemed annoyed and busy, when one of my friends asked what's good on the menu for drinks she didn't take the time to go through the drinks and just blurted out the first thing she think of. Other than that the vibe was nice and I would go back.
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