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Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, IL

Three Dots and a Dash

4.7
4.7
1556 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
With a secret alleyway entrance, Three Dots and a Dash is a speakeasy-style take on the traditional island bar—ready to transport you to the glamorous bygone eras of Trader Vic, Stephen Crane and Don the Beachcomber. Descend underground to discover a subterranean hideaway featuring a rum-soaked menu of more than two dozen classic, modern and original tropical cocktails and a selection of island fare. We are a 21+ venue.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (312) 610-4220
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Kevin Beary
  • Catering
    Head to our tropical hideaway for your next special event. Our team will work with you create a custom event for an intimate party of 8 or a large celebration throughout the entire bar. We even do virtual cocktail classes if you can’t make it to us! To book your event, email threedotsparties@leye.com
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross street
    Clark Street & Hubbard
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Grand Train Station (Red Line)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Three Dots and a Dash (Deposit Required)

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago’s premier tropical bar and craft cocktail destination hidden below the bustling streets of River North. The secret hideaway – named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars by Drinks International – is led by cocktail expert Kevin Beary. Our team has researched tirelessly to source and create the best possible cocktails using the freshest exotic fruits and spices, the finest rums and distilled spirits, and juices and elixirs that are cold-pressed and concocted in house every day. Surrender all your cares and let Three Dots and a Dash whisk you away onto a rum-soaked tropical excursion.
    Three Dots and a Dash (Deposit Required) Photo
  • The Bamboo Room (Deposit Required)

    $15.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Bamboo Room is tucked away inside of Three Dots and a Dash. Named one of Esquire's "Best Bars in America," The Bamboo Room offers a tailored experience through the world of rum in an intimate environment. Enjoy high end renditions of tropical cocktails featuring rare spirits carefully crafted by attentive expert bartenders. A $15.00 Deposit is required to make this reservation. Deposit is nonrefundable & will be applied towards final bill.
    The Bamboo Room (Deposit Required) Photo

What 1,556 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Cocktail Bar

1,556 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time here while visiting Chicago. Drinks are always flavorful and service is top-notch. Food is good as well. Make a reservation in advance because it does fill up fast.

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  2. CraigK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tiki cocktails and a wonderful environment. Drinks were fantastic and the service was great. Happy all around and highly recommended!

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  3. Avis

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved the Bamboo Room, will go again. The Drinks were out of this world!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a must when in Chicago. Drinks are great and well thought out. Food is delicious. Everyone who works here is super nice and helpful. The gift store is a must; items from matchbooks and swizzle sticks to great mugs and t-shirts. We always have a great time. Highly recommend.

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  5. RickC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a Great Place. We arrived just as it opened so it was not crowded. I have heard it can get very crowded. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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  6. RyanC

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing experience, both food and beverage wise. The bartender was incredibly knowledgable and took the time to customize each cocktail to our specific preferences. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in small plates, great cocktails and fun tiki vibes.

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  7. GrandDame

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a reservation for 4 over a month in advance but upon arrival (8:30pm on a Friday) they could not seat us. Over twenty minutes later they asked a couple to move to the bar and pushed two round high tops together on either side of a jutting out wall in a corner of the bamboo room (don’t recommend - small and boring). We were celebrating a birthday so it was disappointing. The drinks were overpriced, but I get that you’re paying for the entire concept of the venue. We didn’t have food. The high note was that the bartender was lovely and explained the drinks and made a fantastic caipirinha.

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  8. StacyR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual the drinks and food were delicious. Unfortunately this time our server was very slow and not attentive. We have been here several times and never had this issue. Hopefully next time we will have better service.

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  9. KateB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here and amazing as always. Drinks are spot on and service was great. Ambiance is the best, and one of the top tiki bars in the midwest.

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  10. AlisonS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there for a birthday, table wasn't ready but didn't wait too long. There was 7 of us crammed into a small table. The drinks and the food were good however our big complaint was the service. The waitress barely came to our table and was not very friendly. We knew going in it was going to be expensive but for the price you pay you should get excellent service. We likely will not go back.

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  11. Megg

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cocktails and ambiance were great. The food was nothing special and sauce did not come until food was gone. Very loud so dont recommend unless you are not interested in having a conversation with your friends/date.

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  12. JasonM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place didn’t let me down. Went for Valentines Day and it was perfect. Drinks were good and they didn’t hold back on the liquor. Didn’t get to eat but I didn’t want to give it a low rating (had to pick a star). Will definitely be going back to this place.

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  13. JamieP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for Jaime's lovely Galentine's tea party and it was exquisite. The four cocktails were delicious, different, and well-paired with each other and the nibbles. My friend adored the twist on the cosmo (and watching the shaved-ice machine at work); my favorite was definitely the final hot-toddy style sipper (in lovely vintage china teacups). Salmon was fresh and delicious, and finger sandwiches are always so quaint! (Deviled egg was the star of the show, though - absolutely heavenly). Sweet, charming ambiance with thoughtful quirky touches like the personalized paper valentines and old-timey ceramic figurines. Everything was well-planned and perfectly executed, and we loved seeing all the lovely gals dressed up in beautiful outfits (I wore a tiara, and my friend got to break out her grandma's costume jewelry). A super fun idea and a great way to celebrate friendship!

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  14. CathiaS

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and venue! Hope they do this again next year! It was the perfect way to celebrate Galentine’s Day!

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  15. Mycroft

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Even with reservations for Bamboo Room we (2 persons) had to wait to get in. Once seated at the bar getting service (even just water) took way too long. Bartender apologized explaining that there was a problem with the system. (?) So, 6:45 reservation but had to wait and then waited on our order to be taken. Drinks finally were received at 7:15. First time visit and going to to the Bamboo Room had been on my bucket list for a long time, yet on this evening it did not live up to its reviews or our expectations.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks!! We had a blast and the ambiance was great!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique tiki cocktails with great vibes. Music level is moderate enough where you can talk. Speakeasy location was slightly hard to find but it was all part of the fun figuring out where it was located.

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  18. LakeviewLady

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Bamboo room has a very intimate setting, great for a romantic date after dinner place

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  19. DanielS

    Toronto

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Bartenders were great to chat too, drinks were amazing. Loved the vibe and the ambience. Of course, had to take home another mug. Will be back, 20/10 experience!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall this experience was amazing. Great drinks and environment. But we ordered the spring rolls and the sliders. The sliders 10/10. But the spring rolls i was a bit disappointed they had great taste and potential but they were just VERY greasy by the end of the night we only ate 2/5 rolls and the rest sat in the plate with all the fat that had harden up. Besides that drinks were worth the price and servings as well. Highly recommend this place staff was amazing and helpful.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Remains a fun place for a drink and good bar food. Attentive service and good atmosphere.

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  22. Caroline

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks high priced, nice vibe, waitress did not come by often enough, had to pay for a reservation.

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  23. MiaR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time, it’s fun and funky! The cocktails and light bites in the Bamboo Room were delicious, very flavorful. This is a side-room bar that is small and intimate. The larger dining room is more lively, I should have opted for that in my reservation. The drinks are wonderful, but at the steep prices, I limited myself to just one. I’m glad to have experienced this place, but won’t be rushing back. I recommend for a date night surprise, or if you’re in the mood for something way out of the ordinary.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrive on time to reservation, only to wait 18 minutes when it was completely dead & was sat at the table closest to the doorway — when asked to move, person sassily said “I can’t imagine so since everything is pre-staged, but I’ll still check”. They came back to thankfully move us… one table over.. all of the tables were cleared off except for the candle - don’t understand the fuss or what they meant by everything being pre-staged… Not a great experience, again..

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  25. JenG

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    With a little patience and willingness to soak in the excellent vibes during gaps in service, this was a fun place to be for a few hours. The drinks ranged from tiki excellence (Pearl Diver) to overly sugary/artificial tasting (New Nui Nui). My tablemates loved their fried chicken, but the vegetarian curry was not great. It was a fun experience that did not completely live up to the Three Dots and a Dash hype.

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  26. HopeB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always this place never disappoints. The ambiance is fun and energetic. The cocktails are playful and delicious.

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  27. Timothy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad we finally made it to the Bamboo Room. Cozy, chill vibe with excellent music and knowledgeable bartenders. Whether you’re a tiki bar expert or new to it all, the bartenders will do an excellent job at making you feel welcome. Already looking forward to coming back!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Longtime 3D&AD customer; booked the Bamboo Room for the first time. Excellent experience — nice and laid-back, intimate setting, very knowledgeable bar staff. Good times. Already looking forward to the next visit!

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  29. LevonB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The water glasses were very filthy! The waitress only stop by a few times. I understand it was a busy night but my party felt rushed after the bill was paid. It also would be nice to see a more diverse staff(bussers, security staff, bartenders).

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  30. KristaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktails were both beautiful and delicious and the service overall was incredible. Our server brought our drinks to us very quickly after orderings, she checked in on us frequently to make sure we had everything we needed.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun experience!! Excellent food and amazing cocktails!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were sat in the Bamboo room and the bartender there was amazing! Prompt service, good recommendations and overall elevated the experience! Will definitely be back.

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  33. Lilbunnylady

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experience was amazing! Delicious food and great service. Did get loud later in the evening but that's to be expected given the ambience.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my first time. The drinks were incredibly creative. The food was very good. Service was quick and kind. I’ll definitely return.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A very cool experience the drinks are fun and reasonably priced the ambiance is nice too. Service is always great only downside is the food is terrible 😣

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks. Great spot to have a drink and catch up with someone. Definitely a different kind of vibe.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok, but my experience with the server and manager was one of the worst experiences I have had in Chicago the waiter wanted to argue about nothing , and also proceeded to head to the back of the establishment where. She spoke very negative about my table and myself when I talked to a manager his attitude was a very I don’t care attitude this place is beautiful but the vibe was as if I didn’t belong there I hate to pull the race card but it felt very racial because the server acted as if I was a angry black women when I fact I was never angry I asked for my ticket and she got upset bc she originally was not my server

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good times every time we visit. Drinks are on point. Good vibes.

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  39. JesseR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a pretty good experience. Was pretty much rushed out the door though. Showed up for our reservation and we were pretty much told we’d have to leave in an hour due to a private event. Normally that’d be fine if there was some kind of notice when putting in a reservation, however, we were not informed until we arrived and was told it was last call after barely finishing our first drink.

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  40. MatK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience could have been great and instead it doesn’t make us want to return. My wife and I had a reservation and we were so excited to drink and feast but before we were brought to our table, we were told that we couldn’t be there longer than 75min because they needed the table for large group. Wouldn’t be an issue normally but it set a very negative tone for sure. When brought to the table it was a very odd size and location…we were seated far across from each other so we had to yell and we were awkwardly squeezed between two 6 person parties. 30min of the imposed 75min limit was spent waiting for a drink but the seating was the biggest gripe…we didn’t want to be there longer than we had to, they made sure of that.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Three Dots and a Dash is rated 4.7 stars by 1556 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Clark Street & Hubbard
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Grand Train Station (Red Line)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kevin Beary
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 610-4220
  • Catering
    Head to our tropical hideaway for your next special event. Our team will work with you create a custom event for an intimate party of 8 or a large celebration throughout the entire bar. We even do virtual cocktail classes if you can’t make it to us! To book your event, email threedotsparties@leye.com
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