Three Dots and a Dash

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$30 and under
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Polynesian
Welcome to Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago’s premier tropical tiki 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 tiki 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 is a 21+ venue.
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F
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and atmosphere

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Nice place to try at least one. Cute ambience. Drinks expensive but again it's about the experience.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Experience was ok, nothing to exciting. Husband and I did a 5:30 reservation, got seated immediately. Server came fast took drink orders and came back for dinner order. She was very friendly and helpful to give options for drinks to my taste. Not to much to pick for dinner. There is a lot of drink choices though.

We didn’t like the fact there wasn’t much light at our table area, along the wall there is but if you sit at a table it is hard to see.

We read amazing reviews about this place but all honestly go someplace else especially if your doing dinner. This is more a quick drink spot.

EJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I celebrated my birthday here and truly enjoyed the ambiance! The food was terrific

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing place!! Fun atmosphere and realistic tiki bar vibe!! Love the specialty drinks, group shots, group drinks and creative drinks!!!

Speak-Easy Allen entrance adds to the vibe and below street level local makes the experience even better!!

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three dots and a dash did not disappoint! I would highly recommend to anyone who’s a fan of good cocktails. Will turn anyone into a fan of tiki drinks!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun whiskey lounge

OT
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent! The Mai tai 1244 is great.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The service was really great. The food was on the smaller portion size, but really tasty. It’s a touristy spot in my opinion— good for the experience but not a regular place to go hang out.

S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it! Drinks were great and the ambiance was bomb. Service was a little slow but they were very busy.

AS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We met there for drinks and thoroughly enjoyed the seasonal menu! It was a great atmosphere and we were seated quickly!

K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time visitors. Waitress was fun, helpful, and attentive. Lapu Lapu drink for 2 did not disappoint. Thai fried chicken was very tasty, however, inconistently heated. 2 pieces were very hot, the rest was barely warm as if it had been sitting out then mixed in with a couple of fresh pieces. Disappointing though we didn't really come for the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great drinks and ambiance. A little pricey and i remember getting my dad out of tiki bars when I was little. No one else in the bar could claim that.

JH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it! We have a great time every time we’re here.

MT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Fun themed bar with great drinks and food. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Hundred percent recommend going for a quiet drink with friends or an intimate date!

L
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun. A fest place

TT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

3 Dots rocks. It's always fun to bring a new set of friends or workmates to 3 Dots and listen to their excitement. Thanks, Rich

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun drinks the service was friendly and took good care of us.

DK
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place to hang ..worth the trip into the city for sure !

LS
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas with the family - we were there last year and made sure this year we had reservations! Highlight of our weekend!

JH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love 3 Dots and a Dash!! I live 5 hours away so don't get to come much but every time I'm in town I plan a visit. I love the happy, fun vibe there. Everyone always looks like they're in a good mood. Its what I love about tiki, it's about having a good time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great. The food and drinks were good.

K
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun holiday evening

ND
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Such a fun place to hang out with good background music and great ambiance. The food wasn't great, at least what I had (the yucca fries), but that's not the reason to go there. The drink menu is a lot of fun with great options.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Great drinks in a perfect Tiki setting. Highly recommended and must do for the cocktail enthusiast coming to Chicago.

b
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the "You Don't Gnome Me" drinkshare and it was both delicious and fun! Our waitstaff were great and even climbed on a bench to take our picture with the drink. Only difficulty was the loudness of the music -- tough to hear people across the table when the music is so loud. But I guess it keeps it festive!

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, the drinks are awsome.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Nice atmosphere food looked like all fried, so skipped food and ate next door. Drinks great! Only 2 servers? Not good. Poor girls were too busy! Great place to go drink. Hard to find its in the alley and Uber driver didnt even know where it was! Walked around freezing until we went into Bar Ramone and nice manager escorted us through the restaurant to help us out the back door so we didnt have to go back around the block! We ended up going back there after only 1 drink due to his great hospitality! That was a fabulous place!

BR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three Dots and a Dash is absolutely worth all of the hype! We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and were promptly seated at a table. The drinks were divine, the service was great, and the atmosphere is charming to say the least. Highly recommend.

RM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance & drinks.
Recommend for a fun night out.
Best of reservations are made. There isn’t a lot of space in the bar or walk up area.

GS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It is neat to experience at least once, however, I felt the buzz around it was entirely over-rated. I think there are plenty of other great places to drink in Chicago with just as great energy around it.

D
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and drinks! I always bring my out of town company here.

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cool place, but glad we went early enough to avoid a line. Food was good. Cocktails were very good. A+ on the presentation of the drinks. Pricey cocktails but they are large.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three Dots and a Dash is the place my grandma chooses to celebrate her birthday with myself, my aunt and my mother. They are ALWAYS so accomodating to us especially since my grandmother cannot take the stairs or stand for long periods of time. This is our third year in a row attending for a birthday drink and they are always so committed to allowing us use of the elevator and providing us a table that is convenient to access for my grandma. We will definitely return for future experiences to celebrate. Never ever a bad experience.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Had a great time in the middle of the afternoon. Great ambience. Exclusive feel and lots of fun.

AS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a reservation which saved us standing in line of about 50 people. Very cool vibe inside. The drinks we ordered weren’t that good however. Mixed crowd of ages, great music. Would try it again.

P
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So unique and so cool. Can’t beat the ability to make a reservation to sit at a booth instead of battling everyone at the bar for a drink.

K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5