Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60654


With a secret alleyway entrance, Three Dots and a Dash is a speakeasy-style take on the traditional tiki 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 filled with Polynesian artifacts and tropical spirits (vintage tikis, colorful globe lights slung with fishing rope, bamboo accents and a thatched grass hut) where our mixologists serve of menu of 20 classic, modern and original tiki cocktails in whimsical ceramic mugs brimming with elaborate garnishes, including edible orchids and dolphin bananas. 

Both classic and original tiki recipes are featured on the cocktail menu at Three Dots and a Dash. Drawing from the menus of tiki greats, vintage selections are recreated in the form of the Jet Pilot (Jamaican Rum, Dominican Rum and Overproof Rums, Lime, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Falernum, Absinthe, Angostura) and the namesake Three Dots and a Dash (Aged Rhum Agricole, Guyanese Rum, Honey, Falernum, Lime, Allspice, Angostura). Newer incarnations are represented with the Painkiller No. 109 (Virgin Island & Jamaican Rums, Coconut, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Cream) and the Bikinis After Dark (Aged Jamaican Rum, Aged Rhum Agricole, Overproof Rum, Orgeat, Smoked Pineapple, Lime).

A small menu of Polynesian-inspired “island fare”—think Thai-Fried Chicken, Crab Rangoon, Coconut Shrimp and The Captain’s Pu Pu Platter—by Chef Doug Psaltis perfectly complements the rum-soaked cocktails. 

Three Dots and a Dash is a classic tiki cocktail created by Don the Beachcomber to celebrate the end of World War II. Morse code for the letter V, three dots and one dash symbolized “victory” and the return of the Allied soldiers. This drink is easily recognized by its iconic garnish—a skewer of three cherries and a pineapple ‘dash’. 

Three Dots and a Dash has several areas for semi-private events. The Bamboo Room accommodates up to 40 guests for cocktail receptions, while The Cove, adjacent to the main bar, holds up to 30 guests. The separate booth areas, The Lagoon and The Oasis, offer seating for 20 guests each. 

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