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Three Dots and a Dash- Add a Little Island Flavor to Your Life

By Kevin Carroll

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It's Friday night and that means it's time to let loose from the monotony of the week. Unless you're freshly 21, the bars of Wrigley have probably lost their sparkle. There's always Boystown if you're up for a bit of liberal dancing, but it will not take long until that loses its charm as well.

Have the bars become boring or have you? Thankfully neither. All it means is that it's time to shake it up a bit and explore the places you may have overlooked.

Three Dots and a Dash

On Clark Street there is a bar that you have passed by many times without even realizing it's there. Why? Well, Three Dots and a Dash is easy to pass by as it's located underground. Located at 435 N. Clark Street, this trendy tiki bar is quickly becoming the latest hot spot for residents of the Gold Coast and beyond.

When it comes to themed bars, there is a thin line between tacky and chic. For all our sakes, this bar is definitely the latter. The moment you walk down the stairs and enter Three Dots and a Dash you know you have made the right choice.

All of the staff has a sunny disposition and help to heighten the mood of the bar even further. Since this bar is becoming more of a hot spot, you may have to wait briefly for a table, but I promise the wait is worth it. When given the choice, definitely choose to sit at one of the tables instead of the bar. It helps you take in the interesting décor and lets you get more comfortable, which is always a plus.

A look at the bar

Once the menus come, you may be tempted to buy every single drink, but hold tight. The basic drinks are $13, which may sound pricey, however you will only need one or two  (depending on how much fun you plan on having) as they definitely are not shy with the alcohol.

Jungle Bird

Highlights from my trip with friends include: the Jungle Bird, a rum based unction that would make Captain Jack Sparrow proud, Bunny’s Banana Daiquiri,  a fruity drink with a modern flair, and the Mai Tai, a classic drink done right.

Bunny"s Banana Daiquiri

An original drink that us broke college kids wish we could afford is the Treasure Chest No. 1. Served with a bottle of Dom Pérignon, the monster-sized drink comes served in a treasure chest and combines Guatemalan rum with passion fruit, guava, pineapple, lemon, and lime. At the price of $385, the drink will not become a habit, but since it is meant to serve 6-8 people, it will not completely wreck your bank account.

The full drink menu is here. Three Dots and a Dash also serves food, but during my visit we stuck to the cocktails. Click here for the food menu.

Unfortunately there is a downside to this bar. For my fellow dancers, there is not much of an opportunity to dance here. The music is fun, but the small space in front of the DJ does not elicit any groove sessions. If you really need to get down with your bad self, there are a number of bars in the surrounding area that offer ample room to dance.

Treasure Chest No. 1

If you’re looking for a new bar to visit, or just want to hang out at some place downtown, then Three Dots and a Dash is for you. Plus, you can impress your friends by taking them here before it gets too popular.

All phots taken by Three Dots and a Dash.

Published on Oct 18, 2013

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