“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
The name for the River North speakeasy is morse code for the letter V, which stands for victory. Yet, it's not celebrating the end of the Prohibition era. After World War II ended, Tiki was revied and people went back to drinking rum-infused tropical drinks.
It opened in 2013 because of co-founder Paul McGee's love for tiki bars. He wanted a place where a person could enjoy a great cocktail in a fun environment. Since the bar is also a speakeasy, the entrance is "hidden" in an alley on W Hubbard Street. Three Dots and a Dash can be found in an alley behind Bub City and, upon entering the back door, you will be guided down a dark stairwell lit by ominous skulls. Once you get to the bottom, you will find yourself transported to paradise where everything is covered with bamboo, Tiki statues are found on tables, plants are in the corners, and luau dressed waiters are ready to take your order.
For the drinks, Three Dots and A Dash offers a variety of expertly crafted cocktails that come in some of the coolest tiki mugs you will ever see. These mugs are also available for purchase on their online site. On the menu, you will find the original Three Dots and a Dash drink created during WWII.
The cocktails are fun and playful with names like "Aloha Felicia #3" and "Vicious Virgin". The drinks are all tropical in nature to match the theme of the bar and many are topped with hibiscus flowers and other Polynesian toppings. Beware of the drinks on the menu with two skulls next to its name, which indicates they will definitely leave you tipsy.
The bar also offers food options that follow the same tropical theme. Some of the food options include coconut shrimp and tuna poke that are as delicious as their drinks.
If you are coming along with a group and a big wallet, the menu offers pricey group drinks that come in giant shells, glass skulls, or even an overflowing treasure chest. Three Dots and A Dash also can be a great space to have a party. They have a variety of rooms that can hold between 16-30 guests or you can rent out the whole bar, which can hold 250 guests!