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Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, IL (bar)
finky099
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From: Orange County, CA
Posted: 2015-05-21 3:21 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-05-21 12:54, Kahiki Guy wrote:
Heading to Chicago and Milwaukee in July ... and working our way down the list of signature drinks, and collecting every mug on the way down, then asking them to call us a cab back to the hotel....




Kahiki Guy, you will not be disappointed! But get a few "friends" to join you (or make some there) if you're going to try the Treasure Chest drink (although, I don't think you can actually buy the treasure chest the drink is served in.)

Are you going to go to Hala Kahiki or Chef Shangri-La while in Chicago? Lost Lake is also great (same guys as Three Dots), but its décor is decidedly not "tiki", even though their drinks clearly are.

Cheers and have a blast!


 
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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-05-21 6:47 pm   Permalink

Yes, all of those are on our list! Also going to Lucky Joe's in Milwaukee (an "ode" to Frankie's in Vegas). Looking forward to all of them and will get mugs from wherever possible.

Thanks!
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Quince_at_Dannys
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Posted: 2015-05-22 08:14 am   Permalink

If you're hitting Milwaukee, don't miss the Foundation Tiki Bar. Drinks are great there, really top notch. Get the "secret" menu, and order yourself a 151 Swizzle (in the metal cup!)

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Yes, all of those are on our list! Also going to Lucky Joe's in Milwaukee (an "ode" to Frankie's in Vegas). Looking forward to all of them and will get mugs from wherever possible.

Thanks!




 
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Kahiki Guy
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From: Baltimore, MD
Posted: 2015-05-22 08:30 am   Permalink

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On 2015-05-22 08:14, Quince_at_Dannys wrote:
If you're hitting Milwaukee, don't miss the Foundation Tiki Bar. Drinks are great there, really top notch. Get the "secret" menu, and order yourself a 151 Swizzle (in the metal cup!)

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On 2015-05-21 18:47, Kahiki Guy wrote:
Yes, all of those are on our list! Also going to Lucky Joe's in Milwaukee (an "ode" to Frankie's in Vegas). Looking forward to all of them and will get mugs from wherever possible.

Thanks!






Thanks "QAD"! I'm not sure if that place was on our list or not, but it Definitely is now! Just sent the link to my wife to add to our itinerary. Thanks for the tip about the "secret" menu also. Looking forward to it. Looks awesome!

Mahalo!
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2015-05-22 09:34 am   Permalink

The Foundation is one of the best modern era Tiki bars going, in my opinion... somehow,
they manage to balance the right Tiki vibe with also feeling like a comfortable, neighborhood
place (I'd liken the neighborhood vibe there to the Tonga Hut in Hollywood...)

The drinks are top notch, you'll be welcomed with open arms and you'll immediately feel like
a regular.

They also have a super cool signature barrel mug you can only get there
(and the drink that comes in it is fan-fuggin'-tastic...)

Hala Kahiki and Chef Shangri-La outside of Chicago are two of our favorite
places in the world and are certainly must-visits -

If yer a completist on your Chi/MKE Tiki tour, there's also Tiki Terrace in Des
Plaines (they do a great Polynesian floor show on Fri & Sat nights), the Tong's
Tiki Hut in Villa Park, The Breakers in Crystal Lake, and on your way up to Milwaukee,
there's the Rendez'vous in Kenosha...

Have fun - ya won't be disappointed!

--Pete


 
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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-05-22 09:45 am   Permalink

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On 2015-05-22 09:34, Ragbag Comics wrote:
The Foundation is one of the best modern era Tiki bars going, in my opinion... somehow,
they manage to balance the right Tiki vibe with also feeling like a comfortable, neighborhood
place (I'd liken the neighborhood vibe there to the Tonga Hut in Hollywood...)

The drinks are top notch, you'll be welcomed with open arms and you'll immediately feel like
a regular.

They also have a super cool signature barrel mug you can only get there
(and the drink that comes in it is fan-fuggin'-tastic...)

Hala Kahiki and Chef Shangri-La outside of Chicago are two of our favorite
places in the world and are certainly must-visits -

If yer a completist on your Chi/MKE Tiki tour, there's also Tiki Terrace in Des
Plaines (they do a great Polynesian floor show on Fri & Sat nights), the Tong's
Tiki Hut in Villa Park, The Breakers in Crystal Lake, and on your way up to Milwaukee,
there's the Rendez'vous in Kenosha...

Have fun - ya won't be disappointed!

--Pete



Thanks Ragbag!
I know we have Hala Kahiki, Chef Shangri-La, and The Tiki Terrace already on the list (looking forward to the polynesian floor show!), but I don't think we knew about the other 3. Thanks a lot for all the great tips everyone! I think we may have to extend our trip from 4 days to 5 to fit all this in! But that's a problem I'll take any day!
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sneakyjack
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Posted: 12 days ago; 12:36 pm   Permalink

Planning a visit here early July - I looked back on the thread and wondered of anything NEW I need to learn..

That said a few quick questions..

1. Is it easy to find? (speakeasy and alley way?) look for what markings?
2. If there are 4 or possibly more can I make a reservation - I plan to be there at 5pm on a weekday Thursday. Line?
3. All the drinks look good how about the apps? any suggestions?
Mahalo to anyone who responds.

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KonaKaiBaby
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Posted: 12 days ago; 1:07 pm   Permalink

Hey, sneakyjack. I haven't been there yet, but my daughter lives in Chicago, and she went there to get us some mugs. My understanding from her is that the sign at the street actually says "Bub City"--it's a multi-level establishment with 3 Dots on one level and Bub City on another. 3 Dots is only open in the evenings most days, but Bub City is open much earlier in the day. For anyone just going to get mugs, you can apparently buy 3 Dots mugs at Bub City, even if 3 Dots is closed.

Hope that helps a little! Maybe after your visit you could let us know what mugs they have for sale there now? If there's something new, maybe I'll try to talk my daughter into another mug run for me

Cheers,
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Posted: 12 days ago; 1:17 pm   Permalink

Howdy! You can make a reservation via OpenTable. It's not a bad idea, because it can occasionally get busy at random times even early on a weeknight. Yes, it's located underneath Bub City--but you'll need to go to the alley behind Bub City to get in. Just look for the tiki torches and the blue neon. Best drinks? The namesake Three Dots and a Dash is a classic, and the Saturn is also wonderful. If you want to go the punchbowl route (a good idea if there are at least two of you) definitely get the Zombie.

And by all means, if you can make it to Lost Lake while you're in town, go! It's a lot homier, has much better food, and the drinks are topnotch.


 
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KonaKaiBaby
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Posted: 12 days ago; 1:28 pm   Permalink

Oooh...just looked up Lost Lake. It's very close to my daughter's apartment! I wonder if they have mugs??? Can't help it. I'm a junkie.
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Posted: 12 days ago; 1:38 pm   Permalink

Lost Lake does not have mugs (YET!)

 
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KonaKaiBaby
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Posted: 12 days ago; 1:42 pm   Permalink

Ah, thx. I'll just have to stay tuned. I'll tell my daughter to be at the ready when the mugs emerge!
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finky099
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Posted: 10 days ago; 6:28 pm   Permalink

Went to 3 Dots and Lost Lake in late-April - both fantastic. I would put the quality of mixology up there with Smuggler's Cove and the Mai Kai (to give some bi-coastal references). And I love that just about every drink you can order off the menus (which are eye candy in themselves) are served in muggery.

As said above, the door to 3 Dots is in an alley way. Once you enter, you'll go down a set of stairs, under some skulls, and you're basically in. Didn't work when I tried to Google Map the location, so here's my orientation: Find Bub's. Bub's main entrance directly faces out to Clark. Walk south to the corner of Clark & Hubbard, take a left and the alleyway will be your first left (right after the little donut shop). You'll see a doorman about 30 feet in, waiting outside the 3Dots door to check IDs.

And, yes, GO EARLY. For a party of 4, you should be able to get a table somewhere fairly easily if you go when they open.

As for drinks- you can't go wrong. I had about 6 different drinks and all were great. Three Dots and Jet Pilot were possibly my favorites. If you aren't sure, just tell the bartender what flavors or spirits you like and they'll make a good recommendation. I had coconut shrimp and crab rangoons. Both were good, but I hear the Thai Fried Chicken wings are a standout (I don't eat chicken, so I cannot confirm personally.)

If you get to Lost Lake (and I hope you do, cuz it's worth it), I can't comment too much on the food. I just had the addictive peanut snacks. But did enjoy a Lost Lake and shared a delicious "Wave Of Mutilation/A Fish Tank Needs Sharks" bowl drink. Also had a few sips of the Poipu Beach Boogie Board, which was really tasty.

Cheers!




 
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Posted: 4 days ago; 08:51 am   Permalink

Mahalo for the above - I'll report back after mission is completed.

Mahalo!!!
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