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Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago
Named after a famous Don the Beachcomber rum drink, this spacious subterranean speakeasy pairs tiki drinks in colorful ceramic mugs with crab rangoon and pork belly buns. Enter through the alley, and you’ll be transported into a fully realized tiki dream: Polynesian artifacts, giant clamshells, round tufted booths, colorful globe lights, and thatched grass. Most importantly, there are 165 seats and 175 kinds of rum. That’s a ratio we can get behind.   Drink this: Mixologist Paul McGee’s version of Three Dots and a Dash is made with aged rhum agricole (cane juice rum), Guyanese rum, honey, Falernum sweet syrup, lime, allspice, and Angostura bitters.

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