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Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Saturday till 3, other nights till 2

Price: $$

Whistler barkeep turned LEYE beverage master Paul McGee's long-awaited tiki bar.

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If you're a River North interloper, you might be shocked to find that Three Dots has only one open table at 6:45 PM—on a Monday. You might be underwhelmed by its menu of one-note (that note being sticky-sweet) bar snacks. You might be overwhelmed by a business-attired party partaking of the $385 "treasure chest," which serves six to eight and includes a neon-lit bottle of Dom poured into the liquor-filled vessel, the contents of which are sucked through cartoonishly long straws. But who cares about any of that. You come here for two things: to sip transcendent drinks and revel in tiki chic. And on those fronts, Three Dots delivers. The drinks menu offers 16 cocktails—eight classics, sourced to various historic tiki bars and/or tiki culture's forefathers, and eight modern cocktails, sourced to mixologist Paul McGee, the former drinks master at the Whistler now aboard the good ship Lettuce Entertain You. It's hard to choose among options such as the Saturn—navy-strength gin, passion fruit, lemon, falernum, and almond, all perfectly calibrated—and the Poipu Beach Boogie Board, an impressive-strength mix of rye, overproof rum, guava, maraschino, grenadine, pineapple, and lemon. But you don't have to—as my budget allows, I plan on drinking my way through all his superlative cocktails in as short an order as possible. Read the full review >>

Mara Shalhoup

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When it was announced that Paul McGee would leave trailblazing Logan Square cocktail bar the Whistler for a gig with restaurant behemoth Lettuce Entertain You, the news was likened to the sound of "a thousand coupes shattering." But don't call him a sellout: his cosmopolitan River North tiki bar is suavity meets Disney—007 with a dash of Pirates of the Caribbean. The drinks menu offers 16 cocktails—eight classics, sourced to various historic tiki bars and/or tiki culture's forefathers, and eight modern cocktails, sourced to McGee himself. There are also three large-format punches, accessibly priced between $45 and $65, and if your budget or expense account allows, a $385 "treasure chest," McGee's answer to bottle service, which serves six to eight and includes a neon-lit bottle of Dom poured into the liquor-filled vessel. You might be underwhelmed by the menu of one-note (that note being sticky-sweet) bar snacks like coconut shrimp and Thai fried chicken, but who cares? You come here for two things: to sip transcendent drinks and revel in tiki chic. And on those fronts, Three Dots delivers. Read the full review >> —Mara Shalhoup

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