The Best Rum and Tiki Bars in Chicago
With renewed interest in tiki bars and the re-opening of Cuba, there’s been a resurgence of rum. Or ron. Or rhum. However you spell it, rum, derived from sugar cane and distilled throughout the Caribbean, the Americas, South Pacific and even the Philippines, is making a comeback. Some are even saying rum is the new bourbon. Chicago has a few specifically tiki-themed spots, but a number of cocktail lounges also stock plenty of high-quality rums. From tiki joints to upscale spots, this is where you should be drinking rum in Chicago now.
1. THREE DOTS AND A DASH
Set down a flight of stairs below Bub City and off an alley in River North, Three Dots and a Dash revived the tiki craze in Chicago. With an original menu first crafted by veteran mixologist Paul McGee and now overseen (and recently overhauled) by the talented beverage director Diane Corcoran, you will get your rum fill here. The hardest decision will be what cleverly named cocktail—Blood of the Kapu Tiki or The “Cacchen” Some Rays, for example—you’ll want to order first. The underground tiki den’s massive list features between 125 and 150 quality rums. They admit they could easily have upwards of 300, but want to carry spirits they stand behind. All the better for you.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
You’ll be in good hands with the namesake Three Dots and a Dash, with aged rhum agricole, Guyanese rum, honey, falernum, lime, allspice and Angostura Bitters. Corcoran’s personal favorite is the Bikinis After Dark, with aged Jamaican rum, aged rhum agricole, overproof rum, orgeat, smoked pineapple and lime.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Let the highly trained servers and bartenders guide your cocktail decision. They work with the rums daily and can open your mouth to a new type or bottle.
Chicago, IL 60654
Monday: 5pm – 2am
Tuesday: 5pm – 2am
Wednesday: 5pm – 2am
Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday: 4pm – 2am
Saturday: 5pm – 3am