The Bamboo Room: New Speakeasy Inside Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash

Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash opened speakeasy space, The Bamboo Room, as a bar-in-a-bar concept. The rum-centric menu at the 22-seat Bamboo Room is led by beverage director Kevin Beary. As a small, intimate bar, his team can play with progressive techniques and curate cocktails that aren’t possible to execute at a high volume tiki bar.

The Bamboo Room’s menu has four categories of cocktails — Daiquiris, allowing guests to choose between four rum blends as a base; Stirred, a trio of spirit-forward cocktails that spotlight the flavor of aged cane spirits through simple combinations; Classic, which has iconic tiki drinks like the Mai Tai and Zombie served in vintage mugs sourced from tiki institutions; and Modern, a collection of  cocktails that each have a tiki element and are made with progressive techniques.

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House Daiquiri Program at The Bamboo Room Chicago

Your choice of rum blend from an extensive menu mixed with fresh Lime Juice and Martinique Sirop De Canne; served in the Traditional Style – shaken and served up, or over shaved block ice made from Cold-Pressed Pineapple Juice.

Stirred Rhum Cocktails at The Bamboo Room Chicago

Banana Clarified Tí Punch

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Rhum J.M. Gold Éléve Sous Bois 50, Lime, Banana, and Sirop De Canne (Sugarcane Syrup).

Dry Rum

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FourSquare Premise Rum, Worthy Park Single Estate Rum, Powdered Vermont Maple, Freeze Dried Pedro Ximenez Sherry, and Dehydrated Angostura Bitters.

Proper Rum and Honey 

Appleton 21-Year-Old Neisson Special Reserve, Saint Lucia Distillers Forgotten Cask, Honey, and Aromatic Bitters. (not shown)

Classic Tiki Cocktails at The Bamboo Room Chicago

1944 Style Mai Tai

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Trader Vic’s original version is punched up with high-test rum float; Worthy Park Rum-Bar Gold Rum, Neisson Blanc 52.5 Rhum, Real McCoy 12-Year-Old Rum, Sumatra Mandarin Curacao, Lime and Orgeat.

1934 Style Zombie

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Based on Don The Beachcomber’s cocktail; Appleton 12-Year-Old Rum, Hampden Estate Rum Fire Overproof Rum, St. Lucia Distillers Forgotten Cask Rum, Cinnamon, Pomegranate, Falernum, Lime, Grapefruit, Aromatic Bitters and Absinthe.

Missionary’s Downfall

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Another Don The Beachcomber creation with a recommended option of a Green Chartreuse float; Don Q Single Barrel 2005 Rum. Don Poncho 8-Year-Old Rum, Peach, Mint, Pineapple, Lime and Honey. Optional Green Chartreuse float; serves 2.

Kona Coffee Grog

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Modeled after Fort Lauderdale’s Mai-Kai version; freshly brewed Kona Coffee, LemonHart 151 Rum, Heritage Farm Honey, Coconut, Orange, Ceylon Cinnamon Stick, and Flames. Serves 2.

The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash Details

435 N. Clark Street (West Loop), Chicago; threedotschicago.com/thebambooroom; @ThreeDotsandaDash

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