A bar in Downtown Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood has opened up a fresh set of curling rinks ahead of the icy winter 2019 season once again. Kaiser Tiger,a West Loop bar near temporary housing that focuses on German beers,food and activities opened their annual curling rinks once again this week in Chicago. This is the third year in a row that they have had curling at the bar,and residents and tourists alike are excited to get to experience this again.
The sausage and beer bar announced the opening in a Facebook post,and said they were happy to keep the tradition alive this year after having success in the past. The bar,situated near temporary housing and short-term rentals in downtown Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood,will offer 30-minute rentals of curling rinks for $40. Larger groups can make reservations through an official Kaiser Tiger email system,but other patrons will be served on a first-come,first-served basis.
Owner Chris Latchford decided to start offering curling at his bar after a bad winter in 2013-2014. He wasn’t sure how the community would react,but he hoped for the best.
“We were hoping for a good response but we were taken back by how immediately it has grown,” Latchford said. “I think it has to do with the Chicago spirit. We know the winters are brutal and we all want an excuse to be outside and have fun.”
In between rounds,bar-goers can sip on mulled wine and other warm cocktails to beat the cold. If you or your date aren’t drinkers,there are also fire pits with s’more stations to keep you warm. The bar will keep the curling rinks until the temperature gets back above 50 degrees,normally sometime in March.
Curling hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday to Thursday,noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.