WEST LOOP— Winter has arrived — and so has curling season in the West Loop.
The owners of Kaiser Tiger, a sausage and beer bar at 1415 W. Randolph St., have once again turned their beer garden into an ice curling wonderland. The rinks will officially open at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the bar announced in a Facebook post.
Rink rental is $40 for 30 minutes of play and are available at a first-come, first-served basis.
Curling hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
Large groups can make reservations by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the third season Kaiser Tiger has had their curling rinks available in the beer garden, co-owner Chris Latchford said. The plan to transform the bar’s beer garden was born after a particularly brutal winter in 2013-14, he previously told DNAinfo.
When the bar originally set up the ice curling rinks, Latchford wasn’t sure how Chicagoans would respond.
“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 addition to the three curling rinks, Kaiser Tiger offers hot drinks to keep guests warm like whiskey, mulled wine, as well as fire pits where people roast s’mores.
The curling season will run until the end of March, and as long as temperatures remain below 50 degrees,.
Kaiser Tiger opened in May 2014. The bar also offers bocce ball and ping pong in the beer garden during the summer months.