Zagat: Chicago's 12 Best Beer Gardens
By: Sarah Freeman
Make your way down to the west end of Randolph Street to find this beer, bacon and sausage sanctuary. The patio, which doubles as a curling rink during winter, offers ample seating at picnic tables.
Drink This: Right Bee Cider
Eat This: Bacon Bomb sandwich
The best bars in the West Loop
BY: AMY CAVANAUGH
The sister bar to Lakeview's Paddy Long's, Kaiser Tiger continues the bacon and beer theme that worked so well at the first spot and adds a huge beer garden, complete with bocce court. The extensive draft list is always solid, with a focus on local brews and ciders. Hungry? If you aren't down for tackling the monster "bacon bomb," five pounds of sausage wrapped with woven bacon, you'll still eat well. The cheekily named Justin Bieber is a "big, white brat," topped with beer-braised onions and whole grain mustard and tucked into a pretzel bun. The crisp fries are a must order and come with your choice of dip—we're partial to the warm curry sauce.Read Full Article
TimeOut Chicago: Play Outdoor Games at These Bars
By: Elizabeth Atkinson
If Ron Swanson opened a restaurant, it would be the Kaiser Tiger: Their specialty is the Bacon Bomb, a 5-pound, bacon-covered meatloaf made with beef, pork and more bacon. Kaiser Tiger also features beer and sausage on their menu, plus a wide variety of craft beers.Read Full Article
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THRILLIST: THE 14 BEST BACON DISHES IN CHICAGO
BY: KAILLEY LINDMAN AND JAY GENTILE
This meaty monstrosity packs 2lbs of ground beef with 2lbs of ground pork, all encapsulated within a 16-slice bacon weave. Toss in some top-secret bomb sauce, a swath of spices and herbs, a brown sugar massage, and 3hrs spent in a hickory wood smoker and you have Chicago’s first and only WMAD (Weapon of Mass Appetite Destruction).Read Full Article
RED EYE: BACON S'MORES ARE A BACONFEST MUST HAVE!
BY: SAMANTHA NELSON
Bacon s'mores at Kaiser Tiger
1415 W. Randolph St. 312-243-3100
This bacon-centric West Loop gastropub is using the occasion of Baconfest to add more meat to its regular dessert menu with this decadent dish, which is made with housemade roasted bacon-flavored marshmallows, chocolate-bacon bark and graham crackers.
CHICAGOIST: 16 BEST OUTDOOR BARS
BY: MELISSA MCEWEN
One of the few outdoor bars that remains so even in the winter: The cold-tolerant can even enjoy curling on the beer garden during the frigid months. And in the summer it turns into a bocce court. Kaiser Tiger also boasts an excellent list of both beers and ciders to sip on no matter the weather.Read Full Article
RED EYE: CHICAGO’S NEW WAY TO GET ‘STONED’
BY: MATT LINDNER
Chris Latchford remembers his business partner's reaction when he told them he wanted to open a curling rink in the beer garden of their West Loop bar, Kaiser Tiger. "He thought I was a [bleeping] lunatic," he said. Latchford installed a pair of curling rinks on the patio a month ago, hoping to give Chicagoans a chance to engage in one of the city's most beloved summer traditions—outdoor drinking—while giving his bar a unique attraction for customers...Read Full Article
THRILLIST: PLAY BOCCE BALL WITHOUT EVER HAVING TO LEAVE THIS BAR
By: Jay Gentile
From the makers of the 5lb bacon bomb and mini curling comes... outdoor beer garden bocce. That's right, just in time for spring, Kaiser Tiger in the West Loop has converted its makeshift curling rink into a 200-seat bocce court.
The setup includes two lanes (are they called lanes?) of turf and two sets of bocce balls. The courts work on a first come, first served basis. According to their official rules, “You should always have a refreshing beverage in your non-throwing hand.” Who are we to argue?
For those who don’t know, bocce ball is an Italian old-man sport similar to the Canadian old-man sport of curling (without the Olympic squad.) The goal is to get your team’s balls as close to the little white ball as possible, or something like that. The real goal? To pretend like you’re getting some sort of exercise while drinking beer outdoors. A fine goal indeed.
CHICAGO EATER: BEST BEER GARDENS
BY: JEFFY MAI
Warm weather is (almost) upon us and that means it's time for patio season. Some places have already opened up their doors to al fresco dining while many more will be joining the fun in the coming days. Check out Eater's guide early and often for the newest, hottest spots to catch some sun and dream of summer.
#11. Kaiser Tiger
Kaiser Tiger’s massive 200+ seat beer garden has installed 2 Bocce Ball courts for guests to play. The courts are on a first-come, first-served basis...
ZAGAT: 12 HOTTEST NEW BEER BARS IN THE U.S.
BY: DANYA HENNINGER
Chris Latchford and Pat Berger put the beer-and-bacon-worshipping vibe of their Lakeview pub Paddy Long’s on steroids for this West Loop beer hall. Two dozen taps provide plenty of choices for patrons spread out over the 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor seating areas, with options that hail from across the U.S. Get your brew in solid form with the special “Beer and Bacon” sausage, created in collaboration with Lagunitas, or simply go all out with the bacon-lattice-wrapped Bomb.READ FULL ARTICLE
THRILLIST: BEST PLACE TO EAT BACON IN AMERICA
BY: SEAN COOLEY
This West Loop beer hall does a lot of wonderful things with bacon, including wrapping it around dates and deep-fried meatballs. But for a real assault against your ventricles, go for the Whole Bomb. A glorious mutation of meatloaf, the thing starts with 2lbs each of ground beef and pork, which is wrapped up in a 16-strip bacon weave that sits on the smoker for three hours. The 5lb log is then sliced off for sandwiches or, more ideally, is just eaten like a burrito while you weep alone in the dark.READ FULL ARTICLE
FOX 32: KAISER TIGR ICE CURLING
Lizzie Schiffman of DNAinfo talks to Fox 32 about Kaiser Tiger's brand new curling rink.