A few weeks ago on a warm Chicago evening, we sat at a table by an open window, watched the play-in games, and played trivia at Cuna's. Maybe it was the near 8o-degree temperatures. Or the easy parking. Or the excitement of March Madness. Or the $100 we pocketed at the end of the night. But it was kind of the best night ever, and we'd definitely go back.
We always brace ourselves whenever we play trivia in Lakeview because parking can be such a pain. We were pleasantly surprised to find plentiful metered parking right in front of the bar. It twas kind of empty when we arrived at 7:30, but it filled up well by the time trivia started at 8. There seemed to be a lot of regulars and enthusiastic teams.
Wednesday night specials are $15 bottles of domestic buckets, $5 Three Olive vodka drinks, and half priced apps. The menu is made up of your standard bar foods, including burgers named after Chicago sports icons. Yum. The bartender was swamped serving up drinks and also waiting tables, so service was a bit slow at times, but we give him props for hustling.
Trivia is provided by Chicago Trivia Guys, who usually do a fine job. Our emcee started trivia on time (check plus) but was a little slow overall (boo!). Round one focused on general trivia; round two on entertainment. We enjoyed the picture round in which we had to identify presidents from their portraits (damn you, Warren G. Harding!!). Round four was your standard audio round. Round five was a gem of a round. The emcee read out titles and we had to decide if they were the names of Coldplay songs or romantic comedies. There aren't enough questions about rom coms at trivia nights, if you ask me, so I really loved this round. Round six focused on March Madness. CTG nights always end with a lightning round, which is a fun, frenetic way to wrap things up. Throughout the night they raffled off shots and rounds of drinks.
The best part? The winners (ahem, that would be us!) g0t a $100 cash prize. Winners also get to wear the gold-wrestling-belt-of-champions if they show up to play trivia the next week. If that doesn't make you want to play at Cuna's, I don't know what will.
To sum up: good parking, cheap food, a bit slow...but the cash prize makes it worth the wait!
Cuna's Sports Lounge
1113 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL
3.5 Paws (out of 4)
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