Last second Field Goal gives Packers 38-35 win over Giants (12-0!)

8 Dec

There are many things a parent is good for. Fixing a home cooked meal, reminding you it’s your Grandparents anniversary, but the most important thing I learned about my parents is that they are GREAT to watch the Packers game with. For Sunday’s (unbelievable) game against the Giants we invited our families to come out and celebrate our love of the midwest at City Lounge in Cudahy. My mom came looking stunning in her Packer earrings and the dad’s came equipped with their football expertise.Thanks to our newly developed sports edification, we now know more football terms than “field goal” and “touchdown” which is more than I can say for myself a month ago. That doesn’t mean I still don’t need to study. There’s something really bonding about watching sports with family members. It’s magic. It brings dysfunctional families to common ground and functional families to pure elation. Ah, there we have it- another example of the Packers power as social glue.

The game was crazy. Crazy crazy. I thought I was going to puke the entire time. From the first touchdown the Giants made to Mason Crosby’s winning field goal in the last second. The second win over the New York Giants apparently drew the highest television rating for a regular-season NFL game since 2007. Whoo! 12-0!!!

As for City Lounge, we were pleasantly surprised. Having pretty low expectations for Cudahy in general, we decided to go against all odds and try out City Lounge. My parents patronized the bar a couple times and really liked it. We heard they had free food for Packer games and some really amazing specials so we thought WHAT THE (cuda)HAY, lets try it.

Soup Buffet

The bar actually has a pretty interesting decor. Somewhere between Outer Space and the Old West (one of our friends incisively made the reference to Cowboys and Aliens– ZING!), City Lounge was charming and alluring, not at all what I expected from my South Milwaukee Suburb Prejudices. It seemed really put together even though there were disco balls hanging from the ceiling. One of the first bars in Milwaukee to go smoke free, they pride themselves on this fact (the website is www.cityloungesmokefree.com/) and I think have been established pretty prominently in the Cudahy bar scene as pioneers during the smoke free debate before it became state mandated).

City Lounge is also the first and only place to sell III Dachshunds Beer & Cider™, a local brewing company named after yep, you guessed it, the owners love of Dachshund  dogs. Founder Joseph G. Halser IV claims the beer “carries on the small bold nature of the breed [of dog] and brew small batch, quality, handcrafted beer”. You should definitely grab yourself one of these unique Micro brews exclusively at City Lounge (I sound like their marketing intern don’t I? Hmmm, might be time for a career change!)

They’re also known for their great after work happy hour specials and martinis. The server was sweet and there were lots of cheap drinks.  Oh, And I forgot the most important thing- there was FREE SOUP!

Free Food? Taco Soup. Under the black light (yeah you heard right) the soup looked green but to our pleasant surprise when taken back to the table and more closely examined under “natural space” lighting we found it was bright orange. You know what that means- Nacho cheeeeese!!! The soup had some delicious ingredients hidden in the cheesy  thickness like potatoes and chicken and beans with a spicy flavor. Soups like that are specifically why I think the midwest is the best place to eat. We do NOT play around. Some of our friends said it was just ok, but I thought the soup was so much more than “just ok”.

We also got pizza and some wings, to which there was contention regarding quality. The crispy wing lovers weren’t impressed, while the soft wing lovers were. Different strokes.

Drink Specials? $2 domestic taps, $3 micro brews, $4 bloodies and $3 Jager bombs for touchdowns

Demographics: Cudahy people. Different ages but most 25/30+.

Packer Hype Scale: Probably 6 or 7. The game was insanely close. My dad made everyone at our table stand up for the last play, I guess to channel some positive energy. By the end of the game everyone  in the bar was biting their nails and clapping and screaming and praying to whomever above they believed could help us win.

Pros:

+Cheap drinks

+ Free soup!

+ Great atmosphere

+ Raffles and game pools

Cons

-Unusually dark. I guess that’s what happens when you watch a game in space.

Would we go back? Yeah, I would like to go back for happy hour to check out their martini selection. Part of why I enjoyed the game so much was the entire atmosphere. The families who came out, all our friends, the incredible game and energy- It was such a great time.

 

-Kim

 

City Lounge

3455 E. Layton Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110 

Phone: 414-747-8408

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