Flight Club, which opened in May 2018, is not your neighborhood bar to go and throw darts for the night. It is two-story bar and restaurant that caters exclusively to playing darts. It is a concept they call “social darts” and it is fast becoming a must-do for small groups and/or date nights.
Social darts starts with the actual playing area called an “oche” (rhymes with hockey). Each oche can hold up to 20 people. Not seat, hold. It can maybe seat 8-10. It has the dart board, space for food and drink, and three throwing lines (rookie, regular, and pro).
Everything is high-tech. The boards are actually cork but they have instant scoring and technology to track your throws and to show instant replays (generally shown when someone wins or “checks out”). There is an easy-to-use interface to choose your game and input the names of your players. And it doesn’t matter what order you put them in, the order of throwers changes with each game. Also, be prepared to take a selfie with you player name. And it is not being taken from an attractive angle either.
The cost to play is $15-$22 for 30 minutes and $30-$40 for 60 minutes. The difference depends on if you are coming in during peak times. They recommend making a reservation if you have 6 or more in your party. Right now, they have 5 different games to choose from. We kept it simple and played the 180 game a couple of times. Everyone starts with 180 points and each throw brings that number down depending on where your darts land. And you have to get to zero without going over. We then played one fun game of Snakes and Ladders (their version of the children’s board game Chutes and Ladders)
I enjoy throwing darts, however, I am wildly inconsistent. Every once in awhile I will get lucky and actually hit the number I was aiming for. In our final game of the night we played a round of 180. One of our players, Diane, had checked out but three of us still had a turn in this round. The other two guys busted and I got lucky and hit my number on my first throw and checked out as well. So, then it went into a tie-breaker where Diane and I went head-to-head with only 60 points to play down from. She went first and on her first throw she nailed a triple 20 and checked out. WHO DOES THAT? Obviously, not me. True story.
Flight Club also functions as a restaurant if you would prefer to eat before or after playing darts. But you can also order food to be brought to your oche. We tried the mini poke tacos, al pastor skewers, and two flatbread pizzas (chicken sausage and four cheese) from the sharables menu. It was all very good.
I’m sure versions of this concept will be opening up in other cities and suburbs but, until it does, try to work this one into your schedule the next time you are in the city. (You Tube video courtesy of Flight Club)