The centuries-old game of darts gets a bit of a new spin at Flight Club, opening Monday, December 16, in Boston’s Seaport District (60 Seaport Blvd., in the same building as bowling hot spot Kings). This is the second United States location for the UK-based chain of dart-focused bars and restaurants, which arrived in Chicago in mid-2018, and US locations are operated by Social Entertainment Ventures, which is also behind chains of mini golf bars and ping-pong bars.
It feels appropriate that it’s located next to Kings as it turns darts into an activity akin to bowling (or ax-throwing) — groups rent a lane called an oche, which rhymes with hockey. In the non-Flight Club darts world, the word refers specifically to the throw line, but at Flight Club, it’s the whole dart-throwing area, and it’s available for half-hour or hour-long blocks for $15 or $30 respectively. Players can choose from a variety of games, which are scored automatically, and order food and drinks right to the oche. There’s a snack-y menu meant for sharing, with dishes like fried clam bellies with bouillabaisse aioli and chorizo spice; yuzu guacamole with corn nut crunch, jalapeno powder, and tortilla chips; and tandoori chicken skewers with mango chutney and spiced yogurt.
Unlike the Chicago location’s garden-party vibe, the new Boston location takes after the chain’s Manchester location with a British Victorian fairground feel, full of carnival touches, including a carousel horse and whimsical art. There are more modern details, too, such as bare lightbulbs throughout that pulse in time with the venue’s music. Alex Hobocienski of HT Creative designed the Boston location; keep reading for a peek inside the expansive space, which can fit 100 people at high-top tables throughout. There are 11 oches and two full bars as well.
When Flight Club opens in Boston next week, it will operate from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday, noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Oches can be reserved up to a couple weeks in advance online.
Here’s a look inside: