A forthcoming bar and restaurant in Boston’s Seaport District aims to give patrons a new opportunity to partake in a 700-plus-year-old bar game. Flight Club will open later this year at 60 Seaport Blvd., where it will provide food, drink, and endless opportunities to throw darts. The venue takes over the space where a restaurant called 75 on Courthouse Square operated for part of 2018.
Based in the UK, Flight Club operates five locations in London, Manchester, and Chicago, all of which accommodate small-group dart play and large-scale (up to 400 people) events or parties. The multi-player dart games are siloed in oches (or dart-playing areas) for up to 20 people, with scoring trackers, tables, and seating, and customers can order food and drinks while playing darts.
Building on a vast tradition of darts in bars, Flight Club turns it into more of an organized experience akin to bowling, where customers rent oches by the half hour or hour ($15 or $22 for a half hour, depending on whether it’s off-peak or peak time, or $30 or $40 for a full hour, depending on the time). The company has trademarked the term “social darts,” saying that is has “reinvented darts for the twenty first century” with fancy dart-tracking technology and instant scoring.
It will join a growing collection of bars and restaurants in the Boston area that play up the gaming and drinking combo. In the Seaport, for example, Flight Club will be located right by Kings, which mainly focuses on bowling but also has billiards, air hockey, and arcade games. Other local venues like Versus, A4cade, and Somerville’s axe-throwing bar, Urban Axes, amplify the idea of competitive games and activities alongside nightlife. The region also has a growing number of venues that offer gaming — board games as well as video games.
Boston’s Flight Club will be a full-service restaurant with cocktails, beer, and wine. The food options in Chicago include an oche-specific menu of raw bar items, desserts, and dishes like short rib tacos, onion dip, vegetable dumplings, and flatbreads.
• The Boston Seaport Is Getting a “Social Darts” Venue and Restaurant [BM]
• Flight Club Chicago [Official Site]