Review – Flight Club Shoreditch
Get in the zone, mind focused, elbows straight, ready to let go – and explode on the dartboard with style.
Yes, this isn’t your average bar. This is Flight Club, Shoreditch, one of two locations in London where guests can book a session to throw darts in an ‘oche’ – a small private booth – taking part in a series of games, while enjoying a selection of food and drink.
Situated a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Old Street roundabout, Flight Club is on a quiet, unassuming street corner. Walk through the door, however, and you enter a place that oozes old-fashioned class with vintage leather furniture and mahogany bar to match.
Walking through, you meet a set of doors where you get a quick insight into the oches. A fairground horse carousel sits in one of them and another is filled with young professional clientele. Many of the oches are designed for large groups of ten plus, with large curved leather sofas, all in front of digital score screens with dart boards underneath.
The maître d’hôtel leads us down wooden stairs, a smell of leather overpowering us, and we arrive at an oche just in front of the kitchen. To the side is a second bar, full of bottles of mysterious liquids in all shapes and sizes.
With a variety of challenges available, darting has never been this fun. You can play each game as little or as often as you like, losing track of time and completely losing yourself in the general atmosphere.
The food, which can be ordered straight to the oche, is fast, delicious and reasonable with an average main coming out at £10. There are two menus: one for lunch and another for sharing, based around salads, burgers, fries, pizzas and meat-based dishes.
Flight Club expertly combines a comforting food experience with the social niceties of darts, all amongst a warm and relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff. It definitely hits the target.
A booking for 90 minutes for two at an off-peak time costs £22, the average price for a main dish is £10.