A game of darts is a favorite English pastime, and experimenting with exciting new nightlife experiences is a must in Las Vegas. Flight Club, a social darts bar that recently opened its doors in November inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian, is already hitting the bullseye.
The concept, launched in 2015 by interior designer Alex Hobocienski and architect Ilias Soukbaev, has now spread across a dozen locations in the U.S. and U.K. The 16,000-square foot Strip version is the fourth and largest in the U.S. with 20 dart stations, tables placed throughout and a full-service bar that looks like a carousel, paying tribute to the British fairgrounds where the game originated.
Each station serves parties from two to 12 and has a dart board and three oches, or throw lines (rookie, regular and pro). There are also two long tables and a seating area for groups. Event packages are available for larger parties.
One of the tables features a screen on which players can select their game. There are six different ones to choose from, including “Demolition,” which is based on the classic game of 301. Uncertain how to play? You can watch a tutorial video which will play on a larger screen above the dartboard, so your whole party can follow along.
The system automatically keeps score for you, a la bowling, so whether you are a darts veteran or a newbie, it’s easy to enjoy the experience. It costs $16 before 4 p.m. and $18 after that from Sunday to Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday per person, with a 90-minute maximum.
The dart station can also be converted into a photo booth by selecting an option on the table screen. Pose with your group in front of the large screen and a few photos will be snapped. There is also the option to create boomerangs for Instagram.
The table screen also allows you to call for a server to order food and drinks. The specialty cocktails are all named after fun carousel animals, and I tried the Toucan ($17), a hibiscus cocktail with blanco tequila, Aperol, lemon, cocoa bitters and egg white. The menu features plenty of shareable plates, and I opted for the Lobster Elote Dip ($21), which has all the magic of street corn, elevated by accompanying lobster and crunchy tortilla chips.
For those truly looking for a next-level experience, food packages are available. The Caviar & Bubbles ($500) sets up the osetra roe for success, served on mini egg salad sandwiches, lobster crème fraîche blinis and seasonal oysters, all paired with a bottle of the always refreshing Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
There’s a lot to say about this place, which is good, since the first rule of Flight Club is to absolutely talk about Flight Club.
FLIGHT CLUB Shoppes, 702-848-4188, us.flightclubdarts.com. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.Grand Canal
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