Bars & Nightlife

Inside Manchester’s Fairground-Inspired Darts Bar

By Laura O'Neill

The pub classic has been given a new lease of life.

Social darts venue, Flight Club, officially opened in Manchester’s King Street last year when more than 300 guests from across Manchester’s business, arts, sports and lifestyle world stepped up to the venue’s 14 oches to celebrate the launch of the club, which also has venues in London and Chicago.

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The club has reinvented the game of darts which, until recently, had been played by men called Big Les in dingy pubs, using patented dart-tracking technology designed by Flight Club’s own astrophysicist. Each board sits under the gaze of three precision cameras, that together can identify the location of each dart with sub-millimetre accuracy.

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The same system also keeps score, tracks whose turn it is and which numbers each player needs to hit, before proudly announcing the winner’s victory on a big screen. The ‘Stories’ system then sends everyone a colourful digital dossier full of highlights, replays, loopcams and footage from the action-replay cam.


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The bar has 14 oches available to book, each with their own seating area and table service, so food and drink (including pizzas, sharing platters, and cocktails) can be delivered directly to your board. The club also features a 60ft signature bar and hosts live DJ sets throughout the week, as well as a daily Fizz Hour from 5pm to 7pm. The venue also offers a range of bookable private and semi-private spaces for anything from two to 350 people for Christmas parties, birthdays and company events.

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Flight Club is open from 12pm until late, to book your place, visit the Flight Club website.

Also published on Medium.