Festive Bar & Restaurant in Montrose Brings High-Tech Dart Games to Houston

The bar area at Flight Club Houston

If you’re like me, the last time you played a game of darts was at a nondescript dive bar, where one lone board stood in a dark corner and the two darts you managed to scrounge up were rusty and could be used as deadly weapons. Flight Club has taken the game of darts to a whole new level, offering digitized dart boards and cameras for instant replays and making the experience of “social darts” far different than what most people expect. Flight Club started in the United Kingdom and branched out to its first US locations in Chicago and Boston. There are now six, including one in Houston which opened at the beginning of 2022 in the Regent Square development at 3515 West Dallas.

Individual dart playing area
The oche, Individual dart playing areas. Photo by Allied Global Marketing.

The venue is spacious and has a whimsical carnival-meets-British-pub aesthetic. There is a lit-up bar with a carousel backdrop in the middle. The individual areas for play are called “oche” (rhymes with hockey) and can accommodate groups of up to a dozen people. While traditionally a two-person game, “social darts” is far more exciting with more people. To start the game, you add your name to the system, take a photo and choose between different game setups. Not to worry; there are three different lines from which you can throw; rookie, regular, and pro. Even if you’ve never played a game of darts in your life, you’ll quickly get into the competitive spirit. It was an amusing surprise when I received an email the next day with a few of the playback videos. It is a nice added touch to the whole experience.

Lobster Elote
Lobster Elote at Flight Club Houston. Photo by Minh Truong.

While game play is at the forefront, the food and drink menus are not afterthoughts. The shareable, globally inspired dishes include tandoori chicken skewers served with mango chutney and spiced yogurt, and hoisin glazed crispy pork belly bao buns with pickled daikon, jalapeño, carrots, and cucumber. A flavorful Lobster Elote Dip was a favorite of the night. All the elements of the Mexican street food dish were present,including lime, jalapeño, cilantro, Cotija cheese and Tajin. These, along with the corn kernels, were mixed with hunks of lobster, making for a creamy, tangy, savory and hearty dip. There are also a handful of flatbreads to choose from, including buffalo chicken, vegan mushroom and  burrata with basil pesto, grilled artichoke hearts and roasted tomato, which was light and fresh.

Pork Belly Bao Buns
Pork Belly Bao Buns at Flight Club Houston. Photo by Minh Truong.

There are just a few dessert options, including a Cookie Tower made of macarons, madeleines and strawberry mousse-filled profiteroles and cronuts served with chocolate, raspberry and crème Anglaise sauces. Fitting for the carnival theme is cotton candy. Even adults should appreciate the playfulness of this nostalgic, sweet treat. 

The Lynx cocktail and mezcal
The Lynx cocktail and mezcal pours at Flight Club Houston. Photo by Minh Truong.

The main draw of the drink menu are the signature cocktails that include fresh fruit juices and spices. The Lynx is made of Empress Gin, lemon tonic and lavender, and is garnished with a sprig of fresh lavender. The resulting flavors are herbaceous and floral. The Capuchin, made with mezcal, ancho chile liqueur, pineapple and lime, was a favorite among our group of mezcal lovers. It was smoky and sweet with a hint of heat. You’ll find a sizable list of craft beers on draft, as well as in bottles and cans. Wine drinkers will also find a small but well-thought-out list that includes plenty of variety.

If you’ve been looking for a chance to check it out, there’s no better time. Flight Club is partnering with C. Baldwin Hotel, Houston’s downtown boutique hotel, to offer guests a deal for a unique staycation through September 30. Guests who book the C. Baldwin x Flight Club Houston package will receive a complimentary oche experience and 20% off food and beverages at Flight Club Houston. Flight Club is a great option for something different to do, whether for a date night, a night out with friends, a company happy hour or team-building event.

Flight Club is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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