The first rule of fight club may be that you don’t talk about fight club... but with no such strictures in place at Flight Club, I’m here to tell you all about it. The Manchester branch of this popular London bar opened its doors last week and I was lucky enough to go along.
Flight Club is located on King Street, out of the way enough to feel exclusive without leaving the bright lights of Manchester too far behind. Not that you’ll need them, Flight Club is decked out midway between a Victorian carnival and a Vegas casino. Past and present collide, with high tech interactive darts boards sat alongside vintage memorabilia.
The premise here is all about darts, with booths and boards taking up two of the large, burlesque-style spaces. The food and drink flowed throughout the evening, with bitesize tasters off the main menu making their way through the crowds. The sharing pizzas - which work great when teaming up for darts - were doughy deliciousness with a range of tasty toppings, from three cheeses through to spicy 'Nduja sausage, along with gluten-free alternatives.
When it comes to darts, I’m a complete rookie - though that turned out not to be a problem. The simulators offer a variety of games tailored to all skill levels and you can even pair up with a better performing partner. Thanks to this little rule, I actually won and had an awesome time chucking darts and cheering along with everyone else. The interactive darts system takes the whole experience up a notch - with action replays for the winner, boomerang videos, on-screen graphics and lots of quirky games to play.
So even if you’re not a fan of the darts, a visit to Flight Club is well worth your time. You can book a booth, complete with darts board, for however many people in your group, with food and drinks served as you play. The atmosphere is electric and they’ve even got alcoholic slushies. What more could you ask for in a venue?
Flight Club is open on 98 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU, Monday - Sunday, and games can be booked here.