Playing a round of darts at your local dive bar crosses over into high-tech territory in Atlanta with the opening of Flight Club at Star Metals on January 11 — an entire bar and restaurant dedicated to the target-throwing contest.
The UK-based “eatertainment” chain specializes in a technologically driven take on the traditional game of darts with automated scoring and multi-player options for up to 400 people. Spread out over two floors, playing a round of darts for 90 minutes at Flight Club costs $12 per person. But groups of up to 12 people can reserve a semi-private area called an oche (sounds like hockey) at Flight Club. These 12 playing areas can be linked together to create tournaments with other groups.
As for food, Flight Club serves everything from lobster elote dip, shrimp cocktail, and tandoori chicken skewers, to pork belly baos, a vegan banh mi flatbread, and poke tacos. Dessert features a tower of cookies, cotton candy, and cronuts with chocolate and raspberry sauces. The bar serves beer, wine and cocktails as well as buckets of beer for sharing. A weekday happy hour takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. offering food and drink specials.
Flight Club joins several other venues in the area combining gaming and dining, including recently opened Your 3rd Spot at the Works; Top Golf on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard; Fowling Warehouse on English Street; the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue; mini golf bar and restaurant Puttshack at the Interlock; and Westside Motor Lounge in English Avenue. Arizona-based chain Culinary Dropout opens this year at the Brickworks on Marietta Street.
Star Metals and the Interlock will reach completion in the next two years and currently include new restaurants like Velvet Taco, Sweetgreen, sushi bar Kinjo Room, Wagamama, rooftop bar and restaurant L.O.A, and mini golf restaurant Puttshack. Omakase restaurant Hayakawa (formerly Sushi Hayakawa on Buford Highway) recently opened at Star Metals. Humble Pie, from Lazy Betty chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, opens later this month at the Interlock and rooftop bar and lounge Patina from the team behind the Painted Pin and the Painted Duck should open by the end of 2023 at Star Metals.
As development continues along this stretch of Howell Mill Road, Atlanta public transit advocates are calling for the installation of dedicated bus rapid transit lanes and more frequent bus service to help ease traffic congestion and make the area more pedestrian friendly.
Open Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.