Flight Club Leeds, a competitive edge to a night out
What I loved about it:
The fun atmosphere, slick organisation and service, not to mention the incredible cocktails!
Value for money (out of 10):
Friday after work session - buzzing atmosphere
Public Service Announcement for the people of Leeds! I have found the perfect after-work team-bonding, stress-busting activity that the whole team can enjoy. Flight Club Leeds.
Although, in fairness, I think the secret is already out!
It was 5.30 on a Friday evening when we were invited to join the fun at Flight Club and the venue was already buzzing.
As soon I walked through the door I knew that I was in for a treat – a fairground carousel horse was the backdrop to the bar and the Victorian fun-fair theme to the décor throughout added to the party atmosphere.
I was booked in with a couple of friends, but I arrived alone, and I have to admit I was a bit nervous about having to wander around the huge bar trying to find my friends amidst all the crowds of whooping and cheering darts players!
I needn’t have worried though, I was greeted at the door and taken directly to the table where my friends were waiting for the oche to become available, it was all as smooth as clockwork.
As a group we had a dedicated host – a Gamesmaster – who showed us to our own semi-private oche and got us all set up for 90 minutes of fun! It was a world apart from darts down at the local pub. There is state-of-the-art tech here, the world’s first darts vision system which actually detects the darts as they hit the board and displays the score immediately on a screen directly above.
Every member of the team added their name (like at ten-pin bowling) and a photo for the leader board. Top tip – stand back from the camera a little bit, the angle isn’t great for the old double chin! You can retake the photos so don’t worry if you hate it.
There were choices of games to play, some easier than others, the Gamesmaster talked us through the options and took our drinks order.
That’s when the fun started.
I have never really thought of myself as particularly competitive, but it turns out darts brings out that side of me. I really wanted to win, and when that last dart of the first game hit the board and I was the winner I jumped up and down for joy! Then came the surprise, the dartboard had an outward facing camera and it captured that fabulous moment for an action replay live on-screen!
When we had almost finished our drinks, I pressed the button for service and our Gamesmaster was back, ready to take our order for more cocktails and some food.
The food was mostly served as nibbles – skewers and bite size snacks were the order of the day. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets were all well catered, the padron pan-roasted peppers with smoked rock salt were so incredibly more-ish and the stone baked pizza bases were spot on. Everything arrived on sharing paddles and plates, but the vegan items were clearly marked and were separated to avoid cross-contamination, so I was happy
The cocktail list was extensive and unique to Flight Club.
May I personally recommend Lady Luck? An absolutely delicious hibiscus infused vodka and strawberry cocktail topped off with prosecco. Lovers of Aperol should try the social darts spritz for a long, refreshing drink and the Tankard 10 in a pewter tankard goes down really well too.
Everything was presented and served thoughtfully, Flight Club really understand that the aesthetic and imagery of an event is important. It’s clear that the whole experience is designed to be captured and shared on social media. From the diffused bulb lighting strips that swirl overhead, to the picture-perfect, ice-cold tankards dripping with condensation, it’s all about the details.
That’s not to say that the experience was purely superficial, it was an absorbing, high-octane 90 minutes, and the staff were superbly organised and attentive, we were never kept waiting for drinks and the food was perfect for the occasion. Under the tables there are wire stowaway cages for your bags and belongings, allowing you to relax and enjoy. Details.
If you are looking to bring the team together after work, celebrate an occasion, or just have some fun with your friends, Flight Club is ideal.
What else do you need to know?
– I was sampling a ‘social darts’ session, with food and drink ordered separately, but Flight Club offer different packages, such as their ‘Brunch Social’ which is bottomless pizza with Prosecco!
– You pay for your oche for a fixed time period and play as many games as you like from there.
– All the videos and photos are sent by email to the lead booking email address. Warning; if one person in the party declines permission on the photos then this facility isn’t available.
– Book in advance to avoid missing out, see the links below
– Flight Club are part of the City & Suburbs initiative, a card that gives you discounts at more than 50 venues & services across Leeds and the suburbs. At the time of going to press City & Suburbs cardholders get 25% off Oche Hire, Food & Drinks Monday-Thursday 12pm-3pm. The card is a one-off £10 payment (introductory offer) see the link below for more details, my readers can use the code GAL to get free postage!
Thank you for reading!