Four of Chicago’s hottest nightlife newcomers have playtime on the brain.
Practice your aim at this River North dart spot, where a dozen boards adorn a space outtted in floor-to-ceiling murals, Persian rugs and vintage furnishings. Opt for a private lounge for 20 (from $500) and fuel up between rounds with classed-up comfort fare from Ryan Wombacher and gin-focused sips from Emily deKanter (like the Vesper Lynd, a boozy martini ri inspired by Bond’s leading lady in Casino Royale).
113 W. Hubbard St., 312.644.0113, pointandfeatherchicago.com
Brooklyn meets Bucktown at this just-opened arrival, where 10 regulation-sized indoor courts (not to mention one on its expansive rooftop) complete the nearly 20,000-square-foot space. In addition to shueboard leagues, lessons and cabana parties (from $500), expect tropical tipples, vinyl-spinning DJs, a rotating cast of food trucks and a supremely hip crowd to conquer it all.
1750 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.486.8682, royalpalmsshue.com
London already boasts two locations of this darts destination, set to open in the Loop this spring for gatherings large and small with 14 playing areas for up to 20 players (hosts and game masters circulate the oor to assist) plus a sweet third-floor event space overlooking the Chicago River. The friendly competition is met with serious drinks from spirits wiz Peter Vestinos, along with rawbar bites and other elevated eats.
111 W. Wacker Drive, 312.284.2474, flightclubdarts.com
Taking in a game has never felt posher than at this sports bar-meetsprivate social club, thanks to plush banquette seating, 29 at-screen HD-TVs and bottle service like the Rosé Bowl (complete with ornate ice and a light show, $2,395). Grab a group for an evening of big plays, live DJs and decadent plates (think smoked wagyu brisket “skins”). On Sunday, the club hosts an all-day bash featuring dancing and special performances.
324 W. Chicago Ave., 312.313.7300, bouncesportingclub.com
Photography by: POINT & FEATHER PHOTOS BY ETHAN JOLLIE; SHUFFLEBOARD PHOTO COURTESY OF ROYAL PALMS;
FLIGHT CLUB PHOTO COURTESY OF FLIGHT CLUB; BOUNCE PHOTO BY JEFF SCHEAR