Point and Feather, River North’s new dart-centered bar, is the perfect venue to unwind and forget your woes for an evening. There’s something remarkably therapeutic about throwing a small missile at a target, hearing the loud thwack as it strikes the board, occasionally scoring a bullseye (probably by accident).
Unlike ping-pong, the latest gaming phenomenon that’s recently gripped Chicago, darts is an experience you can enjoy alone or with your friends. It’s also a game that provides plenty of downtime between turns to socialize with others or grab one of Point and Feather’s gin-based cocktails (try the Queen of Thorns, a beefeater gin-based cocktail made with pineapple, lemon, and dried rose, if you’re looking for a new addiction). The venue itself provides a comforting atmosphere with its library-chic vibe consisting of Victorian style leather sofas, floor lamps, Persian rugs, monochromatic murals, and rows and rows of bookshelves.
There are 12 dartboards and two pool tables scattered throughout the restaurant that are first come, first served, but you don’t need your own group to enjoy the game. The open, relaxed atmosphere of friendly competition allows for the opportunity to meet new people and make new acquaintances.
If you need a break from the games, take a seat at one of the two sprawling bar areas and order off the New American-inspired menu. The bao buns (with multiple options), mac-and-cheese with bacon and jalapeno, and crispy brussels sprouts, made with pomegranate seeds, bacon, pine nuts, pecorino, and sherry dressing, are a must. By its packed weeknights and weekends, Point and Feather has indeed hit the bullseye (pun intended, and we’re not sorry) on social gaming restaurants.
For more information visit www.pointandfeatherchicago.com