We were fortunate enough to have some time with co-founder and director of Oche, Sam Grove. Grove spoke of the challenges that faced the team from the time they took on the site. "When we first walked into the building, in October 2021, we could see just how much work would be involved to get it up to standard. It was daunting! But equally, I had a vision about how it would look, the potential, what we could achieve here. And we never looked back from there."
But it's not just the decor that gives the venue a 'club' feeling. For a start, each of the Oches has a host, to help with your food and beverage needs, and assist you with the darts play. The food and drinks menu is far from an afterthought, in fact, Same Grove described the hospitality offering as "just as important as the darts". To give you an idea of just how seriously the Oche management team takes their food and beverage offering, the food menu was developed specially for the venue by Head Chef Anthony Charman, formerly of Mantra Hotels, while the beverage program was designed by Adam MacDonald, formerly a winner of the world bartender championship.
Food and beverages can be ordered through the interactive screen at each Oche. The food we saw was of a very high standard, with great care taken with presentation. It's designed to be shared, and also to be eaten with one hand - so you can keep playing darts, or drinking, while you eat!
Continuing the tour to the second floor, Sam Grove pointed out the exclusive spaces, designed for private functions and corporate events. The Onyx Room accommodates up to 24 guests for their exclusive use. Choose from 85 to 175 minute sessions, enjoying food and beverages, and exclusive access to two dartboards.
Looking ahead, Sam Grove is hopeful that the upper levels, including a rooftop bar, will open in 2023.
I'm no expert dart player, but I loved the experience of Oche! A darts game is a playful way to bring some gentle rivalry into a social or corporate interaction. The venue feels special and elegant while still allowing guests to relax and have fun. It's always great to see businesses that are prepared to try something new and creative, and in that regard, Oche has absolutely hit the bullseye!
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Please note that Oche is an 18 plus and cashless venue. A dress code applies: smart casual attire, no singlets. After 6pm no rubber thongs or workwear.