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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published November 19th 2022
This new concept venue is hitting the mark
Oche, the self-proclaimed global gastro gaming phenomenon that started in Oslo, has just opened its doors in Melbourne. Oche combines high end hospitality with interactive gaming. On further investigation, I learned the 'gaming' referred to - at least at the Melbourne venue - is darts. I needed to see for myself how this operated, and recently visited to learn more.

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Oche Melbourne features 22 bookable 'Oches', plus exclusive Oches on the first floor. (Writer's image.)

But first, let's cover a few basics. What is an 'Oche' and why was this business given this name? Oche, pronounced to rhyme with 'hockey', is actually the line behind which a player stands to throw their darts in a competition dart game. The Oche concept was first launched in Norway, with the vision of bringing traditional 'pub' games into the modern era in a way everyone can enjoy. Your allocated booth in the venue, where you play, eat and drink, is also referred to as an 'Oche'.

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This is the 'Oche' - the line behind which a player stands to throw their darts. (Writer's image.)

Many readers will be familiar with the building occupied by Oche, as it was formerly home to the Michaels Camera store. As well as being on a prominent CBD corner, what is notable about the site is that it is HUGE. It spans four levels, including a rooftop. At present, Oche is operating on the ground and first floors.

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."

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Co-founder and director, Sam Grove. (Image credit: David Bignell @david_bignell_photography.)

And what they've achieved in just over 12 months is nothing short of amazing. "The aim," said Grove, "was to blend modern elegant with industrial style." The pipes and vents running along the ceiling remain exposed, though they have been painted a deep green to help conceal them. Overall, Oche is reminiscent of a high end club. It's impressive!

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!

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Antipasto platter. Food can be ordered and eaten at your Oche. (Writer's image.)

While the dartboards and darts in Oche look traditional, they are not, quite. The steel tip darts have the look and feel of a traditional dart, but they incorporate state-of-the-art electronic components that allow the scores to be automatically aggregated and displayed on a screen above each Oche. You can select from a range of darts games, with the interactive screen giving an indication as to which are more suited for beginners, or intermediate level, guests. The price per session depends on the number of people in the group, and the length of the session. As a guide, the price per person, for an 85 minute session, with 4-16 players, is $30. You can add a food package from $45 per person, and a beverage package from $40 per person. You'll find more options here.

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.

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The Onyx Room. A private room suitable for functions of up to 24 guests. (Image is from the Oche website:

The Emerald Room is pitched towards corporate events or larger functions, accommodating up to 120 guests. The room is equipped with large screen capabilities, a projector, and wireless microphone, as well as six Oche booths.

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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Oche has hit the bullseye with its creative remake of this 'pub favourite' sport. (Image credit: David Bignell @david_bignell_photography.)

Oche is located at 263-269 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. It is open from 12pm to 12am Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays).

Please book to secure the time that suits you.

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.

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Why? A classy venue with a fun twist on a 'pub favourite' sport.
When: Open 12pm to 12 am Tuesday to Sunday
Phone: (03) 9113 9999
Where: 263 - 269 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Cost: From $30 per person for an 85 minute session, minimum of 4 players
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