Oche Brings Darts, Drinks, and Dining to Miami Beach
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High-tech dartboards at Oche.
Photo courtesy of Oche
If you didn’t grow up with a basement lounge or spent time in a fraternity in college, you might just know how to throw darts to blow up balloons at the annual Dade County Youth Fair.
The Pastime, a European pub staple, is the perfect test of pint dexterity: so simple that anyone can play the first time, but challenging enough to become a lifelong pursuit of excellence.
Miamians will soon be up to a new twist on darts when Oche (pronounced like “hockey” without the h) opens in South Beach. The European pub and darts hall, which takes its name from the line you stand behind when throwing darts, is set to open its first US location in the coming weeks.
The first oche opened in Oslo, Norway, in 2018. The following year a second location was opened in Brisbane, Australia. A third oche opened in Amsterdam before COVID shut the world down, and number four recently opened in Gothenburg, Sweden. Now the dart-hall chain should hop across the pond. (Another company, London-based Flight Club, introduced a similar concept that now operates in Boston and Chicago.)
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Oche Miami Beach President Gilles Gillesen wants Miamians to see Oche as “gastro-gaming”. Gillesen: “We’re trying to improve the whole experience. Often times, people don’t expect the food to be very high quality in a place that also offers an activity. We spent a lot of time delivering too much groceries. ”
Oche is divided into two different areas. The first is a seating restaurant that has a menu created by Chef Niels van Halen, who used to work at the Michelin-starred De Hoefslag in the Netherlands. Items include ribs glazed with tamarind ($ 22), a Wagyu burger ($ 18), and grilled Norwegian salmon ($ 26).
In the area of the dart booths, the menu will offer more casual dishes, including pizzas, sliders and crab cakes.
Gillesen says Oche tapped David Ortiz, the Miami bar pro, to create a gin-forward cocktail list. The bar also offers a selection of craft beers and wines.
If the last time you played darts was at a frat party or on an electronic board in a dingy dive bar, don’t worry, says Gillesen: Oche welcomes everyone from beginners to experts.
The games are also different from old-school pillars like 501 and cricket. Steel-tipped darts are used here, as is a regular dartboard, but the games have been simplified and each dart “lane” features three lines of oche to level the playing field for newbies or children – children are welcome during the day and early in the evening – and the dartboards are equipped with cameras that show exactly where your dart landed. Computers count the results automatically.
Think bowling, only with sharp missiles.
Gillesen, who admits he isn’t a darts champion, says the game is everyone’s fun. “It’s easy for everyone to take part. If some have never thrown a dart in their lives, we’ll help them get started,” he adds.
Miami Beach is just the first of several oche openings slated for the U.S. shores. There are three more locations on the calendar for the next year.
So far, there is no set date for the opening of the Oche Miami Beach, although the Miamians are expected to get started with Highstriker, Killer, Hoggern and 201 in the next few weeks.
Oche. 200 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach; oche.com; Opening July 2021.