Sometimes, you just want to hang out in a neighborhood spot where you can play darts with friends you haven’t met yet. In the 19th century, the game was an especially popular pub game, and the sport is growing in popularity again. Here are restaurants and bars to throw back a pint and throw a dart, too.
The Sevens Ale House
This lively Beacon Hill bar, known as Sevens, serves solid pub food, has a popular dartboard, and has been a neighborhood hangout since 1933. “We were the first bar to pour Harpoon,” says Jack Kiley, who bought the pub 42 years ago. The chili is a menu stud. “It doesn’t really matter the season, we sell as much in the summertime as in the wintertime,” says Kiley. The pretzel bites are also popular, and the Sevens Dark Ale Harpoon is what you want to drink. www.facebook.com/SevensAle
Brick & Ash
Hankering for good barbecue and a dartboard? Newburyport’s Brick & Ash has both. The Southern fare served here includes a very popular fried chicken, as well as fried green tomatoes, BBQ brisket sandwich, and St. Louis style ribs. The second floor is where you’ll play a game of darts, and pool, too. You can also dart out to the outdoor patio/lounge on a warm night for cocktail sips and maybe a Red Sox game on the 60-inch TV. www.brickandash.com
Vermont Pool and Bar
A game of darts is the opening act at this spot in South Burlington, Vt., said to be the only pool hall in Vermont — with two Winmau steel-tipped dartboards. “People often play darts here while waiting for pool tables to open up,” says owner Jeff Santoro.
Santoro bought the bar in July 2017 when it was Van Phan Billiards a few doors away. Beer is, of course, a popular sip, and there’s wine and cocktails like the frequently-ordered Incredible Hulk, a cocktail mixed with Hpnotiq and Hennessy. “We allow outside food and have places for people to eat, but do not sell more than light snacks,” says Santoro. There is a 14-seat bar “for eating or hanging out” and a handful of four-top tables, too, as well as a dozen tables and seats by the pool tables. www.vtpoolandbar.com
This Irish pub in Brighton hosts the longest-running Irish seisún in Boston, and, like any respectable pub, has that requisite dartboard. The pub also sponsors a dart team, the Dart Side of the Moon, which takes part in the Minute Man Dart League. In addition to the dartboard, there’s a pool table and an outdoor beer garden, too.
Throw back a Mighty Squirrel or Lord Hobo, or one of the other dozen local craft beers and ciders, while throwing those darts and watching a rugby match on the giant projector screen. There’s also good pub fare like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. www.greenbriarpub.comLaurie Wilson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.