There’s only two sports I enjoy watching (and actually understand what’s happening), strongman and darts. So you can imagine my joy to be invited along to the only place to offer interactive darts in Newcastle. Introducing to you, The WonderBar…
Darts, if you’ve ever been, is a hoot and a half. It’s essentially just a massive piss up with added fancy dress. Which is why the latest trend to take off in bars across the UK, is interactive darts. And the first bunch to bring it to the toon are The WonderBar in the Gate.
Taking the place of Bar Beyond, the newest addition is owned by the same folk behind Colonel Porters, Ramside Hall and the Impeccable Pig. With this knowledge, naturally you’ll have high expectations.
And it doesn’t disappoint.
Because not only does The WonderBar offer interactive darts but Bierkeller with Bavarian Stompers, live music, comedy nights, a pretty cracking beer selection and some smashing food.
So when should I go?
Well that all depends on what you want to get up to. This is their weekly line up:
- Monday: Crowd Karaoke – a group singalong where you’re encouraged to climb on the benches and sing your hearts out to some absolute belters
- Tuesday: Disco Re-edited – a student night with the resident DJ
- Wednesday: Project POP – bringing the cheesiest, most guiltiest of pleasures for you to bust out your best moves to
- Thursday: Wonder Star – showcasing a new performer each week starting this Thursday
- Friday and Saturday: Bierkeller – with the Amazing Bavarian Stompers and their exclusive Newcastle show (food and drink packages available!)
- Sunday: Out to Lunch and Quizomedy – hungover? Waiting for your train after a night on the tiles? The WonderBar have you covered. DJs, games and a Sunday lunch sandwich for a fiver, it has to be the ultimate way to end your weekend. 11.00am until 3.00pm every week!
Plus, interactive darts available all day, every day.
We were invited along for a free game of darts and to try out their menu.
We started out with a couple of pint and a few rounds of darts before we tucked into the menu. I ordered the WonderBier and Dan had a Beavertown. There’s a really food selection of both bottles and draught available as well as ciders, spirits and wine.
The darts is just brilliant. Like a bowling alley, you get your own board, touch screen to enter names, pick teams and choose from six different games. Classic darts, Killer, Blockbuster and Shanghai to name a few. You can be as competitive or as casual as you like.
Obviously, Dan and I chose completely different approaches. He went for competitive whilst I went for casual. Long story short, turns out I am a total darts shark and Dan was massively pissed off because I wasnt taking it seriously and still managed to wipe the floor with him. What can you do?!
Our hire lasted an hour, which was more than enough time to get through all of the games and a cheeky extra game of Blockbuster.
It’s £30 per hour to hire or just £15 between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Theres food and drinks packages available too, making it quite a bargain for large groups. A cracking idea for a birthday night out or Christmas get together.
After a right laugh at the dart board, we grabbed a table and some menus (perhaps another pint too) and sat down for some scran.
The menu is a kind of combination of sports bar grub and pub classics with a gastro twist. Small plates, burgers, hanging kebabs and some traditional German dishes, its really diverse and makes for difficult choosing.
We stayed true to our North East colours and went for the parmo and the Wonder Burger. Guess who ordered which…
My parmo was delicious. Thick chicken, with an even THICKER layer of bechamel and stringy, melty cheese. The bechamel, which tends to be where places often fail with a parmo, was so tasty. And the whole thing was huge. Served with fries, salad and a fresh homemade coleslaw. Its exactly what I needed after my incredible darts performance.
Dan’s burger was also huge. He tripled-up, obviously, but kindly shared some with me. I can confirm the cooking of the burger was perfection.
The chef even came out to make sure all was well, which I’m sure doesn’t always happen at busier times, but I appreciate it all the same.
In fact, all of the staff were great. Really helpful with the beer selection and showing you how the social darts worked.
I already can’t wait to go back. Were planning a Christmas night out with my family, who also massively appreciate a good game of darts.
But you don’t have to be a darts lover. You don’t even have to have taken a throw before – it’s just great fun.
And even if that doesn’t tickle your pickle, you’ve seen the weekly line up. There’s literally a night for everyone to enjoy.
Have you been yet? Let me know if you’ve been for the Bierkeller too – that’s next on my list!
Lots of love, LB x