New darts shop opens in former toilets in popular Bristol sports bar

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The owner says there is “not a dart shop in the country” that can offer the same level of service  

A new darts shop has opened in former toilets in a sports bar on the edge of Bristol.

DartAsylum Dart Shop has opened within Browns Bar on Downend Road in Kingswood - and is said to be the only specialist dart shop in Bristol.               

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The shop is one of four businesses now run by Steve Brown and his family at the space - which also includes a food business run from the bar’s kitchen and a hotel upstairs.        

He took over ownership of the sports bar previously known as Bar 501 at the end of last year.   

John Brown and dad Steve have opened DartAsylum in Browns Bar in Kingswood John Brown and dad Steve have opened DartAsylum in Browns Bar in Kingswood
John Brown and dad Steve have opened DartAsylum in Browns Bar in Kingswood

“The darts community we have here is huge and we have good local trade,” said former professional dart player Steve.

The darts shop is being run by the 43-year-old’s son, John, 24, who is also a professional darts player.   

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It sells products including darts, boards and accessories - and also offers a darts fitting service and darts coaching advice.                

The bar also hosts the DartAsylum Junior Darts Academy - welcoming around 50 boys and girls twice a week to learn the art of darts.      

Darts sensation Luke Littler came through Steve's Junior Darts Corporation - which is now approaching 100 academies worldwide including the Kingswood base.

“Since the World Championship, darts have become incredibly popular with children,” Steve added.

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“It’s a family sport - these kids have seen Luke Littler and they aspire to be like him.”  

Steve says there is “not a dart shop in the country” that offers the same service as DartAsylum, with him promising to match any online prices.    

“It's not just a dart shop - it’s a day out with food and tournaments,” he concluded. 

DartAsylum Dart Shop‘s opening hours are: 

  • Monday - Friday: midday - 6.30pm 
  • Saturday: midday - 3pm 

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