Every winter, we say there’s nothing to do on Martha’s Vineyard. However, we all know that’s not true. Sometimes you have to create your own fun or now — you can head to Loft at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs.
JB Blau and his team are at it again, creating a playground for adults where Dreamalnd is located (above JB’s MV Chowder Company restaurant on Oak Bluffs Avenue).
Gone are the weddings and concerts in that lofty second floor space, and here to stay are an assortment of games for adults.
Let me paint the scene for you. Walking through the doors, you are immediately aware of the change. The dark colors and industrial light fixtures make an impact.
Amazing what a coat of paint can do. Head up the stairs and WOW, a whole new world.
What used to seem vast and impersonal is now warm and welcoming. The bar is in the same place, though redone, but everything else is different.
There are toys for us big kids everywhere (Loft is 21+). There’s Foosball, shuffle board, pool tables, video games, darts, TV’s, board games, and more. It’s fantastic! I didn’t know where to begin.
For the shuffle board tables, there are two styles. The classic of course, and then Bounce Back, which is a bit trickier. Sadly, I have no idea how to play shuffle board, but perhaps this is the year.
There’s no cost to use the shuffle boards, but that might change as we get closer to Summer.
For pool tables, there are the usual pool hall seven-foot tables, which are $1 per game, and there’s also two eight-foot tables that offer a more challenging game.
These tables are rented by the hour for under $10. You can really have your own space and get into the game.
In addition to the many TV’s lining the walls all around the space, there’s a 16-foot projection style TV with a big lounge area in front of it.
There are large, oversized couches and chairs that have coffee tables for your beverages and food. You’ll also find an assortment of board games here to play if you’d like. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw Sorry in the pile, one of my favorites as a kid.
I’ve saved the best for last — the dart boards. Like a beacon when you walk in, the well-lit wooden wall with three dart boards catches your eye.
Well lots of things catch your eye, the new wall color, the lighting, the games, the laughter of other patrons. However, I knew immediately that I would be back to play a little game of Cricket. Darts are also free to play in the off-season.
I did actually go back that same night to play and it was so fun. I loved darts in college. I was never any good but there were many good times doing so. The boards are well lit, there are plenty of darts, score boards, and tables for drinks.
A good design note. The wood behind the dart boards is made from the pallets that came from the first liquor delivery to the Loft. It’s a way to immortalize that significant moment. Very cool!
The cocktails are named after the titles of songs from bands that played at Dreamland, a nod to the space’s heritage, though brief. The “Harbor Rat,” for instance, is a song by the Island’s own DCLA.
You can get food at Loft. Currently it’s from MV Chowder Company, but soon Loft will have it’s very own food menu, very different from downstairs.
There’s a brand new kitchen in back, and JB told me that the menu is going to be really good. Also, you’ll see some familiar, friendly faces from MV ChoCo.
There are a number of other additions to come to the Loft in the future. It was JB’s goal to get it open and available for Islanders.
Experiencing one of the toughest winters, he knew that the Island needed something to do indoors that was fun, affordable, and year-round ASAP — and so Loft opened the first full weekend in March.
This has been a soft opening so to say. There’s still more to come, like ping pong in the front space, pinball on the walls by the bar, more videos games, and maybe a couple other fun things.
I love that more stuff is coming, gives you reason to go back. Though I don’t think you’ll need another reason once you go. The Grand-Opening is planned for Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, and I imagine it will be quite a fun night.
The Loft at Dreamland. Well played JB Blau. This is going to be a winner for sure. If you’re not familiar with JB, he’s the guy behind the Sharky’s Cantina restaurants, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company, and Copper Wok.
Want to visit Loft? It’s open Monday thru Thursday, 5 p.m. to closing, Friday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to late. The hours will be longer come summer, but these current hours, offer a lot of time to get in and play a little.
Please note that there is no elevator or lift up to the Loft.
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