Darts is a fantastic game for anyone who wants low-key enjoyment in a parlor or pub setting: It's a sport that combines the cool nerves and precise eye/muscle coordination of, say, billiards, with the bad-ass sensation of throwing a dangerous weapon within close proximity to other humans. Whether you're a regular darter or a novice, Darts & Things stocks a dizzying array of darts, shafts, scoreboards, dartboards, rubber o-rings, chalk, plastic points, stickers and patches. Then there are “flights,” the featherlike things that guide the dart, which can come in American flag, British flag or other nifty designs. All in all, there are more than 100 types of darts here; owner Vickie Williams is both amazingly helpful and supremely knowledgeable when it comes to determining which is best for you. 16217 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. (818) 781-8571, dartsandthings.com.

—Adam Gropman

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