Forget nightclubs – toss hatchets instead at Austin’s newest club

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The end-over-end whirl of an axe soaring through the air, followed by a heavy thunk as it embeds in a slab of wood.

Nothing provides the satisfaction of a little axe slinging, and starting Sept. 15, Central Texans can throw all the hatchets they want inside an 8,000-square-foot warehouse in East Austin.

Urban Axes, a competitive hatchet-throwing venue, will open Sept. 15 in Austin. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin

Urban Axes Austin is scheduled to open Sept. 15 at 812 Airport Boulevard. League play will begin the following week.

Guests get one-on-one instruction from a coach. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin

“It’s like darts, only bigger and more satisfying,” says Krista Poll, one of the owners of Urban Axes, which already operates an axe-throwing facility in Philadelphia.

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The venue will host groups ranging in size from 6 to 100 people, including parties, corporate team building events or friends looking for something different to do. Group events last about two and a half hours and must be booked in advance.

The venue will host groups of six to 100. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin

And because axe throwing is apparently better with a little booze and food under the belt, guests can bring their own beer, wine and food. Hard liquor is not permitted. (Technically, customers can’t toss hatchets with one hand and drink beer with the other, since drinks aren’t allowed in the throwing arena. Besides, a coach will shut things down if a participant is drunk or acting inappropriately.)

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“It’s more of a have-a-casual-beer place and less of a nightclub thing,” says Earl Ball, who is opening the Austin location. “You come, hang out, have a few beers, throw a few axes and move on to the next thing.”

The venue features five arenas, each of which can handle up to 25 people at a time. Sessions begin with safety briefings and one-on-one throwing practice with coaches, using 14-inch, 1.5-pound hatchets in a fenced-in area. Participants throw at wooden targets, aiming for a bull’s eye and trying to score the most points. Competitors use their own lane and compete side-by-side with another opponent, always under a coach’s supervision, as they compete in a single-elimination tournament.

Guests throw 14-inch hatchets that weigh a pound and a half. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin

Urban Axes was founded in 2016 in Philadelphia by a group of Australian and American friends inspired by the popularity of axe throwing in Toronto, where more than a dozen hatchet-throwing clubs operate.

Urban Axes Austin will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; walk-in sessions will be offered a few days each week. Participants must be 21 or older and must wear closed-toe shoes. Cost is $35 per person, and includes all equipment and instruction.

For more information call (512) 887-2937 or go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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