Kick Axe, a 7,000-square-foot axe-throwing venue that's reportedly the first of its kind in New York State, opened to the public, complete with beer, wine, and malt beverages in a lodge-like atmosphere that includes a lumberjack-themed photo area. Kick Axe is in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Axe-throwing, a game of skill where players hurl a dulled hatchet at a wooden bullseye, continues to grow in popularity at other bar and restaurant entertainment venues.
Kick Axe's Brooklyn location has 10 ranges for throwing. Each group of up to 12 guests pair with an "ax-pert," one of Kick Axe's trained axe throwers, who first explains the rules and protocols before taking individual pairs of throwers into the range to throw. Axe-throwing is open to participants aged seven and above, as long as they have the strength and coordination to safely throw an axe as judged the ax-perts.
In addition to axe-throwing, Kick Axe guests can enjoy a lumberjack-style lodge, complete with Instagram-friendly spare flannels and faux hatchets.
Those concerned about the combination of drinking and axes need not worry: Kick Axe's staff has TIPS certification (Training for Intervention ProcedureS), a skills-based training program to responsibly serve, sell, and consume alcohol.
Kick Axe plans to open locations in Philadelphia, Orlando and Washington, D.C.