New Brooklyn Bar Mixes Booze with Axe-Throwing

A recipe for disaster?

By Ethan L. Johns
December 14, 2017

Image: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

There’s nothing better than a nice cold beer or a tall glass of wine for unwinding at the end of the week. Need a little extra oomph to kick off the weekend? At one Brooklyn bar, you will soon be able to figuratively hang up the hatchet while literally throwing one.

At Kick Axe, which opens this weekend in Gowanus, bearded flannel-wearers (and anybody else) will be able to pick up an axe and put their primal urges to the bullseye test while feasting and drinking like the victorious not-warriors that they are. Oh yeah, baby, axe throwing is having its moment in the US (and in France, apparently) as the technologically oppressed populace goes back to its roots, attempting to find solace in the destructive power of sharpened steel.

Kick Axe is the first axe throwing range in New York. Ten ranges will be available for customers to use. Each range can accommodate 12 people (perfect for groups; if you’re on a date, be prepared to make some new friends), and for every group, Kick Axe provides a trained “ax-pert” to keep things safe and to help teach first-time axe hurlers. The 75-minute sessions can be booked online for $35 per person, while walk-ins will find hour-long sessions for $28.

Naturally, guests will be looking to feed other primal urges—namely Instagramming the whole thing. There will be flannel shirts, prop axes and a racoon head on hand for group photos, which can be taken in front of a taxidermied deer.

"We're thrilled to bring the experience of axe-throwing to Brooklyn," said Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, the founder and owner of Kick Axe. "Throwing an axe is a hugely satisfying, fun and easy experience. It's about momentum, not strength."

Not in NYC? Don’t fret yet; the company is aiming to open additional throwing ranges in Philadelphia, Orlando and Washington, D.C. in the future.

One minor speed bump for would-be chuckers and chuggers: according to Kick Axe’s website, the Brooklyn venue is still awaiting its liquor license. So if you’re into the idea of tossing while tippling, you might want to wait until they clear that up.

If you had a rough week and you’ve got an axe that needs urgent grinding—and if you don’t mind quenching your thirst with good old H2O—the ranges will be open beginning December 15th.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns