Are you a master at billiards? A ping pong pro? Or perhaps an air hockey king? Regardless of whether you’re the champion of any of those pastimes, your next recreational pursuit awaits.
It’s time to challenge your friends to a competitive game of ax throwing (yes, you read that right) at the nation’s first-ever indoor competitive throwing venue in Kensington.
- Urban Axes is the first indoor competitive ax-throwing venue in the U.S.
- Sessions run from one-hour walk-ins to two-plus hours of throwing.
- All participants must wear closed toe shoes and be 21 years or older.
- Booking for groups and individual walk-ins is available online.
Celebrating its grand opening this week, Urban Axes creates an 8,000-square-foot space where you can launch 1.5 pound hatchets at bullseyes painted on wooden targets.
How To Play
The individual sport is essentially a next-level version of darts, a concept Canadians have been going crazy over for years. Groups of eight or more (and ideally, 12 or more) come out to compete in a round robin tournament, followed by a final knockout round that awards an all-time ax-throwing champion at its completion.
If you need a little help sharpening your ax-throwing skills, don’t worry – you’re probably not alone. Since the Philly location of Urban Axes is the only venue of its kind in the U.S., the onsite “axeperts” treat everyone who walks into the doors as a novice.
Each two-and-a-half-hour session at the industrial-space-turned-venue begins with safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice. This part of the outing is led by fully trained coaches in a private throwing area.
Once everyone in the group feels comfortable, the competition gets underway. With safety always actings as the number one priority, Urban Axes gives each person his/her own individual lane where competitors go at it side-by-side with another member of their group.
Rules, Pricing and More
Urban Axes coaches take care of all aspects of scoring so that you can simply relax in between throws, beer-in-hand — provided you’ve brought your own (yup, Urban Axes is BYOB). Beer and wine are permitted at the space, which has two mandatory rules: visitors must be 21 years and older, regardless of whether you choose to drink or not and all participants must wear closed toe shoes.
Ax-tossing sessions start at $20 for an hour-long walk-in session and run up to $35 per person for tournament sessions. Note that only credit and debit card payments are accepted (no cash) and bookings are available online.
So, are you up to the challenge of becoming your own axepert? Gather a group of friends or join one of the Urban Axes’ leagues, and get ready to do a little ax-kicking. Those of all sizes are encouraged to give it a try – like darts, Popeye muscles aren’t in any way necessary to become an ax-throwing champ.