Urban Axes, the first indoor competitive ax-throwing venue in Austin, opens September 15. Ahead of the anticipated opening, we got a first look at the space.
Located in East Austin at 812 Airport Blvd., the warehouse and former industrial space will offer groups the opportunity to test their skill at the sport. “It’s like darts, only bigger and more satisfying,” says Krista Poll, one of the owners of Urban Axes.
All group sessions at Urban Axes start with safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice using standard 1.5-pound hatchets. Sessions are led by fully trained coaches in a private, fenced-in area. “Safety is our number one priority,” says Poll.
Each competitor throws in their own individual lane and competes side-by-side with another competitor. Fully trained coaches supervise each set of lanes to ensure safety protocols are adhered to.
After guests sharpen their skills during warm-ups, round robin play begins followed by a single elimination bracket tournament to determine the ax-throwing champion.
Participants throw at wooden targets, aiming for bull's-eyes and trying to score the most points to end up in better standing than their throwing partners. Urban Axes coaches take care of all scoring and the smooth flow of the tournament so guests can relax and enjoy the sport.
We visited the new facility as it readied for the grand opening and can attest to how much fun it is to throw the ax and hear that wondrous thwacking sound as it hits the “bull.”
The facility is BYOB so guests can enjoy beer, wine (no hard liquor will be permitted), and whatever food they like during their time at the venue. Earl King, Urban Axes' Ax Master General, jokes employees are equal parts "bouncers, bartenders, and jesters. We're successful when people have a great time."
“The goals of ax throwing are simple," adds co-owner Stuart Jones, "connect people in a casual social setting, build a culture around the sport, and inspire a sense of community in a fun and safe environment.”
There are a few rules before booking: all participants must be 21 and over and must wear closed-toe shoes. The cost is $35 per person, which includes all equipment and instruction.
Urban Axes is now accepting group bookings for events from Friday, September 15, with leagues starting the following week. Head to the website for bookings and info.