Drink beer, throw sharp objects, have fun at Urban Axes

Pam LeBlanc hones her axe-throwing skills at Urban Axes on Jan. 21, 2018. Photo by Julia Robinson

Nothing makes me feel like a butt-kicking, name-taking adventure journalist more than sending an axe whirling over my head and hearing it stick – with a satisfying thunk – in the center of a bull’s eye.

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That’s what happened last weekend, when I dropped by Urban Axes on Airport Boulevard to check out the league play at the new axe throwing venue.

Nailed it. Photo by Julia Robinson

The place was packed. I met guys in kilts, women wielding axes covered in glitter and googley eyes, and plenty of people who got their kicks by playing with sharp objects.

To add to the excitement, customers are allowed to bring their own food and drink into the venue. The refreshments of choice? Beer and tortilla chips. (Yes, you heard that right, it’s perfectly acceptable to booze it up while you fling axes.)

Earl Ball, center, gives Pam LeBlanc tips as she hones her skill at Urban Axes. Her husband Chris LeBlanc, right, laughs nervously. Photo by Julia Robinson for American-Statesman

Axe throwing first became popular in Canada, where there’s not much to do in the winter other than throw axes at targets. Now it’s growing in popularity here, where there’s plenty to do, but maybe none of it as appealing as drinking beer and throwing axes.

I’m writing about the adventure for an upcoming Fit City column. Stay tuned.

And watch out for flying objects.

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