New York’s axe-throwing bar scene is growing again. Regional chain Bury the Hatchet kicks open later this week, bringing the axe throwing and drinking combo to Greenpoint.
The main draw of the bar is competitive axe throwing, where teams are assigned to a lane — like in a bowling alley — and given two hatches to hurl toward a target. Unlike the chain’s other locations around the U.S., the Greenpoint outpost will be equipped with a wine and beer bar and a full kitchen, where finger foods like pretzels and donuts will be made, according to owner Howard Klotzkin.
The 5,000-square-foot bar opens Friday on a waterfront spot at 25 Noble St., with food and alcohol arriving in about two weeks once the liquor license is finalized.
Bury the Hatchet joins the already established Kick Axe, a similar venue that opened in Gowanus last year. Gotham Archery, which has a location in Brooklyn and Manhattan and primarily does archery, now also offers similar entertainment like axe and knife throwing classes. Competitive axe throwing is reportedly growing increasingly popular throughout the U.S.
“It’s similar to bowling: People come every week and play darts or whatever, but with axes,” Klotzkin tells Eater. “It’s darts on steroids, as we like to say.”
While walk-ins are accepted, making a reservation through the bar’s website is recommended to ensure a spot, he says. The space can fit up to 80 people and has eight “throwing lanes.”
Each team can only have two axes out at a time, and an “axe master” is always near to keep players safe, he adds. No prior knowledge is required and everyone goes through a 15-minute safety and training session before the games begin.
“We want you to feel very loose and wild, but it’s extremely well-maintained, such as a gun range,” he says, adding that there’s never been an incident at any of the bar’s eight other locations.
Beer and wine will cost $4. Players must be 14 or older, and a two-hour axe throwing session will cost $39.99 per person. Bury the Hatchet will be open every day starting at noon, and will be open until 10 p.m. on week days and until 1 a.m. on weekends.