Ax Throwing? That sounds mildly dangerous, thrilling and a bit…psychotic?
Well, get out some pent up aggression and get your biceps ready for an Ax flipping good time at Urban Axes in Phoenix.
Ax throwing competitions are nothing new, but are a bit uncanny to many city dwellers. Just imagine having to split some logs all day and deciding you might want to make a game out of it! Canadians and Europeans have been battling it out with Axes for years, but now Ax throwing surging in popularity in the United States.
Ashley from Boy Mom Stories, a Day in the Life of Mom, and I took a fun “Mom’s night out” to Urban Axes for some fun. We both have a lot of boys in our family, so we really need to up our game.
Urban Axes is located at 402 S 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Unfortunately, they do not have their own parking and rely on parking garages that are somewhat close but a little bit out of the way.
If you go during the evening, there is some street parking. However, that is limited. The venue suggests using Uber or Lyft. This might be a good idea if you plan on having a few drinks as there is a bar as well with wine and beer. Non alcoholic beverages are served as well. If you are having a party at Urban Axes, the venue works with a few local restaurants for catering.
All participants must be 21 and up to participate. Sorry guys, this is an adult only venue-no kids allowed! Remember this for your date nights and parent nights out! It is good to get out without the kids sometimes!
Waiver & Safety
You will need to fill out a waiver. We received wristbands on which trainer we were going to be appointed to. I don’t know if this will be an ordinary event or if it was just for the media night. However, you will always have a trainer with you to make sure you are being safe. Because, axes are dangerous. But, that is part of the fun.
The trainer will run through some safety information and some different throws.
Maggie was an excellent trainer. We went through two handed throws at first, and then one handed throws. One handed throws seemed to be better for me than one handed throws.
Trainers cannot throw axes (as it might breed competition between patrons and trainers), but they can help you better your style and stance. But don’t worry, they have plenty of opportunity to work on their craft when clients are not there!
Two “stalls” are together per trainer, and fencing is between each group of stalls. Sometimes the axes do “bounce” back, so its important to wear close toe shoes and not try to catch the axes. The staff won’t let you in with flip flops. And, you can’t catch the ax. Don’t rub your hand along the blade of the ax either. Trainers were telling us some stories!
The board is similar to a dart board. The green dots are called “clutch” spots. If you want to score extra points, you have to “call” that you are going for those spots and actually get them.
Urban Axes will be having leagues, but they also have walk in availability, group nights and times where they rent out the whole space,
It is a very rustic place. Benches are available for putting your items and sitting down to have a drink or hang out. I suggest sneakers or boots. Urban Axes was a lot of fun, but my arms were tired after about an hour.
402 S 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.