My husband’s birthday was a few weeks ago and to celebrate I booked private party at Dueling Axes in Downtown, Columbus. Before we get much further into this I want to be very honest with you - I am terrible at axe throwing. Like borderline embarrassing. I think I need lessons. LOL! It was a great time though - my husband and all of our friends were much better than me and they also loved it.
We arrived a few minutes before our reservation to make sure everyone had time to sign waivers before we got started. Once everyone arrived they took us over to our lanes and gave us safety instructions, helped us with practice throws, and then explained a few games we could play. The first game we played was simple - each team member got five throws and at the end the team with the highest score won. The second game we played was Blackjack with Axes. For us Blackjack with Axes ended with an axe faceoff - between my husband and our friend Matt. It was an exciting end to a really great night.
Axe Throwing is new(ish) to Columbus so I thought I’d give you some tips before you head out to Dueling Axes - because if I can do it, anyone can. :)
You don’t have to book a party to go. You can go on a date night, friends, or by yourself if that’s your thing :) The pricing depends on how many hours you reserve and for how many people.
Reservations are strongly encouraged if you want to secure a lane for your group. They do accept walk ins - but there could be long wait times. Just be prepared.
Make sure to wear closed toed shoes. I actually didn’t know this but had a feeling and I’m glad that I did because it’s a rule. So make sure you put your toes away for this outing.
I know I mentioned it was hard for me - and that’s true but to be fair I’m really good when putting pen to paper but bat to ball (or axe to target) kind of skills are just not where I excel. Everyone else in the group was able to master it with a little training and to be fair - I did hit the bullseye a few times (and EVERYONE in the place knew it because I celebrated with a little screaming and a dance)
Speaking of - they do train you. Before you get started, one of their trained staff members go through some required safety information as well as practice throws for everyone.
It’s BYOB - and that’s important for two reasons. 1. They don’t sell alcohol on site and 2. You can’t bring liquor. I mean - would you want someone doing shots of tequila and throwing an axe? ;)
With that said - you can do what we did and order food and drinks for the Walrus when you run out. There are a few other places nearby that deliver - Dirty Franks, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Pecan Penny’s. My personal recommendation - french fries from the Walrus with the amazing sauce that comes with them.
I originally booked my husband’s birthday party here because it was different, looked fun, and it was BYOB but after our experience I can say that we will be back and my husband is currently thinking of joining the leagues when they officially open. We’re big fans. Maybe we’ll see you there?
Have an axe throwing question? Drop them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer.