Brooklyn’s second ax-throwing bar opens in Greenpoint
It’s “Like darts on steroids,” said co-owner Howard Klotzkin about his business Bury the Hatchet, the chain behind nine ax-throwing bars across the U.S.
On Friday, the chain opened its 10th location at 25 Noble St. in Greenpoint. “We wanted a location that was easily accessible and wanted to be in a very hip area, so what’s better then Greenpoint?” Klotzkin said.
Throwing axes is similar to darts, except instead of throwing a 6-inch dart, customers throw a 1.5-foot-long ax at a wooden target.
A typical session lasts around two hours and costs $39.99 per person. Each round is taught by “ax masters,” trained ax-throwers that teach first-timers how to throw the tool safely and keep score during each game.
The business’ Greenpoint location features a 5,000-square-foot space with eight ax-throwing lanes with two targets each and will serve alcohol and food once its liquor license is finalized. The menu features snacks like pretzels and donuts.
Although a unique concept for sure, Bury the Hatchet is not the first ax-throwing business in Brooklyn. Kick Axe opened in Gowanus in 2017.
Bury the Hatchet differentiates itself by being a member of the World Axe Throwing League, the global governing body for urban ax throwing.
The sport is becoming increasingly popular throughout America, according to Klotzkin. “People love it,” he said. “[It’s] said to be the fastest growing sport in the United States,” he added.
While serving alcohol and throwing axes may seem like a risky combination, Christine Meehan-Berg, the business’ general manager, emphasizes that safety is a top priority for the business.
“The staff is TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) certified and in the event that someone is too intoxicated they’ll be asked to sit out,” she said.
“Each group has a coach with them the entire time,” Klotzkin added, “Fortunately, we have never had any incidents in any of our locations.”
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