No, that’s not a typo — axe-throwing is the latest thing, and it has come to downtown Orlando.
Sharpened axes (less than 3 pounds) are thrown by bearded, lumberjack hipsters (more than 3 pounds) at wooden targets (who are afraid of both). Actually, everyone is welcome at Epic Axe throwing — they even have ADA-compliant axe-throwing — as long as you follow a few simple rules.
It is mandatory that all axe throwers (are there axe thrower spectators?) wear closed-toed shoes, sign a waiver (duh), and present a valid photo ID. If you wear pumps and forget your closed-toe shoes, ones can be rented for a small fee. Minors must be 13 years or older to throw with an adult parent/guardian (do you really want to teach your teenager how to throw sharp objects?!). You may not bring your own axe unless it is approved by the World Axe Throwing League (WATL), obviously.
Owners Ken Siu and Jessada Sunhachawi discovered axe throwing at a bachelor party in Montreal and needed to bring it to Orlando. They searched and searched for a location, but for some reason landlords didn’t want to take on such a little-known, cutting edge business. Eventually, the two engineers found the perfect location in the heart of downtown at 47 E. Robinson St., Suite 104.
Incredibly, alcohol is currently not served, but snacks and other beverages are available for purchase, and private events can bring in their own. Ninja throwing stars are also not allowed at this time.
Reservations are encouraged and can be made for groups of four or more. Cost is $25 per hour, plus tax, which includes a coach, and one hour that will be sure to either bring your corporate team together or rid the team of its doubting “Dwight.”
Walk-ins and reservations are welcome from 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. on Fridays, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 12-10 p.m. Weekday hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. are for reservations only.
Their location on Robinson Street, between Orange and Magnolia Avenues, is a block that seems to be growing out of its dormancy as a new downtown destination. Next door is Craft & Common, a specialty coffee and curated goods store, which sadly does not allow the throwing of any sharp objects. We did not ask the FedEx store on the other side if they allow the throwing of sharp objects.
Axe throwing really took off in Canada, of all places, which started the WATL. Member clubs are mostly in northern US towns and cities, but clubs also can be found worldwide in places such as Poland, Russia, Brazil, and Bali. Tampa has two clubs.
Epic’s website, encourages readers to “axe us about private events, team building events, corporate parties, birthday/holiday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and our Axe Leagues (sponsored by WATL)”.
To book your splitting good time, call them at 385-iAxeFun, or email Axe_Us@epicaxethrowing.com.