Best Of 2019

Best Hatchet Job: Cincinnati Axe Throwing, Flying Axes and Urban Axes

Good news for people who love throwing axes: There are now multiple places in Cincinnati where you can toss sharpened projectiles at a wooden target. And most even sell booze. The axe-throwing craze hacked its way into the Tri-State last March with the opening of Cincinnati Axe Throwing in West Chester. The first in the region, it introduced the concept of letting random people walk into a room and chuck 1.5-pound hatchets at wooden bullseyes. After that came Flying Axes in Covington, the local extension of a Louisville-based chain, and then Urban Axes in OTR, which opened in January of this year and has locations in Baltimore, Boston, Philly, Austin and Durham, North Carolina. The axe-throwing “game” is based on a Canadian pioneering tradition and while local axe outlets have varying age requirements ranging from 13 to 15 to 21-and-up, all have “axeperts” on hand to teach newbies safety and skill basics before they let you loose with a deadly weapon. Prices, times, tournament styles and group rates also vary at each different company. But, for those looking to double down on danger and increase your competitive edge, both Flying Axes and Urban Axes sell alcohol. And if you get really into it, all three spots have axe-throwing leagues. Cincinnati Axe Throwing, 4814 Peter Place B, West Chester, cincinnatiaxe.com; Flying Axes, 100 W. Sixth St., Covington, flyingaxes.com/covington; Urban Axes, 2010 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, urbanaxes.com/cincinnati.