Hipsters in Brooklyn have picked up on the growing trend of ax throwing. Of course, it wouldn’t be a hipster outing without beer. Kick Axe Throwing is the first of its kind in New York City that allows patrons to throw axes while slugging down a cold one.
“People are like, ‘Sharp objects and beer? What a great idea that is.’ But truthfully, after you have a couple drinks you start to actually throw a little bit better,” says “axepert” Alexander Stine. “It’s about believing in your ability to do something you didn’t think you could do before.”
The game is played basically like darts by aiming at a wooden board with a bull’s eye. The sport is pretty popular in Canada where it originated and though it’s a pretty casual game there is a competitive league with roughly 2,500 members.
Mario Zelaya, CEO of Canada’s Bad Axe Throwing is hoping the sport takes off like bowling did. “It’s bowling 2.0,” says Zelaya. “What bowling maybe used to be in the 80′s and 90′s and this is what ax throwing is right now. It’s fun. It’s new. It’s addictive. It’s active entertainment.” Overall, Zelaya hopes ax throwing will eventually become an Olympic sport.