Urban Axes, the totally safe bar that combines drinking and ax throwing, celebrates grand opening this week

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What happens when you combine drinking at the bar and trying to hurl an ax at a wooden target? Find out at the Baltimore location of Urban Axes, the chain of bars that combines these seemingly incompatible activities. Well, at least incompatible outside the context of the Renaissance Festival.

First announced back in February, Urban Axes is open now and will hold a Grand Opening party for its Highlandtown home later this week, offering specials on beer and wine and ax-throwing tutorials during a one-hour session with a coach, on both Friday and Saturday.

As crazy as this whole thing sounds, there are now six Urban Axes locations on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The first facility opened in Philadelphia in 2016, per The Sun. And apparently this trend is catching on. Just this past April, NBC News did a story on this medieval sensation sweeping our nation.

On Saturday and Sunday, the venue will play host to the Urban Open, a competition of the National Axe Throwing Federation, which is very much a real thing. Players will be showing off individual skills Saturday, followed by a double elimination tournament on Sunday for $5,000 in prizes. Spectators are welcome. Advisory: Closed toe shoes are required.

The Baltimore location of Urban Axes will be open to the public 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 5-9 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Group books are available 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Walk-in sessions cost $20 for one hour, and bookings for groups of eight or more for a two-and-half-hour session cost $35 per person.

Brandon Weigel


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