Columbus Staycation – Giveaway

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An Amazing Axe Throwing Staycation in Downtown Columbus

Enjoy Your Hometown with Great Food, Entertainment and – of Course – Axe Throwing

With school back in session and the holiday season right around the corner, it’s easy to feel burned out by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Thankfully, downtown Columbus is rich in both comforts and exciting entertainment and dining options to help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world again. This is the ultimate guide to your dream Columbus staycation.

The Perfect Location for Your Columbus Staycation

Start your weekend vacation at home by checking in to the Westin Great Southern Columbus, a 4-star hotel right in the heart of downtown. The rich, red-brick exterior houses rooms decked out with every modern amenity, including pillow top mattresses and rainfall showerheads. The premium location places you minutes away from countless restaurants, bars and family-friendly forms of entertainment, including Ohio’s premier axe throwing lounge, Dueling Axes.

A Highly Axe-essible Activity

While axe throwing may seem intimidating at first, Dueling Axes guarantees a safe and comfortable experience that combines individual coaching and free-form game play, all in an upscale, urban lounge environment. Children as young as five years old have been able to successfully stick bullseyes, making it a great option for both kids and kids at heart. Parents can enjoy the stress relief of throwing axes while enjoying an adult beverage, whether brought from home or delivered in from one of the many neighborhood restaurants, and kids love taking on the new challenge of axe throwing. Guests can choose from about a dozen game play options and set their own pace of throws, making it a great option for kids to teens and in between!

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Great Eats Just an Axe’s Throw Away

Nothing works up an appetite quite like axe throwing, and thankfully, Dueling Axes’ convenient downtown location makes it just a moment’s walk away from a wide variety of dining options. Looking to keep things casual? Grab a pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice or a gourmet dog from Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, both located just across the street from Dueling Axes. Pecan Penny’s and The Walrus, both located right around the corner on Main Street, offer up classic BBQ and upscale American standards, respectively. Got a group of adventurous eaters with you? Stop by El Camino Inn for twists on Mexican street food and craft cocktails. With so many options to choose from, there’s truly something to keep everyone in the family happy.

Making Your Columbus Staycation Dreams Come TrueColumbus staycation

Sound like an award-winning weekend? Well, you’re in luck! Dueling Axes is proud to call Columbus, Ohio its home, and wants to share the fun with all of its fans. Dueling Axes has teamed up with the Westin to offer up a dream Columbus staycation package that is sure to delight. Visit our Instagram page and look for the GIVEAWAY POST mentioning this blog. Follow @duelingaxes on Instagram and Facebook, tag your axe-wielding friends and comment with why you deserve to win this Columbus Staycation package for a chance to win a night’s stay at the Westin and a 1-hour axe throwing package for 2 people! To top it off, we’re offering up a classic pie at Mikey’s and two $25 gift cards, one to Dirty Franks and one to The Walrus. It’s the perfect package for planning a Columbus staycation. Follow the link for additional details and how to enter!

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How Throwing An Axe Can Bring Your Team Closer Together

By | Axe Throwing Insights, News

Group activityFinding That Balance Between Fresh, Friendly Competition & Team Building

Every so often, the boss rallies the troops and the office gets together to do a little team building. But what do these off-site events actually do for the team?

Sometimes, they entail working together to find a common solution, smiling for a photo at the end and having a little fun along the way. But other times, they fall flat. Employees become disengaged. They start thinking about all the other things they could be doing with this time. While the main goal is to get your team to socialize, build bonds, think together and decompress, the end result can be quite the opposite.

If you want a team-building exercise that will truly engage your team and become a memory they talk about for years to come, you might want to start thinking outside the box – and down the lane.

The Effectiveness of Thinking Outside the BoxUnique Team Building Ideas Columbus

When your team catches wind of an upcoming team-building event, the last thing you want to hear in response is a chorus of drones or the disheartening “ugh, we’ve already done that.” The word “workshop” can evoke feelings of “please don’t make me.” This is supposed to be a good time, not a long, drawn out, cringy affair!

Playing “three truths and one lie” loses its luster, scavenger hunts only work if everyone is invested and seeing which group can solve a puzzle the fastest is only fun for the winner. It’s time to do something different with your squad. It’s time to throw an axe!

Because axe throwing is still a relatively new concept to a lot of folks and will certainly catch them off-guard in the best way. When you hear “team building workshop,” you don’t think throwing an axe at a target – and that’s exactly the point. Pique interest. Throw axes. Get competitive. Watch your team thrive as they aim to smash the bullseye!

You Don’t Need a Leader of the Pack

Team building exercises are designed to bring people together – but they can also push people apart or even alienate some team members, especially if the normal cast of leaders starts to take too much control. The beauty of axe throwing is that it’s an individual’s game that’s unfamiliar to most people. This mitigates the risk of forming cliques and gives everyone the chance to be the best instead of just falling in line. Everyone is learning together, while still trying to outperform each other. And, even if you’re not that great, there’s no pressure because it’s your first time!

Get Out Of The Office & Step Down the Lane

When your team gets together to throw axes down a lane, they’re not worried about work. They’re all trying to catch on faster than the next person to see who can throw an axe the best, while sipping a beer and eating pizza. It doesn’t get much better than that during or after office hours! This is exactly the type of thing they’ll post on their Instagram and talk about with their friends.

Team-building exercises don’t always have to bring people together in the conventional sense. You can get the same effect with some healthy, fun competition, especially if no one on your team is already an expert axe thrower! You’re focusing on how you can better your own throw and discussing newfound techniques with coworkers, all while realizing Jane from Accounting has a freaking cannon for an arm.

When you’re throwing a sharpened axe, there’s never a dull moment.

Dueling Axes: Where Team-Building Becomes Team-Bonding

Get out of your office and out of those stereotypical team-building exercises and step down a lane. Dueling Axes can host events as large as 120 people and allows catered food/drinks. Book your next out of the ordinary corporate team event today!

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Dueling Axes Announces Las Vegas Expansion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dueling Axes Las Vegas Location

Rendering showcases new Dueling Axes venue coming to AREA15 in 2020.

(Rendering Courtesy of Dueling Axes)

 

DUELING AXES ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS EXPANSION JOINING AREA15’S EVOLVING COLLECTION OF INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES

 

Columbus, OH (October 2019) Dueling Axes is expanding west to one of the country’s most exciting retail and entertainment markets. The premiere indoor axe-throwing lounge native to Columbus, Ohio is the newest planned addition to AREA15, an experiential retail and entertainment development with a growing collection of attractions including Nomadic, Emporium, Meow Wolf Las Vegas and the recently announced cocktail and coffee bar, Oddwood.

Dueling Axes prides itself on a unique approach to customer experience, competitive play, interior design, technology and location selection. These factors make Dueling Axes the leader in the axe-throwing arena, while AREA15 represents an optimal destination for the expanding brand. As its second location, Dueling Axes’ Las Vegas location will encompass nearly triple the space and number of throwing lanes than its Columbus venue. Occupying 6,300 square feet inside AREA15, the dynamic attraction will feature 18 throwing lanes accommodating up to six participants each; four lanes will be dedicated to the VIP and private party room which accommodates groups of up to 25 guests.

Whether guests are throwing for the first or hundredth time, on a date or with a large group of friends and coworkers, Dueling Axes makes axe throwing approachable and safe for everyone, transforming the primitive activity into a high-energy pastime. The Dueling Axes’ lounge will include a beer and wine bar, and guests will be encouraged to bring their favorite takeout from any of AREA15’s eateries into the venue.

Opening in 2020, AREA15 promises to be a portal to the extraordinary, the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex designed to bring the best-in-class of immersive experiences together under one roof. AREA15 will announce additional attractions and food and beverage experiences this fall.

ABOUT DUELING AXES

Dueling Axes is the nation’s premiere indoor axe throwing lounge. Satisfying the drive for new experiences, axe throwing is a fun and safe activity for groups of all sizes. Similar to darts but way more exciting, you now can experience the unique sport of axe throwing in a safe, comfortable, and modern setting. Let’s face it, you’ve thought of what it would be like to throw an axe – now you have the chance to bring your primal desires to life. With our unique approach to the sport, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and facility that sets us apart from the competition. No beards or flannel required. Visit theduelingaxes.com for more information.

 ABOUT AREA15

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex offering live events, exhilarating attractions, immersive activations, art installations, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Nomadic, Emporium, Oddwood and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas, AREA15 will also host ongoing pop-up events designed to attract locals and tourists of all ages when it opens in 2020. AREA15 is the development project led by a joint venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York. For more information visit www.AREA15.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter: @AREA15Official; Facebook: AREA15LasVegas and YouTube: AREA15. Hashtag: #SomethingIsComing. Click here for directions and here to download high-res renderings.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

 Facebook: @DuelingAxes@AREA15LasVegas

Instagram:  @DuelingAxes. @AREA15Official,

Twitter: @Dueling_Axes, @AREA15Official,

YouTube: AREA15, Dueling Axes

 

HASHTAG:

#SomethingisComing

#AREA15

#DuelingAxes

#DuelingAxesLV

 

 MEDIA CONTACTS:

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Axe Throwing In Columbus: Things To Know And Where To Go!

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 18 VIA 614mom (by Eryn Gilson)

Axe Throwing In Columbus: Things To Know And Where To Go!

My husband’s birthday was a few weeks ago and to celebrate I booked private party at Dueling Axes in Downtown, Columbus.  Before we get much further into this I want to be very honest with you – I am terrible at axe throwing. Like borderline embarrassing. I think I need lessons. LOL! It was a great time though – my husband and all of our friends were much better than me and they also loved it.

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation to make sure everyone had time to sign waivers before we got started. Once everyone arrived they took us over to our lanes and gave us safety instructions, helped us with practice throws, and then explained a few games we could play. The first game we played was simple – each team member got five throws and at the end the team with the highest score won.  The second game we played was Blackjack with Axes. For us Blackjack with Axes ended with an axe faceoff – between my husband and our friend Matt.  It was an exciting end to a really great night.

Axe Throwing is new(ish) to Columbus so I thought I’d give you some tips before you head out to Dueling Axes – because if I can do it, anyone can.  🙂 

  1. You don’t have to book a party to go. You can go on a date night, friends, or by yourself if that’s your thing 🙂 The pricing depends on how many hours you reserve and for how many people.

  2. Reservations are strongly encouraged if you want to secure a lane for your group.  They do accept walk ins – but there could be long wait times. Just be prepared.

  3. Make sure to wear closed toed shoes. I actually didn’t know this but had a feeling and I’m glad that I did because it’s a rule.  So make sure you put your toes away for this outing.

  4. I know I mentioned it was hard for me – and that’s true but to be fair I’m really good when putting pen to paper but bat to ball (or axe to target) kind of skills are just not where I excel. Everyone else in the group was able to master it with a little training and to be fair – I did hit the bullseye a few times (and EVERYONE in the place knew it because I celebrated with a little screaming and a dance)

  5. Speaking of – they do train you.  Before you get started, one of their trained staff members go through some required safety information as well as practice throws for everyone.

  6. It’s BYOB – and that’s important for two reasons.  1. They don’t sell alcohol on site and 2. You can’t bring liquor. I mean – would you want someone doing shots of tequila and throwing an axe?  😉

  7. With that said – you can do what we did and order food and drinks for the Walrus when you run out.  There are a few other places nearby that deliver – Dirty Franks, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Pecan Penny’s.  My personal recommendation – french fries from the Walrus with the amazing sauce that comes with them.

 

I originally booked my husband’s birthday party here because it was different, looked fun, and it was BYOB but after our experience I can say that we will be back and my husband is currently thinking of joining the leagues when they officially open.  We’re big fans.  Maybe we’ll see you there?

Book your axe throwing adventure now!

Have an axe throwing question?  Send us a note at info@theduelingaxes.com.

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A Twist On Mother-Daughter Dates in Columbus

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You’re Here For A Good Time, Not An Ordinary Time!

It doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day, her birthday or any special occasion to take your mom out for a good time. After all, mother-daughter time is essential! However, you’ve probably already done the shopping at Easton, gone for walks at the Metro Parks or got your nails did before getting a bite to eat. 

There’s a seemingly endless amount of ideas out there to spend time with one another, but if you’re looking
for something different and out of the ordinary, we’ve got the perfect
Columbus mother-daughter date ideas for you! 

 

Start The Morning With “Mother” Nature

There’s nothing better than waking up, hitting the outdoors and getting your steps in. One place on your not-so-ordinary day date can be Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Butterflies in Garden

Who doesn’t love looking at nature and then being all around beautiful butterflies? The butterfly exhibition has been waiting for you to see its beauty this whole time! Outside of engaging exhibitions, there are a number of other expeditions to explore, creative writing workshops, beginner Tai Chi programs and culinary arts classes.

There’s a ton you two can do in just one place! But don’t burn yourself out – you’ve got a full day ahead. 

 

Take It Easel: You’ve Earned Yourself A Drink

Painting Classes in ColumbusSo, you recently had a little argument with your mom and you’re trying to get past it. Take that emotion and turn it into something beautiful by trying out a paint and pour class at Studio 614! Pick up the brush and put the tizzy between you two behind. There’s no way a smile won’t appear especially after a couple glasses of wine and a few strokes of artistic genius. 

Have some wine, get your feelings out and bury the hatchet – or should we say … axe. 

 

Grab a Slice & An Axe; Step Outside The Box & Down The LaneLoretta Zedella at Dueling Axes

There’s no doubt you’ll be hungry as the day goes on and who doesn’t love pizza? It may be original, but what about eating pizza and throwing some axes? Grab a box of ‘za and bring it down to Dueling Axes with that bottle of wine you have left over from your paint party – you know, that one you were totally going to save for a later date. You can bring your favorite food (or have it delivered), break open your favorite booze (besides hard liquor) and end your   mother-daughter day with some friendly competition.

After all, nothing says “I love you” quite like whipping an axe down a lane for points!

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The Night Is Still Young

Still hungry after all that axe throwing? There are plenty of amazing restaurants close by to Dueling Axes – many are even within walking distance. 

Interested in some tapas? Check out Sidebar

How about literally any sort of hotdog you could possibly imagine? Dirty Frank’s is where you want to be. 

Can’t decide, but know you want something good? Head on over to Hadley’s. There’s even more restaurants and bars that can satisfy your taste buds that are just steps away! 

Dueling Axes: Your Future Go-To for a Columbus Night Out 

Skip the “been there, done that” and make Dueling Axes the centerpiece of your next mother daughter date. BYOB, outside-food friendly and hours of axe throwing surely make for a one-of-a-kind experience! 

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Is Axe Throwing Safe

Is Axe Throwing Safe?

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All The Axe Throwing Questions You Want Answered

We really can’t say it enough but to ease your mind – YES, axe throwing is safe. We get that it might be an intimidating sport or game to some people, but you have nothing to worry about as long as you’re working with professionals. You have a better chance of getting hurt at a bowling alley or even a driving range than at an axe throwing bar. We’re here to prove it’s safe with even more answers to the worried questions that we get every single day!

Other Axe Throwing Questions Answered Here

What Happened In The Viral Axe Throwing Video?Axe Throwing Viral Video Screenshot

You’ve seen that one video, right? The viral video of a girl throwing an axe and it bounces right back at her?

Well, if you haven’t, luckily she moved out of the way of an arrant axe throw and didn’t get hurt. But not lucky for us – everyone thinks that’s going to happen to them. The problem in that video starts with the rubber mat vs. rubber axe handle. It’s okay to use a rubber mat but combining the two can make for one big bounce coming right back at you. You can see in the video that she was ultimately aiming at the floor not at the target. When the rubber handle and rubber mat gave it a bounce, it hit the wall first, amplifying the bounce back at the thrower.

Moral of the viral video – wrong axe, very bad throw and poor supervision. Dueling Axes doesn’t use rubber handled axes but we do use rubber mats – which is perfectly fine when not combining the two. We use a wooden handle axe which would very rarely bounce back to the thrower, it might just slide on the floor.

Have There Been Any Axe Throwing Accidents At Dueling Axes?

We’ve been operating for more than a year now which means we’ve had about 24,000 – 25,000 people walk through our door and throw an axe. We haven’t seen a single accident with the exception of someone getting a splinter. You will never have to worry about an axe coming back at you because safety is our number one priority here at Dueling Axes – and we enforce that principle heavily.

What Does Dueling Axes Do To Enforce Safety?regulation throwing axe

For starters, Dueling Axes never sacrifices safety for the inexpensive costs. Other companies use rubber handle axes because they don’t break as easily as wooden ones – if your axe lasts longer, you don’t have to replace it as often. We prefer wooden ones that may break and we may have to replace but they are the safest axe to throw. Many axe throwing places usually put two targets in one cage, Dueling Axes is individually caged on the top and the sides with one single target. It is always one person per lane and one axe per lane. You can’t hand the axe to the next person, you need to hang it up and then the next person has to go get it.

Each patron receives a safety briefing and technique throwing lesson prior to being allowed to throw. You then must go up with the coach individually and practice a throw until you hit the target. You have the option for your coach to be with you as much or as little as you want during your reservation and even if our staff isn’t near you, we can hear a bad throw. Our eyes may not be on you, but our trained coaches have ears like no others. We’ll go over to you as soon as we hear something we don’t want to hear!

Tips For People That Are Still Scared Of Axe Throwing

If you’re still intimidated by axe throwing, we’ve got a few more tips to get you ready for your first time. Don’t worry about the axe’s size – you’re not going to throw a fireman sized wood chopping axe or a hatchet. You’re throwing an axe the size of a hammer. You also aren’t throwing it too close or too far away; you’re throwing it exactly where you should, which is about 12 – 15 ft. away from the target. For reference – you’re a little bit farther away then from where you would throw a dart.

It may be tempting, but for safety reasons, it’s best to not throw the axe as hard as you can. Like with anything, being accurate takes practice. So come on in, throw some axes and have a good, SAFE time.

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Dueling Axes Announces Expansion, Anniversary Tournament Series

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND JUNE 20, 2019

Dueling Axes Announces Expansion, Anniversary Tournament Series

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Dueling Axes axe-throwing lounge in Downtown Columbus will celebrate its one-year anniversary on July 7. In celebration, the lounge announces an expansion into New Albany, as well as a tournament series and other promotions.

The lounge will expand to New Albany as part of the Hamilton Quarter expansion southeast of Hamilton and 161. The development is also the future site of a Target Next Generation store, Hobby Lobby, and a host of other retail businesses and restaurants.

Dueling Axes’ expansion will double the size of its Downtown location — which will allow for twice as many lanes, but with the same rustic feel. The space will also include a private meeting room and a traditional parking lot.

The lounge is looking at an opening in 2020.

“That kind of opens up a new market for us, that northeast side of Columbus,” said Jess Hellmich, co-owner of Dueling Axes. “There’s a whole group of people that only stay Downtown or inside 270. And then there’s a whole group that don’t want anything to do with Downtown.”

A part of Dueling Axes’ formal one-year anniversary celebration is a set of 32-person, bracket-style tournaments on three nights in July. For a $20 fee, individuals can compete for one of six spots in the finals. The winner will get tickets to a Columbus Clippers game, and get the chance to make the “first axe throw” ahead of the game.

“Instead of your first pitch, we’re going to set up a target and someone’s going to be able to throw an ax over home plate,” explains Hellmich.

Tickets will also be given away, as well as company merch, restaurant gift cards and gift certificates to the lounge.

The celebration also incorporates a number of promotions, including summer happy hour pricing on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Labor Day. On Sunday, July 7, the day of the anniversary, one-hour reservations will cost $10 a person for a minimum of four-person groups.

Hellmich and Paul Sherry, co-owner of Dueling Axes, say the past year has gone by quickly. They now have 10 people on staff, and the response from patrons has exceeded expectations.

“No injuries. Two splinters, I suppose,” said Sherry. “Most people come in, they pick it up right away.”

“Coming in on a Saturday night and seeing a bunch of coolers in here, with people just having a good time. It’s something else,” said Hellmich. “You don’t see it in a lot of places.”

“Columbus has really embraced axe throwing,” said Sherry.

More information, including registration for the tournament, can be found online at theduelingaxes.com.

Columbus Navigator Thursday Night Throw Down

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ORIGINAL POST VIA COLUMBUS NAVIGATOR

You Can Show Off Your Axe Throwing Skills In This 32-Person Tournament

How good is your axe throwing arm?

You can put it to the test at the first ever public axe throwing tournament hosted by Dueling Axes. The company is celebrating their one year anniversary with a 32-person double elimination tournament which will kick off on July 11. Every Thursday throughout July at 6:30, participants will be able to see just how good they are at chucking axes at the wall! The championship will take place on August 1 and the winner of the tournament will get to throw the first pitch at a Clippers home game on August 19. Oh, did we mention that instead of throwing a ball, the winner will obviously be tossing an axe!

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Tickets are $20/tournament and participants are allowed to compete on multiple dates. For more info, or to sign up for the tournament, please click here.

Thursday Night Throw DownStart warming up that throwing arm, folks!

 

Urban Axe Throwing Founder Interviewed by 614 Startups

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The Urban Axe Throwing Interview

The small business atmosphere in Columbus, Ohio is booming! According to the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus has been known to be one of the top cities for new business growth. So, it sounds like Downtown Columbus is the perfect location for an urban axe throwing lounge, no?614 Startups Jess Hellmich Interview

Owner, Jess Hellmich was interviewed by Elio Harmon of 614 Startup Podcast about the Idea, Scale, and Impact of the urban axe throwing lounge, Dueling Axes.  On S2E5, Elio asks how the idea of bringing an axe throwing facility to Downtown Columbus came about. Co- Owners Jess Hellmich and Paul Sherry may or may not have talked about it over drinks after a poker game. They were looking to bring a different activity, that many people have not tried, to Downtown Columbus. They saw an opportunity in the axe throwing industry and decided they wanted to be the best. The process was tough, and long. But once they landed a location on South 4th Street in Downtown Columbus, in the middle of a community of other great small businesses, everything started falling into place. With help from their construction backgrounds, Jess and Paul put every screw into the space that Dueling Axes calls home. After a year and a half from start to finish, the urban axe throwing lounge opened in July 2018. Since opening, Jess and Paul have figured out what works best for them, what works best for business, and have only heard positive reviews.

The axe throwing industry is new but growing at a rapid pace. It is not only perfect for date night but also great for corporate groups to take a break from the computer screen to focus on something different. Dueling Axes has hosted a plethora of private events including birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and even fundraising events. Axe throwing is a safe, fun activity that suits any age, any fitness level, and a great way to relieve stress. Next time you are looking to plan a night out for family or friends, come check out Dueling Axes.

About 614 Startups:

At 614Startups, we believe that entrepreneurship has the potential to create a better world and that Columbus, Ohio will become the global capital for startup growth and innovation.

With this as our mantra, we are building a digital media company that provides a platform for entrepreneurs to tell their story and for startups to increase their brand awareness. Our goal is to become the leading source for startup news and interviews in Columbus. Contact us at info@614startups.com.614 startups logo

Make sure to check out the 614 Startup Podcast about Dueling Axes here.

Dueling Axes is Officially Open Downtown

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Dueling Axes is Officially Open Downtown Columbus

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY COLUMBUS NAVIGATOR on July 13, 2018 – see the original axe throwing lounge article here.

 

Has date night gotten stale?

Have you and your friends been looking for something fun to do, other than dinner and drinks? This Saturday, your newest night out destination has its grand opening.  Lucky for us, we were able to take a sneak peek.

 

Dueling Axes is straightforward, and no frills. Which is not a downside.  After a short review of safety rules and a demonstration, our expert, Mike, got us started without much delay. The premise is simple, you are throwing an ax at a wooden target. It is, of course, comparable to Columbus Ax Throwing, which we covered HERE.  But having experienced both places, the atmosphere and convenience differ greatly.

Being downtown and close to lots of different restaurant, bar, and nightlife action certainly has its advantages. At Dueling Axes, you are within a few blocks of Mikey’s Late Night Slice, The Walrus, 16 Bit Bar + Arcade, and many more.  Plus, with the added bonus of the CBus, you can park once, and enjoy much of what downtown has to offer.

Another appealing feature of this new hot spot is the BYOB aspect. You are welcome to bring in both outside food and drink.  For those of you over 21, this is a real lure. No more paying $6 for one beer, you can bring an entire 6 pack to share with a friend, and still come out ahead.  In the future, the owners are anticipating a rotating selection of food trucks parked outside, but until then, feel free to stop at Dirty Frank’s and bring your own “Classy Lady” to snack on.

While I did not see this noted on the website, closed toed shoes are a requirement to throw axes, for obvious reasons.  It is, however, listed on site as one of the safety rules.  So, even though it’s summer and your toes are looking nice, make sure to dress accordingly, so you get to keep all ten of them.

The interior of Dueling Axes is industrial and modern. Think Edison bulbs, leather, and exposed beams. There’s ample seating for each of the eight throwing lanes, at bar height tables with stools. Additionally, there’s a lounge area tucked into the corner if you feel like hanging out after your time slot to watch more of the action.

Your “host” will leave you with a set of instructions for different games to play, tic tac toe and 21, among others. For this week’s soft opening, it was just my husband and I, but I could see the attraction of coming with a large group. Each lane can accommodate groups up to 12, and booking is conveniently available online.

As I mentioned, this wasn’t my first rodeo, but I’m not terribly good. I did score one bullseye (picture for posterity, obvi), but my husband might have a future in the Lumberjack Games. He beat me soundly in each game we played, despite giving me a handicap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently, you enter through the revolving doors, into a lobby space, and Dueling Axes is to your right. In order to become ADA compliant, they are in the process of adding an extra entrance, directly into the space, which should be completed in the next few weeks. This weekend only, in honor of the grand opening, you can book a lane at just $10 per person/per hour (July 14 & 15 only).

My only complaint would be that it can feel a little crowded if you have a group playing together on a lane. You want to stand close enough to watch, but you also cannot enter the lane, which leaves a few feet of prime viewing real estate.  But really, I didn’t find that people were clamoring over each other to get a glimpse at my husbands ax prowess, so as long as you like the people you are with, it’s no big.

Dueling Axes is locally owned and operated, and located at 309 S 4th St. So if you’ve ever axe’d yourself if you woodlike to try something new, there’s no time for splitting hairs, go check ’em out!

Tracie Baum

Tracie is an extroverted introvert who loves expensive cheese and cheap wine. A wearer of socks with sandals, she abhors whistling. When not spending time with her family, you can find her creating new puns to embarrass them with.