For some, axe throwing is a way to release a little tension. For others, it’s a way to bond with family and friends and just have a little fun. Whatever your reason for wanting to throw (cocktails, bar food, or date night), here are options for you around Northern Virginia.
Axes and Os
Tara Hampton’s Axes and Os specializes in private events and reservations are encouraged. The venue does take walk-ins, but you may be paired with another group. Axes and Os also has arcade games and a menu of beer, wine, cocktails, and tasty bar food. It costs $40 per person for a 90-minute session, which includes all equipment and instruction from an axe coach. Food and drink are priced separately. Axes and Os is open 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. 21680 Ridgetop Cir., Ste. 125, Sterling
Autobahn Axe Throwing
Autobahn Axe Throwing was the first axe-throwing location in Northern Virginia, and now has locations in Dulles and Manassas. Guests can walk in and throw or try interactive axe throwing. Axe throwing at Autobahn is age 13 and older. A 60-minute session is $29.95 per person. The venue also offers private events, as well as a go-karting and axe-throwing combination. Reservations are highly recommended. Autobahn is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. 8300 Sudley Rd., Ste. A5, Manassas: 45448 E. Severn Wy., Ste. 150, Sterling
Bad Axe Throwing Fairfax
At Bad Axe Throwing, you walk in and use a common area for axe throwing with others who have walked in. You will want to check the walk-in schedule two hours before visiting. If you’d like to book in advance (perhaps for an event), it is recommended to do so at least two months in advance, especially if you’re interested in a weekend. Prices vary from $30 to $44 for a 90-minute session. Bad Axe Throwing is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. 2985 District Ave., Fairfax
Big Axe Barn
Big Axe Barn at the Farm Brewery at Broad Run offers axe throwing for all levels. It has heated lanes in the winter. Every Friday, Big Axe Barn does a glow-in-the-dark night. The second Friday of the month is Ladies Night, with 25 percent off one hour of axe throwing and $5 wine slushies. Prices are $25 for shared lanes, while private group events start at $180. Big Axe Barn reserves Tuesdays for private events. Hours vary the rest of the week.16015 John Marshall Hwy., Broad Run
Elysium Axe Bar
The sleek Elysium is a large facility with a 30-foot bar, dining areas, and eight full-size axe lanes. All ages are welcome, but only children aged 8 and up can throw axes, provided they have adult supervision. The venue is ages 18+ after 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The cost is $40 per person for 90 minutes. Reservations recommended. The Elysium is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. 251 N. 21st St., Floor 2, Unit B, Purcellville
The veteran-owned Heroic Axe is the brainchild of Jeff and Rachel Moore, who went axe throwing while on vacation in 2021. The venue offers a variety of flatbreads, nachos, quesadillas, and other snacks. The cost is $20 for 30 minutes, $35 for 60 minutes, and $43 for 90 minutes. The hours vary. Vint Hill Farms: 6781 Kennedy Rd., Ste. 6, Warrenton
If you’re looking to bring axe throwing to you, Primal Axe in Loudoun County does that. Its mobile unit has top-of-the-line projection targets that use a variety of games, including Tic-Tac-Toe, and digital scoring. Primal Axe’s axperts give detailed training and instruction. Prices and hours vary.
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