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Feeling badass at Bad Axe Throwing

By Melissa Lefebvre on October 4, 2016

Adulting can be hard, but it does come with some advantages. You can do things your parents told you not to, like eat cake for breakfast, talk to strangers, and play with sharp objects.

In March, I wrote about my new found love for throwing sharp objects after a great night of axe throwing at BATL. This summer, I was fortunate enough to indulge in this awesome pass time once again, when the lovely folks at Bad Axe Throwing Ottawa invited Apt613 to come and check out their facilities.

Bad Axe Throwing got started in Burlington, Ontario in 2014 and has been expanding ever since. They opened their Ottawa location in August 2015, and became Ottawa’s first axe throwing venue.

When we arrived, our coach, Stroker, gave us a tour and showed us how things worked. The venue is equipped with two throwing cages, each with two wooden dartboard-like targets. Between the cages is some space to hang out and watch the games. While Bad Axe doesn’t serve food or drink, you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Once Stroker explained the safety precautions and instruction for properly throwing an axe, it was time to get down to business and give it a try. Successfully throwing an axe is not that hard, but it does require a bit of technique and some adjustments depending on how you throw. Luckily, Stroker was a pro (as well as patient and professional), and helped me find my groove, while my partner worked on his advanced lumberjack skills, like throwing underhand and two axes at a time.

What’s great about Bad Axe Throwing is that they are highly adaptable depending on the type of group you’re with. They offer several different games depending on the size of your group, level of skill, and general interest.

They can accommodate groups of 8 or more and are popular for corporate events, birthdays, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. But don’t feel like you need a special occasion to go, it’s a great way to unwind and have fun with friends anytime. The cost is $50 per person including tax. They’ve also introduced walk-in times for those who want to come in and practice their skills. The cost is $20 per hour, and the schedule is available on their website.

Like talking to strangers, axe throwing is far less dangerous than our parents would lead us to believe, but it does make you feel like a bad-ass. If you’re feeling a little rebellious, or just want to have a great time with friends or colleagues, get your butt down to Bad Axe Throwing.

Bad Axe Throwing is located at 1580 Liverpool Court, #8. For reservations or more information, see their website. You can also find Bad Axe Throwing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.