Quarantine Date Night: Where to (Safely) Go Axe Throwing in NC

Quarantine Date Night: Where to (Safely) Go Axe Throwing in NC

Restaurants and venues are opening up again. This means folks are able to get out of the house for at least a little while. Maybe go on a date. Maybe meet up with some friends or coworkers for a group outing. Here’s something to try: axe throwing in NC.

Throwing a hunk of sharp metal attached to a handle at a wooden target is an excellent way to have fun. You can also use it to blow off some steam.

Aside from that, it’s also a good way to have fun while remaining safe during COVID-19.

urban axes axe throwing in nc
Logo courtesy of Urban Axes.

But how do they keep customers safe?

A quick look at the safety rules posted online for Urban Axes in Durham, the Backyard Axe Throwing League in Charlotte and Winston-Salem and Bad Axe Throwing in Charlotte reveal both similarities and a few differences.

All three organizations take the following precautions: 

  • space out the lanes
  • have their employees wear masks
  • sanitize equipment in between groups
  • sanitize areas in between groups
  • maintain six feet of distance between employees and participants
BATL axe throwing in nc
Logo courtesy of BATL.

BATL and Urban Axes require customers to wear masks, but the latter says masks can be removed when eating or drinking.

What are the rules?

Think of axe throwing as darts, in a way. The target used by the International Axe Throwing Federation has three concentric rings and two green dots in the top corners.

bad axe throwing in nc
Logo courtesy of Bad Axe Throwing.

The bullseye is worth five points, the middle ring is worth three and the outer ring is worth one. The green dots (called “the Clutch”) are worth seven points each. According to the IATF rules, players can throw for the clutch only on the fifth and final throw of a round and must say they are throwing at the Clutch. Finally, axes must stick to the board for the points to count.

If you’re in the mood for a little more competition than a date or a get-together with friends, your local axe throwing spot might have its own league. For example, Urban Axes in Durham and BATL in Winston-Salem and Charlotte both offer eight-week leagues and both are members of the IATF.

Video courtesy of Mikhail Popov.

What’s axe throwing like?

It’s been a while since I picked up an axe and chucked it at hunks of wood. It was an awesome way to relax on a Sunday afternoon with friends, though.

None of us had ever done it before. So an instructor walked our small group through the one-handed and two-handed techniques with axes of different weights. Personally, I was a big fan of using the heavier axe with one hand.

I also was a big fan of the select craft beers we drank while throwing those sharp objects at that wooden target. For safest use, of course.

Is there axe throwing near you?

Maybe. Here are some places in the NC’s metro areas where you can visit to throw axes.

The Triangle

Epic Axe: 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh

Southern Charred: 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

Crazy Axe: 3141 Capital Blvd., Raleigh

Epic Axe of Wake Forest: 1839 S Main St Suite 300, Wake Forest

Urban Axes: 619 Foster St., Durham

The Triad

BATL: 109 W 9th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Tap That Axe: 6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct., Clemmons


Bad Axe: 350 E. 6th St.

BATL: 4128 South Blvd


Axeville: 99 New Leicester Hwy.


Axes & Allies: 1122 S. 3rd St.

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