and fellow “axe-perts” Alex Jackson (left) and LJ McMullen
prepare for another axe throw at Lumber Axe, 2246 W. Bluemound
Road. Seniors at Arrowhead High School, the 18-year-olds
recently started working at the new bar, which offers escape
rooms and virtual reality in addition to axe throwing.
WAUKESHA - A
increasingly popular bar sport aimed at helping patrons blow off a
little steam while accessing their inner warrior has arrived in
an entertainment venue that recently opened at 2246 W.
Bluemound Road, is now offering customers the chance to try their
hands at axe throwing.
In addition to
offering craft brews, the business also features escape rooms and
virtual reality. Although kids ages 12 and older can participate in
the escape rooms and virtual reality games, Lumber Axe is largely
geared towards adults. The venue is one of the two strip malls
nestled to the east of Home Depot.
Like a twist on
darts, axe throwing essentially consists of competitors throwing an
axe at a wooden target, attempting to hit the bullseye.
behind the operation had already been operating escape rooms and a
virtual reality kiosk at Brookfield Square when they decided to
explore bringing axe throwing to the area.
“My partner is
always looking for the latest in entertainment, and he did some axe
throwing in Las Vegas and thought it would be something that work
well in the Midwest,” Director of Operations Tracy Ferrito
At that time the
partners weren’t aware of any places in Wisconsin offering the
sport. Since then, bars and entertainment venues in Bay View and
Milwaukee’s east side have announced plans to offer it, but Lumber
Axe is so far the only place in Waukesha where you can play.
The cost is $35
per person, per hour, for groups of two to five people, or
$30 per person, per hour, for groups of six to 10 people.
Walk-ins will be $20 per hour, space permitting.
have five ranges, each range has two lanes for two targets, and we
only book one group per range,” Ferrito said, noting that only the
two people throwing are allowed into the range.
ensure the safety of the players, each group is accompanied by what
she called an “axe-pert.”
“There are no
axes laying around, you are not allowed to bring in your own axe.
You can’t carry the axe anywhere. It does not leave the range,”
that anyone who has had too much to drink will not be allowed to
throw, but will be given the option of rescheduling.
The business is
a member of the World Axe Throwing League, she said, and staff received training from the organization before
In addition to
its normal hours Lumber Axe, plans to host large groups and
corporate events as well.
It won’t offer
food per se, but patrons
who find themselves hungry after an evening of axe throwing will be
able to order a select number of items from Albanese’s Roadhouse
menu, Ferrito said.