Bad Axe Throwing
Bad Axe Throwing Toronto is an axe throwing facility located in the Junction . Part of a chain with locations across southwestern Ontario, Bad Axe hosts league nights ($120 for seven weeks) and is available for individual bookings ($44.25 per person with an eight person minimum).
I visited Bad Axe on a cold Sunday night. The axe throwing facility is actually located on the second floor of an office building, appropriately shared with a fashion school. The floor is set up with six targets so three face-offs can be played simultaneously, with communal party areas in between the three playing areas.
Chain link fences protect the observers, and there are tables made of cool reused barrels and stools for sitting and observing. The walls are painted with vibrant colours and decorated with history's most virulent enemies: Yoda and Darth Vader, Batman and the Joker, Bad Axe's web address and their Instagram handle.
The night I visited, three separate parties were taking place. Each party had brought in their own drinks and eats (Bad Axe is BYOB and BYOSnacks). Before the throwing got started, staff took the members of each respective party through the safety precautions and explained the rules.
Then, the music started playing (super loud Drake via a Bluetooth speaker), the axes started flying (super valuable tips via staff members helped) and the vibe in the space got increasingly exciting.
Since axe throwing is essentially just a more-dangerous version of darts, it can run the risk of being boring to watch. Not to mention, if you're only playing 12.5% of the time, it could quickly become a low-energy evening.
At Bad Axe, the combination of the smaller space, louder music, and enthusiastic staff members made for a fun, exhilarating time more reminiscent of a no-holds-barred game of dodgeball or an awesome Greek wedding than a boring bar game.
Bad Axe is a really exciting way to brush up on your hand-eye coordination, work on toning those potential FLOTUS arms, and to spend time with friends in a fun setting.
With prices on the same level to other local weapon-throwing facilities, it's a great option for those of us in the west end who want to live out aspects of The Shining in a non-violent way without having to resort to the TTC.
Writing by Martha Stortz. Photos by Jesse Milns.