Slice a Path to These Five Ax-Throwing Joints in Massachusetts
Need to unleash all your pandemic-related aggression? Swing by these spots for target practice (and maybe a beer).
There’s, like, a lot of stress in the world right now. One way to get a handle on it? Literally, get a handle—an ax handle—and toss that sucker at a target like you’ve never tossed an ax before. (For full catharsis, aim for the bullseye as though you’re trying to maim the coronavirus itself.) Of course, considering how relatively new to the area ax-throwing facilities are, it’s entirely likely this really is your first time. So without further ado, here’s where you can bring yourself and quarantine-bubble besties for a swinging time.
Agawam Axe House
You may not be able to ride the rollercoasters at nearby Six Flags New England, which remains closed due to COVID-19. But ax-tossing is certainly a fine way to get your adrenaline up, the next time you’re taking a road trip through the picturesque Pioneer Valley. Right now, reservations and masks are required at Agawam Axe House. You can bring your own food and drinks (non-alcoholic only)—as well as your own ax, if you prefer. So dust off your favorite wood-chopper and get to tossing, kehd.
396 Main St., Suite A, Agawam, 413-654-6789, agawamaxe.com.
Crazy Axes bills itself as the only mobile and brick-and-mortar ax-throwing operation in New England. Meaning: Yes, they do make house calls, and can be hired to provide their targeted services (get it?) for your next party. (Remember parties?) In the meanwhile, head down to their facility on the South Shore, choose between a hatchet or tomahawk-style ax, and practice now so you can impress your cookout guests later. Oh, and Crazy Axes has a bring-your-own policy for food and drink; alcohol included.
228 Columbia Rd., Hanover, 781-924-1368, crazy-axes.com.
Prepare for full-throttle action at Half Axe, where groups get 20 minutes per person to send as many hatchets flying as they can; for example, rally a posse of three and you’ll have a full hour (plus instruction time) to have at it. You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks—though soon, you’ll be able to enjoy a beer or two, too. Half Axe received its license to pour suds right as COVID-19 came down; while you can currently visit for tge ax-throwing, they’re waiting for Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan to launch beer sales.
21 Apex Dr., Unit 4A, Marlborough, 508.251.2815, halfaxe.com.
Considering that it’s located right in the Fermentation District of Everett, Revolution Axes carries neighbors Night Shift Brewing and Bone Up Brewing Co. among the three-dozen beers available at its bar. But for the COVID era, it’s also partnered with nearby Short Path Distillery to create hand sanitizer. So cleanse your mitts before taking advantage of the reopening special: $35 per person for a two-hour booking. (Forget your mask? Fret not. There are badass-looking Revolution-branded masks to buy.)
73 Norman St., Everett, 617-944-9663, revolutionax.com.
Monday, July 20 is the target date for this Somerville ax-throwing spot to reopen. When they do, you’ll find plenty of precautions, including the fact that each group will have an entire 1,000-square-foot arena to themselves. So, enjoy the extra elbow room while you’re tossing axes—or tossing back beer and wine from the on-site bar.
2 Union Sq., Somerville, 857-997-0025, urbanaxes.com.