Maniax, Australia’s only licensed axe-throwing venue, has now opened in the Inner West so you can work up a sweat before quenching your thirst with a cold one. The beer, however, can only be drunk after all of your axes have been thrown and, if we’re honest, some of us are glad that that is the case because some people can’t throw a ball, let alone an object with an edge so sharp that it could amputate any limb on your body.
All of us are, though, are glad that every session at Maniax begins with an introduction to safety as well as a quick coaching session from one of the resident ‘axeperts’ because nobody wants an axe flying back at their head after bouncing off of the wooden target board.
Private Sessions start off at $60pp in St Peters while you can throw for as little as $40pp in Marrickville.
Food packages can also be ordered so that you can enjoy pizzas, slow-cooked meats or a sharing plate of cheeses, cured meats, artisan olives, homemade fruit pastes, fresh berries, and more while your throwing arm gets a workout. Otherwise, a range of snacks like chocolates and chips can be purchased from the bar. Once you’ve flung, hurled, thrown and tossed enough axes, drop by the bar to end your session with a coldie. You’ve probably deserved it.
Walk-ins are welcome in Sydney, but booking ahead is more than advised in order to avoid disappointment. For opening hours and available times, check with the venue website and location and any questions you might have are more than likely already answered in their FAQs—closed-toe shoes are a must.
If you think that axe-throwing is in your blood, then why not check out the League Nights. It’s like bowling but with axes. And what’s cooler is that the leagues at Maniax are IATF sanctioned so you could soon be introducing yourself as a professional axe thrower who competes internationally.
Some advice: throwing angrily doesn’t help accuracy.