Axe throwing bar opening at R1 Indoor Karting in Lincoln

Lincoln’s new AXE BAR will feature ten lanes of axe throwing in a professional and comfortable environment for teams of two to ten to reserve.

Following their opening of FUEL Restaurant & Sports Bar last February, R1 Indoor Karing is now adding another dynamic amenity to their already thrilling venue. AXE BAR, a locally-fabricated, rustic atmosphere is slated to open within the R1 INDOOR KARTING’s entertainment complex in Lincoln on Friday, February 1 at 12:00 p.m, the company announced today.

Axe Bar logo provided by R1 Indoor Karting

The owners and management of R1 INDOOR KARTING share in the press release announcing AXE Bar that they are excited to bring this new form of entertainment to Rhode Island.

AXE BAR will open to the public on Friday, February 1, complete with food and beverage service in the former 2,200 sq. ft. reception area of R1 INDOOR KARTING. Axe throwing is a new cornerstone of the business besides R1’s karting mega-track and FUEL Restaurant & Sports Bar. FUEL features a full-service bar, a large full-service restaurant that can accommodate up to 450, as well as boutique bowling lanes, billiards tables and multiple private event spaces.

Axe throwing is a rapidly growing entertainment option in the United States and throughout various parts of the world. Designed by local designer RELIC WORKS, Lincoln’s new AXE BAR will feature ten lanes of axe throwing in a professional and comfortable environment for teams of two to ten to reserve. Larger groups will be able to reserve multiple booths (sets of two lanes) while smaller groups can take advantage of select “free throw” lanes.

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Groups of 50 or more can even rent out the AXE BAR space in its entirety. Special party tournament packages will be available for birthdays parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate and team building events as well.

Workers building out Axe Bar this week. Photo provided by R! Indoor Karting.

R1 INDOOR KARTING owner and AXE BAR founder Mike Hezemans said in a prepared statement, “We are excited to bring a fun and unique activity to Rhode Island. We can’t wait to share in some friendly competition. Two years ago, we brought real go-kart racing to the area, and last year we opened our restaurant with a VIP room, bowling and billiards. It looks like we are bringing something new every year!” says Hezemans. “Since we opened R1, we have already welcomed 200,000 racers to the track. We can’t wait to start counting the number of throws too.”  

Axe throwing sessions will be led by trained and engaging axe throwing coaches who will guide teams through lessons on how to safely and effectively throw. As everybody becomes comfortable throwing and sticking their hatchets, their coach will conduct fun, simple, competitive games that will determine the length of the session. The cost is $25 per person. Typically, 2-3 players will receive a booth for 30 minutes, 4-6 players for 45 minutes and 7-10 players for 60 minutes.

According to the announcement, safety will be the number one priority at AXE BAR as all lanes will be built according to WATL standards (WATL = World Axe Throwing League). Each competitor throws in his/her own individual lane and competes side-by-side with another competitor. Only the two active competitors throwing at that time are allowed within the throwing area, all other competitors are required to wait in the safety zone behind the lanes. There will also be a safety fence between spectators and the players.

AXE BAR in Lincoln will feature a limited bar menu that includes various pizzas and wings, served from FUEL Restaurant and will host a service bar for beer and wine. Full dinner and beverage menus will be available at FUEL, just upstairs from AXE on the second floor. AXE BAR will open with recreational axe throwing, but in the spring plans to start some competitive leagues as well.

“AXE BAR will be an axceptional place, where newbies and axperts will have an axcellent time. A perfect date night with your axe…” owner Mike Hezemans jokingly concludes in a prepared statement.

AXE BAR is located in the Collyer Entertainment Complex, on the first floor of R1 Indoor Karting at 100 Higginson Ave in Lincoln, RI and will be open Monday through Thursday; 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday; 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sunday; 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

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