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Axes and Alcohol Offer an Interesting Prospect

June 24, 2016 – The Backyard Axe-Throwing League in Toronto, Canada appears to be a sober but fun group.  They’ve been in business since 2006, have six locations in the Province of Ontario and one in Calgary, Alberta.

Devotees, which can number from 10 to 15 thousand a month at the two Toronto locations, are invited to bring their grub and non-alcoholic beverages when they visit to chuck a few axes.

But Matt Wilson, the Backyard Axe-Throwing League’s CEO, would like to offer his clients a drink and has applied for a license in Ontario.  Inspectors praised the operation and safety precautions of the organization.  Booze and bullets are not uncommon in the United States.  According to Eater, the Frisco Gun Club in Dallas features “the nation’slargest indoor luxury gun range with a restaurant, bar and cigar lounge for VIP Club members,” and private Italian-American social club Tiro a Segno in New York features a bar and dining room with a private shooting range. Gun ranges in Oklahoma and Florida have also sought to pair booze with bullets.

The secret is shoot first then drink.  Or in the case of Backyard Axe-Throwing League or B.A.T.L., bury the hatchet first then have a drink.  Ensuring that patrons who have had a drink do not shoot or throw an axe is simple and fail-proof by scanning the driver’s license.

Axes are fearsome things but throwing an axe is described as “cathartic” by Matt Wilson and it’s not hard to visualize stress relief.  An axe seems a bit barbaric but think about how long darts have been played in pubs without outcry or incidence.  A dart is also a weapon.  Even nail clippers are weapons according to the TSA.