Blade & Timber
This anticipated ax-hurling spot finally opened on Capitol Hill over the weekend. Blade & Timber is applying for a license to serve beer. (Drunk people throwing axes, what could go wrong?)
But a spokeswoman for the Kansas City-based chain said patrons will be limited to only three beers as long as they hurl axes at target boards. As one patron said, “Think darts, only with axes.”
Ax-throwing pubs are popular in parts of Europe and Canada, but this newcomer to Seattle is not a bar. Children 10 years old and up are allowed entry. Still, in many ways, Blade & Timber functions like a bar. It sits along a barhopping drag of Broadway East, and investors hope to stay open later than 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays once they begin serving beer and food. A spokeswoman said they want to be a “date-night spot” and a place for “late-night fun.”
Blade & Timber has six locations nationwide, with three more coming. Apparently investors believe the Pacific Northwest, with its logging history and lumberjack lore, is a gold mine because their Capitol Hill branch is the chain’s largest, 18 lanes, each enclosed with metal mesh to keep flying axes from straying.
For safety purposes, the company will station one staffer to every two lanes. Participants must sign a liability waiver and take a 15-minute lesson.
A “coach” advises all the Paul Bunyan wannabes on how to execute one-handed and two-handed throws as well as trick shots like the underhanded throw and throwing two axes at once.
Several packages are offered, but the price works out to around $25 per person for 90 minutes. Ax-throwing leagues are available. (Think bowling, only with axes!)
And Seattleites, Blade & Timber wants to remind you that you cannot bring your own ax. (Wait. What!?! ) I didn’t think this could even be an issue.
206 Broadway East, 206-316-0154, bladeandtimber.com
Other new openings:
Tiki Bar inside Paseo in Sodo
The back dining room has turned into a kitschy beach getaway of sorts with a new late-night happy hour just in time for the Mariners season. The walls are outfitted with straw covers, and the back bar is shelved with rums and tiki mugs. The tropical drinks still need some tinkering. Beer is the better move here, a solid lineup of craft beers from the likes of Bale Breaker Brewing Co., Chuckanut Brewery and Black Raven Co. Currently, happy hour is 3-6 p.m. on Tuesdays-Saturdays and all-night happy hour every night from 9 p.m. to closing. Management has not decided when closing time is yet. Call ahead.
1760 First Ave. S., 206-420-7781 paseorestaurants.com
Edmonds gets a craft-cocktail bar. The couple Kali and Kris Kelnero, veterans of the drink scene in the North End at watering holes such as Salt and Iron, are behind this 50-seat bar on Main Street. The big draw might come summer when you can sip mint juleps and daiquiris at their spanking-new outdoor deck that can hold 25. Bar food will be charcuterie and other shared plates.
545 Main St., Edmonds; kelnero.bar