Drink beer and throw axes? You’ll soon be able to do both at a new business in Halifax.
Darren Hudson, a fifth-generation sawmill operator from Shelburne County, plans to open the Timber Lounge on Agricola Street in March.
“Axe throwing has always traditionally been a way to unwind. It’s a way of celebrating one’s hard work in the forest industry,” he said.
Hudson, a world champion logroller, has competed in lumberjack sports for years. He’s the mastermind behind the Lumberjack AXEperience in southwestern Nova Scotia, which offers hands-on lumberjack training.
But whatever you do, don’t call his new venture an axe-throwing “bar.“
“No, we don’t use axe-throwing bar,” Hudson explained.
“We’re an indoor, axe-throwing facility and the Timber Lounge, where people can enjoy tastes of Nova Scotia food, sample craft beers from around Nova Scotia as well.”
Hudson says the Timber Lounge, co-owned by his business partner Marc Chisholm, will be a safe place. Besides the bullseye, they’ll be targeting business groups and other organizations who want to give axe throwing a try.
But they’ll welcome anyone who’s “looking for something different,” Chisholm said.
“We just want to be able to provide a venue where people can do something different. People do bowling, pool, darts. You know, it’s in that genre but people just want to have a new experience.”
Axes and hatchets will be stored safely away from the lounge area — located on the other side of a wood and Plexiglass wall.
Patrons will be able to choose from a hatchet and a larger, double-edged axe.
The Timber Lounge’s furniture and walls will be custom designed from wood leftover from the forestry industry.
The Timber Lounge will be a first for Halifax, but there are others similar to it in Canada such as the chain BATL. In some cities, there are even axe-throwing leagues.
“We’re really happy to be bringing this culture and highlighting our heritage here in the city,” Hudson said.
“There are a lot of hurdles to tackle, but together we’ve been plucking off the things that we needed to do,” Chisholm added.