At no other Maniax venue in Australia can you drink beer and throw axes—in that order.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt from watching Vikings it’s that beer and axes go hand in hand, kind of like beer and bowling and beer and darts. There’s a hint of danger with all the above activities (sports?)—like, have you ever dropped a bowling ball on your foot?—but since axes mid-flight tend to be a tad more volatile than darts, you’ll be limited to three beers per person per session.
Three beers, though, are definitely enough to not only sharpen your buzz but also to see you through to the end of your two-hour session. However, if you’re the type of person to get a little woozy after a couple of drinks, then your hatchet-hurling experience will be coming to an end because, you know, safety first, guys. At Maniax Brisbane, the beers are supplied by Young Henry’s and Newstead’s own Green Beacon Brewing Co. so you should be drinking to enjoy the taste and not drink to get sloshed. Hence, BYO is not permitted.
But enough about the beer. We’ve come to throw axes.
Maniax axe-throwing in Newstead is divided into the following packages: Quick Chuck, Public Sessions, Private Sessions, Date Night, Betty’s On The Block, and Box Up The Dough.
Each session 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. The Public and Private Sessions start off at $50pp and finish off with an axe-throwing competition between you and your mates or whoever else is in the building. Otherwise, you could team up with your lover on Date Night to turn the other lovers into losers.
Food packages can also be ordered so that you can get pizzas or burgers delivered to the venue and enjoy them there. Otherwise, a range of snacks like chocolates and chips can be purchased from the bar. The venue, though, is quite close to local restaurants so you won’t have to go far for a feed after your arm work out.
Walk-ins are welcome in Brisbane, but booking ahead is more than advised in order to avoid disappointment. For opening hours and available times, check with the venue website 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.
Go on, you know you want to get out that pent up anger. (Some advice: throwing angrily doesn’t help accuracy.)