D.C.’s first ax-throwing bar has relocated to the opposite end of the city while it renovates its cavernous Park View space into a multi-functional eating and drinking destination.
The indoor 2,000-square-foot ax-flinging space at 3400 Georgia Avenue NW opened in January in the former Murry’s grocery store, inviting the neighborhood to hurl metal weapons at targets. Now plans to tack on a 5,000-square-foot outdoor wine and beer garden are under way, with the team shooting for a grand opening by Oktoberfest this fall.
For now, ax-throwing fans can head to Southwest’s new Field House DC (1901 1st Street SW) next to D.C. United’s new Audi Stadium.
“It’s somehow even more validating to land an ax outside,” says co-owner Anna Valero, whose side businesses include the annual Taste of DC and Drink the District.
Ax tossers can fuel up with on-site offerings from the chefs at Adams Morgan burger haven Lucky Buns, who are serving oysters and stadium-inspired eats when D.C. United is playing. For booze, there’s wines from Lolea and hard Italian sodas from Bravazzi. On non-game days, there’s non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available for purchase. Large groups can also schedule private catering services while Kraken Axes lives at the temporary venue.
Park View’s in-the-works menu is projected to feature bar fare like burgers and wings. Cup holders are also being installed next to ax-throwing stations to accommodate daring drinkers.
Co-owner Steuart Martens, a fourth-generation Washingtonian and former contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice, told Eater earlier this year he envisions holding farmer’s markets, unlimited pancake brunches, and other activities on-site. Those into non-sharp games can partake in corn hole and giant Jenga.
Other potential elements include a huge section devoted to dancing, a large scotch library, fire pits, and rugby, cricket, and soccer aired at a built-in sports bar.