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Ivy City’s New Ax-Throwing Bar Serves Tiki Drinks at a Tropical Level Upstairs

Kick Axe and THRōW Social DC recently joined the industrial neighborhood

Throw Social’s “Big Blue Sea Fishbowl” ($50) is loaded with Diamond White Rum, Coco Bay Coconut Liquor, blue curaçao, blanc de blanc champagne, pineapple, orange juice, assorted fruit, and candy fish.
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Ivy City’s new two-part complex for ax-throwing and “iceless” curling invites patrons to indulge in Negronis and pigs in a blanket on one flannel-heavy floor, then head up to its tropical level to sip colorful cabana-side cocktails. The 22,000-square-foot space that comprises Kick Axe Throwing and THRōW Social DC (1401 Okie Street NE) offers Pop-Tarts and Hostess snacks, too.

A dozen ax-throwing ranges on the ground level are part of a growing chain with locations in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Up top, there are five “iceless” curling rinks and six “footbowl” lanes — which entail knocking down pins with a football.

THRōW Social DC serves beach-appropriate cocktails with lots of rum. There’s a Pain Killer, Dirty Banana, a Rye Tai, and whimsical ingredients like cotton candy in a vodka-and-rosé mixture. Kick Axe Throwing plays up classic cocktails like a Negroni, an Old Fashioned, and a chocolate cherry Manhattan. Both floors offer an array of spritzes like a Thrasher Green Spiced Rum and tonic.

Resort-style cabanas, pink flamingos, and swaying palms offer island vibes on the second floor.
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The ax-throwing floor’s rustic lodge look includes reclaimed woods, fireplaces, and twinkling lights.
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Liquid Lullaby (Fords gin, lavender syrup, lemon, club).
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Camp out with a Negroni (Catoctin Watershed Gin, Caffo Red Bitters, sweet vermouth, and orange) on the first floor.
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The ax-throwing floor has a hearty menu serving Bavarian pretzel sticks with cheese and mustard or kettle chips with blue cheese and alfredo. Both floors share snacks like caprese salad, naan and hummus, and mac and cheese bites. The “S(a)tay a While” skewers upstairs are dressed with chimichurri and jerk sauces, and axe-throwing patrons can opt for Buffalo or barbecue flavors.

Hours are 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

All ages are welcome on the THRōW Social DC level. Kids 8-and-up can throw an ax. There’s also an option of subbing foam axes in for metal ones. The venue is staffed with “ax pros” to ensure no one gets hurt.

Horse around on each floor for $29 per person per hour.

The evolving Northeast neighborhood, which houses distilleries, wineries, amaro bars, and a Michelin-rated tasting menu spot, is upping its entertainment value as of late. Family-centric social club The Lane debuted last week with avocado toast, beer and wine, and play areas for little ones.

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