Ax throwing bar one step closer to a reality

It sounds like a strange idea for a tavern game – competitive ax throwing – but its no joke. Downtown La Crosse is one step closer to offering it.

The city’s Judicial and Administration Committee approved a conditional use permit for Driftless Axe LLC, who currently provide a mobile version of the services intended. Owner Toby Farley, who also owns Great Escape of La Crosse, plans on opening at 300 4th Street South this fall. The space will include fenced-off lanes for customers to try their hand at axe throwing, but with that comes safety precautions. Each person has to sign a two-page waiver and intoxicated patrons would not be allowed to throw.

"There are a lot of safety protocols in place," Farley said. This isn’t ‘get drunk and throw axes’. This is throwing axes and you happen to be able to grab a bite to eat and a beer while you’re doing it."

Driftless Axe would be the third such place to open in Wisconsin, with others in Madison and Milwaukee.

The building space is currently leased by the owners of Players Bar. Drifteless Axe would reside in the currently empty half on Jay Street.

Approval of Driftless Axe’s conditional use permit goes to the full common council next week.

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