What's better than one place where you can blow off steam by slinging sharp blades at a target? Two such establishments, obviously. Not that long ago, Brisbane didn't have any axe-throwing joints — and now it's welcoming its second thanks to Maniax.
Three months after Lumber Punks expanded from the Gold Coast to Brissie, fellow weapon-flinging outfit Maniax has added a Queensland venture to its existing Sydney and Melbourne empire.
Maniaxmight be playing catch-up in Brisbane; however it was actually in the Australian axe-throwing game first, launching its original Sydney venue back in 2014. Finally making its way up north, it brings its range of blade-hurtling activities along with it — think solo or small group sessions, axe-throwing events for larger parties, date night options (because the couple that hurls hatchets together stays together, clearly) and even an eight-week competitive league. The different events all run for at least two hours, but take place on different nights. Every second Friday evening is all about couples, Monday to Wednesday will be dedicated to league comps, while solo and small group sessions are held on the last Saturday of every month.
Bookings are essential — in fact, you can't just walk in and take part without a reservation — and as for how it all works, it's comparable to darts. Basically, you chuck axes at a board and try to hit a bullseye. Don't even know the first thing about picking up a hatchet? That's completely to be expected, with lessons included in every session, as well as in the league competition. Axe-throwing experts will also be on hand to help even when you think you've mastered the basics.
The venue also features safety barriers to protect everyone — and, to the surprise of no one, is a completely alcohol-free affair at all times other than Maniax's opening party. You can buy soft drinks, water and some snacks onsite, and you're welcome to bring your own too.
And if you suddenly become an axe-throwing fanatic, Maniax also has its own line of merchandise.