New ax-throwing bar in Bowling Green ready for business

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Ax-throwing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

That popularity has led to ax-throwing bars popping up across the nation, and now, one in Bowling Green is ready to open its doors to the community to partake in such an ax-citing activity.

“I wanted to bring it to Bowling Green,” said Allen County native Joel Steele. “Have something family-friendly, also adults can have fun. Pretty much just bring a venue to Bowling Green that’s never really happened.”

So Steele, a Marine Corps veteran, is opening Flip N Axe, the first ax-throwing bar in the southcentral Kentucky region.

“You can do it right here, 15-30 minutes from your house,” Steele said.

Steele first got involved with ax-throwing with the original two Flip N Axe locations in North Carolina, ones owned and operated by his friend.

After Steele was discharged from his service, he wanted to bring that same kind of fun closer to home, eliminating the need to drive two to three hours to participate in the sport.

Finding a building to create this unique experience took some time, but Steele eventually purchased the building that previously was home to Johnetta’s Pub at 327 Greenwood Lane.

“This was the perfect place to do it,” he added. “Good location, good space. Everything’s open.”

And after more than a month of countless hours spent transforming the space, Flip N Axe is ready for it’s grand opening on Saturday, May 11.

The venue, though, is meant to focus less on alcohol and more on a fun activity that everyone can participate in.

“This is not just a place that you come to drink,” said Steele. “This is a place to have fun with your family that just happens to sell alcohol at the same time.”

Lane rental costs vary depending on age.

It costs $17 per hour for adults aged 16 and over, $15 per hour for children aged 10 to 15 (with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian), and $15 per hour for military personnel and first responders.

Flip N Axe features six throwing lanes with 12 total targets.

Each target can have six people throwing at it at a time.

Safety, however, is still a primary concern of Steele’s.

“The most important thing is no one touches an ax without getting a class on how to do it,” he said.

Before throwing, or picking up, any ax, guests will sign a waiver upon arrival, as well as sit through a brief class on how to properly, and safely, throw an ax.

There will also be two ax-throwing coaches on hand at all times to ensure proper safety measures are being followed by everyone.

Steele anticipates this will be a successful franchise, and already has plans to open up three more ax-throwing venues in Owensboro, Elizabethtown, and Clarksville (Tenn.).

He said Flip N Axe will also host a weekly ax-throwing league in addition to future ax-throwing tournaments.

So, whether you need to bury the hatchet or have an ax to pick, this is the place for you.

“It’s just something that’s unnormal, very interesting, and at the end of the day, it’s how fun can it be,” said Steele.

Steele recommended that if you plan on visiting Flip N Axe, it’s best to book your lane reservation online ahead of time to ensure you don’t miss out on the ax-citement.