Ax-throwing bar concept planning its Houston debut

Urban Axes, an ax-throwing and bar concept that originated in Philadelphia in 2016, is in the market for around 10,000 square feet in Houston's urban core, JLL's Matt Parsons told the Houston Business Journal.

(HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- If you've been holding out for a bar that combines alcohol with ax-throwing, we've got good news for you.

Urban Axes, an ax-throwing and bar concept that originated in Philadelphia in 2016, is in the market for around 10,000 square feet in Houston's urban core, JLL's Matt Parsons told the Houston Business Journal.

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Click through the slideshow for a glimpse inside some of Urban Axes' locations around the U.S.

Parsons, a senior vice president in JLL's retail services group, said the company is hoping to open its first Houston location in the latter half of 2018. The company's interested in leasing unique industrial retail space, Parsons said, and is primarily looking inside the Loop.

A spokesperson for Urban Axes confirmed the company is planning on opening a Houston location but declined to comment on any specifics.

The premise behind Urban Axes is fairly simple: After some lessons, patrons can take a whack at Indoor Competitive Axe Throwing by throwing a 1.5 pound hatchet at a target. Some Urban Axes' locations are licensed to sell beer and wine, while others are BYOB, according to the company's website. Of course, alcohol isn't allowed in the ax-throwing zone, and no hard liquor is sold or allowed at any Urban Axes locations.

Urban Axes opened in Austin in 2017, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.The company's Baltimore location will open in March.

Urban Axes won't be Houston's first ax-throwing concept, though. In fall 2017, Houston gained its first indoor ax-throwing space when Houston Axe Throwing opened in the Sharpstown area, Houstonia Magazine reported.