June will be an interesting month in Everett, to be sure: Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor casino opens on June 23, adding more than 10 casino restaurants and bars to the city of Everett and snatching up thousands of workers from Boston’s already too-small hospitality pool. Then, on June 26, Everett gets its own ax-throwing bar, Revolution Axe Throwing, one of several such venues to bust into Massachusetts in the last year.
“We will be joining a really fun neighborhood, right around the corner from Night Shift, Bone Up, and Short Path Distillery, and right next to other unique entertainment options Sky Zone [a trampoline park] and MetroRock [a climbing center],” cofounder Greg DiLullo told Eater. Revolution Axe Throwing is located at 73 Norman St., in the heart of Everett’s “fermentation district.”
It’s appropriate, then — depending on how you feel about the combination of alcohol and ax-throwing, anyway — that Revolution will be featuring a variety of local beers, including Night Shift, Lord Hobo, Down the Road, Mystic, Bent Water, Downeast (cider), and more.
“We will also be bringing in some of the excellent beer down from northern New England, and hopefully some new lesser known names as well,” said DiLullo.
“As for food, we’re right around the corner from the Village Bar & Grill, and we’ll be working closely with them to make sure no thrower goes hungry,” DiLullo continued. “They do a great job with their pizza and other bar staples, many of which have fueled our work in getting ready for this grand opening.”
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 26, Revolution Axe Throwing will settle into its hours, operating Wednesday through Sunday. Public bookings are now open for the grand opening weekend of June 27 through 30; standard bookings are two-hour time slots for groups of six to 20, but Revolution hosts private events as well. At some point in the future, Revolution will also accommodate walk-ins (including groups with fewer than six people) during certain hours; stay tuned for updates.
“We’re particularly excited about bringing ax-throwing to Boston and generating a community around the sport like in Toronto or Montreal,” cofounder Chris Greeno previously told Eater. (In addition to Greeno and DiLullo, there are two other cofounders, Tom Vieth and Dan Doran.) “We’ve seen a renewed interest in activity-based hangout options in Boston (like pool, shuffleboard, board games, ping pong, etc.), and we’re all about it. We see ax-throwing as the (not-so-)logical next step; it’s a blast, and it’s surprisingly accessible. Everyone’s first reaction when we tell them about our project is that it sounds dangerous, but safety is a top priority for us. Ax-throwing is an amazingly fun activity, and it can also be a safe one too.”
Revolution joins a small but growing ax-throwing scene in Massachusetts. Philadelphia-based chain Urban Axes expanded to Somerville’s Union Square late last year, following a couple other openings farther outside of Boston — the Agawam Axe House in Agawam and Half Axe in Marlborough.
The sport has been popular in Canada for years, but it’s been picking up steam across the United States over just the last few years, with a few chains and a handful of independent spots opening across the country.
• Yep, There’s Another Ax-Throwing Bar in the Works [EBOS]
• Axes and Alcohol: The Rise of Ax-Throwing Bars in Massachusetts [EBOS]
• Revolution Axe Throwing [Official Site]