One of several sites across the UK, we all know that when Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing opened in the cavernous and monolithic Great Northern Warehouse drinking on and around Deansgate would never be the same again. The self-proclaimed home of axe throwing in central Manchester, the idea is simple, and the 10,000+ five-star reviews and 10 million+ axes chucked to date in the UK alone speak for themselves about how well executed the experience is.
“Are you ready to sling axes like a pro?” the team replied when we asked if they could describe what the business is about. Taking the idea of activity bars to a whole new level, once inside customers will find a fine selection of craft beers, cocktails and pizzas to keep themselves well-fuelled, but the real attraction is obviously hurling potentially lethal weapons at targets, competing against friends, colleagues and anyone who might be up for it, in a duel that places high value on both strength and accuracy. Got it? Good.
Contests like this have been separating wheat from chaff since the Vikings ruled the waves, and probably long before that, too. Fear not, though, you don’t have to pick up the steel and wood alone with no experience at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing. All sessions are instructor-led, and aimed specifically at those doing this for the first time, boosting your confidence and minimising the risk you might not do very well. But, of course, success is never guaranteed. Primarily targeting group visitors, for example stags and hens, or the office night out, a range of corporate packages are available for those looking to include a little more than axes alone. Others might prefer to consider the bottomless brunch option, which gives you a full two-hours to gorge on grub and drinks, and master your technique, including 60 minutes of post-axing drinks.