Which Ax-Throwing Bar is Right for You?

At these two bars, both within city limits, drinking while throwing heavy, sharp, metal objects around isn’t just tolerated. It’s actively encouraged.

The Vibe

Axe MKE (1924 E. Kenilworth Pl.)

Lots of wood paneling, and enough buffalo plaid to make you feel like you’re at a Northwoods summer camp

Northsouth Club (230 E. Pittsburgh Ave.)

The name “NorthSouth Club” hints at the bar’s split personality – Northern-inspired ax-throwing lanes and Southern-inspired shuffleboard courts

The Guests


College students tired of bar-hopping along Brady Street

Northsouth Club

Young professionals and at least a few retirees congregating around the shuffleboard courts

The Owners


Marla and David Poytinger, who also own Nine Below and Splash Studio

Northsouth Club

Marla and David Poytinger (yup, they’re building something of an activity bar empire)

The Menu


A full bar, plus snacks like beef jerky and soft pretzels

Northsouth Club

Basically everything that’s available at Axe MKE, with a little more emphasis on tropical cocktails

The Details


$20-$25 per person for walk-ins; $25-$30 per person for reserved hour-long sessions

Northsouth Club

Same hourly rates as its sister bar, or $35 for complete access to the throwing lanes and the shuffleboard courts for two and a half hours.

“Ax-Throwing Throw Down” appears in the October 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.