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Kick axe throwing venue to open in Northeast D.C. Friday

Heidi Estrada | Staff Photographer
Guests can enjoy tropical drinks at the bar and throw footballs on the top floor of THRōW Social/Kick Axe Throwing, which will open Friday.

A new D.C. venue is letting people take out all of their energy on axe throwing.

THRōW Social/Kick Axe Throwing at 1401 Okie St. NE will open Friday as an Instagrammable two-story venue for guests to throw axes at walls or toss footballs at bowling pins. The two floors are separated by theme – the top half is designed to look like a tropical setting, while the bottom floor will make you feel like you’re in the arctic.

“I hope [people] take away that it’s an immersive experience where they can come in and escape everyday life for a little while and experience different seasons all in one venue,” said Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, the owner and CEO of THRōW Social/Kick Axe Throwing.

The top level, called THRōW Social, is created as a tropical-like atmosphere decked out with colorful cabanas, plastic flamingos and fruity cocktails. Guests can head to the second floor to enjoy a game of football throwing and curling, but without the ice, or grab candy drinks and pineapple cups from the bar.

The lower level houses Kick Axe Throwing, designed to look like a wintery forest with synthetic fireplaces and alpine trees. Guests can compete in axe throwing side-by-side on the floor.

Tickets for opening night are $30, which includes one hour of open bar, live music, all games and a chance to meet Tyler George, an olympic gold medalist in curling.

Flesher-Sonnier, who drummed up the idea of the themed entertainment, said her past experience in designing escape rooms gave her the creative outlet to design the new facility. She said she wanted to build an “immersive field” that brings in both a wintery atmosphere and a “palm beach chic theme.”

“Trying to get the venue ready for the event has been a lot of fun,” Flesher-Sonnier said. “You get to decorate and create the look and feel of the space.”

Flesher-Sonnier added that the location of the new venue in Ivy City is a “burgeoning area,” and the business owners wanted to take part in the area’s development.

Several new businesses have sprung up in Ivy City over the past several months, including Nike and a smokehouse.

Within the next year, Flesher-Sonnier said she hopes to open two more venues in D.C. They may not be the same concept as the upcoming location, but she said they will be “equally exciting.”

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