Adventure & a Beer: Hatchets & Hops

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Written by Christopher Whitcomb

Published on November 29, 2016

Hatchets & Hops

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The Adventure

Hatchets and Hops is awesome proof that not every rule in the book is worth following. Don’t eat food before swimming – that’s fair. Always hold the door open for your elders – absolutely. Never drink alcohol and throw axes at the same time – now that’s a rule worth breaking, kind of.
Buffalo’s first axe throwing club (located at 505 Main Street Downtown), Hatchets & Hops is proving itself a must-visit destination for groups of friends, colleagues, families and more. The center is taking the historically rugged activity of axe throwing and bringing it into the mainstream. Groups can sign up to reserve lanes on week nights and weekends to learn about the sport, test their skills and spend quality time with friends. It’s an especially perfect place to visit as the weather turns colder.

Beyond teaching people how to properly throw axes in a safe, effective manner, Hatchets and Hops is set up like so:

  • The facility offers six separate throwing lanes – each lane accommodates up to 6 throwers. So, feel free to visit with a group of 6 friends or even a larger group from work.
  • During a visit, the six people at each lane learn how to properly throw an ax and take part in tournaments. Trained staff are on hand at all times to ensure safety and fun for all.  Lane reservations last two hours – and yes, you do need to make reservations ahead of time.
  • At the time of booking your lane, you’ll be asked for a $100 deposit. The total cost eventually comes to $40/person.
  • Lane reservations can be made online @

One of the really wonderful aspects of Hatchets & Hops is that it brings a seemingly extreme activity into the lives of anyone wiling to pay a visit and learn how to throw. AKA you don’t have to trek up to Canada and bundle up to get the experience. It’s not just a great way to have fun with friends, but also a way to learn a new skill and step outside one’s comfort zone.
Hatchets & Hops is also looking to launch a league for those especially fond of throwing axes. The downtown venue is also set to open a new bar in the months ahead that will feature light fare, craft beers, wine and ciders. Learn more about the axe-throwing center online or follow them on Instagram/Facebook.

The Beer

As soon as Hatchets & Hops has their bar up and running, there won’t really be any reason to leave their venue. Throw a few axes, grab your favorite beer, talk with friends for hours – it’s a wonderful recipe.
Until then, if you’re looking to replenish after hours of axe throwing, we recommend taking a block walk over to Big Ditch Brewing Co. to get your “hops” fix. We love their house made brews and their mac and cheese is to die for.
All in all – hatchets, hops, good beer, and mac and cheese – it sounds like a new rule worth following a couple times each year.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Christopher Whitcomb</a>

Written by Christopher Whitcomb

Christopher Whitcomb is a Marketing Communications Manager at CannonDesign. He grew up in Salamanca, NY and now lives with his wife in Hamburg, NY. Chris enjoys long runs, good beer, warm weather, swimming, golf and Bills wins.
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