It’s all right with the Omaha City Council if you toss back a brew when you’re downtown throwing axes.
But you’ll be required to set your beer down before you hurl.
The City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to recommend that the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission grant a liquor license to Flying Timber, which claims to be Omaha’s first ax-throwing venue. The business, at 1507 Farnam St., seeks to capitalize on a craze whirring across the nation: competitive ax throwing.
It’s kind of like throwing darts. Only with axes. At Flying Timber, that will mean hurling a short-handled, sharp-bladed ax at a wooden target about 15 feet away. Groups of up to six people will compete in each of eight throwing lanes.
It will cost $20 a person for one hour of ax-throwing, and if 60 minutes isn’t whack-y enough, $35 for two hours.
Flying Timber owner Matt Wyant said he’s planning a grand opening for Saturday. He’s heard concerns about mixing axes and alcohol, but said it’s a lot safer than it seems at first blush.
“There’s a lot of these facilities around the country,” he said. “The safety record for this is just incredible, just given that you are dealing with a sharp-bladed tool.”
City Council members had questions about safety Tuesday. Chris Jerram wanted to know if alcohol would be allowed in the throwing area. Yes, Wyant said, people can have cans of beer or wine at tables at the end of lanes. But he said “throwing coaches” will monitor the lanes and the people, and the staff will not allow people who appear intoxicated to throw axes.
“If anyone appeared to be intoxicated, they’d be asked to leave,” Wyant said.
Jerram asked Wyant if people would be allowed to hold a beer in one hand and throw with the other.
“Not since you brought it up, no sir,” Wyant replied.
Would he be willing to accept a condition that people not be allowed to hold their cans of beer while they throw? Jerram asked. Wyant replied that he would.
The owner said it will be a family-friendly venue. Minors will be allowed in but won’t be allowed to drink.
“We won’t allow anything unsafe,” Wyant said.