Escape 605 adds ax-throwing at original location

July 31, 2018

Ax-throwing officially has arrived in Sioux Falls.

Escape 605 added four lanes over the weekend to its original location at 3718 S. Westport Ave.

Each lane accommodates up to six players in a 60-minute experience costing $30 per person. The space also has beer and wine, and allows customers to cater in food.

“We’re getting a mix of people doing ax-throwing and escape rooms, which is fun,” co-owner Amy Stockberger said. “They take a whole day and book it up. The ax-throwing experience usually get can in three to four games, and it’s just super fun.”

Games include Hatchet, which is similar to HORSE; Cricket, which uses scoring similar to darts; and a race to a certain number of points “depending on people’s time and energy level,” Stockberger said.

Reservations can be made through escape605.com, and there’s a $5 deal offering three throws for those who just want a taste of hurling a small hatchet at a target.

“We just opened it last weekend and had our first big corporate event, a late Christmas party, and they had so much fun. They booked out two hours’ throwing and an hour eating and had an absolutely blast,” Stockberger said.

She plans to start fall leagues soon. The downtown location in the former Ming Wah is under construction, and the hope is to open in mid-September.

That location received approval for its beer and wine license from the City Council following a few questions over the safety of ax-throwing. The Westport location already was approved for beer and wine.

“It’s such a monitored process. There’s rules and expectations we go over when you come in,” Stockberger said. “Our ax-pert is in there the whole time facilitating the experience, shows them how to throw, and everybody gets a handful of throws before they start playing games.”

Hours for ax-throwing at the Westport Avenue location are the same as for the escape room: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Escape 605 adds ax-throwing at original location

Escape 605 added ax-throwing over the weekend to its original location at 3718 S. Westport Ave.

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