How to get to Kraken Axes - Penn Quarter?

We're axe-cited to have a new indoor axe throwing outpost in the heart of Penn Quarter. We are located at 840 E st NW, WDC 20004. We are blocks from the Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter metro station for access from the Green and Yellow line and the Metro Center metro station for access from the Red, Blue, Orange and Sliver lines. We also recommend ride share - or there are parking garages in the area.

What's It Cost?

We charge by the person to reserve an arena for your group. Arenas have 2 targets and hold between 6-12 people for an 1 and 1/2 hour session ($35.99/pp). Groups of between 12-24 people will play on 2 arenas for a 1 and a 1/2 hour session. Or, join us for a one hour Free Throw session Tuesdays through Sundays ($24.99/pp/hour) and have no minimum number of guests.

My crew is all running late - what happens next?

If you've booked an axe-perience, please note that your start and end time still apply. Since there is a safety training that must occur for folks to throw, know that if they miss that safety briefing they will not be able to participate. Our hosts will work with the crew leader on when your group wants to begin. Late guests who miss the safety briefing will still be allowed to join your group as a spectator, but will not be able to throw an axe. We suggest telling everyone the booking time is 30 minutes prior to when it really is, so you can get all your waivers and "can't find parking" texts out of the way before you axe-ually begin!

what are the minimum and maximum group sizes for events?

The minimum group size to play is 1 person during Free Throw hours, however the minimum charge to book a lane is for 6 people. Also, for our free throw sessions, you will have other parties in your group as each arena can hold up to 12 people. The maximum group size is 50 people. For groups larger than 50 people, give us a shout at We have ideas for you!

Hours of operation?

Hours are currently Tuesday - Sunday. Please see the booking page for available time slots. For special events and corporate booking, we can accommodate earlier in the day or on other days - just hit us up at and let's plot together!

How do i pay?

Bookings are through our website, all reservations must be made and paid in full at least 48 hours in advance. Please let us know of any additions/subtractions to your final guest count 48 hours prior to your booking.

Do I need to book in advance?

You should book 2-4 weeks before your event for larger groups. We will accept walk-ins during Free Throw hours for smaller groups, date nights, and league practice. Check out our schedule for availability and give us a call before you head down to see if space is available or to be added to the wait list.

How long is the axe throwing experience?

Our most popular experience is 1.5 hours for larger groups. Free Throw bookings are on an hour-by-hour basis. Quick-Toss is a 30 minute session.

I want to plan a date night around this, can I do that?

Yes. You can either book an arena all to yourself (Note: you'll have to cover the group minimum for the lane of 6 people), or you can do a Free Throw session and share the arena lanes with other people.

What can I wear? And what can't I wear?

Something comfortable to move around in is best. Think full range of motion! EVERYONE MUST HAVE CLOSE TOE SHOES TO PARTICIPATE!

Do you provide all of the equipment that I need?

We supply the targets, the axes, and a Axe Master (coach). All you need is a Kraken good attitude to enjoy yourself.

Can kids do this?

All of our experiences are currently 14+. We do require that any minors have the waivers signed by a parent or guardian to participate, and a parent or guardian must remain with the youth during their session.

Can we take pictures or videos while we are there?

Of course, as long as you tag our social media handles @krakenaxes #krakenaxes!

Is there an axe-throwing league?

Of course! We launched our leagues in early 2018, and we will be running them year round. Jump on our email list and get ready to join one today!

What are the rules of the game?

The 1.5 hour Axe-perience is the ultimate way to learn how to throw. Our coaches walk you through safety, give you one-on-one instruction, and then play a number of games with your group. League Games are played 1-on-1, each player gets 5 throws. Each throw is worth between 1-5 points based on accuracy. The highest score wins. Best of 3 games wins the match.

What should I do if I need to cancel my reservation?

We require a 48 hour cancellation notice in order to receive a full refund on your deposit.

What if I book for 20 people and only 10 show up?

Unfortunately we cannot provide refunds for members of your party if they chicken out after the 48-hour cutoff. We recommend you have each member of your party contribute to one payment for the booking with either Venmo or PayPal. If they don't show...more axe-throwing for you! =)

Can we bring in food from outside?

No outside food or beverage is allowed but we work with Cedar Restaurant next door to provide catering for larger groups as well as small plates and bites each evening to order on-site! We also have a bar inside the venue serving beer, wine and soft drinks! Just send a quick email to to inquire about catering options! We are not a BYOB establishment. But, if you're celebrating a birthday or special occasion, cakes and cupcakes are allowed to be brought in. Just make sure to bring all the utensils you need to share it with your group!

Is there an age limit?


Can we bring our own axes?

Nope and Nope. We do include the use of our axes in the cost of the event.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Do Kraken’s live in the sea? Of course they do, and YES of course we sell gift cards. Follow THIS LINK to send the ultimate gift to a friend or family member today!

Do you play music in the venue?

All of our experiences will have entertainment from a live band, DJ, or highly-vetted iPod.

Will someone show us how to throw before we play?

Every event includes an Axe Master that teaches you how to throw, but coaches you as you go along to improve your throwing skills.

Are outside spectators allowed to watch?

They are, but space is limited. We allow up to 3 folks to join a group as a spectator. Please note spectactors must still sign a waiver to be in the arena area.

Is it safe?

As with any endeavor there are risks, however axe-throwing arenas have been around for decades without any major injuries. Our Axe Masters are around to ensure everyone is following the rules, and walks out injury free. Follow the safety guidelines and your coach's instructions and you'll be good to go! We've had zero axe-idents since we opened and we intend to keep it that way!