Hatchet houses have become a popular trend across the Garden State, so if you’re looking to for a fun group activity or date night, birthday parties or family gatherings, these spots will hit the bull’s-eye.
Bury the Hatchet Bloomfield Facebook page
Bloomfield/Montclair, Cherry Hill and Matawan/Old Bridge
Bloomfield/Montclair: 12:15-9:15 pm Mon.-Thurs.; 10 am-9:15 pm Fri.-Sun.
Cherry Hill: 5-9 pm Mon.; Noon-9 pm Tues.-Thurs.; 10 am-9 pm Fri.-Sun.
$39.99/thrower, $10/non-thrower; sessions are two hours
Hatchet-heads ages 15 and older (minors must have parental supervision) can channel their inner lumberjack with friends and fam, plus take advantage of the BYO food, beer and wine policy (except for Bloomfield/Montclair, which is currently filing for a liquor license). BTH’s Matawan/Old Bridge location opened June 15, while Paramus and Woodbridge are still to come. Each lane fits up to eight people, so if you have less than that in your group, there’s a possibility you’ll share your lane with other enthusiasts. You’ll participate in a 15-minute safety and training session before handling any axes (don’t forget to wear closed-toe shoes). If hatchet throwing is your new fave hobby, consider joining Bury the Hatchet’s league.
Chopper’s Hatchet House Facebook page
1490 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill
10 am-9:30 pm Sun.; Noon-9:30 pm Tues.-Thurs.; 10 am-midnight Fri.-Sat.
$25/one hour walk-in session, $40/player for two hours, reserve online
If you’ve mastered darts and are looking for a new challenge, bring your closed-toe shoes and 18-and-older crew to Chopper’s. Keep score using a digital scoreboard, participate in tourneys or challenge your co-workers to a different kind of happy hour. Walk-ins are welcome (6-9 pm Tues.-Fri.; 11 am-6 pm Sat.-Sun.), but reserving an arena online for your group (4-11 players) is the recommended route. While you wait for your turn in the arena, feel free to play video games or pool, watch TV and take pics in the lounge.This locale is BYO, so bring all the food (feel free to get something delivered) and drink you’d like, but no spirits are allowed.
Eatontown, Fairfield, Green Brook
2-8 pm Sun.; 5-10 pm Wed.-Thurs.; 5 pm-12 am Fri.; 2 pm-12 am Sat.
$20-40/person, varies by session length and group size
You can’t aim wrong with Stumpy’s Hatchet House, the country’s first indoor hatchet throwing venue. Paul Bunyans can throw down in Eatontown and Fairfield, but keep your eyes peeled for a location opening in Bergen County. Stumpy’s is BYO beer or wine and has plenty of couches and tables for hanging out, eating and drinking with others (there’s even giant jenga!) Step inside a controlled throwing pit (punny names include Brad Pit and Arm Pit) where you’ll learn techniques from skilled coaches before you try being the first thrower to score 21 points. Each pit contains two targets, and throwers must be at least 21 years old and wear closed-toe shoes.