Local Axe-Throwing Lounge Relaunches as Independent Establishment


Charleston, SC – March 3, 2020 – The Bearded Ax, an axe-throwing business doubling as a bar and lounge located at 1077 East Montague Avenue, today reopened its doors as an independently owned standalone company. Formerly known as Blade & Bull Axe Throwing, the North Charleston staple is now owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Ian and Kat Smith, and will continue to serve the Park Circle community, offering axe-throwing activities, local beer, wine and more. 

“We’re incredibly excited for this new chapter,” said Ian Smith, Owner/Operator of The Bearded Ax. “We are so appreciative of the opportunity to partner with Blade & Bull in our first year of operation. It’s bittersweet to part ways, but we look forward to focusing all of our efforts on the Park Circle location, welcoming returning and new guests and continuing to grow our local presence. The axe-throwing fanbase has been growing exponentially and we look forward to spreading the sport in Charleston.” 

Equipped with 12 wooden axe-throwing lanes, The Bearded Ax also offers an extensive drink menu featuring 60 different brands of local and domestic beer, as well as wine and mead. Guests are invited to bring in their own snacks or food items as well. 

The Bearded Ax will celebrate its relaunch with two charity events, at which all guests will enjoy free axe-throwing throughout the afternoon. See below for more details:   

Sunday, March 8, from 12 to 4 p.m.

In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10 per person. In addition, the mentoring organization is recruiting new volunteers to become “Bigs,” with an urgent need for new Big Brothers.


Sunday, March 15, from 12 to 3 p.m.

In partnership with Dorchester Paws

Admission is free and adoption fees will be waived up to $500.


For the latest updates and news from The Bearded Ax, follow on Facebook or on Instagram at @TheBeardedAxParkCircle.



Located at 1077 East Montague Avenue in North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood, The Bearded Ax features 12 wooden axe-throwing lanes, an extensive drink menu featuring 60 different brands of local and domestic beer, as well as wine and mead. Guests are invited to bring in their own snacks or food items as well. Perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties, office outings or other gatherings, The Bearded Ax offers group packages and full buyouts. Hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit



Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry (BBBSL) works with parents, guardians and volunteers to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Using a nationally recognized, evidence‐ and outcomes‐based model, BBBSL mentoring relationships protect and foster scholastic achievement, healthy peer‐to peer/family relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and strong self‐concept among children served.



Dorchester Paws, formerly known as Frances R. Willis SPCA, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Dorchester County, South Carolina. Dorchester Paws is the only open-admission shelter in Dorchester County, serving towns including Rosinville, Ridgeville, Oakbrook, St. George, Summerville and Grover, SC. Partnering with Dorchester Code Enforcement, we take in every lost, abandoned and abused animal and provide them with food, shelter and medical attention until they find their forever home.


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