By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
August 5, 2019 (Lakeside) - Don’t use the axe to shave, cut your double axe burger in half, or to divvy up a piece of cherry cobbler or deep-fried Portuguese donut at Lakeside’s newest bar and restaurant---SoCal Axe Throwing at HH Bar & Grill (9927 Maine Ave, Lakeside).
Use the axe for target practice, fun, as a form of exercise, or to compete in an axe throwing tournament. Lakeside’s newest bar and restaurant comes with the opportunity to throw axes, eat, drink, and compete against your family or friends in a friendly game of axe throwing.
“We did a soft opening on Friday, August 2,” said general manager David Hamilton. “We have our grand opening August 16.”
No need to worry if you have never thrown an axe. “Axeperts” are on hand to teach you.
“We give customers the basics on how to throw,’ said axepert Jill Johnson. “We have several different types of axes and shovelheads.” There are adult size axes and kid friendly size axes.
Another axepert on hand, Joseph Carey, teaches customers tips about how to hold the axe handle and throwing techniques such as holding the axe at the bottom and the stance to use when throwing.
Additionally, the axeperts go over rules, how to keep score, and answer any questions on the subject.
Customer Elizabeth Ellison provided her personal history on axe throwing for exercise and personal protection. The Lakeside resident visited the establishment with her 8-year-old grandson, Spencer Luedeking on August 4.
“I did it (axe throwing) when I was younger, axe throwing for exercise in Pine Valley,” said Ellison. “You can use axes to defend yourself against coyotes and mountain lions.”
“This (the establishment) is an excellent environment---relaxed and superb service,” said Ellison. “The food was great---I had cherry cobbler a la mode.”
Ellison noted her grandson “got a good 25 bullseyes.”
Staff noted axe throwing parties are for all types of events—bachelor / bachelorette parties, boy scout troop events, birthday parties, family reunions, or other milestones in people’s lives.
“We do a lot of corporate events and team building,” said Hamilton.
The food is a mix of what Hamilton called ‘bar food and Hawaiian.” Wild Barrel Brewing supplies the brews. Three friends founded Wild Barrel Brewing--- Bill Sysak, Bill Sobieski, and Chris White.
Menu items include salt & pepper chicken wings, poutine (French fries and cheese curds topped in brown gravy), kalua nachos, HH lumpia, ahi poke salad, a sandwich dish named Braddah Mo’s kalua pig sandwich, “stuff” in a breadbowl, and Kalbi ribs & frites (fries). HH stands for Homestyle Hawaiian.
SoCal Axe Throwing has two other locations in the region--San Marcos and Temecula. A waiver is required before throwing.