The Lumberjack, a new axe-throwing bar, is now open in the lower level of the JX Building in downtown Stillwater. 


When Sara Jesperson was looking at starting a new business in Stillwater last year, she did research on various bar experiences that would be more engaging than darts and other activities. A small bowling alley was among the ideas. But with her Northwoods background, axe throwing hit the target. 

Jesperson, who also owns fitness facilities, opened Lumberjack Axe Throwing Bar in downtown Stillwater. The Lumberjack will be a bar for small or large groups to have fun while learning—and perhaps even mastering—axe throwing. Groups of varying sizes throw at wooden targets for one-hour time slots. Prices are based on the number of people in the group. And patrons aren’t just given an axe and a target. Trained coaches are there to help teach the techniques, as well as games and scoring … after waiver forms have been signed. 

For those who want to get a little more serious, or have more fun, axe-throwing leagues have been formed.

Shuffleboard and board games are also available. Drinks are a mix of craft and domestic beers, wine and cocktails, and the menu features food items from The Velveteen. Both are located in the lower level of the JX Building at 123 Second Street.

For more information on hours, rates, group and league sign-ups, visit

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