Tabletops are fashioned to look like Viking shields.
By Laura Hayden
Odin’s Keep Axehouse is arguably the most unusual haunt to take up residence in the long-standing Enfield Plaza. The recently opened venue is nestled in the central corner of the strip mall at 630 Enfield Street.
Its name is derived from a revered god in Norse mythology (Odin) and the large impenetrable tower in the center of his castle (a keep). A night out at Odin’s Keep Axehouse offers social ax-throwing pits for small groups and couples and private pits for groups of eight or more. Each booking comes complete with a certified “axe-pert” in attendance, ensuring the safety and cheering on of participants. Throwers must be 10 or older. Under 18-year-old throwers need to be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Popularized in Canada, there has been a significant increase in the number of axe-throwing locations in the U.S. in the last few years, most of which take on a frontier ambiance. But Odin’s Keep owner Merle McKenzie, (who also owns Montana Nights Axe-Throwing in Newington) envisioned something different for his second ax-throwing enterprise in the state.
“The Viking concept is an itch I needed to scratch,” says Merle. And so he surrounded the Enfield venue’s throwing pits with a virtual Valhalla –the large, majestic hall located in the mythical home of the Norse Gods, ruled over by Odin. Viking-shield tabletops built by Merle’s partner Gaetano Marino, surround the ax-pits and a room with a roaring fireplace, long tables, and Nordic-inspired chandeliers is available for private parties.
Gaetano also built a mighty impressive bar in the shape of a Viking ship where beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks are served. And there are other fun activities too – including an arcade that, according to Merle, has the world’s largest Pac Man game. Odin’s Keep Axehouse does not serve food, but patrons may bring in food from outside. For more information go to https://www.odinskeepaxehouse.com/
Merle and Glenn display their penchant for Viking fun
Owner Merle McKenzie and partner Glenn Perra Jr. stand by Odin’s Keep Axehouse’s Viking-inspired bar
The Nordic Valhalla inspired the décor of the gathering room at the axehouse