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We Drank Beer And Threw Axes. What Could Go Wrong?

Five surprising things you can do in DC while boozing it up.

Enjoy a drink (or two)? Instead of going to a bar, now you can down some beverages while doing unusual activities. We tried a few to see what the buzz is about.


At Brookland’s Bad Axe Throwing, you can get tipsy while wielding sharp objects. Packed with guys who appear well acquainted with the rules of Dungeons & Dragons, it might be a better spot to lose a finger than to find new friends.

Beers consumed: 2.5
Bull’s-eyes hit: 2
Injuries sustained: 0


Dupont Circle’s Art­Jamz offers boozy painting sessions. I’m no Bob Ross, but chugging Sauvignon Blanc definitely eased the creative process.

Wine consumed: Half a bottle
Paintings produced: 1
Paintings later displayed proudly on my apartment wall: 0


Photograph of "Profs and Pints" courtesy of Doug Sanford.
Photograph of “Profs and Pints” courtesy of Doug Sanford.


Bier Baron Tavern, near Dupont Circle, offers “Profs and Pints” events. Listening to a professor discuss presidential pets wasn’t exactly thrilling, but I did learn a lot about Socks the cat.

Beers consumed: 1
Stories about John Quincy Adams and an alligator: 1
Subtle glances at my phone: 20

Paper-Flower Crafting

Photograph by Mimi Montgomery.
Photograph by Mimi Montgomery.

Turns out it’s actually relaxing to sit for an hour and cut out paper petals. Despite a bloody run-in with some scissors, this class at the Shop Made in DC store was a nice time, though perhaps not worth the $40 price.

Beers consumed: 2
Paper flowers successfully created: 1
Injuries sustained: 1


I cannot emphasize enough how uncomfortable it is to be one of three people doing yoga in a crowded brewery. At NoMa’s Wunder Garten, lubricated patrons gaped as I held plank pose until humiliation got the better of me.

Beers consumed: 1
People staring: 40
Times I felt uncomfortable: Hundreds
Moments of transcendence: 0

This article appeared in the July 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.