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The Axe Bar, Champaign, IL

The Axe Bar

4.6
4.6
170 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Winner of Champaign’s Best Unique Experience in 2022.

Champaign’s first ever axe throwing venue with a sports bar atmosphere! We offer great food, custom signature drinks and a variety of fun events every week. If you’re looking for a fun night out, a place to host a work event, or a great date spot, this is the place to be!
A reservation with The Axe Bar, is a reservation for axe throwing. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed 3:00 pm–12:00 am Tue 3:00 pm–1:00 am Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (217) 888-0049
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Champaign
  • Parking details
    Street Parking also available on Neil St. and Walnut St.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 170 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Illinois

    Best Value

  • Central Illinois

    Good for groups

  • Central Illinois

    Hot spot

  • Central Illinois

    Neighborhood gem

  • Central Illinois

    Lively

170 Reviews
  1. JenniferV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The spicy cheese curds are amazing!!! The service was fantasting - such a great place!

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  2. PhyllisM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for trivia and really enjoyed the experience! Excellent service! Food tasted great! Noise from ax throwing is a little distracting. Definitely recommend!

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  3. John

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris, The GM was great. He was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed.

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  4. KimberlyC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was helpful with suggestions, food arrived quickly and was tasty! Nice array of drinks options, accommodated our large group with a few first timers efficiently.

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  5. MaryT

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a FUN TIME!!! We really enjoyed the whole evening.

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  6. GinaM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time! Large bday party of 18 people, service was great, axe throwing was super fun, food was really good (pizza and boneless wings). Busy night, really enjoyed the trivia fun!!! Great place. Axe helper was also great.

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  7. JonG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service, good food, and we enjoyed throwing axes!

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  8. DorenefromNewLenox

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! The manager (I believe he was the manager) when we walked in could not have been nicer and more accomodating! (sorry I forgot his name) Great guy though! THEN, Abby our server, was outstanding! So sweet; so fun, so attentive! They were all really nice and made my daughter's 23rd birthday so great! Thank you!

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  9. Mike

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I rated the food as a 1 only because I didn’t get any there and wasn’t sure if it was any good. Employees were awesome and very helpful.

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  10. Suburbanmom

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place! Solid food. Great ambiance. Something fun and different to do with friends or family.

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  11. marianns

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Even though we had a reservation for a table we were seated at a couch and a chair and not an actual table. Unacceptable.

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  12. Rena

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Get the grilled cheese sandwich you won’t be disappointed! Yummy!

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  13. AllisonM

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great and I loved the UIUC 20% discount!

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  14. DanteInfernobeevis

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place with great assistance on how to throw the axe so you can have a good time. Definitely recommend

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  15. lees

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing time and great people. Atmosphere was great.

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  16. ElaineS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our moms group went out to have some time "off" after getting the school year started for our families. This was a great space. As it happened we were the only ones there on a Sunday afternoon. The staff were fantastic and helpful. They made our day enjoyable. Would definitely love to come back again!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time eating, drinking, and playing for our annual team meeting. Great staff.

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  18. PaulP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun atmosphere. Food was basic bar food but good selection. Service and staff are outstanding. We never waited for anything. And "axe expert" was very helpful for our new throwers. Will definitely go again.

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  19. MichaelaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to The Axe Bar to celebrate a 27th birthday. Overall the experience was AWESOME! We enjoyed the drinks, appetizers (especially the Mac n cheese bites and fried pickles), and axe throwing! We started out with the regular axe throwing axes, but quickly began adding on the others. It was super fun and reasonably priced for the experience. We came back later for Latino night and had a blast hitting the dance floor!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a few drinks we relaxed and funky figured it out.

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  21. LizU

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cool vibe and friendly staff! It was my first time axe throwing and they did a great job showing me how to do it! Great food and yummy drinks! Definitely recommend the Black Cherry Mojito! I will definitely be back! Shoutout to to Jordan E. for being so cool and friendly!

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  22. Lilyflower

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bar food and super fun! Staff is always super friendly and easy to work with. :)

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  23. MagsO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time at the Axe Bar, and honestly, it was a wonderful time! The staff was super chill and helpful, helping us understand the rules of throwing. The atmosphere of the bar itself is very laid back a little loud but understandable. Totally going to be going back soon! 10/10

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks and food (especially the fried cheese curds) were great. The bartender was also super friendly and made great drinks. The Axe throwing was fun but I don’t think I needed to do it for 30mins. Perhaps they could come up with a different pricing/timing structure. All in, good time.

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  25. CrystalK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    HAD A BLAST. GREAT ATMOSPHERE. WILL DEF BE BACK. BOYFRIEND'S FIRST TIME EVER GOING TO A AXE BAR.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is outstanding. The staff is excellent.

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  27. SarahS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was fantastic and the food was great too!!

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  28. Illinimom

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun experience with my 2 college kids. Food was fair. Drinks good. We did dinner and axe throwing for an hour for around $200.

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  29. Foodie

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Large group attended over UIUC’s Mom’s weekend and couldn’t have had more fun! Challenging to do, but once you “hit it” and get the Axe into the bullseye 🎯- it’s so rewarding! 10 ⭐️ Review from me!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service from the bar and the axe throwing area was fantastic. Food was good. Overall experience was great. I wish the prices on the food and drinks weren’t so high.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I appreciated how accommodating the staff were for reservations and bringing a cake ahead of time etc.

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  32. StephanieR

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience! Great service and food.

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  33. LaurieK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered a little bit of everything. It was all good, especially the chicken barbecue pizza.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great!

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  35. pattys

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at the Axe bar! It was so much fun, the staff were great along with the food and drinks! Will definitely be back.

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  36. JackieK

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We reserved a table and throwing lane and they were ready for us when we got there. Had such a great time and the service was amazing. They had a DJ come in and they played the best mixes. So much fun.

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  37. CandiceL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of fun, host and wait staff amazing. Food was so good I ordered seconds to go.

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  38. DANAH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the employees were very friendly and knowledgeable. We ordered the cheesey bread and fried pickles. Excellent food!

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  39. SherrieM

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I realize that it’s “bar food”, but think there should be at least one healthy choice on the menu. There was only one other table occupied when we were there and it took a long time to place our order and since we were on a lunch hour it didn’t leave us much time for axe throwing (4 of us). I would probably go again as part of a group, but just wouldn’t be my first choice. The staff member that helped us was very friendly.

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  40. KevinT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Throwing axes was fun, the food wasn't the best but it is bar food. But still had a great time drinks were great also

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Axe Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (217) 888-0049.

The Axe Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Axe Bar

114 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820-4910

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Champaign
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed 3:00 pm–12:00 am Tue 3:00 pm–1:00 am Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking also available on Neil St. and Walnut St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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