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New LA Ax-Throwing Bar Takes Aim at the Heart of Koreatown

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Mo’s House of Axe is now open along Western

Two men at an axe throwing bar.
Mo’s House of Axe
Mo’s House of Axe
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Don’t look now, but here comes another ax-throwing bar to Los Angeles. The seemingly dangerous drinking activity has swept across America in recent years, but has been slow to be adopted in Southern California. Now here comes Mo’s House of Axe, landing right in the heart of the city with a week of grand opening celebrations.

Interestingly enough, Mo’s House of Axe opens at the corner of 6th and Western in a busy stretch of Koreatown. The space is right next door to popular club Mama Lion and only a block from the Wiltern. It was also previously the site of Tacos 1986’s pop-up run on the patio out front.

Now the building has been converted to a drinking and throwing wonderland, complete with a full bar, biodynamic wines, craft beer, and food. The bar space itself is lined in greenery and the whole room is wrapped in wood. Off to one side there are dedicated lanes caged off for individuals and groups to chuck axes at a large board, with points awarded based on accuracy.

A wood paneled dining room meant to look like a forest.
The dining room
Mo’s House of Axe

Ax-throwing bars have been an increasingly popular sight nationwide for years, popping up in cities from Boston to Brooklyn to Detroit after starting in Canada. The gimmick doesn’t require any particular skill or preparation (minus a small safety and instruction tutorial up top), and has caught on with date nights and larger groups. The only other ax-throwing bar in and around Los Angeles currently, named LA-AX, opened in North Hollywood in 2018.

Mo’s House of Axe is now open at 611 S. Western Avenue in Koreatown, keeping hours from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later (including 2 a.m. on weekends), and opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. From now until February 15 Mo’s is doing a grand opening celebration with free 30-minute ax throwing sessions.