A York bar operator is seeking to open a Viking themed bar-restaurant with axe-throwing alleys.

Alex Cronin, who runs Speakeasy Libations and until recently, cocktail bar 4Swings, wants to open The Hilt, in Goodramgate, with Josh Goodwin.

The venue will serve up hot dogs as well as cocktails and have bowling alley-style bays in the back where groups can practise their throwing skills.

The 80-cover site will serve Cronin’s signature cocktails including bacon-flavoured bourbon, maple syrup and rosemary.

Axe throwing is popular in America as a competitive socialising activity, while UK concept Whistle Punks has three sites, in Vauxhall, Manchester and Birmingham.

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