The perfect bachelor party weekend needs the perfect backdrop. No ordinary bar or club will do; the groom deserves a legendary night before tying the knot. Destination parties are a favorite for buddies and best men planning a bachelor party, but it can be tough to choose the perfect setting for an epic party with so many options.
Here are ten top bachelor party destinations that offer an exciting backdrops for a bachelor party, from the party atmosphere of Las Vegas to the sporty city of Chicago.
Las Vegas is the most famous and classic bachelor party destination. If you want a movie-perfect night of wild parties with gambling and more, the Sin City is ideal for your bachelor party getaway. With affordable hotels and far more pool parties and attractions than one weekend could cover, this could be an option for grooms looking to let loose one last time.
During the day, rent a cabana by the pool with bottle service at Stadium Swim. Jump in the pool for a swim or check out a game on the 40-foot stadium-sized videoboard. Stop at the luxury buffet at Wynn Casino to stuff yourself full of gourmet food in the evening. Then party the night away at a rooftop club like Ghostbar and enjoy the drinks and the sparkle of the city below.
The city that never sleeps is a fun option for all types of grooms. There are Broadway shows for the musically-inclined groom, world-class museums like the Guggenheim, the Met, and MOMA for an artistic type, and dive bars and drinking holes for the groom who enjoys a good cocktail.
NYC has gourmet food from all corners of the globe for the foodie groom and famous New York pizza slices and bodega sandwiches for more laid-back fare. Catch a comedy show at the world-famous Comedy Cellar for a good laugh. You can also visit Jay-Z’s 40-40 Club to watch a game or head to a Manhattan nightclub for an evening you’ll never forget.
The Big Easy, the city that care forgot, and the home of Café du Monde and Mardi Gras, New Orleans is America’s one-of-a-kind bachelor party destination. Start your days off with chicory coffee and beignets, and finish with hurricanes on Bourbon Street.
For those looking to hear the famous New Orleans jazz, check out Frenchman street. Clubs like The Blue Nile and The Spotted Cat have world-class sounds that will be a legendary experience for the musically inclined groom. Grab a walking drink and wander down Bourbon Street. You can pop into any bar along the world-famous avenue to make memories your group will never forget.
If the groom has ever mentioned Jimmy Buffet or said, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” then Key West is the perfect place for his bachelor party. Relaxed, low-key, and permanently happy hour, this mellow island is a great place to unwind and forget how many Key Lime Martinis and Rum Runners you’ve had.
Enjoy the tropical breeze at the famous Green Parrot Bar, or connect with your inner writer at Captain Tony’s or Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Ernest Hemmingway’s old stomping grounds. Get a pic at the southernmost tip of the continental U.S. to capture the memory of the groom’s party for years to come.
Beaches, clubs, and sunshine: Miami has it all. Often considered the best bachelor party destination after Vegas, Miami has something for all types of grooms. By day you can catch some rays on the world-famous South Beach or check out Wynwood Walls for some spectacular street art. Visit Calle Ocho in Little Havana for Cuban food and delicious Cuban coffee.
Nighttime is where Miami shines. Dance the night away to the latest reggaetón and Latin jams in nightclubs that don’t close until the sun comes up. Miami is a city that parties hard, dresses well, and drinks heavily. Grab bottle service at a hot nightclub like LIV in Midbeach and give the groom a night he’ll never forget.
Sweet Home Chicago, the city with broad shoulders, is a great location for a destination bachelor party. Catch a Cubs game in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field or head to the South Side for a White Sox game and then enjoy a giant slice of Chicago Deep Dish pizza at Giordano’s
Check out the Wicker Park neighborhood for the local party scene, with hip dive bars and pool joints like Zakopane or Black Hole Bar. For more upscale clubbing, head to the downtown loop, and for an authentic Chicago experience, check out a secret speakeasy-like Blind Barber. Experience the good old days of John Dillinger’s Chicago and enjoy incredible cocktails.
Some fun south of the border is always a hit for bachelor parties. Mexico has many beautiful beach towns, but only Cabo is wild enough for a legendary bachelor’s party.
Relax on the beach with tasty margaritas by the day, then hit one of the dozens of bars and clubs at night. Cabo Wabo Cantina, owned by rock star Sammy Hagar, is guaranteed to be wild, as is the king of Cabo clubs, El Squid Roe. Consider an all-inclusive resort for more of a mellow bachelor’s trip if you are looking to relax.
High in the Colorado Rockies is one of the highest-class ski resort towns in the world. Aspen is the perfect place for a winter skiing bachelor party, a favorite of laid-back, outdoorsy types and uber-wealthy. Boasting four world-class ski resorts, there are enough ski runs to keep even the most enthusiastic groom busy.
After the slopes, hit some of Aspen’s famous dining and nightlife options. Try White House Tavern for gourmet food and craft cocktails in a 19th century miner’s cottage. For a luxurious experience, head to Matsuhisa, one of the very few restaurants in the U.S. run by famed Japanese Sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Wash that down with some craft cocktails to write about at the Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar to kick the night up a few notches.
Austin can be one of the best locations for a great bachelor’s party. Austin is a city that prides itself on its unique, quirky atmosphere. During the day, sample some of the famous Texas-style BBQ that Austin is renowned for. If you’re looking to party instead, rent a boat on Lake Travis and cruise the day away with cold drinks and warm sunshine.
Visit Austin’s party hub, 6th Street, also known as Dirty Sixth, for nighttime fun. This collection of bars, clubs and live music joints has something for everyone. Check out Stubbs or Elysium for world-class live music and Shakespeare’s Ale House for some cold drinks. If your groom is a film buff or indie music fan, plan your trip in March for the SXSW Festival.
Known nationwide as Music City and home to country music and Honky Tonks, Nashville is the perfect location for any groom who is a country and western fan. During the day, sample delicious southern specialties like the Nashville Hot Chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken. This sandwich is spicy, but you can’t leave Nashville without trying one.
Head down to the Broadway at night and get a few drinks in a real live Honky Tonk. Take a trip to Alan Jackson’s Lower Broadway bar for authentic country music and cold beer. AJ’s Good Time Bar is another classic that is sure to be a favorite with any groom, and if you’re looking for a rowdier crowd, head to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Grace Baena, Director of Operations of Kaiyo, recommends this destination because “it’s perfect for pleasing many with its vast accommodations of gourmet meals, guided services, fishing equipment, fitness center, copper hot tubs, and wood-fired saunas. Located in the untouched Alaskan wilderness, you can spend your time water skiing, wakeboarding, glacier hiking, or wildlife spotting on the local mountain ranges.” This location is perfect for the avid outdoorsmen and fisher, where your catch can be turned into the on-site chefs for expert meal preparations.
The perfect bachelor party location for your groom depends on what he likes and how he wants to spend his last getaway with the guys. For a legendary bachelor party that he won’t forget, tailor the trip to include a location and pastimes he will enjoy, gather a good group of buddies for the adventure, and let loose.