Whether you want to blow the roof off with a wild party or keep it laid back and classy, all types of revelry are welcome at these top bachelor party destinations.
Top US destinations for a bachelor party
1. Las Vegas
Vegas is the stereotypical bachelor party destination for a reason: there’s just so much to do. Whether you want to gamble in the casinos, dance the night away in the world-renowned clubs or just hang out by the pool with the guys, Vegas is full of great options for you. If you’re looking for a high-key party vibe, Vegas is definitely the place to go.
If you’re ready to get your hands on some delicious beignets and you’d like to roam the streets with your drink, choose New Orleans. You’ll find delicious seafood, gorgeous historic bars and plenty of activities for everyone in attendance. You could listen to jazz and check out the local sites, or start the party early in the day with a rum distillery tour. Whatever you choose to do while you’re there, this city is full of potential.
If you’re a fan of southern food, whiskey and country music, Nashville might just be the perfect city to visit for your bachelor party. You’ll love the city’s vibe: there’s bars, food and incredible music everywhere. There’s even a mini Vegas-style strip to enjoy and explore. One of Nashville’s best features is that it’s very accessible. More than half of the US population lives 600 miles or less from the city, or about one day’s drive.
Head down the Garden State Parkway and check out what Atlantic City has to offer. The casinos are legendary, and it can be much more convenient for East Coast grooms looking for a Vegas-style experience. It’s a great city to choose if you’re looking to keep things affordable since there’s an abundance of hotel rooms to snatch up at bargain prices. You’ll also find hundreds of world-class night clubs ready to welcome you to AC.
Why wouldn’t you want to spend your bachelor party in the Big Apple? It’s full of amazing food and entertainment, sights and a truly vibrant nightlife. Whether you love a wild club or a quiet dive bar, NYC is ready and waiting to provide. You can stay anywhere in the city and be near great restaurants and bars that are perfect for celebrating. You’ll have to be cautious if you’re planning to bring a big group along, though. NYC hotel and restaurant prices are notoriously high.
Keep your bachelor party weird and visit the quirkiest city in Texas. Known for its vibrant live music scene, breweries and Tito’s vodka, Austin offers plenty of ways to spice up a bachelor party. And if you’re looking for something a bit more tame, the city has less party-driven activities available — like shooting ranges. You’ll also love visiting the signature Texas saloons for a unique local feel.
Follow the green rush to the Mile High City, where you’ll find a plethora of activities waiting for you. First off, recreational marijuana is legal here — if you so choose to partake. And Denver is also surrounded by glorious nature. Go for a hike then grab some beers at one of its hip local breweries — ideal if you’re not a fan of the late-night club scene.
Few cities are quite as American as Chicago, and it’s an especially ideal destination since it’s typically inexpensive to fly to. The nightlife is plentiful no matter what kind of scene you enjoy, and there are plenty of average joe bars if you just want to hang out and drink some beers. You might also enjoy visiting the Chicago skydeck and catching a view of the whole city from 1,353 feet up. Don’t look down.
Bourbon, seafood and a salty, coastal breeze — all wrapped up in southern hospitality. Hang out on King Street then head to Red’s Ice House for day drinking before the night begins. Charleston is packed with picturesque rooftop bars — from Revelry Brewing to The Rooftop at Vendue. Combat the next day’s hangover at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits before taking a history and cocktail tour of the town. Just don’t forget your shades.
For a low-key bachelor party focused on brotherhood, beer and barbeque, head to invigorating Richmond. Independent breweries abound — there’s more than 30 craft spots producing ciders, liquors and beers — with more patio bars than you can count on two hands. Check out Tang & Biscuit for a grownup arcade, then finish the night in Scott’s Addition neighborhood for a row of easy-to-walk-to spots populated by locals and revelers alike.
Top international destinations for a bachelor party
Make sure everyone has a passport! You’ll love celebrating the groom in this easily accessible Canadian city. Montreal has both lively and laid-back areas, so make sure you choose the part of town that fits your group’s personality. Go river rafting during the day followed by a night of drinking with your buddies to send the groom off with a bang.
If you’re with an outdoorsy group, there’s no better destination than Costa Rica. With its beautiful beaches and hiking trails, your group will be busy from dusk to dawn exploring this dynamic country. Spend your days ziplining and white water rafting and your nights enjoying the local nightlife. Just make sure no one forgets their passport!
Tokyo’s neon lights mashed up with anime culture and ancient shrines make for an intoxicating bachelor party destination. Karaoke bars are open 24/7 and the sake never runs dry. Start your visit in Shinjuku, its entertainment hot spot, then head deeper into Kabukicho for a visit to the Robot Bar. Depending on your revelers’ tastes, consider a stroll through Ni-Chome, Tokyo’s LGTBQ quarter.
If Montreal’s ideal for folks on the East Coast, Vancouver is the perfect target for West Coasters. Choose from axe-throwing, paintball or outdoor adventure during the day, then head to the breweries at night for tasty growlers and snacks (there’s 25+ craft breweries to choose from). Vancouver’s the perfect combo of mountain activities and metropolitan action, just a quick 2.5-hour drive north from Seattle.
From tours of the Guinness Storehouse to pub crawls and the Jameson Distillery, hearty drinkers should head to Dublin. A day trip to the Cliffs of Moher will take your breath away before a night prowling the town. Be sure to hit up local favorites The Temple Bar, O’Donoghues and Workman’s Club. Then recover with bacon, baked beans and soda bread in the morning.
Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, However, it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated domestic travelers as of April 2021. International travelers need to get tested three days prior to flying out of the US and within three days after returning, even if you are fully vaccinated. It recommends that you delay travel if you’re not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.
If you’re planning a trip outside the US, bear in mind that many countries have placed restrictions on US tourists. Check the US embassy website for updates before booking international travel.
Consider the vibe of the guys you’re traveling with before pinpointing a destination for the bachelor party you’re planning. Of course, these spots would work for brides-to-be too — though we’ve curated a specific list for her own celebration.
Frequently asked questions
Four months out from the intended bachelor party weekend is a good goal to aim for so that guests can get their travel budgets and plans arranged.
It’s more common for US cities to have designated areas where open containers are legal, rather than entire cities. A list of the most popular places to drink in the streets include:
The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada
Historic District in Savannah, Georgia
The Power and Light District in Kansas City, Kansas
Main Street Shopping District in Fredericksburg, Texas
The French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana
Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee
Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee
The entire cities of Butte, Montana and Erie, Pennsylvania allow for open containers — but not as much nightlife as other more popular destinations.
You’ll find recreational marijuana in cities located in the following states:
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