7 Bachelor Party Ideas to Celebrate the Groom-to-Be
Get the guys together for a final hurrah before the big day. Here, Chris Easter of The Man Registry offers bachelor party ideas that go beyond pub-hopping. Though you can pull off these activities anywhere, we included a few specifics to get you started.
Road Trip Bachelor Party
Pile into an RV and hit the road. California is a state that begs to be explored. The famous Pacific Coast Highway that runs from Los Angeles to San Francisco provides an opportunity to do just that.
Your first stop is just north of Los Angeles, at Duke’s in Malibu. With a stunning view, this restaurant sits smack dab on the Pacific Ocean and serves delicious seafood. About a hundred miles up the road, venture inland to taste the best wine the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. The towns of Los Olivos and Solvang boast dozens of wineries with tastings available daily for $10-$15 each.
If you’re on a road trip, make sure to look out for some historical sites as well. The Hearst Castle in San Simeon, for example, was the home of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst until 1947. The property covers more than 90,000 square feet and served as the basis for the Xanadu Mansion in Citizen Kane. The castle and surrounding land is now a California State Park. Tours are offered daily for $25.
After a long day of travel, it’s time for some R&R. Nestled in the forest between the ocean and mountains, Big Sur Campgrounds offers a majestic setting that is unmatched in the United States. Tent campsites can be reserved for as little as $55/night, with cabins starting at $125/night. Activities are plentiful with hikes, float trips, and basketball courts available. Of course, sitting around the campfire telling embarrassing stories about the bachelor is also an appropriate use of time.
Whiskey Tasting Bachelor Party
Raise a glass to the groom’s last days of bachelorhood. A proper whiskey tasting can be staged from the comfort of any home. Setup is simple: Put someone in charge who has an adequate knowledge of spirits, select six to eight whiskeys, and then blind-taste them. Afterward, discuss as a group the likes and dislikes for each offering before revealing the identities.
Of course, you can also schedule a tour at a distillery. For the travel-minded group, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is the American whiskey mecca and truly belongs on any bourbon lover’s bucket list. The trail starts in Louisville and winds around Kentucky to hit nine historic distilleries including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Wild Turkey. Each distillery offers a tour and tasting for a price of admission that ranges from $5-$12. Booking a party bus is highly recommended so everyone can safely partake in the tastings.
BBQ and Sports Bachelor Party
Indulge in some of the best eats and sports the country has to offer with a bachelor party getaway to two of its most underrated cities. Start in the BBQ hotbed of Kansas City.
Classic spots like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates BBQ will give your taste buds a reminder of days gone by. Contemporary favorites Jack Stack and Joe’s KC represent the city’s modern tastes with slow-smoked meats paired with craft brews.
While you’re in town, take a jaunt over to Lawrence to watch the University of Kansas’s Jayhawks play in Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most storied arenas in all of college basketball. The season runs from November through March.
Across the state of Missouri in St. Louis sits another legendary BBQ joint, Pappy’s Smokehouse. Famous for pulled pork and smoked burnt ends, Pappy’s sells out on a daily basis so it’s recommended to stop for an early lunch to make sure you get exactly what you want.
After the group stuffs themselves, take the 2.5-mile ride to Busch Stadium to watch the 11-time World Series Champion Cardinals play in front of a sea of red in what can only be described as baseball heaven. You can sit in the bleachers for less than $20 a person for most home games during the season, which runs from April through October.
Golf Outing Bachelor Party
Golf and bachelor celebrations go hand in hand—and for good reason. Getting a round in with the wedding party can be a relaxing rite of passage as the groom prepares to say his vows. Organizing a local outing is painless. Remember to book your tee-times well in advance so everyone can play in back-to-back groups. GolfNow offers online booking and discounts for larger groups.
If golf is the groom’s true passion, he most likely has a few courses on his must-do list. There’s no better time than the bachelor party to take the plunge and cross one off the list. Pebble Beach in Northern California ($495/player), Wolf Creek in Nevada ($55-$195/player), and Pinehurst #2 in North Carolina ($329-$389/player) are all amazing courses that are open to the public. If you have a little more time on your hands, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is made up of nine world-class courses across the state of Alabama.
To experience “a tradition unlike any other,” why not sign up for Masters tickets and take in a practice or tournament round at the famed Augusta National course? Follow a single player for an entire day or camp out at Amen Corner to watch as players pass through and hit against the most beautiful backdrop in golf.
Fight Club Bachelor Party
Let off some pre-wedding steam with a fight-themed weekend. Catch a boxing or UFC match, then hop into the ring yourselves at a gym offering boxing fundamentals or a beginner sparring class (the only acceptable place to throw punches at your pals).
If that’s not hardcore enough, splurge on a trip to International Fight Week in Las Vegas for a combination deal of fights, concerts, and fitness challenges. Stay at Aria Resort and Casino, which offers a bachelor party package and easy access to restaurants to keep you fueled and nightlife to keep you entertained.
Barber Shop Bachelor Party
A traditional shave is an experience every man should enjoy at least once. The Art of Shaving has shops in nearly 40 states and offers a true barber spa experience. Their crowned jewel is the Royal Shave ($55), which is worth each one of the 45 minutes it requires. Additional services range from mustache trims ($15) all the way up to a Royal Shave with haircut ($80). This type of outing is a perfect way for the groom to spend time with the wedding party, including his dad, while perfecting his look for the big day.
Bonus: With a variety of products, it’s also a convenient place to pick up groomsmen gifts.
Mountain Adventure Bachelor Party
There are a variety of heart-racing ways to explore the red rock landscapes of Moab, Utah, home to two national parks—Arches and Canyonland—plus Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River. Get the best buds together and choose between 4-wheeling, ATV-riding, motorcycle bike-touring, mountain biking, rock climbing, and skydiving, to name just a few activities.