How to Plan the Perfect Bachelor Party
The fateful day has come: Your buddy has taken the plunge and proposed to his girl. He asked you to be his best man, which you heartily accepted (and celebrated over many brews). But now, you are in charge of planning the most epic of bachelor parties for the groom-to-be. Whether he is a goody-two-shoes or big partier, your best friend deserves the best send-off into married life before heading on his honeymoon. Of course, this means planning a guy’s weekend to Vegas.
Even if you are the most unprepared and under qualified party planner, you will be well-equipped with ideas for your guy’s weekend in Vegas. From booking a hotel to planning group activities and partying all night long, this list has you covered.
Where to Stay
Even though your bed is where you will probably spend the least amount of time, it is important to have a solid home base. From low-budget to luxurious, there are hundreds of options to choose from. You will want to book a place near The Strip, or make sure your hotel offers free shuttles. Otherwise, your cheap hotel bill can start to add up with those additional Uber rides.
Sleeping on a Budget
If you’re looking to save money when getting much-needed shuteye, The LINQ is a great option for low-budget and quality accommodations. Starting at just $35 a night, these rooms are modern and efficient, featuring bunk beds to save space and boasting access to the adults-only rooftop pool. Other cost-friendly options include Golden Gate, Orleans, and Tropicana.
Doing it Big
Ranked the number one hotel in Las Vegas by Forbes, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of The Strip. With spectacular views, rooftop pool, five restaurants, and access to an in-hotel spa, beauty salon, and workout center, you may never even have to leave the hotel. Be prepared to treat yourself on a bachelor party at this location, just make sure the rest of your party is ready to lay down some cash as well.
Be sure to mention to the concierge that you are in town celebrating a bachelor party. They may throw in some extra amenities!
What to Eat
If your group lives to eat, there’s no better place to indulge than in Vegas.
From Vegetarians and the Carnivores
If you’re craving a steak, you cannot miss Andiron Steak & Sea. Just make sure to order the famous mac and cheese waffle on the side. If you have veggie-lovers in your group, head to VegNation, where the menu features 100% plant-based entrees from local sources.
Eat Like a Local
If you’re seeking fresh seafoods with off-the-strip prices, locals recommend Other Mama. Chef Dan Krohmer has developed a creative menu ranging from sushi to ceviche with a rotating selection for every palate. When you need to shake off that early morning grogginess, head to Craft and Kitchen for a bangin’ brunch menu, served 11am – 3pm. Add a little hair-of-the-dog with their house sangria, and dig into their breakfast banh mi to fill you up before setting out on your big day.
Satisfy your Sweet Tooth
Las Vegas has fantastic donuts, and will satisfy any late-night sweet tooth or pounding morning hangover. Donut Mania is one of the longest-standing donut shops, featuring gourmet flavors such as key lime pie, peanut butterfinger cheesecake, and pumpkin chiffon. If you’re looking for more of a classic mom-and-pop shop, head to Ace Donuts for rolls, twists, and fritters in every shape and size.
What to Do
With so many options, planning your group’s activities list can seem daunting. Pick and choose based on your ideal bachelor vacation.
You do not have to go far to kick-start your adventures. Stratosphere Tower looms almost 1,150 feet above the Strip, and is the tallest structure in Las Vegas. You can zip up the high-speed elevator and step off into a controlled free-fall, ticking off your bucket list for leaping off the Guinness World Record’s highest commercial descent. If you are craving some outside-the-city excursions, take a trip to a shooting range, visit the Valley of Fire to hike through scenic landscapes, or kayak along the Colorado River.
How to Gamble (and Not Lose Your Shirt)
If you and the boys want to have some fun on the tables or slot machines, make sure you set limits before the booze starts flowing. Only bet what you can afford, and treat gambling like you would an amusement park: Plan to spend money for entertainment, and not to win millions. Head to The Cosmopolitan to try your luck at the swankiest hotel in town, and be sure to visit the Marquee on a Friday or Saturday nights for potential celebrity-sightings. You can also hit up Caesars Palace, a classic spot with tables, restaurants, and entertainment all rolled into one mega casino.
Where to Dance Your Faces Off
Once you’ve had your fill of betting and beers, you’ll want to celebrate your buddy’s big day at the club. If you’ve spent time gambling at The Cosmopolitan, you can head to one of Las Vegas’s hottest clubs, Marquee. It may be one of the busiest spots on the strip, but the long wait is worth the world-class DJs and outdoor pool area. Alternatively, you can head to The Rockhouse to challenge your buddies to some beer pong, and watch games on this dive bar’s 83 TVs.
Whatever your plan, this list will help you plan the most epic bachelor party. Plan ahead, head out, and have fun!
Brian Ford is a freelance writer and blogger based in Austin, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at his local shooting range. He frequently visits Las Vegas, where his preferred shooting range is Machine Guns Vegas.