From Austin to Charleston, here are the best picks for bachelor and bachelorette party destinations in America.
1. Austin, TX
Austin is easily one of the best places you could go for bachelor or bachelorette weekend, with great options for whatever vibe you’re looking for.
Known for its music scene, barbecue, breweries, restaurants, food trucks, and much more, Austin offers just about everything.
Head downtown at night and check out the famous bars and venues on E 6th Street, or head further east past the highway to visit some of the city’s chicer cocktail lounges and restaurants. For a more relaxed and local scene, check out the bars and food trucks on Rainey Street, too.
Austin is home to a booming craft beer scene, so in addition to bars, you can go straight to the source. Dozens of breweries and taprooms are scattered throughout the city, including Austin Beerworks, Jester King Brewery, 512 Brewing (a personal favorite), Real Ale Brewing Co, Blue Owl Brewing, Hops & Grain, St. Elmo Brewing Company, and many others you may (or may not) have heard of before. Wherever you go, it would be hard to go wrong.
There are a ton of Airbnbs available throughout the city, including right near downtown, or there are full-service hotels. The Hilton brand has properties throughout Austin , including several great downtown locations, while higher-end properties like the Austin JW Marriott and the W Austin are among the more luxe options.
2. New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is a classic go-to for bachelor and bachelorette trips, and there’s good reason for that. However, “NOLA” has plenty more to offer than Bourbon Street.
While those bars and clubs can be a blast, the rest of the French Quarter offers fascinating history, unique architecture, indulgent food, and fun shopping. Once the sun sets, the area’s infamous and renowned nightlife gets underway.
With no open-container laws, feel free to bring your drink with you as you venture from one bar or club to the next. For a totally unique experience, you can even throw a parade for the bride or groom, decked out with a marching band and a police escort.
NOLA’s jazz scene is legendary, and a trip to the city isn’t complete until you’ve stopped by the world-famous Café du Monde for beignets and café au lait.
Take a break from partying and go on a swamp tour , and follow it up with a ghost tour in the Quarter.
There are Airbnbs at every price range, and the same is true for hotels. The Windsor Court is one of the swankiest hotels you can find, while plenty of national chains are available in great areas. The Roosevelt is similarly posh, and features the popular Sazerac Bar.
3. The Jersey Shore, NJ
Don’t let the TV show by the same name give you the wrong idea — the Jersey Shore can be an idyllic getaway if you’re looking for some fun, relaxing time at the beach. Depending on where exactly you go, you may also be able to hit the town at night, since plenty of towns on the shore feature a vibrant nightlife.
One of the best options is Ventnor City. This quiet town features a ton of great beach houses available through Airbnb, and can easily be reached by bus from New York (it’s also a straightforward drive). It’s also about 10 minutes away from Atlantic City, so if you and your fellow partiers get tired of relaxing on the beach, bars, clubs, and casinos are just an Uber ride away.
If you’re looking for a similar vibe, you can also consider Ocean City, MD, and Rehoboth Beach, DE.
4. New York City, NY
aren’t from the area, or haven’t been before, New York offers plenty of thrills to fill a weekend and leave you wanting more.
Between drinks at Midtown Manhattan’s rooftop bars, craft breweries in Brooklyn, the best pizza you can find, boozy brunch, and, well, more of New York’s best food , you’ll head home nice and full and ready to never eat again.
In between the meals, there’s plenty of other stuff to do. Head to Chelsea Piers and hit golf balls at their driving range into the river, go bowling or rock climbing, or try your hand at some adult parkour . Go shopping at Bloomingdale’s or on Fifth Avenue, or check out the boutiques down in Soho.
Visit the Highline , see a concert or a show, stop by the Brooklyn Bazaar , see a game at Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Madison Square Garden, or the Barclay’s Center, go on a booze cruise , or take a helicopter tour .
While Airbnb is less prominent in New York than in many other cities, there are still plenty available, and there are hotels throughout the city to match just about any budget.
The Standard Hotel at the High Line is pricey, but is one of the best places you can stay. Otherwise, where you stay depends on where you’re planning to be. If you’re going to float between Brooklyn and Manhattan a lot, staying downtown can be a great deal, while if you’re planning to stay mostly in Manhattan, you may want to find somewhere in midtown.
5. Charleston, SC
Charleston, South Carolina is another excellent spot for a bachelor or bachelorette party, offering great food, drinks, and things to do, all with a healthy dose of southern charm.
The city’s pristine beaches offer the perfect spot for relaxation or, if you prefer, some more active beach pursuits like wakeboarding, sailing, or more. The Magnolia Flower Plantation is one of the oldest public gardens in America, and farmers’ markets and museums offer plenty of culture. With breweries, golf courses, places to rent bikes or boats, and plenty of shopping, there should be something for any kind of group.
At night — after stopping by one of the city’s many barbecue and burger joints — head over to King Street to indulge in the city’s famous nightlife, where you can bar crawl between the dives, lounges, pubs, and clubs. Make sure to check out some of Charleston’s incredible restaurants, including The Ordinary, Husk, and Edmund’s Oast.