Bachelor parties aren’t just an excuse for a group of guys to go out and watch strippers do weird things with ice cubes. They’re a right of passage for our best buds who’ve decided to finally settle down with their forever partners. They’re special events that symbolize a man’s [hopefully] permanent deletion from the dating scene—a last hurrah of sorts.
What we’re saying is that it’s important to do your friend’s bachelor party the right way, because if he does his marriage right, he’ll never have one of these things again. When it comes time to plan everything out, don’t just take him to the local dive for 5-dollar beer-shot combos and tater tots. Do your friend’s manhood justice and give him a night he won’t soon forget (for the most part). Here are 8 great cities for a bachelor party accompanied by an awesome pad to rent out for your stay.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Los Cabos is the name for the joint relationship Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo in Mexico’s Baja California Sur region. It’s a wildly popular tourist destination packed to the gills with all the fun stuff bachelor parties are made of—booze, Cuban cigars, excellent food, incredible nightlife, and some gambling.
This particular house, Villa Rosa, is an incredibly affordable bachelor bad with 3.5 baths, 3 bedrooms, 6 beds, and accommodations to comfortably sleep 10 people. It features its own private pool, an incredible view of the Sea of Cortez, gorgeous traditional Mexican tiling, and an unbelievable terrace for relaxing. It’s located in a clean, safe neighborhood, and is roughly a 15-minute walk to town—the best of both worlds.
The coolest thing about Killington is that when it’s not being an incredible world-class skiing destination, it still has a lot to offer—golfing, mountain biking, hiking, booze, food, and fun. The Sunrise-Northstar-B-1, located at the top of Killington’s Sunrise Village, features five massive bedrooms and can accommodate 10 people. We love the décor, which is chockfull of wood, leather, and taxidermy (including a chandelier made out of Goddamn antlers!). The house is centrally located to all six of Killington’s mountains. If your groom-to-be is the more outdoorsy type, this place is ideal.
Sin City is the quintessential bachelor party city. It’s fast, risky, and a whole hell of a lot of fun if your buddy has a proclivity for, uh, “mischief.” But it’s the city that everyone talks about when referencing bachelor party destinations, so we almost left it off the list. That is, until we came across this Penthouse at the Palm Place Hotel & Spa. Featuring 3,300 square feet of space, accommodations for up to 10 rowdy hell raisers, panoramic views of the Strip from the comfort of the private jacuzzi, beaaaaaaauuuutiful modern décor and furniture, and a central location, this place is about as swanky and perfect as it gets for a bachelor’s last hurrah in Vegas. You’ll also have access to the hotel’s on-site salon and spa, on-site gym, VIP nightlife host, a concierge service, and limo service right on the premises.
When people think of New York City, they typically think of Manhattan. And for a lot of reasons, those people are right. But when it comes to planning a bachelor party, Brooklyn is probably the best borough to consider. Brooklyn’s charming allure is coupled with a plethora of killer bars and restaurants, and even if you tried, you probably wouldn’t be able to adequately explore it in a weekend. The most difficult part of bachelor partying in Brooklyn, however, is finding accommodations for large groups of people.
This listing, though, located right in Brooklyn’s thriving Greenpoint neighborhood, is affordable, beautiful, and spacious enough to accommodate 10 guys. It’s super close to public transportation that’ll take you anywhere in the city, as well as within walking distance to some excellent bars and restaurants. The house itself is modern and gorgeous, and features a beautiful lighted deck area for after-hours drinking and relaxing. And if a couple extra people tag along by the end of the night, there are also several air mattresses included.
Glacier National Park, Montana
We know what you’re thinking: “Montana? For a BACHELOR PARTY? These guys are nuts…” But if the guy getting married loves the outdoors, there’s probably no better bachelor party destination than Montana’s famous Glacier National Park. Breathtaking scenery and a plethora of outdoor activities (think hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, etc.) abound just down the road at Whitefish Mountain. Additionally, the Whitefish Lake Golf House is absolutely incredible. For $785 a night, you get 5,272 square feet spread across three glorious floors featuring an open floor plan, a beautiful fireplace, two living rooms, a billiards room, leather furniture, beautiful wood floors and furnishings, an upstairs balcony, and more.
And if he’s a golfer (duh), you’ll enjoy premiere access to the Whitefish Lake Golf Club, which is a world-class 36-hole facility, literally right outside your door.
Talk to someone who’s done a little traveling and they’ll tell you that there is no city on the planet quite like New Orleans. Even outside the world-famous Mardi Gras, New Orleans is jam-packed with an incredible culture filled with excitement, fun, history, heritage, and all the best food (and booze!). This absolutely massive, positively gorgeous townhouse right in the French Quarter is 180 years old and features exposed brick walls, rustic wooden floors, beautiful old furniture and rugs, and accommodations to sleep up to 12 guests. Most importantly, it’s located just two blocks from New Orleans’ historic Bourbon Street, which is where all the action happens! If you’re aiming for a night to be remembered (or forgotten) forever, this one is perfect.
Consistently ranked one of the fastest growing—and best—cities in the U.S., Austin is positively ideal for a bachelor party. Not only is Austin’s urban sprawl exploding right now, but it also tops lists for best nightlife, most eclectic live music scenes, best food and beer scene, etc. And the best part is that it’s not even a big city—at least not big enough to be ranking as high as it does on all these lists! This property is the ideal bachelor party bachelor pad because—aside from its wild affordability at $425 a night—it’s close enough to all the fun of Downtown Austin (and famous 6th Street), but far enough removed to serve as an enjoyable getaway. With accommodations for 12, the house features six bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a beautiful outdoor kitchen (BBQ, anyone?!), a pool and hot tub, a private balcony, hardwood and tile throughout—it’s honestly just gorgeous.
South Lake Tahoe
What can we say? We’re men. We love to party and relax, we love the outdoors, and were it us tying the knot and we only had one night or weekend left to blow off all that steam, we’d prefer to do it holed up in a massive cabin in the middle of the woods with a group of our best friends. If your buddy is the same, South Lake Tahoe is one of the best destinations in the entire country. Mountains for hiking, the incredible and majestic Lake Tahoe, and all the year-round fun the great outdoors has to offer, all make South Lake Tahoe an all-around win. This cabin sleeps 11, has two gas fireplaces, and features an open floor plan, modern décor with wood floors and marble countertops, four massive bedrooms, a pool, a hot tub, and a pool table. It’s minutes from the lake, and a 20-minute car ride (and hike) to the unbelievable East Peak. You won’t find anything else like this in all of Lake Tahoe.