There's not just one kind of bachelor, so there's certainly more than one way to celebrate a bachelor party! Some guys want a wild weekend, while others would prefer a foodie tour, an outdoor adventure, or even a family-friendly getaway. Las Vegas has all the usual bachelor party activities, but why not think outside the box? You’re not going to recreate The Hangover, so instead make your own stories no one at home will believe at one of these off-the-wall bachelor party destinations.
Buffalo could be known as the Best Party City You Didn't Think Of- it's got cheap drinks, real Buffalo wings, well-loved sports teams, and is an easy drive to Niagara Falls or Toronto. Even in winter, this is a place where three feet of snow can’t stop a good night out. Bachelors can spend the day boating along the Niagara River, hitting up the casinos in Fort Erie, or even viewing some of the impressive modern art at the Albright Knox museum. Once night falls, the bars and restaurants light up in Elmwood and Chippewa Street and in the newly-redeveloped Canalside area. Hit up local favorite Duffs to try the best Buffalo wings in town, and then sample a few Belgian beers at Blue Monk or brave the Hair of the Dog cocktail at Buffalo Proper. Bars stay open until 4 am, so the party only needs to stop to fuel up with pizza logs (think pizza toppings inside an egg roll).
Savannah has long had a reputation for beautiful antebellum architecture, eccentric people, and hot, boozy afternoons that lead to unforgettable nights. Enjoy some true Southern hospitality with a bachelor party in the ‘Hostess City of the South’. The historic section in the city center is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, offering regular day (and ghost) tours for visitors. For the non-historically inclined, take a casino cruise along the Georgia coast or drive to nearby Tybee Island or Hilton Head. When you’re ready for bachelor party drinks, sip some house-made liquors at the Savannah Distillery Ale House, or get a little wilder at the famous Pinkie Master’s Lounge, the self-proclaimed ‘Savannah’s Best Dive Bar’.
Branson’s slogan is ‘There’s Only One’, and all evidence seems to agree. It’s a city in southern Missouri that combines Vegas-style shows and dining with an overall wholesome reputation. This makes it a great option for family-friendly bachelor parties, or guys wanting more entertainment with less drinking. Bachelors and friends can visit the National Tiger Sanctuary or play a round on one of thirteen nearby golf courses. Famous shows include dramatic violinist Shoji Tabuchi, the Baldknobbers Jamboree, and the dinner show spectacular, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. There’s not much in the way of drinking, but bachelor parties looking for the traditional tipple can head to the Rowdy Beaver or Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub. Nearby jaunts include hiking in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, or getting in some fishing and boating at Table Rock Lake.
San Juan checks all the boxes on a bachelor party checklist: it offers the sun, sand, and laidback feel of a Caribbean vacation with no passport required. Before the big night, the group can explore the twisting avenues of Old San Juan and try a Mallorca sandwich and possibly the best Cuban coffee outside Havana at Café Cultura. San Juan nightlife can mean anything from live salsa bands to club anthems, but no matter the music, the drinks will keep flowing. A perennial favorite is the Coco Pirata, or rum and evaporated milk served inside a young coconut. Post-bachelor-party recovery options include a beach day on the Condado or a trek through the rainforest in El Yunque. With cheap flights from New York and Miami, traveling to this pretty island is no problemo.
Some bachelors are more into climbing mountains than drinking a mountain’s worth of beer. Get the best of both worlds with a bachelor party in Bend, Oregon. Located in the foothills below Paulina Peak, Mt. Bachelor, and the South Sister, outdoorsy bachelors can go kayaking down the Deschute River, hike in the Willamette National Forest, or get in some bouldering at Smith Rock State Park. This city is also a particularly pet-friendly bachelor party destination; it was named DogTown 2012 by Dog Fancy magazine. After all the outside exertions, the bachelor party can hit the largest beer trail in the West, the Bend Ale Trail. The whole experience includes a ten-stamp brewery passport, so each place where bachelors sample locally-made beer can be marked. The Bend tourist board doesn’t recommend doing all ten in one day, but…you’re only getting one bachelor party, right?
Canadians are already well-aware of Montreal’s reputation as a nightlife capital. But what people may not realize is that when it gets colder, the city only gets better. The famous winter carnival, ice bars, and miles of underground shopping and dining keep the place lively even in the chilliest months. A day in Montreal can begin with discovering Quebec history in the Old Town and getting some bachelor party clothing in the toasty Underground City mall, before arriving at the aptly-named Poutineville Beaubien for what the restaurant calls The Biggest Poutine in Montreal. After filling up on the French fries and gravy, partiers should head to the Rue St Laurent, while skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes in glamorous Mont-Tremblant. French not required, but guys may want to throw in an extra pair of gloves.
For the best man looking for a truly extraordinary bachelor party destination, travel across the world to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second-largest city, but it’s still possible to rent a large villa for the whole group for less than you’d think. The forest-heavy destination is known for elephant sanctuaries, day treks and rafting in multiple national parks, and an incredible number of traditional Buddhist temples, or wats. Chiang Mai also has a strong backpacker culture, so expect friendly locals and all-night food and drinks. Fellow travellers may even want to join in on the bachelor party events! After tasting some Kao Soy noodles, try a traditional Thai massage at Lila Massage, or cool down with a Singha beer and show the locals your best Elvis impression at the A.I.I. Karaoke Club. Keep the fun going by taking the train to Laos or Myanmar (Burma), or party on in Bangkok.