If your prefer old-fashioned bonding with the guys for your bachelor party, look no further than New York. During the winter, partake in ice climbing or cross-country skiing. Go golfing, then head to dinner or a fancy cigar lounge. Pub crawls are ever popular. As for low-key activities, spend a weekend at a racetrack or casino. You can also do something as simple as playing poker and grilling a few steaks in the backyard of your New York vacation rental. Take a look at the seven most noteworthy bachelor party destinations in New York.
Find a new spin on the pub crawl with a party bike tour or a party cycle boat in Buffalo. The two-hour Buffalo Pedal Tour accommodates up to 58 people on the tour around town. Whether your group chooses the bike or the boat, you pedal the vehicles from place to place. Or check out Explore Buffalo’s four-hour brewing history tour, which stops at several top breweries, where your group gets to sample their brews. Following your tour, board the train for a ride to Coca-Cola Field, and take in a Buffalo Bisons baseball game. Rev up the party on Chippewa Street, where you can find the best craft beer at Mr. Goodbar, Pizza Plant, Coles, and ABV. Locals recommend ending your night at Old Pink, where you get the best 4:00 a.m. sandwiches in the city.
2. Saratoga Springs
Party like kings at the Saratoga Race Course, complete with loafers and bourbon. After watching the horses run, head over to the casino and try your luck there. The Saratoga Casino Hotel features more than 1,700 slot machines and electronic table games, along with a restaurant and simulcast wagering options. The Vapor is the casino’s famous nightclub, equipped with two bars, VIP lounges, and dance floors. It features local bands, DJs, and national music acts. For an easy pub crawl, step outside and head down Caroline Street, the city’s main hub of bars and eateries.
For a spectacular winter bachelor party, head out to Windham Mountain, located about an hour southwest of Albany. This Catskills vacation destination delivers a full slate of winter fun, including skiing, snowshoeing, ice-climbing, and cross-country skiing. Members of your party choose outdoor adventures or relaxing by the fire in the lodge. The Winwood Inn, just a mile from the resort, features dining and a shuttle service to the restaurants in town. Reserve a special dinner for the party at Rock’n Mexicana on the mountain, where you can toast the groom with the tastiest margaritas around.
4. Cayuga Lake
Find some peace and quiet in Cayuga Lake vacation rentals, which range from tree houses to waterfront cabins. A bachelor party here includes relaxing views of the lake and forest. Spend a quiet evening with your best friends playing poker, grilling steaks, and knocking back a few beers from the ice chest. Your Water to Wine Tour takes you to Finger Lakes wineries by boat along the crystal-clear lake. Lunch or dinner tours feature three winery tastings and a 90-minute narrated shoreline cruise. Lunch stops include the Thirsty Owl Bistro, Amelia’s at Long Point Winery, or the Busy Bee Cafe. The dinner cruise to Aurora includes dinner at the Fargo or the Aurora Inn.
5. New York City
Begin the bachelor party with a touch of elegance at Club Macanudo, on the Upper East Side. Dress the part to hobnob with your pals in style as you lounge on the plush sofas and soft leather chairs, enjoying chef-prepared cuisine, upscale drinks, premium cigars, and friendly atmosphere. While the evening is yet young, let the groom relive his youth at Modern Pinball NYC, where he can show off his skills on more than 30 classic pinball and arcade games. When it’s time to kick the party into high gear, begin the carousing with Uncle Sam’s New York Nightlife Bar Crawl. Your admission includes complimentary drinks. The bar crawls start each Saturday at 10:30 p.m., with destinations contingent upon the best entertainment and offers available at the time. Or check out Uncle Sam’s Craft Beer and Wine Boat Tour, a two-hour trip on the St. Lawrence River. Your cruise includes live entertainment and samples of beer, wine, and cheese.
Cooperstown makes a great spot for your baseball-loving friend’s bachelor party. Start with a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which displays thousands of artifacts and features interactive displays. The curator recommends beginning your tour on the second floor to see the exhibits from the 19th century forward, including the oldest known baseball jersey. Moving on to the third floor, you see artifacts from the most recent World Series, including championship rings, video highlights, and historical exhibits. The first floor is where you find the hands-on and interactive displays. Leaving the museum, join the Brewery Ommegang for a tour and tastings of their amazing Belgian beers. The brewery hosts summer concerts featuring groups such as the Lumineers and Lake Street Dive. Spend some time relaxing on Otsego Lake in a boat rented from Time Out Boat Rentals or Sam Smith’s Boatyard, or play golf at Otsego Golf Club, by the lake. This nine-hole layout features blue and white tees for 18 holes, and the clubhouse includes a restaurant that operates during spring and summer months.
Turn your bachelor party into a paintball battle at Capital Combat Zone, located just 15 minutes from downtown Albany. Get a wild adrenaline rush, stay sober, light each other up, and make some fun memories. The 15-acre site features a large city landscape surrounded by forests and trails. Reserve a table, and bring some snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. When you get back to Albany, head over to Wolff’s Biergarten or Broadway Brew Biergarten for authentic German food and beer for dinner. Check out the Palace Theatre for entertainment, which ranges from symphonies to rock concerts to comedic stage plays.
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