The 10 Coolest Bachelor Party Destinations for 2015
You won’t find Vegas on this list so stop looking now. Sure, Vegas is a blast and it does regularly re-tart itself to remain au courant. But so does Tony Bennett. And no offense to a legend, but who among us with half a conscience would describe his Lady Gaga New Years’ Eve show (in Vegas! Hello!) as the “coolest” of anything?
Barbecue beef, beer, and now booze top Austin's list of appealing characteristics. We knew about the slow roasted meats and proliferating craft brews, but now vodka brands like Tito's and Deep Eddy make getting bachelors blitzed a blast. Also, music.
In addition to facial hair, fixies, and food trucks, Portland has a culture of strippers going back to its days as a wild west town. Rumor has it that it has more totally nude strip clubs per capita than any other city in America. (There is even a vegan strip club.) Even lesser known is Portland's preponderance of karaoke bars. Make sure to collect everyone's cell phone at the door. You do not want the groom's rendition of Sweet Child O' Mine to go viral. Or be heard, ever.
You can't understand a word of French the stripper is saying, but who cares because the club costs half as much as strip clubs in the U.S. There’s also Montreal cultural cachet, of course. Delicious food like the venison or suckling pig at the “hunting/fishing themed classic Le Club Chasse. Beaucoup nightclubs, replete with beacoup babes.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Missing Vegas? You’ll find all the gambling you want right here, on a much more manageable scale. There’s a thumping nightlife, too, and swank, world-class dining. But by all means, don’t forget to look up: those gorgeous white peaks are begging to be climbed, skied, or snowboarded. And look offshore, too. No matter what time of year, the lake is a crystal clear heaven of outdoor recreation. Bachelors can paint South Lake Tahoe as red as any big city, then bliss out with nature to recover.
Airspace Over Atlantic City
In a real military fighter plane, performing epic maneuvers, firing away at the “enemy,” battling the other bachelors in a dogfight tournament. Air Combat U.S.A. is a wannabe pilot’s wet dream, but fear not for your safety: you’ll be flying with an expert. Like most “extreme adventures,” it’ll cost you in gray hairs and bucks.
Golfing in Florida
No, you have not just stumbled into “Hot Spots for Geriatric Bachelors.” The courses in Florida are a real sportsman’s challenge, and its luxe resorts, you’ll find abundant young female flesh in tiny white spa towels, nightlife and cutting-edge cuisine. We dare you to try all 90 holes at Trump’s Doral in Miami, an icon returning to its glory. Or the classics: PGA National Resort in tony Palm Beach Gardens or Innisbrook near Tampa. Wander off-the-beaten path, too. And if you’re not the resort-type, Florida’s got some of the best public courses in the country, as well.
Los Angeles to Baja – Road Trip
Three hours on the 5 into Mexico for lunch in Tijuana, if you dare. Down the Ensenata-Tecate Highway, crashing overnight at the stunning pod-cabins of the Encuentre Guadalupe hotel (a pool and lots of great nearby food). The next day, pound tequila and Mexican beers, en route to world-famous surfing at Ensenada’s Estero Beach. An epic road-trip in just a long weekend.
Primland (Blue Ridge Mountains)
No tweed or Wellies are necessary for Primland’s European-style shooting party – complete with dogs and guides. You can hunt deer (with gun or bow), all-you-can-kill pheasant, spring gobblers, or just clay pigeons. For the non-hunters, there are ATV courses, fly-fishing, tree-climbing (with ropes and way high), and an extra-challenging mountaintop golf course. Eat up, spa up, and rest up in an uber-luxe resort with awesome Blue Ridge views.
Buku Music + Art Project, New Orleans
If Coachella and Bonaroo are a little cheesy for your tastes, time your New Orleans bachelor weekend with a “quirky, boutique” music and art fest: Buku!! This year’s lineup includes TV on the Radio, Empire of the Sun, Bassnectar, Big Freedia and a whole lot more. And it takes place at the utterly surreal Mardis Gras world, home to hundreds of giant parade floats. In case you need extra encouragement, the Buku teaser video features a naked couple running down the street!
Get your War On! Drive a real tank. Crush cars with a real tank. Shoot semi-automatic weapons. All this, and much much more at Drive-a-Tank. Within easy range of Minneapolis, home to plenty of more urban bachelor party delights.