Las Vegas has long been the most popular destination for bachelor parties. The city is known for its nightlife, entertainment, and world class events. It is the perfect place to celebrate and cut loose. In addition to countless clubs, restaurants, hotels, and casinos, you can find a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities to make a bachelor party unique and memorable. Let’s look at some bachelor party etiquette and some interesting possibilities for a bachelor party in Las Vegas.
Bachelor Party Fundamentals
When planning a bachelor party, there are several points to consider.
- Who Plans It – Bachelor parties are generally planned by close friends of the groom, often the best man. However, they can also be arranged by family members, the groom himself, or a combination therein.
- When It Takes Place – There’s no precise rule for when to throw a bachelor party, but it’s usually between one and three months before the wedding. Planning should be done as early as possible, as venues in Las Vegas are often booked well in advance. Ideally, start planning at least two months before the party. If you’re planning the event at a busy time, such as a holiday weekend, you’ll want to start your planning even earlier.
- Who Should Be Invited – There is really no specific rule here, but invitations are usually extended to all the groomsmen, which most of the time, include his closest family and friends. Whether it’s a small and intimate or a large event really depends on the groom’s preferences. Actual invites can be sent; however, most find it easy and convenient to send out a group text/email. You can also just call and invite over the phone.
- Who Pays – Those who attend the bachelor party, aside from the groom, usually share the expenses. In some cases, the best man or the groom’s parents may pay for major expenses, such as booking a venue.
- No Surprises Please – Surprising a groom with a bachelor party is fun to watch in movies, but in real life, it’s a bad idea. For one thing, you need to make sure the timing works. You don’t want to plan a huge and costly event in Las Vegas only to find the groom will be in London on business or attending another friend’s wedding in New Jersey that weekend. It’s also a good idea to find out if there is anything the groom specifically wants or doesn’t want to be part of his bachelor party.
Creative Ideas For A Las Vegas Bachelor Party
The best activities for a bachelor party will depend on the groom’s preferences, everyone’s schedule, and budget. Here are some possibilities.
If the groom is adventurous, an adrenaline junkie, or an outdoor enthusiast, Las Vegas offers some great options.
- Helicopter Rides – Helicopter rides over the city are amazing, especially at night. Rides over the Grand Canyon are also spectacular.
- ATVs In The Desert – If the groom enjoys thrill rides, there are a variety of ATV and RZR options around Las Vegas. You can get a half-day Mojave Desert ATV tour. Another option is an Extreme RZR tour through Hidden Valley.
- Jump Off A Building – The STRAT Hotel (previously known as The Stratosphere Hotel) has the city’s highest observation deck, restaurants, and casinos. For thrill-seekers, it also offers Skyjump, an open-air leap at 829 feet above the Vegas Strip.
- Car Racing – Race cars at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If the groom is a car guy, he and his buddies will love having a choice of Porsches, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis to race at speeds of up to 130 mph.
Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs
- Nightclubs – Clubbing is a traditional favorite for bachelor parties and Las Vegas has some of the best in the world. Check out iconic clubs such as XS, the Marquee at The Cosmopolitan, or Omnia at Caesar’s Palace.
- Bar Crawl – A bar crawl keeps you on the move and gives you a flavor of multiple hotspots. Some bars not to miss include the Downtown Cocktail Room, the Waldorf Astoria’s SkyBar, The Laundry Room (a classic speakeasy located within a larger bar, The Commonwealth), and the Rio Hotel’s Voodoo Lounge.
- Restaurants — If the groom is a foodie, you may want to settle down for a night of eating and drinking at one of Las Vegas’s premier restaurants. There’s something to satisfy any palate, but some of the city’s most renowned eateries that are perfect for celebrations include The Eiffel Tower (French), The Black Sheep (American-Vietnamese), LAVO (Italian), Kabuto (Japanese), Picasso (French-Spanish), Top of The World (American), and Oscar’s Steakhouse.
- Rent a Limo – This idea is compatible with any of the ideas above but gives you the most luxurious and comfortable way to get around the city.
Games, Sports, and Entertainment
- Golf – If the groom is a golfer, the Las Vegas area has over 50 courses to choose from. Favorites include TopGolf, Las Vegas National Golf Club, and Chimera, famous for its views of Red Rock Canyon.
- See a show – Las Vegas is famous for its shows. Some of the hottest right now are Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, Criss Angel Mindfreak, and Rouge at the Strat (a sensual adults-only show that’s currently very popular).
- See a Golden Knights hockey game – Even if everyone in the group isn’t a huge hockey fan, seeing an NHL game at T-Mobile arena is a great time.
- Get a massage – There are lots of places in Las Vegas to get a luxurious massage. This is a perfect way to relax before or following a night on the town. Some of the best places to go are Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon, New Life Body Massage. Massage 2Go will even have masseuses come to your hotel.
There are endless possibilities for bachelor parties in Las Vegas. You just have to plan ahead and choose the ideal activities and venues for the man who is getting ready to tie the knot. You can then plan a night or weekend that the groom and everyone else will remember for the rest of their lives.