Top Ten Bachelor Party Destinations - Page 2
|CALL IT CULTURE (IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER): Number Five, Oktoberfest (Foodcollection/Getty)|
5. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
Looking for a last hurrah that involves beer, more beer, and...lots more beer? In that case, gird thy livers for Oktoberfest, Munich's annual 16-day über-kegger. The original Beerfest (since 1810) now draws over seven million thirsty chuggers from across the globe who pound more than a million gallons of bier. Once the mayor taps the first barrel, the marathon drinking begins inside huge semi-permanent tents where foxy fräuleins sporting low-cut dirndls serve local Bavarian beers by the liter, not the pint (Hell ja metric system!). Outside in the 100-acre fairground, the group can chow down on sausages and pretzels or experience amusement park rides whilst blitzed. If you can't make it to the German real deal, which ends on the first Sunday of October, consider one of its stateside cousins such as Cincinnati's raging Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
Munich Vacation Guide
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Remember that promise you made to yourself about visiting Rio one day? Well, a bachelor party is an ideal time to make good on it. The city's attractions are obvious: sun-soaked tropical beaches, wild knockout girls in dental-floss bikinis, and a high-energy party atmosphere. Although Rio's four-day Carnival is the craziest celebration on the planet, it probably isn't a good setting for a bachelor party; counterintuitively, it's quite stressful for dabbling vacationers. Make Rio a safe, worry-free journey by keeping to the oceanside neighborhoods of Ipanema, Leblon, and Copacabana. These adjacent areas feature Rio's familiar postcard beaches, along with the best social scene, day or night. No Portuguese? No problem. Brazil's approachable young women--a.k.a., the Victoria's Secret farm team--are taking up English in growing numbers. And even those who know just a few English words will find a way to make flirtatious conversation with a charming gringo.
Rio de Janeiro Vacation Guide
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Boozing? Check. Crazy late-night partying? Check. Boob-ogling? Check and double check. Mardi Gras is one of the best options for a bachelor party and probably the least complicated to plan. Just reserve rooms in the French Quarter, show up, and step outside—the Big Easy will take care of the rest. But a little effort, like choosing real costumes before the last minute, goes a long way. After a few deep immersions in Bourbon Street's flood of drunken, bead-hungry souls, don't just watch the parades, join one. Head to the nearby Marigny neighborhood early on Fat Tuesday to romp along with the informal walking krewe that gathers there. And since no trip is complete without music, get funky at an authentic N'awlins joint like the original Tipitina's. Or, do the bachelor party during Jazzfest...or Halloween, or whenever. The good times roll all year.
New Orleans Vacation Guide
2. Montreal, Canada
Scouring a map of Europe for a trendy city that blends Old-World style with a wild Yankee bar scene? Wrong continent—head north to Montreal. The city's college student population rivals Boston's, and its dense, urban east side is loaded with bars and clubs. Rue St-Laurent features a long stretch of nightspots with non-snobby French flavor. Also known as The Main, Rue St-Laurent divides Montreal's French- and English-speaking areas, but don't worry about a language barrier; the city is bilingual. On the Anglo side, pub-crawl down Crescent Street, and during summer--the best time to visit Montreal—kick it at the nearby Hôtel de la Montange's rooftop pool bar. Guys returning from bachelor parties held in Montreal eagerly share triumphant tales, absolutely all of which begin at strip clubs like Chez Parée, the Kamasutra, or the not-so-subtly-named Club SuperSexe.
Montreal Vacation Guide
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
It may seem like an obvious choice, but the truth is that Sin City's glitz outshines all competition: rocking nightclubs, high-stakes gambling, shameless sexy strippers, Siegfried and Roy! Okay, Vegas makes its share of mistakes, but the town is all about lapses in judgment--make sure yours aren't intentional. Some casinos are buzz kills, even as merely cheap places to crash (I'm looking at thee, Excalibur). And if you go unprepared to the hottest clubs (like Tryst, Tao, and Pure), you'll face near-impossible odds of getting your stag crew past the velvet ropes. Instead, bed down at any reasonably-priced hotel at the center of the strip, and then put in the fix by hiring a connected party host who can plan out your entire night—from transportation to setting up a five-star meal to escorting you to a bottle-service table right by the dance floor. The price will be steep (starting at $200 to $250 per person), but it covers all your drinks, limo transport, and VIP service. Just beware of shady party planners that openly advertise online—they typically push partiers into clubs for kickbacks. Instead, ask the hotel concierge for recommendations, or go with a long-established outfit like 702VIP, which has been in the hosting service for years. During the day (if you're still functional), go for a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, or just stay local by renting one of the poolside cabanas at a casino (almost all of them have 'em)—it's the preferred afternoon habitat for bachelorette parties. Then tell a future bridesmaid how you struck it rich by inventing the highlighter. Who cares? It's Vegas.
Las Vegas Vacation Guide