By John Homan
Visiting Las Vegas for a bachelor or bachelorette party is a time-honored tradition many young people choose to take part in. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Las Vegas has so many activities, foods, and excitement to offer. So, what does it take to plan the perfect bachelor or bachelorette party in Vegas? Read on to find out.
Planning Makes Perfect
You might think you can show up with your group of friends and plan everything when you arrive, but it’s always best to have any shows or party busses booked beforehand. You also get great deals when you book lots of activities together through a single source. Check with your hotel to see what kinds of discounts they offer on the things you want to do.
You should also decide whether your crew is flying or driving in, who is checking into the hotel first and where the initial meeting spot is. You don’t want your fun times delayed because someone got lost on the way.
Book Exciting Activities
There are a million and one things to do in Las Vegas — just on the strip. Check out these top four favorites anyone can enjoy.
The perfect start to a wild evening may be one of the shows hosted by many hotels on the strip. Whether you want something risque, like the Thunder From Down Under show at the Excalibur or the Fantasy show at the Luxor, or something more glamorous — like the Celine Dion show at the Colosseum — get the night started with a something the whole crew loves!
Pool Parties / Night Clubs
Daytime activities, especially in the summer, include packed pool parties hosted on the roofs of some of the most popular hotels and clubs. Mingle with other partiers at Marquee Day/Night Club at the Cosmopolitan or Encore Beach Club. Make a VIP reservation to ensure you get the royal treatment all day — or all night — long!
There’s a lot to be said for the possibility of winning a ton of money with your best friends. Stick together and win together when you take up an entire table playing blackjack, poker, or baccarat. You can even book a private gaming room at some of the bigger casinos that allow you to keep things exclusive.
Chills and Thrills
From machine gun shooting ranges and exotic car racing to indoor skydiving and ziplining, Las Vegas also offers thrills for those adrenaline junkies in your party. Decide on your level of excitement together to ensure no one is left out.
Explore New Foods
Some of the most famous chefs in the world have restaurants in Las Vegas and it is a must for any foodies in your group to explore their premium offerings. Book a brunch for the ladies or a VIP night out for the guys at one of these hot restaurants.
For the pizza lovers out there, Pizza Rock was named number one on the Eater Las Vegas restaurant list. The title is well deserved, as owner Tony Gemignani is a 12-time pizza world champ. With six classic styles of pizza, he rules Downtown Vegas with Roman, classic Italian, Neapolitan, classic American, gluten-free, and Sicilian pies.
Flock & Fowl
A casual restaurant right off the Strip, Flock & Fowl blends traditional Americana with an Asian twist to bring you some of the most delicious chicken ever! Sheridan Su is the mind behind this amazing experience and has succeeded in providing surprising meals to every guest.
é by José Andrés
A newcomer to Vegas, José Andrés brings tapas and paellas to the Strip. The super exclusive restaurant is located in the Cosmopolitan hotel and includes a multi-course meal assembled right in front of you. The menu changes frequently and there are only eight seats available in the entire restaurant. Make reservations at Jaleo far in advance!
Keep Everything Fun
One of the most important aspects of any bachelor or bachelorette celebration is to keep everything fun. Nobody wants to chaperone an overly intoxicated friend, talk to the police about drug use, or get in a fight because someone overstepped their bounds. While this trip should be a celebration of their upcoming special event, it isn’t the time to let your freak flag fly. Keep your shenanigans appropriate for the location and the people you’ve planned this trip with.
Time to Party
Now that you have some ideas on where to go and what to see, there is one last piece of advice to keep in mind. You should note that not everyone’s budget is equal, so plan activities that everyone can afford!
John Homan is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, California who just watched seven of his friends get married. Out of these, four of them had parties in Vegas — and his experiences, good and bad, can ensure you have a fun time. His favorite activity in Vegas was at the shooting range with Machine Guns Vegas.