I was recently in Atlantic City for a quick getaway, and I encountered no fewer than eleventy five bachelor parties. No doubt hitting the boardwalk, beach and casinos of AC is one very popular bachelor party destination for NYC based grooms. Other destinations that are ever popular are New Orleans, Miami, Montreal, and of course Las Vegas to name a few. However, if you want to keep it local, we’ve got some ideas for stag parties that go beyond the cheesy stripper cliché.
- Booze it up
NYC isn’t Napa, but there are some amazing wineries all within driving distance from the city. Some of our favorites are located in the Hudson Valley and Long Island, but Brooklyn and Manhattan have a few great spots to sniff, sip and spit too. If wine isn’t your thing, we’ve got some amazing microbrews locally – hello Brooklyn Brewery?! Or maybe the hard stuff is more your scene – there are also some fantastic local distilleries to check out too. Time Out NY has a great listing of local spots to check out here.
You can also get hands on making your own tasty concoctions at several local spots.
Beer – http://bitterandesters.com/ in Brooklyn has classes and events.
- Root for the home team
We’re in a city that’s home to no fewer than ten professional sports teams. Grab box seats and or nosebleeds, a hotdog and a beer and cheer on the local greats. Afterwards, relive your childhood on the rink, the court or in the cages with your buddies at a complex like Chelsea Piers.
More of a doer than a watcher?
You can set up a mini-olympics at Chelsea piers with awesome activities like jousting and rock climbing. http://www.chelseapiers.com/se/social-events/index.cfm
- Get rustic
Head to the great outdoors & rent a house on a lake or a beach, and head out on the water or in winter hit the slopes. The Poconos are far enough away to be rustic and quiet but close enough to be back in town for that important meeting on Monday morning.
Check out sites like http://www.VRBO.com and http://www.homeaway.com to find your getaway space. Or go really rustic and pitch a tent, build a fire and catch your own dinner. Check out http://www.nycampgrounds.com/ for spots.
- Eat your way through the city
Is Food Network in your favorites list? Plan a food crawl, hitting up local diners, drive-ins, dives and man vs. food spots.
Stay sharp with a knife skills class followed by making a meal at places like The Brooklyn Kitchen or Taste Buds Kitchen. The foodie bachelor party is bound to be a great & tasty time, as long as you’re not struggling to fit into your suit!
- Choose your own adventure
Whether it’s race car driving, hang gliding, DJ lessons, or ninja lessons (yes, that’s right NINJA lessons) – there are a ton of really cool experiences that you can choose to suit the groom’s interests.
Great sites to check for experience gifts are:
I feel like a lot of guys involved in planning a bachelor party feel like they HAVE to do the stripper, booze, gambling thing. Guess what? You totally don’t. All that you HAVE to do is make sure that everyone (particularly the guest of honor) has FUN. You don’t have to recreate The Hangover!