Bachelor Party Destinations That Are Not Vegas

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Okay, so Las Vegas is one of the top bach­e­lor par­ty des­ti­na­tions in the world. I’m not telling you any­thing you didn’t already know. How­ev­er, it’s not the be-all and end-all of bach­e­lor par­ty des­ti­na­tions. The U.S., in fact, is home to some great bach­e­lor par­ty des­ti­na­tions, espe­cial­ly if hit­ting the casi­no floors isn’t a require­ment. Here are six oth­er great bach­e­lor par­ty des­ti­na­tions in Amer­i­ca.

NEW ORLEANS

Par­ty­ing and New Orleans go hand-in-hand and, while New Orleans might not be lined with casi­no hotels like Vegas, it’s a wor­thy com­peti­tor. Guys can go real­ly big for a Mar­di Gras bach­e­lor par­ty week­end (which one of you will get the most beads?), though just about any week­end is going to have a great par­ty atmos­phere, thanks to the bar-lined Bour­bon Street.

Per­haps the best thing: you can walk around New Orleans with your favorite adult bev­er­age. While it’s not typ­i­cal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with gam­bling, New Orleans does have it, most notably with Harrah’s, locat­ed just off the Mis­sis­sip­pi Riv­er. New Orleans has no short­age of strip clubs, most of which are on Bour­bon Street, such as Lar­ry Flynt’s Hus­tler Club and The Pent­house Club.

groom in blue suit being thrown by groomsmen

RENO/TAHOE

Though Reno and Las Vegas are both Neva­da cities asso­ci­at­ed with gam­bling, it’s hard to com­pare the two since they’re so dif­fer­ent, which makes Reno such a great alter­na­tive for a bach­e­lor par­ty. You do have a pletho­ra of restau­rants and casi­nos with­in walk­ing dis­tance in the heart of Reno, but per­haps its great­est attribute is the access to out­door adven­ture.

Vis­it dur­ing the win­ter and you’ve got some of the best U.S. ski resorts with­in an hour’s dri­ve in Lake Tahoe. Vis­it dur­ing the sum­mer and you have great water sports, hik­ing, and moun­tain bik­ing. Reno has its own Pent­house Club, but has a num­ber of oth­er strip clubs as well, includ­ing the Key Club and Reno Men’s Club.

AUSTIN

While New Orleans may be con­sid­ered one of the top bach­e­lor par­ty cities in the south, Austin is a strong con­tender, thanks in part to the vibran­cy of Sixth Street. This is the enter­tain­ment dis­trict of Austin, where you’ll find every­thing from live music pour­ing into the streets to Recess Arcade Bar to Esther’s Fol­lies, a mag­ic and com­e­dy club, to Biki­nis Sports Bar & Grill, which speaks for itself.

The day­time is when you hit Austin’s renowned bar­be­cue joints. While the wait for Franklin’s can be sev­er­al hours, oth­er great Austin BBQ joints include La Bar­be­cue, Mick­leth­wait, and John Mueller Meat Com­pa­ny. After­ward, wash it down with some of Austin’s great craft beer, includ­ing Hops and Grain.

MIAMI

Mia­mi has the sin­gle thing that all of the South’s best par­ty des­ti­na­tions don’t have: Beau­ti­ful beach­es. And, well, per­haps the most beau­ti­ful peo­ple. Get a hotel on South Beach and the par­ty just about comes to you. Mia­mi, too, has one of the best night­club scenes in all of the U.S., such as LIV, one of the more sophis­ti­cat­ed VIP clubs.

How­ev­er, I rec­om­mend doing one of the rooftop clubs, such as Fifty Ultra Lounge. Many of the adult clubs you’ll find in and around South Beach and North Mia­mi Beach, such as Dean’s Gold, are locat­ed in North Mia­mi Beach.

groom and groomsmen in blue suits toasting

SCOTTSDALE

Vegas isn’t the only great par­ty des­ti­na­tion in the South­west­ern U.S. Scotts­dale sep­a­rates itself as one of the best year-round sports des­ti­na­tions, from being a pre­mier des­ti­na­tion year-round for out­door activ­i­ties like golf­ing, hik­ing, and climb­ing, to being the spring train­ing des­ti­na­tion. But beyond that, Scotts­dale, too, is a great nightlife city. That ranges from the Rusty Spur Saloon, Scottsdale’s old­est bar to Fox Cig­ar Bar, which has a great cig­ar and whiskey selec­tion. One favorite for strip joints is Skin Cabaret.

SAN DIEGO

San Diego is the West Coast ver­sion of Mia­mi. Alright, so per­haps with­out the humid­i­ty and sophis­ti­ca­tion. Here you have access to just about every­thing you could want, from one of the best MLB base­ball sta­di­ums, Pet­co Park, to world-class surf­ing, to Dis­ney­land (for the kid in us all) just north in Ana­heim. And if you want some cul­ture, Tijua­na, Mex­i­co is just a short ride away. The Gaslamp Quar­ter is like­ly where you’ll spend most of your evenings, lined with great restau­rants and bars. Most of San Diego’s best adult clubs are just north, such as the classy Pac­ers Show­girls Inter­na­tion­al.

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