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Looking for NYC Bachelor Party Ideas? You’ve come to the right place. New York is a prime bachelor party location with options and themes to suit any groom. Here’s a list of our favorite NYC bachelor party ideas.
When you accepted your invitation to be Best Man, your mind probably went right to some unique bachelor party ideas. NYC is an ever-popular choice for bachelor parties. In the city that never sleeps, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Whether you grew up taking the subway to school or you’re planning your first trip to the Big Apple, NYC is full of bachelor party ideas. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
When it comes to being exciting, unique, and unpredictable, NYC has always reigned supreme. In a city filled with artists, creatives, and innovators from around the world, you’re bound to find interesting venues and party ideas for the soon-to-be groom and his crew.
For: The Groom with an Active Imagination
Try: An Incognito Bar Crawl
Planning an epic bar crawl across your favorite neighborhood? Kick it up a notch by doing it in disguise.
A costumed bar crawl is a fun way to create a memorable night (and hilarious photos) for any groom-to-be. Costumed bar crawls can be customized to match any interest or hobby. Into baseball? Spend the night dressed as your favorite Yankee or Met (whatever you do…don’t show up in Red Sox gear). A big Star Wars fan? Venture through the city in your best Darth Vader gear. No matter what theme you go with, you’re guaranteed a night to remember.
For: The Patron of the Arts
Try: Catching a Show
New York City is one of the largest entertainment hubs in the world. Whether the groom-to-be is into live music, musical theatre, or dance, New York City is sure to have a show or experience that will make his pre-wedding dreams come true. Fair warning, if you are thinking of a live event for your best mate’s big night, make sure to plan in advance— especially if you’re trying to score tickets to the season’s hottest show.
Pro tip? If you’re planning to see a Broadway show, consider going to a matinee. Matinees tend to be easier to get tickets to and also end early, leaving you plenty of time for post-show dinner and drinks.
For: An Adventure Seeker
Try: An Indoor Extreme Sport
For the thrill-seeking groom, an adrenaline-pumping round of paintball or laser tag is a great idea for a bachelor party. To ensure that your groom-to-be looks more 007 than Rocky on the big day, make sure you plan your paintball excursion in advance. While paintball guns use paint instead of bullets, those tiny guns still pack a punch and can often lead to some real bruises and welts.
Fun Bachelor Party Ideas
NYC was practically built for fun. From Harlem to Brooklyn, this city knows how to have a good time, and that’s why so many grooms choose to have pre-wedding bashes within its five boroughs.
For: The Nostalgic Groom
Try: Hitting the Arcade
You and your best friend first solidified your friendship over cans of Tab and Super Mario Brothers. Celebrate the next stage in his life by honoring the one that came before it…yes, we are talking about throwing a killer 90s-themed arcade bachelor party.
New York is home to quite a few arcade-themed bars, most of which include vintage video games and killer cocktails. Barcade is a local favorite, but we also love Two Bits Retro Arcade and the Modern Pinball museum. These staples tend to fill up quickly, so make sure to call and make a reservation in advance!
For: The World Traveler
Try: A Global Feast
Before your best friend met his fiance, his first loves were food and travel. He’s the food guy of your group of friends, and you know that, for him, a food-based bachelor party is the only thing that would work. Lucky for you, NYC is an international foodie’s playground. NYC features food from around the world. Looking for the best Chinese food outside of China…we got you. Want French food that will take you back to the streets of Paris? No problem. Looking for that weird Korean dish that you tried in Seoul? We promise you, NYC’s got you covered. If the groom-to-be has a particular place in the world that stole his heart (or his stomach,) try finding a great restaurant that makes that cuisine. You may even be able to work with the restaurant to plan a special menu or banquet with the groom in-mind. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to great food in NYC.
For: The Indecisive Groom
Try: Heading for the Hills
There’s a lot more to New York than the city that made it famous. New York City borders some of the state’s best beaches and hiking trails. From the beaches of North Fork, Long Island to the quaint vibes of the Hudson Valley, there’s something for everyone. These beaches and mountain towns are chock-full of AirBnB rentals and hotels, so check out the selection and choose a quaint location to detox from those crazy NYC party-nights.
Cheap Bachelor Party Ideas— NYC Flair Included
You don’t need to break the bank to throw a fantastic bachelor party in the City that Never Sleeps. NYC is full of party options for every budget.
For: The Most Inseparable Couple You Know
Try: Doubling Up
Are your best friend and his partner solidly joined at the hip? Why break up a good thing and force them to celebrate their pending marriage separately? Holding a combined sendoff party is a great way to save money and to honor your friend’s relationship. Sure, back in the day, couples had their own bachelor parties so that they could engage in scandalous activities with their buddies. But times have changed, and these days, many couples share the same friends. Perhaps that’s why so many New Yorkers are opting for a big bash where both wedding parties are invited.
If you have the space to throw a party at your own place (rooftop access tends to be a plus), a simple house party can be an affordable and fun way to enjoy time with everybody all together. If your apartment can barely accommodate those who live there, book a private room at your favorite restaurant or bar.
For: The Chillest Guy You Know
Try: Enjoying Brews and Views on the Ferry
Here’s an affordable and fun idea: jump aboard the Staten Island ferry and celebrate your friend’s upcoming marriage on New York Harbor. The ferry serves incredible views of the New York skyline and Lady Liberty, and they serve beer…what could be better? At $10 to take the ferry round trip, this will truly be one of the most memorable and cost-effective parties you throw. An added bonus is that you will be able to enjoy one another’s company in a quiet, relaxed environment, and those killer sunsets probably won’t hurt either.
For: The Good-Natured Groom
Try: Hitting the Comedy Club
If your friend doesn’t mind a bit of extra attention, a visit to one of New York City’s famous comedy clubs might be a great way to spend his bachelor party. Be sure to sit close to the front— the comedian(s) onstage will probably notice that you’re in a group, and start to ask questions. Once they find out that you’re there for a bachelor party, the groom will get a ton of attention— and probably a bit roasted by the comedian. The entire experience will be a night you all remember and laugh about for years to come.
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