7 Awesome Bachelor Parties That Don’t Involve Strippers

A night out of debauchery may be appropriate for your college buddy who likes to party, but don’t feel obligated to plan a bachelor party based off of what movies and TV push as standard. We’ve got 7 (almost) as fun alternatives that will create a day the soon-to-be groom and his pals will never forget.

Not being married myself, I’m only speaking from experience of attending bachelor parties and hearing about others’ experiences. I do however know what I want mine to be like – should I even have one. Men (prepare for a stereotype here) are pretty relaxed when it comes to planning this type of an event and to me a “bachelor party” is nothing more than a glorified guys night out.

Somewhere along the line, between movies and popular culture, bachelor parties have become the “last hurrah of man’s sexual conquest”. The day is simply meant to celebrate one of the biggest days of a man’s life with his closest of guy friends.

There was even an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond that touched on Ray’s complete lack of planning for his brother Robert’s bachelor party. Now, I don’t suggest their version of a party which was three guys in an empty apartment playing cards using an upside-down cardboard box as a table as a sufficient party for a man about to be married. So, when it is your turn to have your party, or help plan your best buddies special day, think about these awesome and adventurous alternatives.

Brewery Tour/Wine Tastings

Depending on your personal tastes and geographic location, these can be some awesome experiences and you can learn a lot in the process. Most major cities have micro-breweries that offer awesome tours, taste tests and even rooms to reserve that you can cater in the best food of the city. Here in Kansas City, Boulevard Brewery is the perfect example of a great bachelor party location.

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Camping

If it’s your thing, what better way to enjoy your last moments of single life than with your closest friends, in a tent, under the stars, grilling the fish you caught just hours before? Then you wake up, make eggs and bacon over the fire and go on a hike to the top of a peak or a giant hill and take in the beautiful scenery. You can exchange this for a nice easy ride down a river as well.

Baseball Game

If your bachelor party is scheduled anytime between April and September, I guarantee there is a baseball game somewhere within 150 miles of you. It doesn’t have to be a Major League team; there are tons of minor league teams all around. You could even go to the Little League World Series. Talk about great drama!

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Be Your Own “Man vs. Food” Host

I admit it: I love this show! While I don’t have to love the gorging nature of the challenge, I love the first-half of the show where I get to learn and see awesome local restaurants’ different ways of cooking and unique establishments known only to the locals. I’ve seen steamed cheeseburgers and what looks like the best Philly Sandwich in the country. So, take your buddies out for your own local food challenge. Check out the Man Vs. Food website for all the locations of these amazing eateries.

Rent a House on the Beach

This is one I haven’t experienced, but it sounds awesome. My friend Justin said that one time he attended a bachelor party where they rented lake houses and wake-boarded all weekend. Now, for someone who has never wake-boarded, it does look awesome and I think it would be a fantastic way to spend a weekend with the boys. However, I would recommend especially if you have never tried to wake-board, do it at least a few weeks before the wedding.

Local Film Festival

For the more artist oriented group of friends, this is a choice that has really started to blossom in recent years. More and more cities are creating local film festivals; just a simple Google search for local film festivals returned events in Boulder, Ashville, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Seattle. You get to see great (hopefully) content that probably isn’t going to see the big screen or you could see the next Hurt Locker. Either way, it’s a day/night out on the town with entertainment and local flair.

And my ideal bachelor party …

Golf, All-Day Golf

Yes, this is my dream bachelor party. This day would include an early tee-time, making the turn around 10:30 a.m. and finishing in the early afternoon. We could then decide to play another round or head to a local eatery before heading to someone’s backyard for “yard games” like Corn-Hole and others played at tailgating. This is just a fun day and if you’re lucky, a mulligan or two on the course and laughter among friends.

No matter what, this day should just be a normal day with your closest friends that celebrates your friendship, your memories and the awesome journey of life.

Richard Dedor is a writer, speaker and personal coach dedicated to helping each person achieve their dreams. He ran for political office at age 18 and recently published his first book, Anything is Possible. You can find him at his blog Believe in Possible and on Twitter @RichardDedor.

  • Nick Vence

    Two bachelor parties stand out:

    Night at the gym:
    Someone got keys to a local elementary school gym and we played 4 on 4 floor hockey and then basketball until we were too tired to walk. Very fun, bring a case of bottled Gatorade.

    Paintball / “Shopping Spree”:
    The evening started out at the arcade waiting for our turn to play paint-less ball at Sir Gooney’s. $20 of tokens passed around got the party going: Old school Mortal Kombat, an Area 51 alien shoot, and air hockey.

    After “paintball” we chained a stuffed monkey to the groom and made him wear a T Shirt saying, “Getting Married, Pet My Monkey.” Going to Hooter in this get up would have been a hoot; however, we headed to Wal-Mart sent him on a mission to buy a long list of kinky items. Someone tapped into the store intercom: “Attention, there is a customer getting married in the store, please pet his monkey. There is a customer getting married in the store, please pet his monkey.” Finally, we found some girls who game for petting the fuzzy stuffed animal (another $20 dollars well spent). He was so embarrassed, I didn’t know Mexicans could blush.

    A note on real paintball: It is messy, and you may want a couple of days for some of the bruises to go down. Just be sure to find some games to mix it up: teams, last man standing, resurrection, capture the flag …

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Nick,

    These are great ideas! Sound like a lot of fun. The night at the gym would be awesome.

    Extra points fo Area 51, I used to love that game.

  • http://www.richarddedor.com/blog Richard

    I love the ideas Nick! Back in high school and college some of my best friends had keys to the local ice arena and we’d go out for midnight hockey. Some of the best times of my life!

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  • http://passersbyillustrated.blogspot.com Steven

    The last bachelor party we had was a game of poker. No empty box for a table.

  • http://passersbyillustrated.blogspot.com Steven

    Oh, and all the winnings went to the groom, so that was cool.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Steven,

    That’s a really great idea too. Nice way to build up a small fund for their honeymoon or other expenses.

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    all the winnings went to the groom, so that was cool.

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    All but one of my guys could actually sing, so we did a karaoke night. We had a BLAST!!!

  • Joobla

    No strippers? Gay.

  • EvilVeggie

    Thanks for the ideas. Strippers aren’t ideal, especially cause I’ll be able to invite younger cousins. Golf is my ideal too.

  • Ry

    planning one for one of my best friends next year, and we’re currently kicking around the idea of going to comicon. being a group of guys who have been playing videogames and nerding out over everything since 8th grade, there doesn’t seem to be any better way to send him off.