If there’s a single city that’s a no-brainer for the bachelorette party, it’s Las Vegas. It not only has all the resources for the perfect group trip (hotels with a million entertainment options, every possible nightclub scene, tons of activities), Las Vegans are accustomed to bachelorette shenanigans of all kinds. Go ahead and don that sash and obscene party hat (you know the one); you won't scandalize anyone. The surprise for many, though, is that there are also tons of ways to enjoy yourself in a perfectly refined style, too. Below, are our favorite places to stay, dine, and party in the city that invented the bachelorette party (or might as well have).
The Best Places to Stay
Las Vegas has some fabulous smaller boutique hotels, but in the case of a Vegas bachelorette party, bigger is better. Together, Venetian and Palazzo form a small city: your friends can split up and shop the Grand Canal Shoppes during the day, head to the pool, or indulge in an endless brunch, and then get back together for some relaxation in the spa at Canyon Ranch, whose Aquavana hydrothermal room (steam room, sauna, laconium, radiant heat lounge chairs) is one of the most relaxing group spots in Vegas. Assuming everyone’s not on the same budget, this allows some to splurge and some to save on meals like breakfast and lunch. Assuming, too, that your bachelorette party weekend will involve a certain amount of day drinking, staying put in one mega-hotel cuts commuting drama out of the equation.
For these reasons, Caesars Palace is another fine choice. There are many fine dining options, including Nobu, Mr. Chow, Restaurant Guy Savoy, and Hell’s Kitchen (all great options for a dressy night out), but there are also lots of casual options, plus a food court, and lots of good options for shopping and dining at The Forum Shops. Add to that the seven pools of Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis (get a cabana in advance, thank us later), and you’ve got a dream bachelorette weekend plan.
The Best Places to Eat
There are hundreds of options for a fun group dining in Vegas. Park MGM has some great ones from the giant cocktails made to share at NoMad Bar to shareable dishes at Best Friend, Roy Choi’s Korean barbecue joint. You’ll walk through a funky neon front masquerading as a Koreatown liquor store into a dining room with decor inspired by Korean spas. Order Choi’s hits like tamarind cod hot pot, lobster kung pao, and a fried bologna sandwich and move on to serious—and seriously large—cocktails that run the gamut from Rat Pack-era (“The O.G.s”) to giant, sugary, boozy slushies. If you like where you are, no need to move on: as the night wears on and the drinks kick in, the music gets louder and Choi’s industry best friends take to the DJ booth.
At the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, David Chang’s Momofuku not only features the chef’s Korean-inspired food but serves it in a fun environment that can get the party started. Order dishes such as a salt and pepper lobster and shrimp meant for three to four people with six lobster tails and 18 shrimp tempura, or try five-spice roasted duck served over rice with Bibb lettuce, chive pancakes, kimchi, hoisin, ssäm sauce, ginger scallion sauce, and fresh herbs.
Or combine dinner and a show at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas blends dinner and a show with performances going on during a dinner of American classics. Get creative with an order of caviar tacos, share a beef Wellington, and then top it off with a cookie jar filled with treats.
The Best Places to Party
If you’re here for the cocktails (and who isn’t?), order punch bowls at The Dorsey at Venetian. The cocktails are on point, and the menu includes punch bowls for four to six people to share. Lavo at the Palazzo’s famed Saturday Champagne Brunch mixes decadent food, bottles of bubbly, and tabletop dancing, for your wildest daytime bachelorette partiers. The party features a neon explosion of confetti showers, wild bottle-popping presentations, and weekly themes encouraging guests to dress up, let loose, and dance the day away.
For girl groups that are a little more low-key, we love the female-centric Chica at Venetian, whose Latin American food influenced by the cuisines of Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil is terrific, but chef Lorena Garcia’s attention to cocktails and wines is also superb. Look for incredible specialty cocktails based largely on tequila, pisco, and mezcal, but also for her wine list that comprises bottles from many women-owned New World wines. Seamlessly move from dinner to the after party by heading to Tao at the Venetian. Order miso-glazed Chilean sea bass with wok vegetables or any of the sushi options before heading up to the party at Tao Nightclub with its deejays such as Eric Dlux and a host of special guests. Tao and its sister restaurants and nightclubs Lavo, Marquee, and Beauty & Essex really specialize in big group events, so book a night in advance to get the VIP treatment.
Other Activities and Entertainment
Yes, you could learn some stripper moves at “Stripper 101,” a class at the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort which starts at the Showgirl Bar next to the studio for some liquid courage and is followed by a 75-minute class with a step-by-step guide on giving a lap dance, and then lessons on the stripper pole. Or you could take your girls to Chippendales or another male revue.
But there are also tons of other hilarious (and less-expected) group activities, such as spending an afternoon at Happy Place at Mandalay Place, a 15,000-square-foot space with rooms meant to be photographed. The Super Bloom room comes with 40,000 handmade gold flowers, while an Upside Down room defies gravity with an upside-down look at the world. Six-foot tall Xs and Os covered in thousands of mirrored squares and surrounded by red lips, the World’s Largest Indoor Confetti Dome, a giant rainbow with a pot of happiness that visitors can jump into, a rubber ducky-filled bathtub, and more are among the fantasy rooms where bachelorettes and their entourages can shoot.
If you’re into a little more of a girl-power event, bring your friends to Dig This Vegas, a field of bulldozers, excavators, and steer loaders that you can drive around. Expert tip: Schedule this fun for the morning, since you’ll need to pass their breathalyzer before hopping on the heavy machinery.