It's wedding season in Boston, and with it comes the bachelorette parties, where brides-to-be and their friends head out for a night on the town. If you're planning a bachelorette party in Boston, much depends on the bride: Is she a party girl, looking for a night of dancing at downtown clubs? Or is she an introverted type, more inclined to spend a day at the spa? (Or, would she enjoy a little bit of both?)
Fear not, bachelorette party planners: Whatever the bride's preferences, you'll be able to find the right mix of activities here in Boston. Read on for my Boston bachelorette party recommendations that will suit all types of brides (and budgets).
1. All-Male Revue
Of course, a Boston bachelorette party can't rival, say, Vegas in terms of revue options. But we do have Male Encounter, where Who's On First? near Fenway turns into a strip club on Friday nights, and Men in Motion, which has male strippers at Guilt Nightclub on Saturday nights. Bachelorettes get in free on Fridays at Who's On First?; they also have partner services with area limousine companies, so if you're planning to take a limo to the show, inquire about discounts.
2. Booze Cruise
Put a little twist on the night out dancing by booking your bachelorette party on a booze cruise. The Boatonian, a party boat with DJs, dancing, and plenty of booze, has sailings from Rowes Wharf for $20 to$30 per person, with theme nights including Throwback Thursdays, Hip-Hop Fridays, Country Saturdays, and Pride Sundays.
Group discounts are also available, so if you have a large enough party, call to see if you can save on your admission price; promos are also regularly posted on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Bridal Dash Scavenger Hunt
The Bridal Dash Boston is a two-and-a-half-hour scavenger hunt around the city, with customized questions and routes tailored specifically to the bride-to-be.
The hunt starts and finishes at Faneuil Hall and in between hits points in the North End and Boston Common. A minimum of eight people are required to book, but if you have more than 10 people, the bride plays for free.
4. Comedy Club
If your bride wants to laugh, book tickets for a show at a Boston comedy club. From improv to national acts, festivals to experimental sets, comedy shows in Boston suit any style. If you want a one-size-fits-all bachelorette party approach, hit the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square – you can get the party going with a scorpion bowl (or several), see a comedy show, then head downstairs to the Hong Kong to dance the night away.
5. The Donkey Show
Every Saturday night, the A.R.T. Oberon transforms into a 70s-era disco party for The Donkey Show, an interactive, immersive retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The show runs 90 minutes, after which the full-on dance party gets started. Groups of six or more get discounts on both floor admission and table seating.
6. (Pole) Dance Lessons
And speaking of dancing, there's no shortage of nightclubs to choose from in Boston. But if you want something a little different—and your bride is the uninhibited type—there's Gypsy Rose Exotic Fitness in Allston, which offers group instruction on exotic and pole dancing.
Parties are $40 per person for 90 minutes and include lessons on how to strut, chair dance, and pole swing, among other sexy moves. To get in the mood, there are also plenty of props and costumes on hand, from boots to wigs and everything in between.
7. Spa Day
With a bachelorette party, you'll need a larger Boston-area spa that can accommodate a group. Serenity in the City in nearby Medford regularly hosts spa parties with complimentary beverages, cheese, crackers, and fruit. Or, stay in town: Bliss Boston caters to a wide variety of group preferences with an extensive treatment menu including carrot and sesame body buffs, "peeling groovy" peels, "rubber neck" massages, hot milk and almond pedicures, and much more.