The Best Vegas Bachelor/ette Party Ever
What happens in Vegas... is awesome. Especially on a perfectly planned bachelor/ette party for your favorite bride- or groom-to-be. From the sleep to the scene, the pre-game and the real gaming, writer Sara Benson plots a blowout farewell to singledom, Sin City style
Where you stay is where you’ll play in Vegas, so pick a hotel with sweet suites for your blowout bach. Do you crave over-the-top pampering with 24-hour butler service? Skylofts at MGM Grand cater to any and all whims. Wanna stay at party central? Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has two hot nightclubs and the Strip’s sexiest daytime pool club. Need a rock star-worthy crash pad? Check into the royal HRH All-Suite Tower at the Hard Rock casino. Got some serious foodies in your group? Bed down at the hip Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, offering tempting eats, from Chinese-Mexican fusion to haute steaks. To escape from the ding-ding-ding of the slot machines, Trump Las Vegas is stacked with spacious condos, just off the busy Strip.
Arriving in style is key. When you land at McCarran International Airport, don’t bother with those long taxi queues. Have your own personal driver waiting instead to pick up your entire entourage and chauffeur you to the Strip. Executive Las Vegas gets high marks for dependability and a unique fleet of cars: super-stretch limos, SUVs, mini-buses, town cars, Jaguars, Mercedes and even Rolls Royces.
Popular with thrill-seeking bachelors and bachelorettes, Machine Guns Vegas is an indoor shooting range where you can fire off a Desert Eagle handgun or a fully automatic Uzi (no experience required). If sunbathing poolside is on the agenda, book a VIP cabana at one of the Strip’s trendy pool clubs, like outrageous Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, DJ-driven Tao Beach at the Venetian or upscale, Euro-style Encore Beach Club. Ladies can spend an afternoon learning to shimmy in sexy heels at fun-loving Stripper 101 classes – bonus: they’re a real athletic workout.
Every Strip casino resort has a knockout spa, with sybaritic indulgences for both sexes. At Caesars Palace, Qua provides gossipy social areas for hanging out before or after a massage, cedar-wood saunas and an ‘arctic’ ice room dusted with artificial snowflakes. Book a private Turkish-style hammam ritual at the Cosmopolitan’s Sahra Spa. Before a big night out, Dollheads can bring the salon right to your hotel room or suite, with make-up and hair services for women. Men look sharp after sitting in the barber’s chair at the Art of Shaving at the Venetian or Mandalay Bay.
Forget the kitschy Stratosphere Tower. For a bar with epic Strip panoramas, ride the glass elevator up to the 64th floor of Mandalay Bay and strut into Mix Lounge for martinis on a sky-high patio. Sip classy cocktails with dead-on views of the Bellagio’s dancing fountains at upscale Hyde Bellagio, which morphs into a nightclub later in the evening. At the Cosmopolitan’s triple-decker Chandelier Bar, beaded curtains glow with mood lighting and the cranberry cocktails are inspired.
THE BLOWOUT DINNER
The classic pick is a Vegas steakhouse, and you’ve got dozens of options both on and off the Strip. Approached via a whimsical faux ‘Chunnel’ inside the Paris Las Vegas casino, Gordon Ramsay Steak ages its prime cuts in a Himalayan salt room. Equal parts comfort food diner and edgy cocktail bar, Culinary Dropout, off-Strip at the Hard Rock casino, will stuff you full of house-made pretzels, fried chicken and draft microbrews, with live bands on weekends. Or, for an exclusive experience that only insiders know about, get your act together and book exactly one month ahead of time via email for the exquisite multi-course tasting menu served at é, a private dining room directed by Spanish star chef José Andrés.
ROLL THE DICE
After dinner, it’s time to gamble. High rollers will want to hit the Strip’s classiest casinos at the Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, Aria or Mandalay Bay. But for better odds and more of a party atmosphere, head off-Strip to the Palms or Hard Rock casinos, or even downtown’s divey Fremont Street, where $5 blackjack tables, 25¢ roulette wheels and slot machines that spit out actual coins still exist.
All the Strip’s a show, so get ready for a bit of naughty spice. Pop diva Britney Spears is the comeback queen, starring at Planet Hollywood in Britney: Piece of Me. Scheme to embarrass your bachelor/ette by letting Anthony Cools hypnotize them into some outrageously raunchy behavior during his show at Paris Las Vegas. In the big-top tent outside Caesars Palace, the outrageous variety show Absinthe combines cabaret burlesque dancing, circus acts and R-rated comedic shtick. Among the Strip’s all-male revues, bachelorettes award the crown to Excalibur’s Thunder Down Under.
HIT THE FLOOR
Nowadays the Strip’s mega clubs are on par with LA and NYC, so a night of clubbing could be the highlight of your trip. International jet-set DJs like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Tiësto have weekend residencies in Vegas, including at Encore’s posh XS and Surrender, Asian-chic Hakkasan at the MGM Grand and glam Marquee at the Cosmopolitan. To avoid the hassles of waiting in endless lines, make reservations for VIP bottle service, especially if you’re a large group of single men.
THE MORNING AFTER
Thank your lucky stars that weekend brunches in Vegas run until the mid-afternoon, because you’ll be sleeping in late after partying until almost dawn. Take your group to one of the Strip’s all-you-can-eat feasts, some of which serve bottomless champagne mimosas or Bloody Marys on weekends. Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is the Strip’s biggest spread. At Cosmopolitan, the Wicked Spoon Buffet puts out small plates that are a lot like global tapas or dim sum. For tongue-in-cheek comfort food, fresh sushi, wood-fired pizzas and sunny poolside seating, head to Simon Restaurant at the Palms Place condo hotel, off the Strip but worth the trip.