Bachelor Getaways: Where the Bros Go
Congrats dude, you’re getting married. But first, the inevitable end of your singledom must be properly honored with a man-bash unlike any other, and no dinky little in-town one-night stag party is gonna cut it. Here are our picks for the world’s most bromance-friendly destinations.
1. Las Vegas
A slew of new hotels such as Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace has joined the already-fab pantheon of luxe Vegas properties, and the city’s exploding restaurant scene is now world-class, with venues such as the James Beard Award-winning Bellagio.
Unique Montreal offerings like the cool Piknic Electronik on summertime Sundays make the city a haven for hipsters. But for bachelor binges, perhaps one thing recommends French Canada’s cultural capital above all else: its bounty of strip clubs (like Chez Paree, Club Super Sexe and Wanda's), most of which, unlike the bulk of their American counterparts, allow full contact. (Don’t tell the missus.)
Miami's restaurant scene is teeming with superstars like the 10,000-square-foot penthouse Juvia and the Florida outposts of New York City icons like Scarpetta and The Dutch. Not-to-miss party spots include Nikki Beach Club by day and LIV by night. Club Madonna gets mixed marks (beware: no booze), but it’s South Beach’s only strip club.
4. New Orleans
Sports are also big in New Orleans, which regularly hosts both the Super Bowl and the Final Four. Larry Flynt's Hustler Club is the best of Bourbon Street’s strip joints, while nearby the huge Harrah's complex offers 24-hour gambling and two of the city’s top steakhouses.
For the sports-minded posse, the greater Phoenix area aims to please, with year-round sunshine and warm temps that make it perfect for enjoying the scores of superb golf courses (like the stunning and heralded Troon North Golf Club), pro baseball’s Cactus League lineup, and a multitude of fantastic hiking and climbing options nearby in great outdoor spots like Camelback Mountain.
And since no self-respecting bachelor weekend can be 100% healthy, the area is also surprisingly rife with nightlife, especially in coed-heavy Tempe and posher Scottsdale (where Skin Cabaret is the men’s club must). Several casinos also lie within easy driving distance, such as the 100,000-square foot, Vegas-style Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino; the casino also has more than 30 TVs, including 8 large screens, for you and the guys to watch the big game.
6. Rio de Janiero
You’ll never need to leave the utopian Copacabana/Ipanema area, but for a little more authenticity and adventure, check out the even livelier Lapa neighborhood, a magnet for intellectuals, artists and others to revel in samba, forro and other Brazilian beats.
The Harley-Davidson Museum is here too, as is the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, which showcases one of the largest gaming floors in all of Wisconsin, plus more sports bars than could possibly ever be hit in one weekend. Shack up at the bro-riffically brand new Brewhouse Inn & Suites, a boutique hotel located in the 20-acre downtown complex that housed the Pabst Brewery for over 150 years.