I think a sport is a fun, clean way to celebrate your best bud getting married. So here is my shameless plug for http://www.bubbleballsoccernyc.com. Trust me, no groom or anyone else at the bachelor party will be disappointed with this option (and the bride will be pleased that strippers were not involved).
Bachelor party ideas
Six married guys told us where they went and where they wish their friends had taken them instead. Take note, best men.
Tue Jul 21 2009
Date: June 18, 2009 10:24:16 AM EDT
I need help planning a bachelor party. What can we do in the city that doesn’t suck?
Stephen T., 27, married June 2007
What he did: “Every summer my friends and I would go to Six Flags Great Adventure (Route 537, Jackson, NJ; 732-928-1821, sixflags.com), get really wasted and go on all the rides while cruising for girls. So my buddies took me there to relive old times, and just like always, I threw up all over myself on the Batman ride.”
What he wishes he’d done: “We had a blast, but I would have rather gone dancing all night at Pacha (618 W 46th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves; 212-209-7500, pachanyc.com) while listening to DJs, and gotten a suite with all my boys at a fancy Meatpacking hotel like the Standard (848 Washington St between Little W 12th and 13th Sts; 877-550-4646, standardhotels.com). Roller coasters are fun, but I can think of a few other ways to get a thrill ride.”
Jeff W., 33, married July 2005
What he did: “Since I was marrying another man, the bachelor party took on a whole different meaning. We joined some friends in Fire Island on the Fourth of July for the annual invasion of drag queens. We both dressed up as bridesmaids from the ’80s and had a blast.”
What he wishes he’d done: “The Fire Island scene was a bit much for us, so if we had it to do over again, we would have had a special dinner at our favorite restaurant in the Village, Aroma (36 E 4th St between Bowery and Lafayette St; 212-375-0100, aromanyc.com). They have an amazing underground private room that feels like old-world Italy.”
Azar S., 36, married July 2006
What he did: “I gathered about 18 guys and made sure that my dad and soon-to-be father-in-law were on the scene, as I thought it was the gentlemanly thing to do. We went for strippers and steak at the Penthouse Club (603 W 45th St at Eleventh Ave; 212-245-0002, penthouseexecutiveclub.com). I think the fillet was more than $100, and unfortunately, like the girls in the place, it came hardly dressed and wasn’t that impressive. One of the dancers told me that I should marry her instead. If I did, she promised anal sex every week.”
What he wishes he’d done: “I would have hit a great restaurant and maybe finish off the night at Flashdancers (1674 Broadway between 52nd and 53rd Sts; 212-315-5107, flashdancersnyc.com). The place feels dirty, and the girls are by far the best in the city.”
Damion C., 38, married May 2008
What he did: “One of my friends had a big loft in Tribeca, and he hired four strippers to come over for the evening. Sadly, they were total bitches and weren’t even that hot. We were all kind of disappointed, but luckily there was plenty of alcohol, so we made the best of it.”
What he wishes he’d done: “I love baseball, and I would have had a blast at the batting cages at Chelsea Piers (23rd St and the Hudson River; 212-336-6666, chelseapiers.com).”
John P., 33, married October 2006
What he did: “My wife and I have our own event-planning company, so we decided to do a joint bachelor and bachelorette party. We rented 49 Grove (49 Grove St at Bleecker St; 212-727-1100, 49grovenyc.com) for a private event. We hired a slew of entertainment: Two burlesque female dancers, two hot Russian go-go girls and a few topless strippers. We even had a custom video loop of sexy, but publicly acceptable, hot girl-on-girl porn for the flat screens throughout the club. And a bunch of our friends spun tunes.”
What he wishes he’d done: “We should have had hired someone else to run it—it was a lot of work. Or we could have just kept true to our love of electronic music and done a private session for all our friends to learn to deejay at Dubspot (348 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 877-DUBSPOT, dubspot.com).”
Andres P., 22, married January 2009
What he did: “We saw a band at Terminal 5 (610 W 56th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves; 212-665-3832, terminal5nyc.com) and then went to the Box (189 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 212-982-9301) for a burlesque show. Those ladies can rotate the tassels on their tits in opposite directions at the same time. Since my wife is pretty flat-chested, I still think about that.”
What he wishes he’d done: “I would have loved to have made out with a girl that night. And I should have gone to a real strip club. I’ve always heard good things about Scores (536 W 28th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves; 212-868-4900, scoresny.com).”
Planning a party?
A TONY staffer was kind enough to share his map for an upcoming bachelor pub crawl:
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