Kiddies have Disneyland, bachelors have Vegas. Sin City was practically built for the man about to tie the knot, but looking for one last (mighty) hurrah before he does. There are the strip joints, obviously, which range through from cheap and trashy to Showgirls-level classy. And then there are the clubs, which range from mega to… well, mammoth. Beyond the obvious, however, the bachelor looking for things to do in Las Vegas is spoilt for choice for once-in-a-lifetime experiences: Las Vegas’ hotels, have some of the most deluxe suites on the planet (hello, double-lane bowling alley); Las Vegas’ casinos have high-roller rooms that will make you feel like 007 on the Riviera (even when you’re at the cheap tables); and the opportunities for adventure—from flying a stunt plane to shooting some big-ass guns—come plenty, and often. For bachelor party ideas and tips for an ace trip in Vegas, look no further, gents.
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Las Vegas bachelor party ideas
At the Palms Casino Resort, several ‘man caves’ are on offer, including the Hardwood Suite, which comes complete with a regulation half-court basketball court, locker room, scoreboard and entertainment screen. Then there’s the Kingpin Suite, which has two bowling alleys, and the 6500-square-foot Sky Suite, which has a pool suspended over the edge of the building and comes complete with a team of butlers and three bedrooms—one with a spinning circular bed. The Sky Suite doesn’t come cheap, though: it’s a cool $35,000 per night, which makes it the fifth most expensive suite on the planet.
At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the home of several NASCAR races each year, you can spend the day racing Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens and Porsches against your buddies (or go for traditional American muscle cars. Organize a session with the team at Dream Racing, who will put you in a simulator doing a few virtual laps before you saddle up and hit the track (there’s an instructor in the passenger’s seat, so help is at hand). LVMS is a road track, so it’s not like you’ll be screaming around the oval just doing left-hand turns—you’ll need to change gears, know when to brake and when to speed up… and that’s when your instructor comes in handy.
It holds the Guinness World Record for highest commercial decelerator descent (which is Guinness speak for absolutely terrifying), with an official height of 829 feet—so you know you’re in for one hell of a thrill at SkyJump Las Vegas atop the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel Casino. After a safety lesson, you’ll be given a jumpsuit and then connected to a ‘descender machine’ that will slow you down and ensure you don’t stray from the course. It’s similar to a bungee jump, just with more control.
Fly a fighter jet (yes really)
You know those planes that do loops, spins and twists at air shows? How would you like to be in the passengers’ seat? That’s exactly what Sky Combat Ace offers, and it is definitely not for the faint of heart (in fact, warrior hearts only need apply). These guys can take you on a leisurely flight over Vegas and do a simple barrel roll, a loop or a hammerhead stall (yes, that’s the one where the plane goes up, stalls and then drops away backwards)—and that’s just for starters. But don’t stop there: Book the ‘Top Gun’ package, where you’ll get behind the wheel and, with the aid of an instructor, undertake several maneuvers, spinning the jet at up to 420 degrees per second.
Watch high-flying wire acts
Global Canadian success story Cirque du Soleil practically owns the Las Vegas entertainment scene thanks to its 20-year history of performing in the town. While going to a show might seem like the ultimate touristy thing to do here, it’s one of the essentials because, frankly, the shows are nothing short of brilliant. Current Cirque shows include Mystere, Michael Jackson One, The Beatles Love, Zarkana, Ka, Believe and the adults-only Zumanity, which is a fusion of burlesque, cabaret and downright naughtiness—some of the acrobatic positions might make you think you’re in a strip club down the road.
Score a lap dance or two
Sin City is notorious for having some of America’s greatest strip clubs—and hey, it’s a bachelor’s weekend, so you were always going to ask… You can find classy joints, dodgy clubs and anything in between. Keep it somewhat classy and hit porntrapreneur Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, where there are a range of bars, stages and private boxes across three levels. There’s a VIP stage on the second floor alongside the 11 ‘honey suites,’ while downstairs there’s the Hustler and beaver stages, as well as the Double D bar and the Sexy Bar. Other clubs include Cheetah’s, Sapphire and Crazy Horse III.
Show up in the late morning and you can have an entire poker table to yourselves at The Bellagio. Yes, that’s at the casino where the pros play, in ‘Bobby’s Room’ where novices and poker legends alike come for serious and easy-playing games while sipping Manhattans and Negronis. The sans-smoking room has 30-tables and is open 24/7; entry-level games start from $4/8 limit and $2/5 no-limit Hold’em. Feeling confident? You’ll also find much greater limit tables from $600 and above.
At Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub, which sits pretty atop the recently opened Cromwell Hotel, find an epic 65,000-square-foot space that includes both a pumping nightclub and a beach club that plays host to the city’s hottest summer nighttime pool party (Yacht Club) on Tuesday nights. The club is known for hosting live acts and DJs right in the middle of the main hall—recently they’ve welcomed the likes of Iggy Azalea, The Weeknd, J. Cole, Chromeo, Capital Cities, Nick Cannon, 50 Cent, Akon, Meek Mill, Too $hort, Tyga, Big Sean, Tinashe and Busta Rhymes.
Have lunch in the Grand Canyon
As fun as it is to be in Vegas for the weekend, it’s worth reserving a few hours to escape the casinos and clubs and ogle one of America’s great sights, the Grand Canyon. Book the half day ‘All American Helicopter Tour’ through the team at Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, which takes you on a journey above the natural wonder, then lands deep inside so you can enjoy a Champagne picnic with the fellas. On the way back, fly low over the Strip and see it in all of its neon glory.
Shoot some serious weapons
Get your camo on and load up an M4: At Machine Guns Vegas, don’t expect just any shooting range but one that offers almost 20 different experiences, from shooting a hand gun to trying out weapons used by the American special operations and combat units. Go all out and book the Full Auto Experience, which means you’ll fire off rounds on an AK 47, HK MP5, Full Auto Glock, M249 SAW, Tommy Gun, UZI, SAIGA and M4. Game on.