So much goes into planning a wedding, from picking a wedding venue and wedding dress to finding the right florist, not to mention the random items added to your to-do list daily. It's easy to let this overwhelm you and perhaps make you think you should forgo a bachelorette party to save you and your bridesmaids the stress of planning it. But that's not the right decision, trust us. There are plenty of bachelorette party options in and around LA, whether you're an Angeleno or an out-of-towner coming to Tinseltown for your last hoorah. Here are the best bachelorette party ideas in LA, as well as the nearby heavy hitters that shouldn't be overlooked.
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The best bachelorette party ideas in LA
If you're looking to relax with your girls, a spa day is a great way to unwind before the craziness of your wedding day. Whether you're looking for a full spa experience, a more casual Korean spa or a place that offers more beauty-specific treatments, there are options aplenty in LA.
You don't have to travel to Vegas to spend your bachelorette party raging poolside. Los Angeles has a number of pool parties throughout the summer, from the Standard's rooftop rager to SkyBar's more tranquil yet fun poolside event. There's something for every soon-to-be-bride looking to make a splash.
You don't have to go to Napa or Temecula to have a fun wine experience for your bachelorette party. This picturesque vineyard and tasting room boast plenty of lawn space for picnicking (you can bring in food, but no alcohol); themed events like Friday night karaoke, Sunday yoga and mimosas and Thursday movie nights; and the pours behind the bar are fast and plentiful. Wines include varietals from Semler and Saddlerock vineyards, and while they're not the best in California, it's still fun to taste through a few flights with friends on a gorgeous weekend afternoon. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Malibu Wine Safari combines the experience of a zoo and winery on their two-hour nature tour, where you'll get to personally feed animals while also stopping to taste various wines from Saddlerock Ranch.
If you prefer beer over wine, you're in luck. There has not only been an explosion of craft breweries in LA recently, but some of them offer walk-through tours where you can learn about the beer at hand. Some places, like Smog City Brewing and Monkish Brewing, are happy to give you an impromptu tour if you ask. But for a more thorough, in-depth look—and, let's face it, plenty of beer samples—go on one of these more established tours.
Any lover of the boozy brunch must make at least one pilgrimage to West Hollywood’s glamorous Bagatelle, and your bachelorette party is the perfect excuse. This St. Barth-by-way-of-NYC import celebrates the union of breakfast and lunch French Riviera-style, with giant bottles of Veuve topped with sparklers, ample punchbowls and dancing on booths. The food is an afterthought when the entire Beverly Hills crowd squeezes themselves in tiny dresses or dons shiny suits to make the chandelier-lit scene, but Green Eggs and Ham or platters of French Toast sticks appear on most of the tables to soak up the party.
Looking for a little scandelous bachelorette activity? Head to Hollywood’s notorious pole dancing club, Jumbo's Clown Room. This small, laid-back dive is the hipster crown jewel of bikini bars and host to some truly diverse and badass pole-spinners. From ink to piercings to crazy handmade outfits, Jumbo’s dancers are all rock 'n' roll, and also very friendly (even when the bartenders are not). Weekdays host lesser talents, but the skilled ladies who dance on Friday and Saturday nights draw a fun assortment of customers, often lining up out the door. Everyone goes to Jumbo’s: single men and women, couples, groups of friends and, of course, brides to be. There’s no cover, but tipping is strongly encouraged.
What better way than to celebrate your upcoming domestic life than crafting your cooking skills? Throw on your apron and gather amidst novice food-lovers in LA’s urban Hipcooks kitchen; a lively culinary hub offering hands-on cooking classes, tasty recipes, a post-cooking dinner party, and well, hip cooks. Savor three-hour workshops like Dim Sum and then Some, Más Tapas por favor, Holy Mole, Thai One One, and My Big Fat Greek Cooking Class (apparently creativity translates off the plate too) using all organic ingredients. Learn all the basics to great recipes in a $65 course, complete with a celebratory wine and dine soiree.
If you just want to dance with your ladies, LA's got plenty of clubs for that. When you want to do some serious business on the dance floor, it's best to eschew behemoth, glam-tastic Hollywood clubs in favor of smaller, no-frills spots and classic live music venues where the grooves are infectuous and busting a move is the main event. Our picks for the best dance clubs Los Angeles has to offer will play dance party hits and feed your need for everything from hip hop and salsa to reggae and soul, so you can warm up for your wedding dance floor.
Sure, you could all just rent beach cruisers and ride up and down the beach, stopping at various bars along the way. But riding a bike intoxicated is never a great idea, plus you and your friends might not be able to chat so well as you're trying to avoid plowing into pedestrians. Instead, we recommend renting a Beach Barcycle for one of the two curated tours in the beach cities that include stops at bars along the way, including O'Briens Pub, Finn McCool's and The Firehouse. This way you can have the vibe of a bike ride without the risk of a BUI.
Speak the secret phrase to the owl scultpure in the lobby of this private club, and the rest—well, we don't want to ruin the surprises in store for visitors at this magical institution. The mansion is over a century old, but since 1963 it's been the home of the Academy of Magical Arts, an exclusive organization made up of roughly 2,500 American magicians. If you can't find a member to tag along with, stay at the adjacent Magic Castle Hotel for access, or shoot the site an email explaining your bachelorette party plans and cross your fingers!
Sometimes, a girl just wants to laugh. With all the city's open-mic bars and improv theaters, it may seem like comedy shows in Los Angeles are plentiful. But we all know the pain of an awkward improv group or a stand-up performing for crickets. Avoid obligatory applause and courtesy laughs with our list of the best comedy shows in LA. We take no responsibility for future pants (or white dress)-wetting.
Get in touch with your sexy side at a pole dancing class. There are a few spots in LA to take a class, like Evolve Pole Dance Studio and S Factor. Classes can include aerial dancing, chair dances and pole dancing. You and your friends can join a class already in session, or some places allow you to get a private class as well.
It might not be the most original bachelorette party idea, but a trip to Las Vegas is always a gauranteed good time. If you live in LA, you can plan road trip to Sin City or catch a flight, making it a convienent and easy option for Angelenos. While there are nightclubs and strip clubs in LA, things are always just a little more intense in Vegas. If this is the route you want to take, you're in luck because there's a Time Out Las Vegas to guide you to having the best time while visiting. But remember, what happens in Vegas never stays in Vegas!
Palm Springs—land of gorgeous house rentals, serene pools and surprisingly good nightlife—is only a couple hours away from LA. There are pool parties, cool bars (the Village Pub is a popular spot for bachelorette parties), shopping and day spas—you just need to be okay with being one of around 20 other bachelorette parties traipsing through Downtown at any given time. This is a slightly more chill desert experience than Vegas, but plenty of fun can still be had.