by Rhett Grametbauer August 10, 2018

5 Underrated Bachelor Party Destinations You Need to Consider

Anyone can pick Las Vegas, Miami, or New Orleans for a bachelor party and plan an absolute rager without breaking a sweat.

But what if you want to do something a little bit unique and non-cliché for your bachelor party destination?

Then read on to see our rundown of some great under-the-radar cities for your upcoming party.

MARFA, TEXAS

Marfa Texas bachelor party

Maybe your idea of a great bachelor party is to leave the big city behind, unplug, and have a guys weekend. There is plenty to do and mystery involved in this small town in west Texas. Beyonce even chartered a private plane in 2012 to visit the quaint town busting with character. Queen Bey isn’t the only celebrity captured by the intrigue of Marfa. Natalie Portman, Robert Pattinson, and Jake Gyllenhaal are just a few of the celebrities who’ve visited Marfa.

Marfa is where James Dean filmed his last movie, Giant. If you want to be a rebel without a cause you can even stay in the same room he called home while filming the movie. Just stay at Hotel Paisano and ask for the James Dean Room.

Mystery surrounds the town of Marfa. Long been the source of much speculation and fodder for paranormal activity, the Marfa Lights bring tourists from around the globe. Glowing orbs magically appear in the desert night. The viewing station for this possible supernatural occurrence is just outside Marfa on Highway 67. The mystery of the lights has been attributed to many things including UFOs but no definitive reason behind their appearance has ever been given.

Despite being home to fewer than two thousand people, the food scene is difficult to beat. Everything from fine dining to a restaurant serving exclusively grilled cheese sandwiches can be found in Marfa.

There's much more to do in and around Marfa than look for strange lights and reminisce about the short film career of James Dean. Chinati Hot Springs is a perfect place to remove yourself from social media and cell phones. Relax in their hot springs and enjoy your last days of being single in tranquility.

Try the Sunrise Tour at the Chinati Foundation. El Cosimico offers campgrounds with vintage trailers. Not glamping enough for you then reserve the Imperial Mansion. It has a full bath, kitchen, and air conditioning. Big Bend National Park is about a ninety minute drive from Marfa and offers beautiful, scenic drives, day hikes, and river trips for those seeking a weekend more reminiscent of City Slickers than The Hangover.

Prada Marfa is an art installation that looks like an authentic Prada store and the perfect Instagram opportunity for your bachelor party. Marfa Burrito is host for the breakfast burrito favored by Matthew McConaughey but it’s more than just al right. Served by Ramona, who speaks no English but makes a great burrito for a reasonable price. If you want something a little more healthy try dining at the communal tables at Comida Futura. They offer lentils and kale to help you cleanse your system after a night of drinking.

Even though Marfa is a small town, it offers bachelor parties a lot to do. If we missed anything be sure to let us know in the comments section. 

DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Detroit Bachelor Party

Detroit has long been known as the “Motor City” and for most of the twentieth century has had the reputation of a once thriving community decimated by technology and the global economy of the 21st century. Like Mark Twain once said about his demise, the downward spiral of Detroit has been “greatly exaggerated.” The reality is that Detroit is a great place to be, especially for a bachelor party.

Greektown is the entertainment district in Detroit and home to many bars as well as the best gentlemen’s club in the city, Bouzouki. The Greektown Casino-Hotel is a great location to stay and play. With nine bars and an equal number of restaurants less than a mile away not to mention poker and other gambling in the actual casino, Detroit is definitely a top bachelor party destination.

Detroit is also home to a fine cigar. Try La Casa or Churchill’s Wine and Cigar Bar. La Casa is located in downtown Detroit and Churchill’s has three different locations. Either option is a great way to start off the evening and pick up a stogie for later.

If your crew isn't into having a smoke to celebrate your impending nuptials but still want something cool to do then you are in luck in Detroit. It’s impossible to escape the automotive history of the city so why not embrace everything Detroit has to offer especially if your wolfpack are car guys. The Henry Ford Museum is a must see attraction regardless of your party’s affinity towards cars. The museum is 9 acres of automotive history from presidential limousines to the Rosa Park bus. Not too far away in Fairborn is the Automotive Hall of Fame offering a glimpse into the development of motor vehicles and the pioneers who made it happen.

Perhaps your party prefers to travel over water instead of by land. In that case Diamond Jack has you covered. Take a private charter and enjoy floating along the Detroit River while gazing at Detroit landmarks.

Sports and the city of Detroit go hand-in-hand. The city is home to teams in all four professional sports including the Tigers, Lions, and Pistons. Detroit gets the nickname Hockeytown because the city is has one of the most historic franchises in NHL history, the Red Wings. The Greektown Casino-Hotel is about a mile from Joe Louis Arena, home to the Red Wings.

Detroit also enjoys a rich history in music. The city was home to Motown and a small museum in Detroit pays tribute to the musical movement that included such artists as Marvin Gaye.

We’d love to hear about your bachelor party in Detroit. Feel free to leave your bachelor party ideas in the comments section. 

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

Buffalo Bachelor Party

When most people think of Buffalo they think of chicken wings, cold weather, football, and little else. The City of Light has much more to offer those looking for a different destination for their bachelor party celebration. Buffalo is actually a cool and hip city on the rise that boasts some of the best drinking neighborhoods in the country. Buffalo is full of options and possibilities that will set your bachelor party apart from the Vegas or Miami trip.

Buffalo has more than wings when it comes to food. The city touts over 200 culinary specialties from local dive places, to restaurants, bars, and food trucks. We have several recommendations for Buffalo including the Lucky Day Whiskey Bar where you can find over 600 varieties of whisky. If old world whisky isn’t your thing then try Don Tequila for some Mexican eating and have your crew take down the margarita tower.

The bar scene in Allentown is definitely the place to be in the Buffalo. Some of the bars don’t close until 4 am. Bar hop to places like Old Pink, Mulligan’s Brick Bar, and Frizzy’s. After 2 am your best bet in finding a crowd is The Pink.

There are also several locales offering live music in Allentown including Nietzsche’s which offers live music 7 nights a week, 365 days a year, or a place known for their smoked wings and live music, DBGBs.

After a long night of debauchery plan on going to Jim’s Steakout for some of the best steak hoagies you will ever taste, especially at 4 am. If adult entertainment is a must for your bachelor party then plan on heading to Toronto. Buffalo has a lot to offer but north of the border has more so make sure everyone has a passport.

Maybe your party isn’t interested in scantily clad women? Take advantage of other things Buffalo offers. Most guys like sports and wear caps from their favorite team. Likely the cap you own is made in Buffalo at the New Era company which offers tours.

If your boys want to scratch their gambling itch and are distraught over not going to Vegas, Buffalo has you covered as well. The Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel is a great option for your party to play some poker or roll the dice.

In Buffalo it’s impossible to escape the city’s connection to chicken wings. A stop at Duff’s Famous Wings is a must and don’t worry if you get hooked on their wings that come in over 10 different sauces. Duff’s will ship wings directly to your doorstep. Buffalo is also home to the National Buffalo Wing Festival traditionally held in September.

Your bachelor party is going to need something to wash all those wings down and Buffalo is the right place to be with over 30 microbreweries and distilleries, many like the Flying Bison or the Lafayette Brewery offer tours and tastings.

These are just a few of our suggestions for Bachelor Party Destination: Buffalo. If you’ve had been to a bachelor party in Buffalo leave your suggestions in the comments.

CLEVELAND, OHIO

Cleveland Bachelor Party

Cleveland is the city known as the “Mistake by the Lake,” but planning a celebration of your last days of being single with your best friends in the city would be anything but a mistake.

Sports, rock and roll, theater, and movies all call Cleveland home and should be reason enough to consider hosting your party in the great state of Ohio.

The city of Cleveland is where A Christmas Story was filmed and there is an entire museum dedicated to the film for those who aren’t scared they’ll shoot their eye out, complete with the leg lamp. New York’s theater district is world famous and the largest in country but Cleveland is number two on that list so if taking in a show is your style then there is plenty to choose from in the city.

Maybe your more of a rock ’n roll kind of guy. Good news, Cleveland is literally the birthplace of rock and roll and home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The city also known as “Believeland” for its sports teams also offers bachelor party goers ample opportunity to check out a game. After the game grab a drink or two in the Ohio City neighborhood. It was named one of the top 10 best places to bar hop in the world.

Bars not your deal but drinking beer is then the BrewBoat is for your bachelor party. BrewBoat runs from late May to the end of September and offers parties of up to 14 people the opportunity to pedal, pour, and enjoy beer and enjoy a scenic trip in Northeast Ohio. It is BYOB so make sure to bring your favorite beer or wine.

Microbrews abound in Cleveland if you would rather stay on dry land and not have to pedal. Try going to Masthead, Noble Beast, Butcher and Brewer, Great Lakes Brewery, Market Garden, Platform, and Brick and Barrel.

If your bachelor party is a little more competitive then try playing WhirlyBall. It’s basically two teams of bumper cars trying to get a wiffle ball from one side of the court to the other where a 15-inch target 10 feet in the air serves as the goal. Think of a combination of Jai Alai, basketball, and hockey.

Looking for adult entertainment then grab the free bus from Larry Flint’s Hustler Club. Not the type of bar you want for your bachelor party then try the W 6th bar district or for a little more up class experience the E. 4th bar district.

Is there something we missed from Cleveland? Don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with Groomsmen Central in the comments section.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City Bachelor Party

Oklahoma City is home to the NBA’s Thunder and often associated with an American tragedy but OKC is a vibrant city and a destination with a lot to offer bachelor party planners. In addition to the NBA, the city is home to the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers who play their home games in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The area around the stadium is filled with bars, restaurants, and entertainment that could fill a weekend by itself. Grab a steak at Mickey Mantle’s, some “twisted” comfort food at Bricktown Brewery, or sing along to your favorite song at Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar.

JJ Alley’s has been described as an amalgamation of everyone from 21-81 looking to have an alcohol induced good time. In other words it’s the perfect place to start off the night. The Pink Parrot Cantina is a great spot with diverse music.

The natural progression of the night could lead to something a little more risque, after all it's a bachelor party. Try Coyote Ugly or take in a burlesque show at Dollhouse. Wanting something more? Little Darlings is the best the city has to offer in the way of adult entertainment.

Remington Park is a destination for those interested in parimutuel betting. Live horse racing is available Thursday - Sunday but Remington Park is also a casino and home to live entertainment like Mixed Martial Arts.

OKC is a great place for a bachelor party. Let us know about your party in Oklahoma City and leave your suggestions in the comments section.

CONCLUSION

Not every bachelor party has to be a weekend trip to Vegas, and there is a likely a great bachelor party destination close to you that is as good if not better than one of the "typical" stag party spots.

These five places are the best yet most underrated bachelor party destinations in the country.

Agree? Disagree? Post your thoughts to the comments and help your fellow man in deciding where to go for his bachelor party. 

Rhett Grametbauer
Rhett Grametbauer


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