The only thing that comes close to your wedding on the fun scale is your bachelorette party. A night (or weekend!) with your best friends, celebrating love and your "last fling before the ring"—what could be better? Sure, a few days on the beach sounds fabulous, but you don't have to go that far for an incredible bachelorette celebration.
Our friends over at Yelp have used their resources to sift through millions of reviews across the country and put together a list of the top 10 bachelorette-party destinations in America. So put your passport away, book a flight and a hotel room for the girls, and get celebrating!
It's no surprise that the Big Apple tops this list. From fabulous food and endless shopping to clubs and bars perfect for toasting with cocktails or busting out that "Bride to Be" sash, it's a bachelorette paradise! Venture to House of Yes in Brooklyn for the perfect mix of a big-city hot spot, a high-energy dance party, and the most wild circus you've ever seen. Or bring the celebration to you with Bartenders United, a team of professional mixologists (and some bartenders/strippers!) who will serve high-end cocktails… and then some.
Is your wedding party spread out around the country? Meet in the middle and head to the Windy City for a weekend you'll definitely remember. Take in a burlesque show—or sign up for a class in shimmying and shaking with your best gal pals—at Vaudezilla. Looking for some fun as you see the sights? The Barrel Run offers brewery, distillery, and gangster tours, all in a bus designed to look like a wooden barrel, from its wooden staves and steel hoops to details that mimic classic brewing equipment.
A bachelorette city list wouldn't be complete without Las Vegas! You may know all about the nightclubs, but there's a lot happening in Vegas during the day too. Pamper your ladies with totally indulgent treatments at Reliquary Spa in the Hard Rock Hotel. It has a sauna, a whirlpool, and instrumental covers of your favorite rock tunes playing in the background. Rehab Beach Club is just the place to catch some rays, grab a fruity cocktail, and party all day.
Head to the West Coast for a bachelorette party with old-school charm. Settle in and unwind at Hotel Vitale, right on the waterfront, with views of the Bay Bridge. Every bachelorette celebration needs to be toasted with champagne, so head to The Riddler to explore the menu of bubbly.
Head south to San Diego for some true California sunshine. Hole up at the Lafayette, a relaxed hotel with cozy bungalows perfect for a girls' weekend, as well as a historic pool that plays host to bands and DJs and is amazing for people-watching. Head to Hotel Del for brunch at the Crown Room, which has lavish food stations, a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, and made-to-order doughnuts. A bachelorette brunch has never sounded so delicious!
A bachelorette party in Texas? You bet! Don't miss Rainey Street, where houses have been turned into bars and beer gardens, food trucks park at the curb, and the quaint atmosphere is perfect for a day of eating, drinking, and exploring. For laid-back drinks or a cool (and totally chill) place to stay, head to Hotel San Jose. Gather with your girls, listen to DJs spinning mellow tunes, and sip Champassions (a mix of champagne and passion fruit—trust us!). Does it get any better?
There's more to L.A. than just celebrity-spotting. Have some serious fun with your ladies at Malibu Wine Safaris, which mixes delicious local wines with a safari—really! Saddlerock Ranch plays host to everything from zebras and camels to a giraffe named Stanley. Whether you're the next Martha Stewart or don't know your way around the kitchen, Foodstory offers more than a dozen Asian-cooking classes; try out tonkotsu ramen and learn how to make the cutest bento boxes, which will definitely fill you up before you head out on the town.
You know you can sip Sazeracs as you wander the streets of the French Quarter, which sounds like a perfect reason to head to New Orleans for your bachelorette party. Keep all the excitement in easy access with a stay at the Ace Hotel, where the hipster-chic atmosphere is enhanced by the rooftop pool, garden, and bar. The Commander's Palace, an iconic century-old restaurant made famous by the incomparable Miss Ella, serves haute-Creole cuisine sourced from a 100-mile radius of the kitchen, like the classic turtle soup and pecan-crusted Gulf fish—perfect for soaking up the potent proprietary cocktails.
The Pacific Northwest for a bachelorette getaway? You bet! Amongst the mountains and evergreen forests lies a city you'll love exploring. Head for two bachelorette-party musts: a witty and modern cabaret show at Can Can, with inventive set design and ever-changing choreography paired with a thematic menu (and an absinthe bar!), and high-tech karaoke at Rock Box. Eleven private rooms fit up to 15 guests, the full bar serves cheese and charcuterie, and user-friendly iPads make an evening full of Spice Girls covers easy.
The City on the Hill is a fantastic location for an East Coast bachelorette party. Explore the historic city, then find the perfect mix of an eclectic and funky atmosphere, awesome local art, sumptuous comfort food, and nightly live music at the Beehive. From jazz and reggae to burlesque and blues, all paired with house-made pasta and wines from Uruguay or Lebanon, you'll be grooving to the live tunes and ready to find out what a "Hahvahd bah" is really like.