Dry Bachelor Party Ideas?
July 19, 2011 10:16 AM   Subscribe

First time groomsman trying to put together plans for a bachelor party. What's a fun idea when some of the other guys are under 21 and the groom doesn't really drink anyway? He's a little socially awkward—even with us—and I want to make sure he has a great time.
posted by mean cheez to Human Relations (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
A paintball party is a popular choice.
posted by mkb at 10:17 AM on July 19, 2011


How about something active, like getting a group together for paintball or laser tag? Drinks aren't required, and neither is awkward conversation.
posted by saturngirl at 10:18 AM on July 19, 2011


One of the best bachelor party ideas that I've ever heard of was when my friend organized one where all the groomsmen did one of those adventure races. They did the Tough Mudder, but there's also Warrior Dashes and other 5-10 mile obstacle-course-style races where the focus is the obstacles and teamwork and less about the race. And there's dirt and beer, but mostly dirt.
posted by floweredfish at 10:21 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, depending on where you are and your budget:
Gun Range
Paintball/Laser Tag
Go-Karting
Dune Bashing (real life go-karts on sand dunes!)
Race Track with real cars
Bowling/Pool
Deep Sea/River fishing
Camping/Hiking weekend
posted by Grither at 10:21 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Calvinball.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 10:23 AM on July 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


What does the groom like to do for fun normally? What does the group of friends attending like to do for fun normally?
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 10:27 AM on July 19, 2011


My guess would be something that involves meat (steak dinner?) and perhaps video games - if the groom has an interest in them.
posted by BuffaloChickenWing at 10:30 AM on July 19, 2011


paintball can leave bruises that last a while.. How close is party to wedding ?
posted by k5.user at 10:32 AM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


A fishing and/or camping weekend would probably hit the spot.
posted by deadmessenger at 10:34 AM on July 19, 2011


What does the groom like to do for fun normally? What does the group of friends attending like to do for fun normally?

Tough call. He moved after graduation and I haven't seen much of him in the past few years. A few of us used to live together—played a lot of games then, but we already talked about it and want to go out and actually do something.

I think the laser tag idea might go over well (and there's actually a course attached to bowling lanes near the wedding, so twofer). I'll pass that around, and if it doesn't fly there are a few other good ideas here I can try.

Thanks for the ideas, all! Appreciate it.
posted by mean cheez at 10:35 AM on July 19, 2011


Scavenger hunt?
posted by goggie at 10:40 AM on July 19, 2011


Rock climbing is another option - A lot of fitness centers have impressive combing walls, at least in this area. A friend of mine had a mellow bachelor party that started with rock climbing and ended with a nice dinner.
posted by verb at 11:31 AM on July 19, 2011


Baseball/karaoke? Both more fun with alcohol, admittedly.
posted by troywestfield at 11:45 AM on July 19, 2011


For my bachelor party, we went to Dave & Busters. It's basically an arcade that you can eat and drink in - if you so choose. I wasn't really a drinker as were some of my friends, but people who wanted to could - I had a couple rum and cokes.
posted by SeeTheTurtle at 12:21 PM on July 19, 2011


Minigolf. But that's my answer to every question about get-togethers. Skill isn't necessary, everyone can laugh at the game.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:32 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


A backpacking hike somewhere scenic for a long weekend is pretty good. The main feature of this is that it gets the groom out of contact of civilization with his buds for a few days, allowing unrestricted venting and carousing. After a night of fun the groom does not return to the apt where the bride also lives, but unlike going to Vegas it doesn't look like that's the point.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 1:20 PM on July 19, 2011


chiming in to say that the group activity (mini golf, hiking, climbing, laser tag, etc...) are where you should go with this. My husband and his buddies went off on an all-day mountain bike excursion for his bachelor party, then stopped on the way back for pizza, pool and darts. It sounded like an awesome time.
posted by lonefrontranger at 10:46 AM on July 20, 2011


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