Washington D.C. Bachelor Party Suggestions?
July 7, 2006 8:49 PM   Subscribe

I'm throwing a bachelor party in the D.C. area in October. Groom and guests are all mid 30s. Techies, med school, law school, etc--generally nice guys. As far as I know, they are equipped with penises. Yet they're not really the "stripper" sort--more likely to appreciate a pint of Guinness and a well-turned smart-ass remark. What kind of unique and interesting events/activities can I arrange that will cause groom and guests to expound to no end about what a great weekend they had? Bars and restaurants suggested will be appreciated as well.
posted by Kibbutz to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My friends rented the local college ice hockey rink and we played into the night. It was a blast. None of us had ever played before, so it was pretty novel (and pretty funny too).
posted by visual mechanic at 9:11 PM on July 7, 2006

I didn't want strippers, either, so for my bachelor party, it was the "All-American." An afternoon Mariners game, followed by a giant steak, lots of beer, poker, cigars and good Scotch. I got plenty of sleep, then played golf and drank Bloody Marys the next morning, with the wedding in the afternoon.
posted by frogan at 9:29 PM on July 7, 2006

For my friend who didn't want strippers, we started in the morning with skydiving. Then in the afternoon we went paintballing. At night we were supposed to have drunken video games, but it ended up with more drunk and less games, as it were.
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 9:52 PM on July 7, 2006

I don't know if there is a court in D.C. but my best man rented out a whirley ball court in Atlanta for a couple of hours (there was a bar complete and pool tables next to the court). It was way more fun than dancing naked ladies (i don't believe i just said that but its true) !!
posted by iurodivii at 10:21 PM on July 7, 2006

Weddings are incredibly stressful, and your friend will spend hours and hours engaged in banal conversation with distant relatives on both sides.

How about asking around at the local bike shops until you find someone who will be willing to act as a guide on a day-long ride? Then you can have a safe, somewhat-leisurely ride to a campsite, spend the night around the campfire and ride back in the morning. You can even have a friend pack a station wagon full of camping gear so you won't have to carry it with you.

If I were about to be married, I would love to spend two days just riding bikes with my friends, not talking much, just pedalling and watching the world go by.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 10:39 PM on July 7, 2006

I work at a racecourse (horses) and we get a lot of bachelor parties. I don't know what is in your area, but you could look into hiring a private box/suite for the day where they provide food and drinks, and then maybe go to a restaurant or bar to finish the night.
posted by cholly at 1:52 AM on July 8, 2006

If you have a Swedish friend ask about the Swedish svensexa tradition. They take the groom out for a day and do a bunch of stuff together. It's great.

It may be a bit hard now, but try and find out something the groom has always wanted to do like driving construction equipment, sky diving, cart racing, grass surfing or whatever.

Also slight embarassment can be good. Writing things on a t-shirt for the groom to do at a bar can be fun. Slightly risque stuff may work. If you've got someone in your group who can talk people into things it can work really well.

Maybe you could take the groom whiskey tasting or wine tasting or for tasting of whatever their preference is. It's a good way to get slowly grilled.
posted by sien at 4:15 AM on July 8, 2006

As cliche as it may sound, a group activity like paint ball can be both exhilarating and physically demanding. It can get the adrenalin running, and afterwards all the guys can have that pint o'Guiness and talk about the strategy that they used to blast away at each other.
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 6:08 AM on July 8, 2006

I second frogan's suggestion, which is a pretty classic guy-type outing sans strippers. If, as you say, all the guys are "more likely to appreciate a pint of Guinness and a well-turned smart-ass remark," consider having a roast for the groom. Nothing like an evening of good food, good booze, and funny insults.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:23 AM on July 8, 2006

we did the paintball thing for my bachelor party. It was loads of fun and we still talk about it years after the fact.
posted by mmascolino at 10:37 AM on July 8, 2006

I went to a D.C. area bachelor party at a go kart track in Northern Virginia -- possibly this place but I wouldn't swear to it. It was great -- same virtues as those attributed to paintball above. Make sure to sideswipe the groom into the rubber wall a few times.

As for food, a churrascaria is always a manly option. I once held a bachelor party at Plataforma in NYC as best man and it went over very well. I've heard Greenfield on the Rockville Pike is good.

Finally -- I would not recommend eating huge quantities of meat and then going go kart racing. Sure, you've done your job well if the groom pukes, but ideally it's at the end of the night.....
posted by escabeche at 5:49 PM on July 8, 2006

If golfers are involved, Top Golf in Alexandria might be fun. There's also the International Gold Cup steeplechase in Loudoun County.
posted by candyland at 4:27 PM on July 9, 2006

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