Hot off my sister's bachelorette party in Austin Texas. Austin is the place to have a bachelorette party if you're looking for no judgement, ratched fun, a variety of things to do, affordable nightlife, and a damn good time.
Ultimate Austin Bachelorette Party
We stayed at the Omni downtown. It was the perfect choice. Originally, I was scared to choose this location. Many of the reviews talked about their no noise tolerance. Our group of friends is about as quiet as a rocket launching. Luckily, we didn't run into any problems with hotel security.
We took advantage of their rooftop pool with downtown views. The lunch there was extremely affordable, the drinks - not so much.
The hotel was in a convenient location - walkable to a liquor store and dirty sixth street. The two most important things for an Austin bachelorette party.
When in Texas with picky eaters, what do you eat?! Tex-Mex! We ate plenty of that.
The Hula Hut
is about a 15 minute cab from downtown. It's Hawaiian themed Mexican food. The atmosphere is so adorable - it's on a lake, features a tiki bar, and colorful decor. The chips are A-Mazing. I ate like a whole basket on my own. The rest of the food... mediocre.
They don't take reservations, but arrive before 8 PM and you should be fine. Our group of 9 had enough time to grab a drink at the bar before we were promptly seated. The food is much better than Hula Hut. They make the guacamole tableside, which is always a sign of a good Mexican place. Iron Cactus
is conveniently located on 6th Street, so we ate here and went straight out. Word on the street is their jalapeno margarita is a must try.
Boat: Lakeway Marina
to Party Cove
Prior to heading to the marina for the best day of the bachelorette party, we stopped at Whole Foods. We picked up lunch, snacks, and more than enough booze for our party of 9 - (4) 15 Packs of beer, (2) bottles of champs, (2) bottles of vodka, and (1) Liter of wine. I am sad to say it all went except for a half bottle of vodka and the wine... whoops, but we shared at least!
Anyway it was about a 40 minute uber from downtown. Once there, they were super sweet. Angel, the best captain ever, helped us load our coolers, blow up rafts, and get the party started! We took a leisurely 30 minute ride on our pontoon to Party Cove, a lake where boats go just to party.
After a minor heart attack when we nearly capsized as we pulled into the cove, we linked boats with another bachelor party.
We spent the next few hours shotgunning beers, hopping from boat to boat, floating around on noodles, and having the time of our lives.
Most of Austin's downtown nightlife is on 6th street. There's an East side (dirty sixth) and a west side, which is more late 20s / early 30s. Additionally, there's Rainey Street, and the Warehouse District. Our preference was dirty 6th.
We went out around 10 PM. 6th Street was virtually empty so many of the bars lured us in with free drinks for the whole group. This was typically super sweet drinks. Eventually we learned to say no to them. We bar hopped a little and ultimately settled on the roofdeck of Blind Pig
. We walked into a live band that swiftly brought our bachelorette on stage for their last song. A DJ came on shortly after and he rocked. This was by far the best night of the bachelorette party. Mainly because we had no expectations. We started dozens of dance circles, completed plenty of dares, and our bachelorette even had a "Hair-off".
This was supposed to be our big night out. Although I think people were hesitant to rage knowing we had the boat the next day. We started off at Kung Foo on West 6th Street. This bar had giant Jenga and Connect 4, ski ball, and plenty of other arcade games. I guess it's an appropriate low-key way to start. The DJ played some old school hip hop which I enjoyed.
We then went to the Ranch. I thought this was a good idea since I saw many bachelorette parties there during a prior visit. However, the place was a total taco fest - which really isn't that fun for a bachelorette party. It started to fill up, but we weren't impressed. So we ended up at our favorite place once again - The Blind Pig Pub!!! Shakespeare across the street wasn't bad either.
We were all drunk from the boat. In fact the ground was rocking a little. We grabbed dinner and drinks at BB Reillys then hit up Bat Bar. They had a fabulous live band. The kind you'd want playing at your wedding. The crowd wasn't our scene so we headed to Library Bar. This bar is extremely chill. We busted in like we owned the place quickly starting the limbo with our caution tape, daring people, and participating in a game of shoulders. Beer was $3 a bottle - seriously can't beat those prices. Had a few, then ultimately ended up at our favorite spot The Blind Pig Pub!
And now for a few things I didn't touch on, but helpful to know...
Boch and Learn - Avoid a Botch-lorette in Austin Texas:
- Don't try to re-enter a bar after 2 PM, they don't let you
- Uber is cheaper than cabs
- The restaurant at The Driskill has an AMAZING breakfast
- Dirty Sixth street shuts down to traffic at 9:30 PM
- Drink beers - it's so much cheaper
- Go shopping on South Congress Street (right over the bridge). Make sure to check out Texas National Outfitters. They have a "special" bachelorette party hat, serve free booze, and play live music. Plus I'm told they sometimes bring in a horse for bachelorette parties.