Ah, bachelor parties: the time-honored celebration thought to have originated in ancient Sparta, because of course it did. The cultural expectation of bachelor and bachelorette parties is to be crass fodder for Hollywood films and tabloids alike. That’s a lot of pressure on a best man: How do I plan something that walks the fine line between extreme and too extreme?
If a jaunt to Las Vegas ranks as #1 on your list of best bachelor party ideas, then why are you reading this? Go avail thyself of Sin City! But if you’re looking for creative ideas that involve, perhaps, a little less sinning, there’s no shortage of options. Here are some of the best bachelor party ideas for mature casks like us.
#1 – Take the Leap
If your friends jumped off a plane, would you do it? Skydiving seems to make everyone’s bucket list, and the leap of faith might help prepare your best friend for the big day. What’s scarier, jumping off a plane or saying your vows? The bride does not have to know.
#2 – Go Middle Eastern
For a calm atmosphere and milder debauchery, book a room at a hookah lounge with belly dance performers. Perfect for laid-back bachelors looking for something different.
#3 – Ride the Waves
Relationships are all about balance and bachelor parties are about having a good time. Surfing covers both those bases.
#4 – Retro Game Night
Get yourself one of those retro game compilations, load up the emulator, or dust off your ancient consoles so you can party like you’re 12 years old, except the sodas are beers and your mom isn’t invited.
#5 – Shoot Zombies
When a guy gets married, his greatest concern is how he’s going to protect his new bride during the zombie apocalypse. Thankfully, if he’s like most guys, he already has a plan. Give him some practice at a live zombie-hunting experience.
#6 – Camp Out
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but have you ever tried the deep wilderness? Pack in your booze and pack out your bottles. Bonus: add rafting, rowing, hunting or fishing to your wilderness tribute for the full experience.
#7 – Taste Whiskey
Find a whiskey bar, or stock up your own with top-shelf specimens of distilled liquid gold. If your budget’s tight, consider doing it BYOB style, except in this case the B stands for “bottle of whiskey.” BYOBoW, if you will.
#8 – Be Fast & Furious
Go-karts are fun. Adult speedways are even more fun, primarily because they’re faster, with better vehicles, and you can rent one out for an event.
#9 – Get On a Boat
Party boats come in all shapes and sizes. Personally, I’d rent a yacht and live it up like an extra in a rap video, but your mileage may vary.
#10 – Go Out to the Ball Game
This is the perfect time to buy tickets for the seats you’ve always wanted. Don’t just be fans, be VIP fans.
The best bachelor party ideas for those of us who are over the hazing phase (or never had one in the first place) are the ones that most remind you of the groom. You know him best, best man. Let’s do this.