Bachelorette in Las Vegas Itinerary

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When you think “bachelorette party”, there is a 100% possibility that Las Vegas will spring to mind. With its endless pool parties, world-renowned shows, and dance-til-you-drop nightlife, it’s the absolute perfect location for a girls weekend away. So when I recently helped plan my friend Emily’s bachelorette party, I was beyond shocked to find hardly any blog posts to help me organize the most epic fling before the ring.

Thankfully, I’ve previously been to Vegas on four (and counting!) girls’ trips , as well as for my husband’s and my wedding (read about our Vegas nuptials here), so with some help from my friend Jordan, we planned the ultimate Vegas weekend adventure.

If you’re planning your bestie’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, here is your complete itinerary, from how to kick off the party with a bang, to the final brunch guaranteed to cure even the most gnarly hangover.

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Making a Vegas Bachelorette Party Affordable

Before we dive in, a quick note about planning a Las Vegas bachelorette party- while getting to Vegas is usually pretty inexpensive from most U.S. cities, it is the opposite of cheap once you’re there. Food and drink are SUPER pricey on the Strip, with nightclubs charging over $10 for a single bottle of water (while we went to see the Magic Mike show, my friend unknowingly spent $60 on 2 glasses of wine!).

This post is geared towards bachelorette partiers who aren’t looking to completely break the bank (with suggestions for where to splurge as well!) and below, I’m providing some tips and tricks on how to save money. I think it’s important to note, though, that even with these pointers, it is not exactly a budget-friendly locale. So if your squad is truly trying to scrimp on cash, I might consider picking a different destination.

view of the las vegas stip at night

That being said, here are some things we did to cut down on costs:

  • With respect to getting there cheaply, I swear by stalking airfare on Skyscanner. You can set up alerts for certain dates you’re interested in or look at an entire month to see the cheapest time to travel. Buying tickets through this site has saved me a TON of money over the years.
  • Once you’re actually in Vegas, there are discounts for groups (usually for 10 or more people); students (keep that old grad school ID handy!); or for online ticket purchases at lots of places, which I’ll note below.
  • Eating or drinking off the Strip, like on Fremont Street or in the very underrated Chinatown, is much more affordable than chowing down at popular Strip destinations, like the Wynn or the Cosmopolitan.
  • If you’re mainly going to be staying on the Strip, a rental car is going to be more trouble than it’s worth. Getting to most places along the Strip is usually $5-10, using ride-share apps like Uber or Lyft.
  • Almost all of the casinos provide free drinks to patrons as long as you’re gambling. Given the prices of drinks here, you’ll actually save money if you snag a cocktail waitress while you’re playing penny slots. Make sure to set a budget for yourself while you’re playing, though (even if it’s five dollars), to make sure this tip doesn’t wind up losing you money!
casino floor with slot machines in las vegas
  • When it comes to nightlife, planning ahead is totally your friend. While there are plenty of promoters handing out deals to nightclubs on the Strip, a lot of these places aren’t so great (I had a particularly harrowing experience at another Vegas bachelorette party, where I kept losing my shoe to the unbelievable stickiness of the club’s floor- gross!), which is a total waste considering how many fabulous artists play here on a nightly basis.
  • Instead, check out websites like No Cover Nightclubs; see if there’s anyone playing that you like; and sign up to be on the guest-list. While this means you’ll get into see famous DJs and artists for free (as opposed to paying cover which can range up to over $50), it also usually means you’ll have to get there before a certain time (usually midnight or earlier).

    During this bachelorette party, we went to Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay and saw T-Pain for freeeee- it was totally amazing and 100% worth the money (ha!).
group of women at a bachelorette party on the High Roller in Las Vegas

When to Go to Vegas for a Bachelorette Party

One of the great things about planning a bachelorette party in Vegas is that the weather is never “bad”- however, the time of the year you go can make a difference on what kind of experience you have. 

If you’re anything like me and want your Las Vegas itinerary to include some much needed pool time, you should plan your trip from late May through early October, when Vegas’s daily temperature is at least 70° Fahrenheit.

the venetian canals in las vegas

Late May through June and September through early October offer the perfect balance of balmy, but not stiflingly hot, weather so you can both pool it up and check out Vegas’s awesome hiking and other outdoor activities, without dying of heat exhaustion. However, these months also tend to be Vegas’s busiest, and therefore, most expensive, times to visit. July and August will be HOT (July boasts average highs of 104° Fahrenheit, perfect for pool weather… but not much else outside), so you may score better deals on flights and hotels.

Late October through early May bring cooler weather, with lows hovering in the 30s in January. You may not be able to scratch that pool itch (other than at a heated indoor one) during this time, but hotels and flights will almost certainly be cheaper.

The coldest months, January through March, are considered the “low” season and lots of Vegas shows often take breaks during this time period- so if you have your heart set on seeing a particular show, I’d double check to make sure it’s actually running during this time period.

Finally, if you want to avoid paying a premium, make sure to avoid any kind of holiday “party” weekend in the United States, like New Years Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, or Superbowl Sunday. As the go-to party locale in the United States, it should come as no surprise that Vegas is a popular (and therefore, more expensive) destination during these time periods.

Where to Stay in Vegas for a Bachelorette Party

view of the las vegas strip at night

Assuming you want your bachelorette to look like a less traumatic version of “The Hangover”, I’d recommend staying on the Vegas Strip. The Strip is HUGE and even though places might look like a short walk away, that’s just an optical illusion, thanks to the desert’s flatness- it would take almost two hours to walk from one end of the Strip to the other.

As such, I’d recommend staying at a Strip hotel with a central location (for reference, I think it’s fair to say that the Bellagio’s fountains are the nucleus of the Strip)- here are a few I’ve stayed at and think are perfect for a girls trip.

The Linq:

A newer casino conveniently located at the center of the Strip, with, in my experience, considerably cheaper prices than the surrounding hotels, and home to the High Roller Observation Wheel (one of our stops on our itinerary below!). The casino and hotel are clean and updated, and while the rooms are on the smaller side, they’re absolutely perfect for a weekend of girly bonding. It has a small but nice rooftop pool, overlooking the High Roller and other fun things in the Linq’s promenade, like its zipline. Bonus, they have a FREE pool party on Saturdays, DJs and all (most resorts charge upwards of $50 to get into these kind of events).

The Flamingo:

With recently updated rooms, cheaper prices than its neighboring resorts, and a decidedly girly interior, what’s not to love? Plus there’s a 21+ pool, with daily pool parties in the summertime.

front entrance of the flamingo hotel along the las vegas strip

Cosmopolitan:

If your budget is a bit bigger (okay, a lot bigger), the Cosmopolitan is absolutely my favorite casino on the Strip. From the decadent Chandelier Bar to a hidden speakeasy in a barbershop, I’ve been consistently blown away with my experiences at the Cosmopolitan. The pools here are AMAZING, as well- two of the pools are perched on the rooftop, with lounge chairs designed so your body is partly submerged in water with absolutely stunning views of the Strip below. PLUS- they have boozy Dole Whip (which if you’re not familiar, is a non-dairy pineapple soft serve, beloved by all, thanks to Disneyland). To be clear, though, the Cosmopolitan is usually PRICEY- a two night stay for my husband and me on a non-holiday weekend in their cheapest room would have been over $1,000, not including resort fees (which I’ll address below). So unless you have an incredibly generous friend with a lot of points saved up to splurge on here, I suspect this will be out of reach for a lot of bachelorette groups.

view of the las vegas strip and bellagio casino fountains
Protip- Okay, seriously, this is maybe the best (and top secret) tip I’ve shared on this site. If you want access to some of the stellar amenities of the Cosmo, but can’t quite stomach the pricetag, I recommend checking out the The Jockey Club. 

It’s an older timeshare resort that wouldn’t sell its land to the Cosmopolitan, so the Cosmo just literally built on top of and around it. The rooms can be a bit outdated, but for the location (literally right next to the Bellagio Fountains and basically inside the Cosmo), the prices can’t be beat. 

PLUS, because of the Jockey Club’s relationship with the Cosmo, you get access to one of the Cosmopolitan’s three awesome pools, including one of the aforementioned rooftop pools with spectacular views of the Aria Casino and my one true love, boozy Dole Whip (unfortunately, not including the Boulevard Pool, which is the one with the jaw dropping views overlooking the Strip). 

I’m kind of obsessed with this place- so much so that I wrote a whole article about why you should stay at the Jockey Club.

If you’re less into the EDM party scene and are maybe looking for a more offbeat or unique vibe to your bachelorette, staying on Fremont Street (i.e., the “Old Vegas”) may be a better option, with its myriad of street performers (all the Elvis impersonators), vintage neon signs, and laidback bars (think beer pong on the patio).

The best option for accommodations here, especially if you’re looking for some pool time, is to stay at the Golden Nugget.

entrance to the fremont street zipline

Something important to note is that all hotels with a meaningful amount of amenities, like pools, in Vegas charge a “resort fee” per room, up to about $50 a day, which allegedly covers the upkeep and maintenance of these amenities.

This can REALLY wrack up if you stay more than a couple of days and can definitely suck if you go on the off-season when you don’t even get to use the amenities. This fee is almost always collected when you check in to your hotel, so the price is often not reflected in your initial reservation- a good reminder to always check the fine print!

fremont street zip-liners passing overhead

What to Pack for a Vegas Bachelorette Party

I don’t think it’s necessary to list all the essentials you’ll pack for any ol’ trip, but I want to highlight things that you might not necessarily plan to bring or that I wish I had brought along on our bachelorette party trip.

First things first…

Bachelorette-themed decorations for your hotel room!

While there’s party and adult stores that sell bachelorette party supplies in Vegas, you’ll have less variety and pay a significant premium as compared to buying online, and most importantly, you’ll be taking precious time out of your Vegas vacation to bathe in the fluorescent lights of a sketchy Party City. Instead, I recommend picking up all your bachelorette party goodies before you land in Sin City. If you’ve got a slightly bawdy bride-to-be (a lady after my own heart), this kit has some silly yet cute decorations and this banner is pure perfection. If your bachelorette party involves several members of the bride’s or her betrothed’s family, I’d recommend steering away from the genitalia jokes and going with something slightly classier instead, like this or this.

Protips:

  • If you can, have one or two people in the party arrive an hour or two before everyone else so that the hotel room decorating duties can be taken care of by the time the bride arrives. We did this for Emily’s bachelorette party and she was so stoked when she got to her room!
  • I am frugal, a tree-hugger, and a lady of the age group where a lot of my friends are getting married. In the interest of saving money AND reducing, reusing, and recycling, after a bachelorette party wraps up, I usually hold on to the decorations that are reusable (like banners, sashes, and swizzle-sticks) to donate to future celebrations of my friends’ nuptials. One less banner in a landfill, right?

Glasses and cups

If you plan on drinking champagne or having a mimosa bar, like we did, in your room, don’t be like us and forget to pick up some recyclable champagne glasses. For our bachelorette party, I assumed I’d be able to borrow some from our hotel, which turned out to be decidedly not the case and I spent way longer than I’d like to admit hunting down glasses for our in-room brunch extravaganza.

Games

It should go without saying that I LOVE Vegas, but my favorite part of any bachelorette party is the girly bonding. And what’s better to facilitate said bonding than some silly games? If you don’t have a ton of time to plan beforehand, picking up a prepackaged game, like this one, is perfect to help all the guests get to know each other and help the bride feel like the star of the show.

Alternatively, if you’re like me and love to get your creative juices flowing, I’ve created a game for several friends’ bachelorette parties, essentially a scavenger hunt on a bingo card.

You basically think of a bunch of goofy dares that are either bachelorette-themed (i.e., “Get a picture with a random guy proposing to you”); Vegas-themed (“Serenade an Elvis impersonator”); or based on inside jokes with your friend (my friend’s bachelorette party was lightly Harry Potter themed, so one dare was to say a Harry Potter-based pickup line to the random person of your choosing), which can be as tame or as scandalous as you want.

woman and security officer at a bachelorette party

Since these will eventually be loaded into a bingo card, you’ll have to think of nine, 16, 25, or 36 different dares, which you then input into an online bingo card generator, like this one. Print out enough cards for the number of attendees before the party (I usually take them to a Kinko’s and get them printed on thicker cardstock) and then pass out a card to each attendee once everyone is gathered.

You can “play” the game however you want (i.e., whoever checks off the most boxes wins, whoever gets to bingo first, whatever), but however you play, I guarantee that you’ll have so many funny moments and pictures coming out of this game. Fun, cheap, totally silly, and always a big hit at the parties- everyone’s a winner with this one!

Flats

Listen, stilettos are cute and all, but make sure to bring along comfortable shoes that can transition from day to night. When I’m in Vegas, I walk upwards of 30,000 steps per day, from outdoor shopping to dancing to the sun literally comes up, and at some point, comfort becomes key. These and these flats look like solid contenders.

Swimsuits & Athletic Wear

This one is hopefully a no brainer, but remember to pack for whatever activities you’ll be doing. Bring a swimsuit regardless of the season (as hot tub and spa opportunities abound, even in the wintertime), along with sunglasses, sunscreen, and flip-flops if you’re going during pool season.

women floating in water at the wave waterpark in las vegas

Going during non-pool season but still want to get outside?

Some of the best things to do in Las Vegas during the daytime is to check out some of the incredible hiking opportunities in the area. For example, head to Red Rock Canyon, a quick half hour drive from the Strip. Alternatively, the Valley of Fire, one of my favorite places to go hiking in the United States!

If you think hiking might be on the agenda, make sure to bring along a pair of yoga pants, some hiking boots, and a Nalgene bottle, so that you stay hydrated in the desert climate without creating unnecessary plastic waste.

Travel Insurance

Last but not least, it’s a good idea to buy travel insurance. I generally only buy travel insurance when I’m traveling internationally, but Vegas is sort of in a league of its own. If the myriad of personal injury attorney billboards plastered around Vegas proves anything, it’s that stuff just kind of… happens in Vegas. Flights are missed, suitcases get stolen, y’know, just your run of the mill issues that arise when shenanigans are being had. I like purchasing travel insurance through World Nomads due to their wide network for travelers in over 140 countries, their easy to use quote system, coverage for adventure travel activities, and, unlike a lot of other insurers, no exclusions on coverage in your home country– you’ll be covered so long as you’re at least 100 miles away from your home.  While I like and recommend World Nomads, insurance is DEFINITELY one of those things you have to research, carefully review, and understand on your own time- so please do your research and make an informed choice before purchasing!

How Long to Stay in Vegas for a Bachelorette Party

I love Vegas, because it’s essentially like a very strange, almost psychedelic microcosm of the United States. Super kitschy and over-the-top, with both gritty and glamorous aspects and ALL the lights and ALL the sounds.

With that in mind, especially in a bachelorette party mindset, I think three days is the perfect period of time, to feel like you “did” Vegas, without feeling completely burnt out and having to cash out your entire 401k.

The Perfect Vegas Bachelorette Itinerary

Now that we got the logistics out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!

FRIDAY:

7 PMArrive at McCarran International Airport.

Even though this airport is pretty big, it’s usually quick and easy to get through. When exiting the airport, you’ll need to cross over into the parking garage and go to the spot specified for rideshare pickup (level 2 for the Terminal 1 garage or the valet level of the Terminal 3 garage).

From there, it’s an easy 15 minute ride (usually around $15) to the Strip.

7:45 PMCheck into your hotel and get ready for your first night out.

8:30 PMFuel up with dinner out.

  • Affordable option. Right next to the Linq Hotel and the High Roller Observation Wheel, Flour and Barleyhas a laid-back, casual atmosphere and with brick oven-baked pizzas perfectly sized to share between two people, is the perfect locale for your first group dinner. Best of all? When we went for Emily’s bachelorette party, we had vegan and gluten-free people in our group, and the menu easily accommodated all of our dietary needs. Flour and Barley is located at 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd L-25, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
  • Upscale option: If you’re wanting to kick off the party with a glamorous bang, I’d recommend checking out Beauty and Essex in the Cosmopolitan, which has a dark, sexy vibe; vegan and gluten-free options, and kind of screams “first night out at a bachelorette party!” Beauty and Essex is located at 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Protips:

  • With a large group, make reservations WAY ahead of time for any restaurants you plan on going to, especially if you’re going someplace as popular as Beauty and Essex or Momofuku (recommended below). Although Strip restaurants can often seat hundreds of people, it’s also not uncommon for restaurants to be completely full with multiple hours-long waits.
  • If you’re planning on having a night out, ALWAYS get food to eat either at the beginning of the evening or when you’re winding down for the night. I’ve been to countless bachelorette parties where we’ve tried to grab food around 10 PM or so; after sitting for an hour and stuffing your face with food, there is a really good chance that everyone will be sleepy and done for the night afterwards. So if you want to keep the party agoing, plan accordingly!
The high roller observation wheel in las vegas

9:45 PMHop on the High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel.

Soaring some 520 feet in the sky, the High Roller will take you on a half an hour long ride up and over the sprawling lights of Vegas, with absolutely breathtaking views of the city (plan your trip so that you can see the Bellagio fountain show while you’re at the top!). You can either choose a “regular” pass for $37 ($19 with a student ID) or alternatively, one with an open bar for $52 (be sure to check Groupon as well; there’s often deals for the High Roller).

View of the las vegas strip from The high roller observation wheel at night

With a regular pass, your group will likely get its own private gondola, whereas, you’ll have a higher chance of getting put with other folks if you select the happy hour option (mingling can be fun too!). Since I’ve heard you’re lucky to get two drinks during the open bar option, we chose the regular pass (you still get to grab the drinks of your choosing from a bar before you get on your gondola).

Blast some jams from your cell phone and have your own private dance party some five hundred plus feet above the Strip.

The High Roller is located at 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 .

View of the las vegas strip from The high roller observation wheel at night

10:30 PMExplore the Strip.

Now that you’ve had an eagle-eye view of the Strip, it’s time to get up close and personal with Sin City. Make your way south, stopping to dance along with the Bellagio fountains (showtimes are usually every 15 minutes at nighttime); take a selfie under the Eiffel Tower at Paris; and check out one of the bars below (my personal favorites on the Strip!):

  • Grab a glass of champagne or two at The Chandelier, a three-story bar inside a glittering chandelier (clever name, huh?) at the Cosmopolitan.
  • Treat yourself to a tropical cocktail at Rhumbar, a Caribbean-themed cocktail and cigar bar with a killer patio in front of the Mirage.
  • If you want to end the night on a classy note, hit up Skybar at the Waldorf Astoria for hand-crafted cocktails and stunning views of the Strip from the 23rd floor (pssst… this is my all-time favorite bar in Vegas!).
  • If you’re feeling like closing out the night by getting more “turnt up”, head on over to Omnia or Hakkasan to dance the night away.
view of the las vegas strip at night

SATURDAY:

11 AM- Brunch it up in your hotel room.

bagels and champagne at a bachelorette party in las vegas

Our bride-to-be really wanted to hit up one of the infamous Vegas buffets, but it proved near impossible to find one under $35 a head that had good reviews, included bottomless mimosas, and that catered to everyone’s dietary needs (for what it’s worth, our top contenders would have been the Wynn Buffet or Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan).

Instead, have one of the early birds go to a grocery store (there’s a Whole Foods about four miles away from the central Strip) to grab the makings for mimosas, as well as bagels, cream cheese, and fruit. It was so fun to lounge around our hotel room and dish about the night before (definitely junior high sleepover vibes!), all while carbing up for our adventures out and about.

women laughing at a bachelorette party brunch in las vegas
woman opening a bottle of champagne at a bachelorette party in las vegas
Note- If you’re not such a lazybones as we were, use the extra time to hit up the pool or better yet, wander around and marvel at the kitschy casinos (I could spend hours moseying about and gawking at the sheer Vegas-ness of my favorites- Paris; the Venetian; New York, New York; Caesar’s Palace; and the Bellagio).

1 PMHead on over to Fremont Street, the “old” Vegas Strip, to check out the Mob Museum

The Mob Museum is a super interesting and interactive museum about the history of the mafia and its impact on Las Vegas. This is another place that offers steep discounts for groups, being a student, and purchasing tickets online. While an adult ticket purchased at the box office will usually cost $24, we somehow wound up paying around $12 a person with all of the available discounts.

Instead of listening to the tour guide, start your time here in the basement, where a “speakeasy” awaits you. The attention to detail here is extraordinary- be sure to ask the bartender for entrance into the secret passageway and if you’re a fan of surprises, order yourself an Old Fashioned.

woman at the Mob Museum in las vegas

Once you’ve sufficiently explored the history of speakeasies in the basement (wink, wink), head on up to the third floor to make your way through the exhibits. We spent about two and a half hours here and honestly, still felt pretty rushed through the museum, so I’d recommend budgeting at least three hours.

The Mob Museum is located at 300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101 .

If mafioso history doesn’t sound like your idea of bachelorette party fun (our bachelorette may or may not have been a bit of a nerd), there’s a TON of other stuff to do during the day in Vegas.

Are you an outdoorsy bunch? Put on some yoga pants and head on over to Red Rocks Canyon, a quick half-hour ride from the Strip for dozens of trails featuring stunning views of gorgeous rock formations, or rent a kayak or SUP to get out on Lake Mead. Alternatively, Valley of Fire State Park is just about an hour away and home to stunning rock formations of fiery colors, like the Fire Wave or the Pink Canyon.

For something even more epic, consider taking a day trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon– you can find some great tours from Vegas, like this tour, that stops at the West Rim (and even the Hoover Dam) or this luxury tour to the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk.

red rocks canyon outside of las vegas

Looking for something more chill? If you’re here in the summer, make it a pool day instead, lounging in the desert sun and drinking up all the daiquiris.

If nothing else, wander around the eclectic area of Fremont Street, which is bursting at the seams with street performers, delicious local restaurants (check out my guide to vegan eats on Fremont Street here), and retro Vegas charm. Although Vegas’s nightlife is what dominates the headlines, there really is something here for everyone to stay entertained during the day.

4:30 PMHead back to the hotel, throw on your swimsuit, and hit up the spa!

While individual treatments, like massages and facials, can be pretty pricey (easily costing well over $100 a pop), a day pass to your hotel’s spa could cost as little as $20 (although could get much pricier at more luxurious hotels like the Cosmopolitan or the Waldorf Astoria), usually including entrance to the sauna, hot tub, and a “relaxation room” (a.k.a. a room with fancy fruit-infused water and all the trail mix a girl could dream of).

women in a hot tube at the linq spa in las vegas

At the The Linq Spa, we added a “salt cave” treatment onto the basic package, where you sit in a room, constructed of sea salt bricks, for 45 minutes and ionized salt particles are diffused in the air (allegedly treating respiratory, skin, and other inflammatory conditions).

With the salt cave inclusion, our total spa experience cost a reasonable $35 per person. This is the perfect time to girl talk; totally relax (I may have fallen asleep in the salt cave for a hot minute); and get ready for your night out. Added bonus? Since we all showered at the spa to take advantage of its blow-dryers, hair straighteners, etc., we didn’t have to fight to the death over who was going to shower in our shared hotel rooms.

women relaxing in the salt cave at the linq spa in las vegas

7:30 PM- Dinner time!

  • Affordable: Gordon Ramsay’s Burger focuses on the classics: burgers, fries, and shakes, but with an elevated twist. With gluten-free and veganizable options, beer flights, and a very central location in the Planet Hollywood Casino, this is a perfect place to carb up for your night out. Gordon Ramsay’s Burger is located 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109; please note that, as of September 2020, Burger is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
  • Upscale: Momofuku, at the Cosmopolitan, features delicious Asian-fusion dishes in a hyper-trendy atmosphere. It’s a great place to grab some cocktails, fill up on small plates like sweet and sour long beans with black vinegar or mushroom and scallion rice cakes, and fuel up for your Vegas nighttime adventure. Make sure to grab dessert on your way out at the neighboring Milk Bar. Momofuku is located at 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 .

Protip:

  • If you’re relying on rideshare to get around the Strip, make sure to give yourself PLENTY of time to find your driver and to get from one place to the other.

    Drivers can only pick you up at certain designated spots near the casinos, which can often be super confusing to find and literally blocks away from where you’re currently standing. We were actually late to the show we were headed to, Magic Mike, because it took us over half an hour to figure out where our Uber driver was trying to pick us up.
view of the paris hotel from the las vegas strip during the day

10:00 PM- Buckle up for Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel

This is an all male revue show featuring lots of girl power and of course, shirtless men galore. Hosted by a sassy lady MC who quips raunchy puns and feminist mantras (“You are beautiful! Every single one of you deserves a man who tells you that every day!”), the show is high production and full of electric energy, with a cast that not only boasts impressive pectorals, but also dancing, singing, and even musical skills.

Cannons rain fake dollar bills from the sky, which you can gleefully throw at the dancers as they snake their way through the audience, pulling select lucky ladies up on stage to “seduce” (our bachelorette was one of these lucky ladies!).

I had sooooo much fun at the show- female empowerment; hot men who can dance- what’s not the love?

Tickets for the show start at $49 and go up to over $150 (we found discount tickets on Best of Vegas); it’s a pretty intimate venue, so, given the performers’ constant audience interaction, you’re probably okay selecting cheaper seats.

Note that, while the jokes can be pretty explicit, the actual show itself is pretty PG-13, so if you’re in a group where you’re worried about possible tension caused by naked men (i.e. if there’s significant age gaps amongst the members or even family present), the awkwardness of attending the show is definitely pretty manageable.

Magic Mike Live is located at 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169.

Again, if shirtless hunky guys aren’t your thing, there are so many other shows in Vegas to check out- Cirque du Soleil! A constantly changing roster of musical phenomenons, like John Legend and Katie Perry! Zombie burlesque! I promise that you can find a show that fits your party’s vibe, regardless of whatever that vibe may be.

12:00 AMIt’s your turn to dance!

Since we wanted to see T-Pain, we headed to Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay. In my experience, bouncers tend to let bachelorette parties skip the line and get in for free, so you should at least try to play that card prior to shelling out any cover.

the Mandalay Bay nightclub stage with concert goers in the foreground and red lights behind the performer

Even if you get to skip paying the cover, though, drinks at places like this are REALLY expensive- plan on paying upwards of $12 for a beer or $20+ for a cocktail. Expensive drinks notwithstanding, Light was one of the coolest clubs I’ve ever been to, with glimmering lights, trippy visuals projected onto the wall, and even a laser show.

We had an absolute blast dancing our butts off here- one member of our bachelorette party was seven months pregnant and stayed up with us until 3 AM grooving the night away!

If you want to mix it up a bit, I’ve also had really fun experiences at Chateau at the Paris Las Vegas Casino, Omnia at Caesar’s Palace, and Marquee at the Cosmo.

If you still have energy left, head on over to Drai’s After Hours, a club that caters to the late night crowd. We stayed here until 6 AM, but if you truly want to shut Vegas down, you can dance here until 8 in the morning.

Light Nightclub is located at 950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119 .

Drai’s After Hours is located at 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Protip- Call the front desk and ask for a late check-out before you go to sleep; you’re going to need it!

SUNDAY:

12 PMAfter your late check out, grab a hearty brunch at Hash House A Go Go, conveniently located in The Linq lobby.

brunch at Hash House A Go Go in las vegas

With a huge menu of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch goodness, there is no better place to inhale a plate full of carbs, approximately a gallon of coffee, and gossip about last night’s shenanigans. Since lines here can be super long, I’d recommend sending down someone ahead of time to hold your place in line (note that they don’t seat people until your whole party is there).

Hash House a Go Go is located at 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

If Hash House a Go Go is too crowded for your liking or you don’t dig the casual diner vibes, some of my other brunch favorites on the Strip are Terrace Point Café or La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway in the Wynn.

tabel of women ordering brunch at Hash House A Go Go in las vegas

2 PMEnd your trip with a visit to the Neon Boneyard, an eclectic outdoor collection of vintage neon signs.

With designs harkening back to the ‘50s and 60s, this place is a design nerd’s or Instagrammer’s dream come true. A handful of the signs are fully restored with operational lights, with most of the other signs left as is. We chose to leisurely stroll around and do a “self-guided tour”, but next time, I would love to learn more about the history of the signs and take an hour-long guided tours (for an extra $5 a person). With a student ID, entrance is $17 or for an adult, expect to pay $22.

The Neon Boneyard is located at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV .

woman standing in front of an old neon sign at the Neon Boneyard in las vegas

3 PMHead back to the airport and reflect on the weird, wild wonderfulness that is a bachelorette party in Vegas!


And there you have it- the complete itinerary of how to have the best bachelorette party this side of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!” sign. Have you ever taken a girls’ trip to Vegas? Any thoughts or recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

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