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 navigate figuring out how to organize the most epic fling before the ring. Thankfully, I’ve previously been to Vegas on three (and counting!) girls’ trips and 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. So 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
MAKING A VEGAS BACHELORETTE PARTY AFFORDABLE
Before we dive in, a quick note about planning a girls’ trip here- 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!). I’m providing some tips and tricks on how to save money below, but even with these pointers, it is not exactly a budget-friendly locale. So if your squad is trying to scrimp on cash, I might consider picking a different destination.
That being said, here are some things we did to cut down on costs:
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 $10 or less 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!
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 guestlist. 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, we went to Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay and saw T-Pain for freeeee- it was totally amazing and 100% worth the money (ha!).
With the money business out of the way, let’s get to the fun part!
THE PERFECT VEGAS BACHELORETTE ITINERARY
7 PM- Arrive 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 PM- Check into your hotel and get ready for your first night out.
Based on affordability, quality, and location, we chose to stay at The Linq, a newer casino conveniently located at the center of the Strip and near some of the most famous spots in Vegas, like Caesar's Palace, the Bellagio, and Paris. The casino and hotel were clean and updated, and while the rooms were on the smaller side, were absolutely perfect for a weekend of girly bonding.
Something important to note is that all hotels here charge a “resort fee” per room, up to $45 a day, which allegedly covers things like use of the hotel’s pool and hot tub. 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, like we did, when you don’t even get to use these amenities.
8:30 PM- Grab dinner at Flour and Barley, right outside the hotel in the Linq Promenade.
This brick-oven pizza joint has a laid-back, casual atmosphere and with pizzas perfectly sized to share between two people, is the perfect locale for your first group dinner. Best of all? 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 and open from 11-12 AM daily.
Protip- 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 have been to countless bachelorette parties where we have 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!
9:45 PM- Hop 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).
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 and open from 11:30-2 AM daily.
10:30 PM- Explore the Strip.
Now that you’ve had on eagle-eye view of the city, it’s time to get up close and personal with Sin City. Make your way south of the Linq towards the Cosmopolitan, stopping to dance along with the Bellagio fountains (showtimes vary depending on the date and time, but are usually every 15 minutes at nighttime); take a selfie under the Eiffel Tower at Paris; and grab a glass of champagne (or two) at The Chandelier, a three-story bar inside (you guessed it!) a glittering chandelier at the Cosmopolitan. 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 or if your vibe is more “turnt up” than classy, head on over to Omnia or Hakkasan to dance the night away.
11 AM- Brunch it up in your hotel room.
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 in your party head to a grocery store (there’s a Whole Foods about four miles away from The Linq) to grab the makings for mimosas, as well as bagels, cream cheese, and fruit. It was so much 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.
1 PM- Head on over to Fremont Street, the “old” Vegas Strip, to check out the Mob Museum, 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.
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 plan on spending about three hours here.
The Mob Museum is located at 300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101 and open from Wednesday through Monday from 9 AM-9 PM and Tuesday from 9 AM-6:30 PM.
Protip- If mafioso history isn’t your jam, 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 jaw-dropping views of gorgeous rock formations, or take a stand up paddle boarding class on Lake Mead, with 9th Island SUP. Looking for something more chill? If you’re here in the summer, make it a pool day instead, lounging in the warm desert sun and drinking up all the daiquiris. If nothing else, wander around the eclectic area of Fremont Street and the surrounding Arts District, 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 PM- Head 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 over $100 a pop), a day pass to your hotel’s spa costs around $20 or so, 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). With 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.
7:30 PM- For a more upscale, yet still reasonably priced meal, grab an Uber to Momofuku over at The Cosmopolitan.
Featuring delicious Asian-fusion dishes in a hyper-trendy atmosphere, this is 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 and open from 11 AM-11 PM daily.
Protip #1- With a large group, make reservations WAY ahead of time, especially if you’re going someplace as popular as Momofuku. 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.
Protip #2- If you’re relying on rideshare, 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 Magic Mike because it took us over half an hour to figure out where our Uber driver was trying to pick us up.
10:00 PM- Buckle up for Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel, an all male revue show featuring lots of girl power and of course, shirtless men galore.
Hosted by a sassy lady MC who is quick to quip 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 manageable.
Magic Mike Live is located at 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169, with shows at 8 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 7:30 and 10 PM Friday through Sunday.
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 Lady Gaga or Bruno Mars! 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 AM- It’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. That being said, as noted above, 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 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 and open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 PM- 4 AM.
Drai’s After Hours is located at 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 and open Thursday through Sunday 1-8 AM.
Protip- Call the front desk and ask for a late check-out before you go to sleep; you’re going to need it!
12 PM- After your late check out, grab a hearty brunch at Hash House A Go Go, conveniently located in The Linq lobby.
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 and open 24 hours daily.
2 PM- End your trip with a visit to the Neon Boneyard, an eclectic 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. I would love to learn more about the history of the signs so next time I go, I’d love to take one of the hour-long guided tours (for an extra $5 a person), but the self-guided tour is perfect for a leisurely stroll through the reflection of Vegas history. 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 8910 and is open Monday through Thursday 9 AM-11 PM and Friday through Sunday, 9-12 AM.
3 PM- Head back to the airport and reflect on the weird, wild wonderfulness that is a Vegas bachelorette party!
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!