Springtime is just around the corner for Rose City, when everyone’s hearts turn to thoughts of love. And if you’re planning to get hitched this year, it’s an unspoken rule that before tying the knot comes tying one on with your squad. Good thing Portland is a great destination for a bachelor/bachelorette party! From its diverse food and drink options to its plethora of outdoor activities, Portland has a little something for everyone. So whether you’re looking for a wild night out or a more low-key celebration, here are some tips for planning the best bachelor or bachelorette party Portland has ever seen.
Hit the Town
Guys and gals alike will want to start the party with a tour of our vibrant nightlife. Portland is home to a variety of bars, clubs, and lounges. Looking for a dive bar, rooftop hangout, or something off the beaten path? Portland has your back. You can even choose a booze cruise with BrewBarge Portland, and enjoy some cocktails out on the water. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, consider visiting the original Portland Pinball Museum or the quirky House Spirits Distillery. Maybe the retro arcade cabinets at Ground Kontrol are more your speed. Birdie Time Mini Golf is also a great way to blow off some steam with the crew.
Grab some Grub
As you explore Portland’s nightlife, don’t forget to take advantage of the city’s great food options! Portland is known far and wide as a hardcore “foodie” town, and for good reason. Thanks to a deep variety of culinary offerings — ranging from food carts to farm-to-table restaurants, upscale sit-downs to the perfect late-night chow — you’ll have no trouble finding something to satisfy your group’s appetites no matter what you crave.
Have a Nature Adventure
Cityscapes are always fun to get lost in, but why not break up your boys’ or girls’ night out by exploring Portland’s great outdoors? This city has always had a symbiotic relationship with our abundant green space and winding waterways, so seeking out some alfresco adventure is always a great idea here. Check out our countless parks — perfect for fresh air and outdoor escapades. Or Consider taking a jet boat trek down the Willamette River, going for a hike in the Columbia River Gorge, or exploring our stunning Oregon Coast.
Board a Party Bus
Any party bus is only as fun as the city it cruises through. Good thing Portland is packed with both rolling ragers, and sublime spots to stop once you climb aboard. It’s also a roomy step up from a stuffy limo! If you have a “life of the party” crowd, then why not opt for a karaoke cruiser? Or hop aboard a coach that’ll cart you off on a winery tour and tasting. You can even opt for a UK-style double-decker sightseeing tour if you like.
Entertain the Offbeat
Portland is a city for all seasons, and quality entertainment is abundant. If your wedding party appreciates a good laugh, Helium Comedy Club is a great choice to catch both national-level and up-and-coming comics. Darcelle XV Showplace is one of the longest-running drag clubs in the Pacific northwest, and is always a good time. Or, test your group’s bond — and its critical thinking skills — at one of our excellent Escape Rooms.
Indulge in the Underbelly
Look, we don’t judge. On the off-chance that you’re looking to cut loose in a more “we’ll never speak of this again after tonight” sort of way, Portland can help you there, too. Portland has more exotic dancing establishments per capita than any other metro in the country, so you’ll be spoiled for choice citywide if that’s your thing. And although our bar scene here is exceptional, Oregon is also a friendly state when it comes to alternative forms of altering your consciousness. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with our local P’s and Q’s before you dive in, and remember to celebrate responsibly at all times.
Relax and Refresh
Finally, don’t forget to take some time to unwind. Portland has a plentiful range of spas and wellness centers that offer everything from massages to skin treatments to yoga classes for anyone looking for a little revitalization. So if your idea of a great time involves achieving calm and balance, then consider booking a spa package for the group. Taking some time to relax and enjoy your crew’s company before the big day happens will no doubt be a popular choice with everyone.
Plan Your Stay at The Hotel Zags
Headed into PDX to celebrate your hen or stag do? The Hotel Zags is located right in the beating heart of the city, and is the perfect base camp for all of your upcoming pre-wedding adventures. Take a look at our Special Offers page to check out money-saving packages, room block reservations, and to get the lowdown on what’s up in Rose City. We’ll see you when you get here!