Plan an Epic Bachelor Party in Austin Texas (2020 Guide)
A bachelor party in the Lone Star state of Texas can definitely be a great choice, especially if your journey takes you to the city of Austin. Austin is known for its music scene, brew houses, Tito’s vodka, and down to earth ladies. The heart of Austin is downtown 6th Street which consists of 7 blocks that are packed with bars, live music, restaurants, and people.
This article will provide you with the ideas you need to become the best bachelor party planner in Austin, as well as provide you with a basic itinerary. We update this on a regularly basis with the latest information and reviews so that you can make the best decision for your crew.
How To Get There
Heading to Austin from somewhere in Texas? Then a road trip might just be in order. Especially, if you like barbeque. Texas has some of the most interesting road trip activities available, especially if you are traveling to Austin from nearby cities like Dallas/ Frt. Worth, Houston, or San Antonio. However, if you are coming from farther away, then you probably want to spend more of your time actually partying, not just traveling, so you may want to fly.
When booking flights to Austin, make sure you fly into Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (airport code: AUS). To get the best flight prices and availability, we recommend using orbitz.com. It will be about a 36 minute cab ride from the airport to downtown, and will cost about $26.00. There are several ride-sharing services that can save you some money such as Fasten and Ride Austin. As of 5/29/2017 Lyft and Uber are now back in service in Austin, Texas, so use our referral code to get your first ride of up to $20 for free!
Getting Around in Austin
Austin has better public transportation than most Texas cities, but you are still going to need a vehicle to get around. Like most airports, Austin’s airport offers a number of car rental locations, including Enterprise Rental Car. If you do not want to rent a car, you can always use a cab. It will be about a 36 minute cab ride from the airport to downtown, and will cost about $26.00. You also have your choice of rideshare type services, including local choices like Fasten and Ride Austin. As of 5/29/2017 Lyft and Uber are now back in service in Austin, Texas, so use our referral code to get your first ride of up to $20 for free!
Things to Do
If you cannot find something to do in Austin, then you are not looking hard enough. The and surrounding area is not only full of fun urban things to do, but also offers some of the best outdoor sporting activities in all of Texas. Whether you are into hunting, fishing, boating, jet skiing, hiking, or extreme sports, you can find it in Texas. You can also take it very low key; Austin is a great foodie city, and you can spend a weekend enjoying good food, craft beer, and the gorgeous Texas Hill Country sunshine.
Daytime Activities Ideas
Lake Travis is the preferred daytime destination for anyone looking for a great way to enjoy the gorgeous Texas weather. Head down to AquaVista Sports and choose from jetskis, pontoon boats, and ski boats for the ultimate daytime water adventure. No one wants to be the designated driver? No problem. They offer the services of a captain for the day for a small additional fee.
Having a lazy weekend day? Then you are going to want to start it out by having a leisurely brunch at one of Austin’s amazing restaurants. Brunch is a serious thing in Austin, and most of the popular restaurants offer brunch on the weekends and have cheap mimosas and bloody marys to entice you to get your drunk on.
If your group decided that you would rather save the drinking for night, you can check out Redd’s shooting range and shoot a variety of guns at some targets to kill a few hours.
Looking to get a unique view of Austin? Head over to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures and check out the longest and fastest zipline in the state of Texas.
There is also Morris Williams golf course if your group wants to play 9 or 18 holes.
If you are looking for a great service that will plan and setup all your day activities while in Austin, check out Spark Parties.
Nightlife Activities Ideas
There are tons of things to do in Austin at night, but you are going to want to hit Sixth Street for sure. It offers a huge range of bars, nightclubs, and other activities.
Want a break from the bar scene? Head over to Deep Eddy Pool at Barton Springs and watch one of their nighttime movies.
Spend a few minutes checking out The Museum of the Weird. They bill themselves as America’s strangest attraction, and they certainly own that title. They even offer a live sideshow attraction for all visitors.
Kung Fu Saloon located at 510 Rio Grande is another great place to start the night off. This is a full bar, with old school arcade games and board games. Not ideal for getting crazy but with cheap drinks its definitely a pregame place. They are known for their sake bombs and $1.00 mimosas for brunch. They are usually very busy for Sunday brunch so if this is what you decide, get there early.
Living room bar which is located on the ground floor of the W hotel (located at 200 Lavaca Street). This bar/lounge is more on the classier side where you will meet plenty of people from out of town. Maybe even meet a bachelorette party and join forces? The drinks are more on the pricey side, but if your staying at the W hotel, there is no reason not to knock down a few drinks here.
Now that your bachelor party is feeling drunk, it’s time to checkout the night spots in Austin. If you are looking to bump into groups of hot chicks, besides going to a strip club, your best bet is to head to J.Blacks and Ranch (offers bottle service which is ideal for groups).
If you want to venture off the beaten path a bit, you should head down to Rainey Street. It is a short cab ride from downtown. The street is lined with bars so it makes it easy to setup your own pub crawl. Some of the good spots on Rainey Street are Bangers, Clive, Icenhauers’s, and Lustre Pearl. You will definitely run into some fun women at these places as well, because it isn’t a bachelor party without some temptation.
Strip Clubs / Gentlemen’s Clubs
Palazio Gentlemen’s Club located at 501 E Ben White Blvd, is most expensive and has the best looking girls but they are just topless, call ahead reserve corner VIP booth. they offer packages for bachelor parties including free cover, shuttle service, bottles, etc.
Yellow Rose on North Lamar Blvd is also a good option for getting over your stripper fix. They do offer full service bar which means the women will only be topless. They have special deals for bachelor parties as well and offer free transportation for groups.
XTC Cabaret at 3015 Andtree Blvd is all nude and bring your own beer. As a result, the women are hit or miss but at least you can bring your own beverages while trying to find a reason you want to get a lap dance.
Where To Eat
Austin is an amazing place that offers a huge range of restaurant types. This is a city where you definitely want to get your grub on!
Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch
Lamberts BBQ, if you are looking for a good bbq joint that is in the downtown area, this is where you want to go. They consider their food fancy bbq, with an eclectic menu of anything from gulf oysters, to boar ribs, to your usual pulled pork and beef brisket. They also offer both oak smoked and oak grilled items.
Counter Café offers some delicious local food, an organic twist on greasy spoon favorites. The crab cake benedict is our favorite.
Trudy’s Tex Mex – Well you planned your bachelor party in Austin for the food, right? With it’s close proximity to Mexico you will find some of the best tex/mex around. Trudy’s has three locations in the Austin area which are all equally good. Their menu has favorites such as crispy beef tacos, chicken
quesadillas, and fish tacos.
Taverna is the place for Italian food. Located on 2nd St district (258 W 2nd St), this restaurant is known for their focaccia, pizza, and risotto. They also serve fish, chicken and beef for your buddies on a low carbohydrate diet. There is outside seating which is great for people watching, assuming the outside temperature is reasonable. Taverna also has brunch on the weekends with favorites like vanilla french toast and New Orleans style beignets.
Second Bar + Kitchen located at 200 Congress Ave, is another great option for group dining. They offer the new restaurant trend of farm to table cuisine with items like buffalo fried pickles, braised short rib, and rainbow trout.
Where To Stay
Austin has tons of interesting places to stay, whether funky little boutique hotels, great rental home spaces, or something in between.
W Hotel located at 200 Lavaca Street is close to all the action. You can get a room here during peak season for $250 a night and $175 off season.
Another option for resting your head would be The Westin Austin Downtown. This is a beautiful property with tons of amenities. Expect to pay around $260.00 per room on a normal weekend and as much as $800 per night during peak times or if there is a large event/festival in town.
If you are looking for very comfortable beds with floor to ceil windows, you should look into booking the Omni Hotel in Austin. It also includes a heated pool and business center so you can day trade bitcoin while celebrating your friend. The location is perfect as you are roughly one block from all the good restaurants, bars, and live music. Look to spend about $200 per night for double beds (sleeps 2) during peak times.
For bachelor parties, we like the idea of a home rental, which can offer neat hang out activities. You can use services like AirBnB, VRBO, and Homeaway. You can even use our link to get $40.00 off your first AirBnB reservation.
If you would rather rent a townhouse, you should go with this one on Airbnb, which sleeps a total of 10 people, and is right in the heart of 6th street.
If you have a smaller group of around 8 guys, you should definitely look into renting the “Holiday Downtown Loft” which is located near 6th street and walking distance to everything. This 3,000 sq foot loft has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and can sleep up to 8 adults. Includes chef’s kitchen (chef not included), washer/dryer for when you soil yourself, and free wifi. This amazing spot will set you back about $1000 per night during peak times, but divide that by 8 dudes and it will only run about $125 per person per night.
Assuming that money is no object with your crew, you must rent this 8-bedroom mountaintop mansion. This will elevate your game to a new level. You can bring a crew back from downtown and throw an epic all night bash. The price will run you about $1200.00 per night, but it does sleep a total of 20 people, which makes the price more appetizing. The best part about this mansion is that it’s only 10 minutes from downtown!
Want to enjoy the Austin outdoors? Stay steps away from Barton Springs pool.
When To Go
Regardless of when you decide to make the trip to the Lonestar State, make sure you protect your trip with travel insurance. This is especially true if you decide to book during June-November which is also considered hurricane season.
Best Time to Go
February through May and late September through mid November are considered peak months where the temperatures are a bit cooler and the city is a little more crowded.
Bachelor Party on a Budget
If you are looking to book your bachelor party in Austin and want to save a few bucks, you should consider booking during the summer months of June – August. Be advised that it is very hot during these months so you may need to pack some extra deodorant. Since it’s considered off-peak during these months you will definitely save money on hotels and flights.
Extra Curricular Activities
White can go for $60 – $75 a gram and is normally decent to high quality. Remember that Austin is close to the Mexican border so all the importation from Columbia goes through Mexico and into Texas.
Green will run about $50 an eighth and is also mid to high grade.
Escorts will run you about $150 – $300 for a few hours of companionship. You can find most of the contacts via backpage or the old traditional way, yellow pages. You can also check out eros.com, and you may even find a few lonely ladies at some of the bars you visit.
Remember, these activities are illegal! Do at your own risk.
Items to Pack
To find out any events or concerts going on in Austin the weekend you are there, check out austin360.com. The biggest event to happen in Austin each year is the SXSW which is a music, film and gaming conference that happens in middle of March. Yes, the bars and restaurants will be packed during that time and hotels/flights will be more expensive.
Austin has a little bit of everything for your bachelor party. Even if your group drank too much and can barely move, revival bus will come rescue you. Yes, you read that correctly, there is a business that operates a bus which will come to your location and give you IV fluids to get you back on your feet. This is definitely recommended for your party given the amount of drinking and lack of sleeping you will do. For more information on this option or to schedule an appointment, contact them at rollingrevivalbus.com.
Austin also has a service which can deliver beer, wine, liquor, chasers, mixers, cups, ice, and more directly to your hotel or rental home. The service is called drizly and you can order directly from their website or mobile app.
Wake up early in the morning to get in line at Franklin’s Barbecue, get some of the best bbq in the state, pack that stuff into a cooler, fill another cooler with beer, and then head over to Lake Travis for a day on a pontoon boat. Head back to your hotel around 4, get cleaned up, head over to Trudy’s for dinner, then hit Sixth Street. After you shut down the bars, have your limo pick you up and take you over to Palazio.
Booking a house or condo in Austin, Texas for your bachelor party? Get a $40 travel credit with Airbnb.com. This offer only applies to new members of Airbnb.com, not existing ones.
Austin Bachelor Party Forum
Still have some questions about planning your big weekend in Texas? Post it on our forum (anything goes) and another bachelor or staff member from our community will provide you with a detailed response shortly. Already been to Austin and have advice, recommendations, or reviews for other groups? Post that as well, and help make our community stronger.
If you have never been to Austin, Texas, then you may not realize what a great party town it is. However, is a true bucket list experience. Head there and enjoy the food, the drink, the live music, the beautiful Texas girls, and the Hill Country activities.
5 Stars. Austin has everything you want in a bachelor party destination, is affordable, and is easy to reach, making it the ultimate bachelor party destination.
In conclusion, Austin should be put at the top of your list of bachelor party destinations. It all depends on the group in your party and what they really want to accomplish on this magical weekend. If your group is into eating and drinking craft beer, then you would have to go to Austin. However, if your group is into the nightclubs, casinos, and beautiful women to party with, you may want to look into another spot.
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