By Hope S. Philbrick
A reader recently reached out for Atlanta bachelorette party ideas. “The bridesmaids are planning the whole thing, and I’m not supposed to know too much,” wrote the bride, “but the girls are coming into Atlanta for three days and have a boudoir shoot planned. Do you have other ideas?”
Of course we have bachelorette party ideas! The Georgia state capital is an ideal setting for a spectacular girlfriends’ getaway.
(And kudos on the boudoir photo shoot idea!)
First, whether you’re planning a one- or multi-night bachelorette party, agree on a budget. Best to get your group to settle on a price range that works for all members in advance, since “moderate price” can mean one thing to one person and something quite different to another. Some tips for keeping costs down include sharing hotel rooms, dining at restaurants that offer a range of items at various price points, and/or including some relaxed downtime as part of your itinerary. Use that time to play games, reconnect, and enjoy your time together without additional spending.
If you’re coming to Atlanta, Georgia, from out of town, you’ll need accommodations. You and your gal pals might consider Moxy Atlanta Midtown, Westin Buckhead, W Atlanta Buckhead, and The Artmore as possible Atlanta bachelorette party headquarters.
This Atlanta Bachelorette Party Ideas list is full of ideas that aim to be more “classy” than “grungy.” Use it to build the sort of special occasion group getaway that you have in mind.
Make reservations for whatever you choose to do, if possible.
Eat/Drink + Play
The Painted Pin is adults only during the evenings and it’s not your average bowling place. The bowling lanes are nice with above-average seating, plus there are are other games on-site, and above-average food and beverage options, since it’s owned and operated by a restaurateur and sommelier. It’s genuine fun with a cool vibe. Another option is The Painted Duck, which is owned by the same people as The Painted Pin. Duckpin bowling is quirky fun with smaller balls (that are easier on your arm) and squatty pins.
Top Golf feels less like a serious driving range and more like whacking balls into targets, so it’s fun even if you (like me) could care less about golf. The food and drinks are good, but serious foodies might prefer to eat somewhere else first and then go here.
Ormsbys is a bar/restaurant that has a speakeasy vibe because the front door can be tricky to find and the owners don’t widely advertise. The food is good, though serious foodies might head here after dinner elsewhere. Ormsbys offers a wide range of traditional games including backgammon, bocce, darts, pool, and shuffleboard.
The Sound Table serves amazing food and drinks, and you can dance to whatever is spinning. The place has a very cool vibe, a very diverse population flocks to it, and so I think of it as a glimpse at the real Atlanta.
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is located right on famed Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. The owners aim to create an environment where you can “relax while enjoying live entertainment and exceptional cuisine.” Hard Rock Café is down the street and often has (very loud) shows going on. You might also wander over to ride the big ferris wheel, SkyView Altanta.
Two Urban Licks stages live music and serves what is described as “fiery American” food, and has an amazing wine list that includes an innovative 26-foot, wine-on-tap wall that holds 72 barrels of wine.
City Winery Atlanta combines food, wine, and live musical performances.
Johnny’s Hideaway is a late night bar with a dance floor that’s been popular since 1979.
The Clermont Lounge is a strip bar that for some reason people rave about.
Ponce City Market is a great food/shopping option. The restaurants are like a who’s-who of Atlanta dining, as most of the city’s leading restaurateurs/chefs have a venue here. Your group could wander around and graze at different places and/or each grab something from her restaurant of choice and meet up at a table to eat together. The shops are higher-end but nice and always fun to browse. A rooftop gaming area, Skyline Park, offers retro mini golf, a big metal slide, etc., and great views of the city—but it’s pricey just to ride the elevator up there and then you have to pay for any games you actually want to play. So, while it can be fun, consider your budget.
Barcelona Wine Bar offers a relaxed, cool atmosphere and very authentically Spanish food/drink that’s a good value for the price, so it’s easy to love. You can control costs based on how many tapas you order.
Whiskey Blue is a rooftop bar in Buckhead where you could snag a cozy seating area outside and enjoy great views while having private conversations. The drinks are the main draw; food options are limited. But there are tons of great restaurants in Buckhead where you might dine first, including Bistro Niko (“French”, super loud dining room though), South City Kitchen (contemporary Southern), Buckhead Diner (classic Southern with a everybody-in-Atlanta comes here vibe; the menu is very eclectic with something for everyone; if you ask for a quiet table you can get seated in a back area that’s not as loud), Storico Fresco (amazing authentic Italian), The Big Ketch (Florida-style seafood), and Yebo Beach Haus (amazing South African).
Polaris is a spinning rooftop restaurant/bar with a Mid-Century retro vibe in Downtown Atlanta. Come here and you’ll enjoy great views of the city plus yummy food/drink.
Looking for more bachelorette party ideas to round out your day and night plans? Here are some more fun ways to keep groups entertained:
You might enjoy one of Atlanta’s comedy clubs.
Savor a spa! The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Midtown is truly luxurious; treatments can be pricey, but once you’re in you’ll have pool access all day so can linger in this haven. A budget option is Treat Your Feet on Buford Highway, where a high-quality reflexology foot and neck massage is $30 per person. The place is big enough that a group of friends can get treatments all at once. If you want to add mani/pedis, Treat Your Nails is right next door. Or bring the spa to you. Soothe lets you order a treatment and the therapist comes right to you with massages available seven days a week starting at just $99. This could be fun to mix with the Boudoir photo shoot; once a gal is finished with her shoot she could get a massage, until everyone (who wants to participate) has done both.
Book a private pole dancing class (or some other type of dance) with Dance 411.
Join a group or book a private cooking class at Cook’s Warehouse. Choose from dozens of classes for around $60/person.
Atlanta Beer Bus lets you visit breweries without driving.
SweetGrass Brewery stages free live musical entertainment every Sunday 2-5 p.m.
You might want to rent a limo or party bus to get around Atlanta if you’re going to hop around to lots of different places. Or book a taxi.
A word of caution: Atlanta is, unfortunately, a sex trafficking hub, so be careful out there and stick together. If you use Uber/Lyft be 100% certain that you’re getting into the right vehicle: check the license plate before getting in.
Have fun, ladies!
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