You’re saying goodbye to the single life for good, so you might as well go out in style. And no, you don’t have to go to Vegas. Here are just a few ideas of places that will help you leave behind your bachelor days with verve, panache, and plenty of libation. Just be sure to keep your old college roommate in check, and please do steer your new brother-in-law away from the casino.
If fresh powder, black diamonds, and apres-ski is your thing, this might be the place for you. The steaks at Buck’s T-4 are served juicy and rare, and the beers at Scissorbills Saloon are cold as a mountain stream. If you’re looking to pull some late nights, consider renting a whole chalet—you and your friends can pre and post-game to your heart's content.
For the mountain man in all of us, there’s always Yosemite. The Village Sports Shop can get you fitted out for fly-fishing, campsites abound, and the sweeping vistas of Glacier Point are simply unbeatable. The Mariposa sequoia grove has something you’ll find nowhere else, and the Ahwahnee Hotel offers a four-star break from the rugged outdoors.
Talk about good times—the French Quarter practically invented them. But don’t feel like you have to stick to Bourbon Street. Frenchmen Street has some of the best jazz clubs in the city, and for toasting with the locals, you can’t beat the dive bars of the Bywater. And if you want to go old school, have a few Sazeracs at Napoleon House after your brunch at Galatoire’s.
Santa’s Pub isn’t just the best Karaoke bar in the South. It’s a double-wide trailer with two-dollar beers and some of the most interesting bartenders in America. Fried chicken at Hattie B’s makes for some great hangover food, which you’re going to need to check out the live music scene in East Nashville your second night.
Get some sunshine and waves by day, and get the best Cuban food in America at Versaille’s in Little Havana before the sun even sets. And when it does, head back to the strip for late nights at Wall in the W Hotel and Liv at the Fountainebleu. Just bring some sharp duds—people get dressed up here.
It’s just like Paris, but with poutine, professional hockey, and a nightlife that will leave you begging for the ibuprofen. Start your night with beers at the cafes of the Old Port, keep it going with a rock show at Mile End, and end it . . . well, you’ll figure it out. And no, you don’t need to be in the champagne room to enjoy some world-class French bubbly.
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