Planning a bachelorette party can be difficult. Balancing everybody’s expectations is a tricky task and finding unique spots that aren’t already packed with other bachelorette parties only adds to that stress. Whether you’re from New Orleans and want to get away from the tourists or you’re from out of town and want to avoid tourist traps, here are some places that your entire party will love.
The Columns Hotel: This iconic New Orleans hotel was built in 1883 and still boasts the original architecture. Removed from the French Quarter—but still a short streetcar ride away—this hotel features the Victorian Lounge, named by Esquire as one of the 100 Best Bars in America. Enjoy drinks on the hotel patio overlooking St. Charles Ave.
The Pontchartrain Hotel: Located in the Historic Garden District, this full-service hotel is replete with amenities. There are four restaurant and bar options, including the Hot Tin Rooftop bar, which features views of the Mississippi River and downtown. Still removed from the French Quarter but closer than the Columns, this hotel is perfect for a luxurious getaway.
Domio Barrone St.: Worried about fitting a large group into hotel rooms? This hotel is ideal for larger bachelorette parties. Domio, the first apartment-hotel in New Orleans, offers suites with up to four bedrooms, fitting as many as 16 people. In addition, the downtown spot has a rooftop pool, fitness center, and all the amenities of a hotel.
The Country Club Drag Brunch: New Orleans’s latest entertainment trend is the drag brunch. Great for bachelorette parties, the Country Club’s Saturday drag brunches feature delicious à la carte brunch, drinks, and of course a drag show. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance, as the shows are booked several months out.
Ralph’s on the Park: Owned by the famous Brennan family, this farm-to-table restaurant features both local dishes and international fare. Ralph’s is located in the heart of Mid-City and overlooks City Park, so you can enjoy a view of New Orleans’s famous oak trees while you eat.
Elizabeth’s Restaurant: Located in the Bywater, this funky restaurant is perfect for the edgier bride. The menu features classic southern and Cajun dishes with a twist, like their Eggs Florentine with fried oysters and potatoes. Enjoy their unique cocktails and food in this low-key atmosphere.
Oak New Orleans: Located on Oak Street Uptown, this wine bar is quintessential for a the spendy bachelorette party. Their extensive wine cellar offers dozens of wines by the glass or by the bottle. Enjoy small plates prepared by Chef Aaron Burgau of Patois and live music every weekend.
Bacchanal Wine: Enjoy the outdoors at this bar in the Marigny. This spot is perfect for a lively evening, with a large patio in the back and live music every night. Featuring an extensive wine list and excellent food, this bar is full of local flair. Be sure to go early, though, because often there’s a line down the block to get in.
Barrel Proof: For bachelorette parties looking for a more friendly, open atmosphere, Barrel Proof is ideal. This bar features over 300 whiskeys and 50 craft beers, so those looking to expand their horizons will be excited. Located on Magazine St. downtown, this bar is within walking distance of many other restaurants and bars, so it’s the best place to start—or end—the evening.
Le Visage Day Spa: For the bride who wants to be pampered, check out Le Visage for a spa day. This full-service spa features high-end and luxurious treatments for the whole body, and the calming aesthetics will relax even the most wound-up bride. Check out their Spa Packages for a day of rest and rejuvenation.
Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots: Indulge a little bit at the Fairgrounds Race Course. Open from Thanksgiving Day until the end of the season in April, some of the sport’s most exciting thoroughbreds race at the Fairgrounds. There’s plenty of delicious food and drink to enjoy while you’re watching the ponies, and you can watch from the comfort of the Grandstand or outside on the patio.
Gray Line Cemetery and Voodoo Tour: For those who want to explore the spooky side of New Orleans, this is the activity for you. This tour will take you through the St. Louis Cemetery #1, which, at nearly 250 years old, is one of the oldest burial sites in the city. You’ll also get to visit the tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Leveau, a site that people still make pilgrimages to every year. At the end, you receive your very own “Gris-Gris” bag, perfect for your party to remember the trip by.