The Complete Austin Bachelor Party City Guide

Keep Austin weird with our itinerary.
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James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Jul 13, 2023
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Time an Austin bachelor party to Austin City Limits or SXSW, but this hip town in Texas is known for so much more than its popular festivals. Austin is a great bachelor party destination for several reasons. Groups can make the most of a three-day weekend by enjoying plenty of live music, taking in Lake Travis, dancing the night away—the city's motto is "keep Austin weird"—and enjoying savory dishes or local restaurants. Read all about the Austin bachelor party options in our comprehensive guide.

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What Are Some Austin Bachelor Party Ideas?

What's the group (and the groom) looking for in an Austin bachelor party? ATX probably has it readily available. With fantastic live music venues to award-winning barbeque and brewery, outdoorsy types will also appreciate river tubing and party boats to biking through the city, there's plenty to see, do, and eat and drink here. (However you theme the weekend, thank the guys for coming out with a gift from The Knot Shop).

For the Adventurous Types

Book paddle boards on Lake Travis, grab a river tube to float down the city's rivers and rent some wheels for rugged mountain biking in Hill Country. Whatever gets your adrenaline pumping, you can find it here.

For the Party Seekers

You can party by day on a chartered boat on Lake Austin, then keep things going at night on South Congress Avenue, Rainey Street, or Sixth Street where you'll find tons of bars, live music venues, and plenty of spots for late-night eats.

For the Foodies

There are more than 58 breweries in and around Austin and there's a thriving local food scene. Between tacos, gourmet Asian fusion, and delicious barbecue, groups will enjoy just some of the top-notch fare found around the city.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Austin?

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Find a little bit of everything on your Austin bachelor party with the ultimate three-day itinerary that offers good eats, good drinks, and plenty of fun.

Day 1

Morning: Start your trip off with breakfast or brunch at The Paperboy, once a popular food truck and now a permanent hotspot offering seasonal breakfast fare like maple sausage biscuit sandwiches, migas, and a Texas hash bowl with pulled pork shoulder.

Afternoon: From breakfast, tour the city a bit before hopping on the Twisted Texas Brew Bus. The three-hour tour takes you to three local breweries with a craft beer tasting at each and behind-the-scenes tours—but that's only half the fun. The bus itself features a live band, trivia and prizes. It's also BYOB to keep the party going while you're on board.

Evening: For dinner head to Emmer & Rye, a farm-to-table spot with a unique twist: dim sum-style carts that bring you options like red corn johnny cakes and butternut tartare along with other tasty treats including crispy pork shoulder and dry-aged wagyu NY steak. Located nearby one of Austin's best areas for nightlife, Rainey Street is a great place to spend your first night. For a cozy spot with cocktails try Half Step, or take in a rooftop with downtown views at the Lustre Pearl Rainey. For a daytime pool party, check out Geraldine's.

Day 2

Morning and Afternoon: Day two begins with a quick and easy breakfast at Better Half Coffee & Cocktails. Nothing beats starting the day with a fantastic Bloody Mary or Irish Coffee, and you shouldn't skip the chicken biscuit or pastrami toast, either. Then it's off to your day on Lake Travis, just a 30-minute drive outside of downtown Austin.You can book a party boat with VIP Lake Travis, outfitted with water slides and two decks. Kegs are available for an extra price, as are pontoons and other smaller watercraft if you want to go a little more low-key.

Evening: Make things easy tonight with dinner at Home Slice Pizza then it's off to Sixth Street, a lively (and sometimes rowdy) spot for live music and drinks. Little Woodrow's is a good starting point, a sports bar with darts and the game on loop. Keep the party going at Dogwood, which offers a patio and cocktails; Kung Fu Saloon, which offers a sak bomb menu and vintage arcade games; or head to The White Horse for a honky tonk scene with a taco truck outside for late-night bites.

Day 3

Morning: Electric Shuffle is popular for Sunday brunch (where for 50 bucks, every guest receives an entire bottle of prosecco, brunch board, and game access).

Afternoon: Rent bikes and make your way to Deep Eddy Pool, a historic man-made pool and bathhouse near the Colorado River. After working up your appetite on the ride, you'll want to stop in for burgers and tiki-style drinks at Pool Burger before riding back downtown. Time your ride to get you to Congress Bridge right before sunset, when hundreds of bats take off from under the bridge for their nighttime flight.

Evening: Dinner tonight can be easy at Banger's Sausage House + Beer Garden, which offers 104 beers on tap and 30 types of homemade sausage along with apps and sides like miso and cola baked beans, chili cheese fries, poutine, and giant soft pretzels. After dinner, make your way to South Congress Street for more of Austin's nightlife: Sagebrush is the place to be for live music; Crow Bar for craft beers and housemade cocktails; and the Little Darlin' for outdoor space and yard games.

Where Should I Stay in Austin for a Bachelor Party?

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A stay downtown keeps you close to the action and within walking distance of a lot of the nightlife and restaurants, you're looking for. But don't be surprised if you wind up a bit outside of downtown and need a few Ubers here and there, especially if you're staying near the lake for larger houses and big groups.

Best Austin Bachelor Hotels

Austin Marriott Downtown: A perfect spot in the heart of downtown, the property works on a budget and offers a rooftop bar with tiki-style cocktails.

Hyatt Regency Austin: This spot overlooks Barton Springs and offers an affordable stay with an in-house live music venue and cafe.

Lakeway Resort & Spa: A more luxurious stay, and one on Lake Travis, Lakeway offers waterfront views as well as a fantastic pool "playground."

W Austin: This four-star property is located in the heart of downtown. Plus, there's a pool to beat the summer heat.

    Best Austin Bachelor Party Rental Homes

    Downtown Oasis: Small groups (up to six) will love that this spot offers a rooftop deck, cozy quarters and is within walking distance to Zilker Park and a number of restaurants and bars.

    Tropical Treehouse-Vibe House: For something unconventional, this spot has room for up to 10 with easy access to Lady Bird Lake and its water sports.

    Luxury Villa: For large groups with a healthy budget, this spot can accommodate 15 and it's walkable to downtown. It includes plenty of lawn games as well as a hot tub.

    Austin Bachelor Party Nightlife

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    Line those stomachs at Austin's best Chinese, Tex-Mex and Italian restaurants, then hit the town with your crew. Rooftop bars, live music events and themed nightclubs await.

    Best Austin Bachelor Restaurants

    Old Thousand: Who doesn't love cheeky Chinese on a night out? Old Thousand certainly brings crispy egg rolls to the party. The American-Chinese restaurant cooks up a heavy feast of all the boy's beloved dishes, think: General Tso's Chicken, Beef and Brocolli, and Chili Wontons, plus a Texan take on fried rice made with brisket. The hipster-vibed venue means it's more than just a place for good grub, it's a hangout, and a full bar serving creative cocktails like the Panda Punch, turn things into an all-night affair.

    El Alma: El Alma is where to take the team not only for Tex-Mex (read: tacos), but authentic Mexican cuisine, too. You have here a multi-tiered rooftop, so dining, then a spot of dancing is more than encouraged, what with Austin's near all-year-round sunny weather to bask under. If you time your bachelor bash for big Mexican festivities such as Cinco de Mayo and Dia de Muertos, know that your party will expand. They regularly see locals out in full force.

    Revue: If there's a party in Austin, there's a high chance it's happening at one of Fairmont's buzzing outlets. The hotel is known for being the official partner of major events from Formula 1 to the Austin City Limits Musical Festival, and even outside of the calendar markings, the restaurants are packed. Bring your crowd to Revue, a part Italian, part Asian eaterie on the ground floor (thus, a double try in pleasing groups of varying palettes), then polish off with some drinks at the adjacent bar.

    Best Austin Bachelor Party Bars

    Higher Ground: One of the newer additions to Austin's ever-changing nightlife scene, Higher Ground is a unique and unforgettable night out. The venue combines a restaurant, bar and nightclub all in one, so you can fuel up and then let loose without needing to book cars for the clan. It's all spiritually themed here (hence the name), including on the cocktails, which are themed to the 'Seven Deadly Sins'. Try the Greed, make with Texas whiskey and bitters.

    Rules and Regs: Another Rainey Street end hotspot, Rules and Regs throws all the rules out the window on some of the most happening rooftop poolside parties in town. This is where your drag brunches, sports event after parties, and of course, bachelor party drinking get turned up in a tropical-style getaway that evokes carefree Caribbean island vacations. Weekends are especially rowdy as the locals come out to play.

    Cheer Up Charlie's: If you're traveling with a mixed batch why not celebrate all colors of the rainbow over at Cheer Up Charlies? The spot is LGBTQ+ and all allies welcoming, promising a spectacular night of dancing no matter what orientation the reveler. Best of all, out back you'll find a vegan food truck and fresh juices, so those on a health kick can stay in check. Live music and themed nights run throughout the week.

    Expert Austin Travel Tips

    Flights to Austin will arrive at Austin Bergstrom International, and from there, it's a 20-minute rideshare to downtown. ATX is a festival-driven city, so for best prices, it's best to avoid the dates around ACL, SXSW, and F1 (unless you're attending), as the city's limited capacity means rates spike outrageously high. Avoid the hot and humid summers (May to September), and if you're an allergy sufferer, beware of "cedar fever" which runs from January to March. In a small city, you're fine to rely on rideshare rather than rent a car, but if exploring on game day at the Q2 stadium try the MetroRail, a slow but smooth tram service.

    Allyson Johnson contributed to this article.

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