An Austin Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Keep it weird on your guys' trip.
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by Allyson Johnson
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Allyson Johnson
Wedding Planning Contributor
  • Allyson writes articles for The Knot specializing in registries, wedding planning, and travel.
  • She’s written articles on such topics as best bachelorette and bachelor party destinations, top bridal shower games, and registry gifts.
  • Allyson has also written for WeddingWire, Brides.com, Brit + Co., and Bustle.
Updated Jul 01, 2021
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You can time your Austin bachelor party to Austin City Limits or SXSW, but the party city is known for so much more than just its most popular festivals. Make the most of a three-day weekend here with plenty of live music, a wild nightlife (the city's motto is "keep Austin weird"), and fun out on the water on spots like Lake Travis.

What Are Some Austin Bachelor Party Ideas?

What is your groom looking for at an Austin bachelor party? No matter the answer, it's likely Austin has it! From fantastic live music venues to award-winning barbeque and brewery, 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 The Knot Shop).

For the Adventurous Group

Book paddle boards on Lake Travis, grab a river tube to float down the city's rivers, 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, so if you're looking for good brews, look no further. And then there's the food scene: tacos, gourmet Asian-fusion, and delicious barbecue are just some of the top notch fare found around the city.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Austin?

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, prizes, and allows you to 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; for more beer and live music head to Craft Pride; for beer and cocktails with a rooftop offering downtown views check out Lustre Pearl Rainey; or for catching a game on TV nothing beats The Alibi sports bar.

Day 2

Morning/After: 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. The Ranch is a good starting point, offering a bar-meets-nightclub vibe with decks and rooftop for outdoor partying. 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: Head to Frank ATX for their popular Sunday brunch. The popularity is for good reason with menu items like pulled pork hash, French toast made with a Maker's Mark bourbon blueberry sauce, and one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary's.

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 to 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?

A stay downtown keeps you close to the action and in walking distance to 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

  • The Austin Marriott Downtown is a perfect spot in the heart of downtown that works on a budget and offers a rooftop bar with tiki-style cocktails.
  • The Hyatt Regency Austin overlooks Barton Springs and offers an affordable stay with an in-house live music venue and cafe.
  • For a more luxurious stay, and one on Lake Travis, try the Lakeaway, which offers waterfront views as well as a fantastic pool "playground."

Best Austin Bachelor Party Rental Homes

  • Small groups (up to six) will love this Downtown Oasis that offers a rooftop deck, cozy quarters, and is within walking distance to Zilker Park and a number of restaurants and bars.
  • This Treehouse-Vibe House hosts room for 10 with easy-access to Lady Bird Lake and its water sports.
  • Large groups (up to 15) with a healthy budget can book this Luxury Villa that's walkable to downtown and includes plenty of lawn games as well as a hot tub.

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