A Fort Lauderdale Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Enjoy a laid-back bachelor party with plenty of sand and surf.
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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 May 26, 2020
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For the same sun and sand with a more laid-back vibe, head half an hour north of Miami to Fort Lauderdale. The perfect beach town for bachelor parties, Lauderdale offers a free-spirited edge, fantastic nightlife that's less crowded and expensive than its cousin to the south, top notch eateries, and 23 miles of sand with no shortage of ways to enjoy the Atlantic.

What Are Some Fort Lauderdale Bachelor Party Ideas?

A Fort Lauderdale bachelor party is meant for grooms looking to spend time on the water, on the sand, or on the golf course.

For Beach Lovers

For starters, there are more than six beaches to choose from, including the popular Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale beaches, which have bustling restaurants and bars just steps from the shore. Or for a more low-key vibe, you can head to Hallandale beach for fishing.

For Water Adventurers

There's plenty to do on the water too for the restless groom and his crew. If boating, sailing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, deep-sea fishing, or party boat drinking are his speed, you've planned a party in the right place.

For Guys Who Love the Green

For the golfing groom, you can't find more opportunity to make par. Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 40 courses, with links that are accessible year round due to the warm weather. Make an entire weekend bouncing from green to green, the public courses here are also relatively low priced to play.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Fort Lauderdale?

You may be overwhelmed by all of the activities on offer in Fort Lauderdale. Have no fear, we've broken out the perfect three day itinerary to make this a bachelor party to rermember. And to the grooms out there, consider thanking your pals for the ultimate vacation with a gift from The Knot Shop.

Day 1

Morning: Since your bachelor party guests are filtering in on day one, park yourselves on Lauderdale Beach for the day, a great spot that doesn't feel crowded and offers calm waters for swimming and floating.

Afternoon: If there's a game on, head to Bokampers Sports Bar, just a few steps from the beach where you can watch while you feast on typical bar fare like mac & cheese balls, southwest chicken eggrolls, and handmade burgers. If you want a sitdown brunch or lunch option, head to Shooters just down the road. The canalfront spot offers cocktails and craft beer with options like crab and shrimp omelets, sticky cinnamon rolls, and mahi-mahi sandwiches. Don't miss heading to Elbo Room before you pack it in for the day. The local dive bar is a Florida institution founded in the 1930s with plenty of cheap beer on tap.

Evening: Dinner is on the waterfront at Kaluz, where shrimp and goat cheese flatbreads, calamari, Kansas City-style baby back ribs, and beer are on offer with a side of mega-yachts passing by for a view. Don't dress too nicely for dinner though, your night out should include a stop at America's Backyard—a wild outdoor party with hula hoop contests and dance parties, plus regular sprinklers dousing the dance floor.

Day 2

Morning: Beer and breakfast, what could be a better way to start the day? At Riverside Marketyou can pair your omelet (try the Tony Soprano with mozzarella, tomato, and pepperoni) or breakfast sandwich with one of their rotating craft beers.

Afternoon: Today is your day for big adventures on the water. After breakfast you've got some options for every type of groom and his gang: Choose between a fishing charter (PlacePass offers four hours and a cooked lunch with your catch), a craft beer tour to three eclectic breweries, a thrilling airboat tour past gators and other wildlife in the Everglades, or opt for a booze cruise—a six hour boat ride from one waterfront bar to another.

Evening: For your night out, head to Las Olas Boulevard and start your night with drinks at American Social, a great spot for craft beer and cocktails. Hit Rocco's Tacos for a casual yet delicious dinner of gourmet tacos and burritos with tableside guacamole before heading ot the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for gambling, tableside bottle service at Passion Night Club, or cheap drinks at Murphy's Law.

Day 3

Morning: Have some hair of the dog at Tap 42, where brunch comes with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary's and Funky Buddha Floridian beers for just $15 a person on top of your breakfast (don't skip the bacon and sweet corn guacamole).

Afternoon: It's time to hit the links. Colony West Country Club is an excellent option, consistently named as one of the top 50 public courses in the U.S. Get ready for your last night out and prepare for the meat sweats: Dinner is at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse where for about $60 you can get all-you-can-eat meat from 15 different cuts, including filet wrapped in bacon and leg of lamb. Then choose to close out your weekend at one of Fort Lauderdale's top bars, including The Original Fat Cats (live music on most nights), The Apothecary (a speakeasy-style cocktail bar), or the Rooftop at 1WLO where you can drink the night away on their open patio.

Where Should I Stay in Fort Lauderdale for a Bachelor Party?

For a nice, mid-budget option that's oceanfront, stay at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, which is rated in the top 30 Fort Lauderdale hotels by TripAdvisor. The resort features a heated lagoon-style pool so you can swim all year round and a quarter-mile private beach. If you want to be right on the beach, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is oceanside and offers all the amenities you can want a great price. B Ocean Resort is another great option. Right on Las Olas Boulevard the hotel offers beachside drink service, private cabanas, and two pools.

There are also great options for beach houses on AirBnB and VRBO if you're looking for a house vibe. For a larger group (up to 12) and your own private pool, consider a waterfront mansion or a tucked away oasis just five minutes from the beach. Smaller groups (up to 7) can consider a villa just steps to the beach or a modern but cozy villa near Las Olas and the bar and restaurant scene.

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