A Houston Bachelorette Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Everything's bigger (especially the parties) in Texas.
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Jazmine Reed-Clark
Jazmine Reed-Clark the knot
Jazmine Reed-Clark
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Updated Aug 29, 2023
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Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party presents a unique kind of challenge, especially if it's a destination bachelorette party. You want the bride to be content, the bridesmaids to be hydrated, and the group to experience a getaway that will live up to every expectation that comes with a Houston bachelorette party. As more couples migrate to the Lone Star State, the City of Houston is becoming one of the bachelorette party hubs of the South. Here's how to plan the absolute best Houston bachelorette party for any group of best friends.

Houston Bachelorette Party Planning in this Article:

Houston Bachelorette Party Ideas and Activities

Houston Bachelorette Party Activity - visit Galveston Beach
Galveston Beach; Photo by Carlos Bruzos Valin | Shutterstock

Houston offers something for every wedding party, whether it involves a spa getaway or a night at a dueling piano bar. If you haven't visited Texas before, you should know the city is surrounded by water. The waves of Galveston Beach welcome entire bridal parties before a hearty brunch at Hearsay on The Strand.

Downtown Houston is commonly dropped in music references. Enjoy a swanky night out in the Galleria neighborhood by starting with dinner at The Post Oak and heading to Club Tropicana for salsa dancing. After a night out, groups can still break a sweat in the city. Cap off the whole bachelorette weekend with a session at one of the country's largest bouldering gyms or by kayaking along the Bayou.

For the Low-Key Bachelorette Groups

Lately, many brides are looking to take a more relaxing route for their bachelorette party. Houston offers incredible day spas, yoga classes, cabins and beachfront stays if the trip is focused on recharging before getting hitched.

Book a Wine Tasting: Toasting the bride with a glass of red is a marvelous way to celebrate this season in her life. Explore a local winery in Houston like Sable Gate Winery or Haak Vineyards and Winery.

Enjoy a Spa Day: Nothing says "rest and relaxation" like a spa day full of massages, pedicures and sauna time. Unwind luxuriously with a trip to Houston's finest spa, Houstonian Trellis Spa. Or pamper yourself and the bride-to-be with custom nail art at Polish Parker and Roe. As any self-care expert will tell you, it's important to hydrate after spa treatments. End your spa day with pressed juice at the EarthCraft.

Visit a Museum: Houston is, believe it or not, well-regarded for its art scene. Get lost in contemporary artistry at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Enjoy a timely exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, or immerse yourself in the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

For Party Hoppers

If you want to coordinate something a bit more sexy and traditional for a bachelorette party, Houston has no shortage of nightclubs, bars, fancy restaurants and other hot spots to make it a memorable experience for every participant.

Book a Pole Dancing Class: Unleash hilarious antics through group pole dancing. In Houston, talented dancers can learn pole-dancing tricks at Revolve Pole Studio, The Pole Experience and Twisted Fit.

Go On a Themed Bar Crawl:Bar hopping seems like a go-to bachelorette option no matter the city. Add a unique theme (Risky Business, Schitt's Creek, Real Housewives) and take over the best bars in town. If you go to Moxie's, you must try their signature margarita. The moody and dark lounge H Bar is a must-go for a bar crawl on the more posh side (especially those seeking Miami vibes).

Organize a Pedal Party: If you're unfamiliar, the pedal party is the new party bus. Participants pedal a trolley while they drink, socialize and blast music. Pedal parties have become a popular choice because bachelorette parties can see the city, stay in a group setting and blast a playlist. Houston offers many options, including Pedal Party, Houston Bike Bar and Houston Pedal Bar.

For the Adventurers

Indulge in Water Sports: Houston allows for an amazing experience on the water. Go kayaking on Buffalo Bayou, sunbathe on the East Beach or rent a yacht for a classy moment on the water.

Explore Local Sights: Houston vegetation is classified as temperate grassland, giving it a rich backdrop of beaches, prairies and forestland. For a peaceful environment, we recommend The Houston Arboretum (a 155-acre nature sanctuary) located west of Downtown Houston. If you want to feel like you're in a rainforest (and snag amazing pictures for social media), head over to Bayou Bend Gardens or get lost in nature on a group hike with the girls.

Glamp: Glamping is a great option for the bachelorette party that desires quality time. Share stories and get out of the city by staying at places like HipCamp or GlampingHub. Airbnb also has plenty of options.

Houston Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt

Turn your bachelorette party itinerary into a game with a Houston scavenger hunt for some fun and friendly competition. Distribute a list of activities with points awarded for each completed task and ask participants to provide proof with pictures. Download an editable template to customize the list and include local attractions and sights. Don't forget to give the winner a prize such as a cute souvenir.

Places to Stay in Houston for a Bachelorette Party

Houston Bachelorette Party Activities - visit The Heights neighborhood
The Heights Neighborhood; Photo by Stephanie A Sellers | Shutterstock

Whether you want to stay downtown or in one of Houston's trendy neighborhoods, you'll have no shortage of places to stay in Houston, but always check TripAdvisor for ratings before you book anything. Here are some of our recommendations:

Best Houston Bachelorette Party Hotels

Post Oak Hotel: This Uptown Houston hotel offers luxury, sophistication and prestige. The property is the only Forbes Five-Star Hotel and Spa in Houston and Houston's only AAA Five-Diamond destination. Consider dining at ultra-feminine Bloom & Bee or pampering the bridal party at the sleek spa.

Hotel ZaZa: This five-star boutique hotel is located just steps away from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Book the 2,160-square-foot 'Rockstar Suite' for a red carpet experience.

Sara's Inn on the Boulevard: If the bride-to-be is uber-feminine or simply appreciates the kitschy, campy and unique, a stay at Sara's Inn on the Boulevard has to be a top pick for the bridal party. Just a few miles from downtown in the Heights neighborhood, this family-owned whimsical wonderland is a destination of its own.

Pro tip: The Knot has partnered with Hotel Planner to help you secure the best group hotel rate and get free hotel advice from an expert travel planner.

Best Houston Bachelorette Party Home Rentals

There are plenty of housing options for a Houston bachelorette party, so check out TripAdvisor, VRBO, Airbnb, Expedia, and Hopper Homes. If you're looking to supplement your vacation rental stay with some hotel amenities such as a swimming pool or a fitness facility, you can secure Houston hotel day passes on ResortPass.

Experience cottagecore with your group of besties in this historic Museum District home. At 1,800 square feet, there's plenty of room, a gorgeous patio and a scenic deck too.

If your bachelorette party rental wish list includes waterfront views, a spacious kitchen, and a private pool, you don't need to look any further. This retreat-style home sleeps ten and sits on the San Jacinto River.

For groups by the beach, an oceanfront view is a must. We love this home in Surfside, Texas, which is a one-hour drive from the city. It's a calm and relaxing option for groups who want to unwind with a slower pace for the weekend.

Houston Bachelorette Party Nightlife

Houston has a wide variety of bars and restaurants to make your bachelorette memorable. From southern classics to fancy steakhouses, there are plenty of incredible places to eat and drink in the city.

Best Houston Bachelorette Restaurants

Brennan's of Houston: Brennan's has a menu full of southern favorites like gumbo, turtle soup, oysters, and more. Indulge in some of their unique dishes like the Fried Soft Shell Crab & Waffle with perfectly cooked soft shell blue crab on a pecan waffle with pecan syrup or the Shrimp Rémoulade with shrimp, boil, potatoes, veggies, corn, lemon, hearts of romaine, and a rémoulade dressing.

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse: Vic and Anthony's is a great place for a luxury steakhouse dinner. You can go all out with A5 wagyu, caviar service, tender octopus, and seafood towers or stay traditional with a high-quality classic like a ribeye steak with perfect marbling. No matter what you pick, Vic and Anthony's is the place for a nice night out.

Lucille's: Lucille's has some southern comfort classic dishes, like Shrimp (or catfish) and Grits. Some dishes had a modern spin like the Oxtail Tamales or Seared Scallops with crispy applewood smoked bacon and sage brown butter.

Best Houston Bachelorette Party Bars

Anvil: Located in trendy Montrose, Anvil is at the top of the list for cocktails in Houston. Not only do they put a lot of love into their drinks, using fresh ingredients like green papaya and honeysuckle, but they make all their bitters in the house. While sipping on your cocktail, you can order some cheese and meat boards or some tin fish like razor clams or tuna belly.

The Heights Social: The Heights Social in Houston's lively Heights neighborhood is the spot for you and your bachelorette party to really go all out. They have good food to snack on like wings, pizza, truffle fries and charcuterie boards, in addition to VIP tables and delicious cocktails made with vibrant, colorful ingredients like dragon fruit or basil.

Lei Low: A good tiki bar is always a good time, and Lei Low doesn't disappoint. Also located in The Heights, Lei Low has a Polynesian vibe, with plenty of drinks in creative tiki glasses to sip on.

Expert Houston Travel Tips

When flying to Houston, it's about a 3 ½ - 4 hour nonstop flight from NYC on United, Spirit, and Southwest and about a 3 ½ hour nonstop flight from LA on Spirit, United, Delta, and Southwest. The best time to visit Houston is in the spring or fall to avoid extreme humidity and heat while trying to walk around and explore the city. Public transportation and rideshare programs are a great way to get around Houston. They have public transportation like the Light Rail, in addition to Uber and Lyft.

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