A Los Angeles Bachelorette Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Go totally Hollywood on an iconic Californian girls' getaway.
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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 Feb 09, 2024
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The City of Angels comes with quite the reputation as the home of celebrities, Hollywood, and some of the most expensive zip codes in the country. Of course, you can experience all of that on a Los Angeles bachelorette party weekend—but there's also a ton more to consider at this bachelorette destination, including the dining scene, epic nightlife, and beachy vibes of this California mega-city. Let us help you plan an epic event with our best LA bachelorette party ideas, hotels, vacation rentals and more.

Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Planning in this Article:

Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Ideas and Themes

When it comes to LA bachelorette party ideas, there's something for everyone. You'll find dining options that range from luxury high-end to on-the-corner food trucks. You'll see the picturesque Santa Monica Pier and the eccentric Venice Boardwalk. There are also museums, shopping, and spas to consider, as well as a nightlife scene that ranges from posh nightclubs to speakeasy-style lounges. Whatever you do: Don't forget to outfit your crew in swag from The Knot Shop. Capture your favorite memories with a photographer who will make you feel like you've found your own paparazzi.

For the Beach Lovers

While the water may be too cold to swim (at least without a wetsuit), Santa Monica offers a wide expanse of sand for sunbathing and beach volleyball, as well as a visit to the rides and attractions on its iconic pier. Venice Beach has a more hippy meets hipster vibe, with great people watching, an iconic skate park, and eccentric shops along its boardwalk.

For the Foodies

There's a fantastic restaurant scene throughout LA that ranges from top-of-the-line sushi to tacos and burritos of food trucks. You can certainly make a weekend just by eating through the city. Plus, don't miss out on the growing craft beer scene making its way throughout Los Angeles neighborhoods. You can book a tour to visit a few breweries complete with transportation.

For the Luxury Lovers

This is the home of Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so you won't be hard-pressed to treat your bride to a weekend of luxury. That can include everything from a day at the spa to iconic shopping destinations with designer brands (hey, she has a wedding weekend and honeymoon to dress for, right!?).

Los Angeles Bachelorette Itinerary and Activities

Los Angeles Bachelorette Party exploring Venice Beach
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Plan a Los Angeles bachelorette party itinerary with activities that let you get to know the city—from Santa Monica to Hollywood to Beverly Hills—with our three-day trip to get in a little of it all.

Day 1

Morning: Start your trip to LA with a favorite breakfast spot: Eggslut. Head to the Venice Beach location, since you'll be spending your day in this area, to dine on tasty breakfast sandwiches (try the Fairfax with eggs, chive, cheddar, onions, and sriracha mayo on brioche) and cold brew coffee. The head to Boneshaker where you can rent an electric bike for the day to get your exploring started.

Afternoon: Ride your bikes along the Venice Boardwalk, where you can take in the famous skate park, Muscle Beach, and all the eccentricities available at the stores along the way. You can also stop for a bite or drink at many of the cafes. The boardwalk will take your right to Santa Monica beach if you're up for the ride. Park your bikes and find a spot for sunbathing on the shore—or head over the iconic Santa Monica Pier where you can find other bars and restaurants, as well as the pier's rides and attractions that will let the kid come out in you.

Evening: Don't worry about changing for your night out! Instead, stay in Santa Monica and head to The Bungalow where you'll find a Baja-lifestyle-inspired spot with a bar, outdoor beachside dining, and a back garden to drink the night away in. First, start with dinner, which ranges from trailer nachos and ceviche to burgers, tacos, and salads. Then spend the rest of the night enjoying the bar out in the open breeze, and cozying by the fireplaces if you need to warm up a bit.

Day 2

Morning: For brunch today, head to Las Palmas for a rooftop spot with great fare. Choose from dishes like avocado toast, belgian waffles, and breakfast burritos. You'll also find a frozen cocktail menu, beer and cider, and wine. From here, you're about a mile away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame if you want to go find our favorite celeb's star. Or you can head to Rodeo Drive (about a 20 minute drive) to do some shopping—Pretty Woman style.

Afternoon: It's worth the drive—and the traffic—along the Pacific Coast Highway to see a bit of Malibu while you're out this way. For starters, make your way to Rosenthal, where you'll find a fantastic wine bar and patio on the gorgeous vineyard estate. Enjoy a tasting of some of California's best. On the way home, stop at iconic Malibu Seafood for gorgeous views and fresh seafood bites, before taking a quick hike in Escondido Canyon Park for a bit of nature and gorgeous scenery.

Evening: Tonight, hit the town. First, start with happy hour at Mama Shelter's rooftop, where you'll find signature cocktails and a live DJ. Though you won't want the fun to end here! Next, make your way to Delilah's. A celebrity-favorite, this chic spot, dripping in chandeliers, offers tasty dinner options (think everything from crab cakes and grilled cheese to shrimp linguine and baby rack ribs) in a roaring 20s setting. If you want, spend the rest of the night here sipping cocktails (don't skip the Drake's Spritzer) and treating yourself to bottle service. Or make your way to Harlowe, an equally glamorous spot for cocktails and often live music.

Day 3

Morning: Start your day with brunch at Manhattan Beach Post, a playful spot with artisan plates that include bacon cheddar biscuits, deep-fried chimichanga burritos, and cinnamon rolls.

Afternoon: Check the calendar at the Ace Hotel downtown for one of the epic Sunday pool parties. You'll find a small pool here, but that's not the point. What you'll take in are incredible views of LA, the city's top DJs and live bands, and fantastic cocktails.
If you'd rather something more low key, try a cooking class with Hipcooks, that takes advantage of California's fresh cuisine and shows you the ropes to making impressive dishes that will impress everyone back at home.

Evening: Happy hour tonight is at Perch, a rooftop bar with perfect views of downtown LA from a 16th-floor setting. From happy hour make your way to Catch, a quintessential LA spot for fresh seafood, including delicious sushi and classics like lobster mac and cheese and herb-roasted branzino, in a chic setting where you might spot a celebrity or two.

After dinner make your way to the Hollywood area for the epic nightlife scene. Close out your weekends with options like Poppy, a high-fashion nightclub that feels right out of a story book; the Surly Goat for craft beers and a great outdoor patio; Tiki Nola for beachy cocktails; or Pump, for all the Vanderpump Rules fans looking to spot a Bravolebrity or two.

Los Angeles Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt

Turn your itinerary into a game with a Los Angeles scavenger hunt. 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 funny souvenir or t-shirt.

Places to Stay in Los Angeles for a Bachelorette Party

You're going to be taxi or Uber-dependent in Los Angeles, and the city is notorious for its traffic. Staying in the heart of downtown is great for those craving being close to the nightlife action—but if you want to be closer to the water and chiller vibes, a stay in Santa Monica might be more your speed.

Best Los Angeles Bachelorette Hotels

Dream Hotel: The Dream Hotel in Hollywood gets you close to the nightlife action, and comes with its own fantastic amenities including a rooftop pool and lounge, and onsite restaurants like Beauty & Essex and TAO.

Le Merigot Santa Monica: For a luxe stay within walking distance of Santa Monica Beach, book the Le Merigot Santa Monica, which offers upscale rooms, an outdoor pool, and onsite French restaurant.

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica: For a more affordable stay, consider the Gateway Hotel Santa Monica, which is less than two minutes from the pier but offers a more budget-friendly option with coastal vibes and modern rooms.

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 Los Angeles Bachelorette Home Rentals

There are plenty of housing options for a Los Angeles bachelorette party, so check out the best vacation rental sites like Vrbo and Airbnb. Pro tip: 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 Los Angeles hotel day passes on ResortPass. Here are a few of our favorite vacation rentals for an LA bach party.

Serene Home With Views (Malibu): This Malibu home is close to the mountains and the beach, making it a great option for bachelorette groups looking for a scenic escape. With six bedrooms and plenty of beds, you'll be able to host up to 20 guests. At an average of $1,165 per night, it's just $60 per person a night if you fill the space!

Five-Bedroom Villa (West Hollywood): If you want your bachelorette party to experience the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, this five-bedroom villa is a great option. It's just a seven-minute walk to Melrose Avenue and a quick drive over to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a pool, hot tub and rooftop patio, this VRBO can accommodate up to 10 guests for around $1,000 a night.

Premium Home With Pool & Spa Facilities (Valley Village): This gorgeous L.A. VRBO is a five-minute drive from Warner Brothers Studio, which makes it a perfect home base for bachelorette gatherings who plan on seeing the sites. It can sleep up to 9 guests at an average of $700 per night.

Beverly Hills Luxury Villa With Pool (Beverly Hills): If you're looking for a swanky Beverly Hills VRBO to call home during the bachelorette getaway, this five-bedroom villa with a pool, hot tub and rooftop patio is a fancy option for groups. It's a 20-minute drive from the Santa Monica airport, making it a convenient option for out-of-towners flying in for the occasion. On average, it costs around $875 per night.

Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Nightlife

When you're looking for the best way to spend your nights during your bachelorette trip, there are a ton of restaurants and bars to choose from in Los Angeles. Here are some of our favorites to get the party going.

Best Los Angeles Bachelorette Restaurants

Bestia: If you're looking for a delicious Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, Bestia is a fantastic option. They cook with the seasons, incorporating fresh ingredients into their dishes for you and your bachelorette party to fuel up on before a night out.

71Above: 71Above not only gives guests an amazing panoramic view of the city, but boujee bites to celebrate the occasion. Go all out and order anything from Hiramasa Crudo White Ponzu to A5+ Japanese Wagyu and Kaluga caviar service with egg yolk jam, blini, and fresh chives. You're worth it.

Bavel: Try some Middle Eastern dishes at Bavel, located near the Arts District in LA. They have a variety of meat and seafood dishes with a Mediterranean influence for guests to indulge in.

Best Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Bars

The Varnish: The Varnish is the perfect place to stop for cocktails in a speakeasy-type environment. They're open every night, often with live music from Sunday to Wednesday.

SUR Restaurant & Lounge: Whether you're a fan of Vanderpump Rules since day one, or a new recruit thanks to Scandoval, visiting Sur Restaurant and Lounge while in town is a must. Order the famous goat cheese balls with a cocktail like The Big Pinky with cranberry juice, simple syrup, mint, lemon juice, and Tito's vodka while you scan the crowd for a chance to spot a cast member from the show.

Everson Royce Bar: Everson Royce Bar has a variety of dishes on the menu, in addition to fresh cocktails. Sip on the What's Up, Doc? with amaro, tequila, agave, lime, and carrot juice or the Teaches Of Peaches with basil, peach, tamarind, vodka, and lemon over good conversation with your group.

Expert Los Angeles Travel Tips

There are plenty of nonstop options to LA from NYC on a 6-hour flight with Spirit, JetBlue, Alaska, Delta, American, and United. Aim to visit Los Angeles in the spring or fall for good weather and quieter crowds. When it comes to getting around LA, a car is definitely the best option. If you prefer not to rent a car, the metro rail system, public transportation, and ride-sharing are options, too.

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