The Complete Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Guide and Itinerary

Let's just say Funky Philly is a hidden bachelorette party gem.
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J.Q. Louise
by J.Q. Louise
Updated Sep 20, 2023
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Choosing the perfect bachelorette party destination can be a tricky task. It's easy to plan a visit to the ever-popular Vegas or Miami, but if you're located in the Northeast and are looking to shake things up, we recommend checking out Philly. It's super convenient from anywhere on the East Coast, affordable and fun, with a heaping of delicious restaurants and bars, too. Below, you'll find everything you need to know to plan the perfect Philadelphia bachelorette party.

Philadelphia Party Planning in This Article:

    Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Ideas and Themes

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    There are countless things to do in Philadelphia, so the key is prioritizing what's most important to your group. The following ideas will definitely help you get started.

    For the Night Owls

    Partying is not in short supply in Philadelphia. Those looking to bust a move and sample copious cocktails (or any other beverage) are in for a treat here. From ice bars and parties in the park to buzzy nightclubs galore, you might just need to include aspirin in your bach party goodie bags. We recommend paying the Concourse Dance Bar a visit (think ball pits, an ice room and DJs).

    For the Art Enthusiasts

    Philadelphia is home to more public art than any other city in the country, so art lovers, this should be your new favorite place. There's street art aplenty, plus outdoor art galleries and over 4,400 murals to cast your eye on. Don't forget about the iconic LOVE statue—it's the perfect photo opp.

    For the Foodies

    Regularly named one of the best foodie cities in the US, Philadelphia is a food lover's dream. If there's one thing you have to try when in Philadelphia, it's, of course, the Philly cheesesteak. Make your way to Cosmi's Deli, Gooey Looie's or SQ Philip's Steaks for guaranteed food orgasms.

    For the History Buffs

    Take a trip to Independence Visitor's Center to get your intro into Philly's history. A big part of America's history started in the streets of Philadelphia, with the The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights all being written and signed in Philly.

    Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Itinerary and Activities

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    Incoming: A sample schedule filled with the very best Philadelphia bachelorette party activities, so you can plan the perfect getaway. Take a look.

    Day 1

    What better way to kick things off and get the energy going than with a boozy brunch at Parc, a beloved French Bistro famed for its delicious lobster cocktail, Mediterranean sea bass and wine list that dreams are made of. Follow your boozy feast with a stroll through one of Philadelphia's many beautiful parks, and you'll feel like you're in a movie—it's not hard to understand why it's one of the greenest cities in the country. We love Wissahickon Gorge and Fairmount Park.

    Relax in the afternoon (after all, everyone just traveled) then wrap up the first day with some old-school bangers—make your way to Fuji Mountain, one of Philly's coolest karaoke bars, where you can unleash your inner girl band and blast out some classics.

    Day 2

    Head to Fishtown to start the morning with a relaxing private group yoga session at Amrita Yoga. Fresh and fabulous, this is a yoga center that specializes in personalized group events.

    After stretching and lots of inner peace, head over to Kalaya for some Thai beer slushies and large sharing plates of fish and meat (freshwater river prawns and skirt steak, to name a few) supported by an unquestionably brilliant soundtrack of funk, Motown, and Thai hits. Now that you're in the mood to groove, it's time to go dancing—visit The Plough and The Stars and you won't be disappointed.

    Day 3

    Nothing screams bachelorette party more than dragging sore heads out of bed to enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary activity—better yet, one that you can take home as a souvenir from the weekend. The Craftery boasts all things crafty (in case you hadn't guessed from the name) and hosts a rotation of intimate group workshops for eight to 30 people. From custom mugs to marbled clay pendants, you can pick the class that suits your group best.

    You'll have worked up an appetite by now, so it's time to pay Helm a visit for some delicious farm-to-table plates. Based in both South Philly and Kensington, the restaurant's menu is always changing, designed around whatever produce is seasonal or available, meaning no two visits will be the same. A touch swanky but still unquestionably wholesome, Helm invites you to BYOB, keeping things fun and on budget before your weekend of fun draws to a close.

    Places to Stay in Philadelphia for a Bachelorette Party

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    The key to any successful bachelorette party is having the right place to base yourselves—somewhere picturesque where you can get ready and catch some precious shut eye before enjoying the wonders of Philly all weekend long.

    Best Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Hotels

    From boutique spots in great locations to hip digs known for luxury, the following are all great hotels for a bachelorette party.

    Kimpton Hotel Monaco: Located in the beautiful Old City, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is a 1907 building doused in history and located adjacent to Independence National Historical Park. Located just a stone's throw away from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this is certainly the spot for a grand getaway. We recommend booking one of the hotel's Elegant Suites for a super bougie weekend.

    Aloft Philadelphia Downtown: One for the trendy crowd, this hotel sits in a landmark 1925 building in the Center City neighborhood. Boasting high ceilings, a modern interior and a bustling restaurant/bar with live music, this hotel is a real crowd pleaser.

    Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center: A little further removed from the action and located in Blue Bell, the Normandy is perfect for groups looking to step out of the city's hustle and bustle and into their very own farmhouse retreat. With 141 rooms and a shuttle service into the city, guests can look forward to a terrace, gardens and a hot tub, to name a few amenities.

    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 Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Home Rentals

    There are plenty of housing options for a Philadelphia 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 also secure Philadelphia hotel day passes on ResortPass.

    Skyline Highrise: With four bedrooms sleeping up to 12 people, this is perfect for a large group. Located in one of Philly's most up-and-coming neighborhoods, Point Breeze, you and your group will be pinching yourselves as you take in views of the stunning Philadelphia skyline from your very own roof deck hideaway.

    Amazingly Homey with Garage + Outdoor Space: Located in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, this rental consists of two separate apartments connected to create the ultimate bachelorette pad. Step out onto historic Broad Street, just two blocks from Passyunk Avenue (known as one of the best foodie streets in America), and get ready to discover this buzzing new area.

    The Firehouse: If quirky is what you're after, then this is the accommodation for your group. An impressive 4,000-square-foot rental, this five-bedroom property is a converted firehouse home to swinging chairs, heated floors and even a pool table. It's located central to all of the main action in Philly.

    Philadelphia Nightlife for a Bachelorette Party

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    When you're not sleeping, exploring or dancing, you'll likely be feasting. These recommendations should be on the top of your list.

    Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Restaurants

    XIX Lounge: If you're looking for a standout restaurant to celebrate a special weekend and snap some Insta-worthy content, then it doesn't get better than XIX. With soaring views and outright delicious food, this spot should make the top of your swanky eats list. There's even an option to book out the restaurant's private wine cellar or private dining room. The best part? You can also make your own cocktails.

    Suraya: This restaurant is a little slice of Lebanese heaven with a diverse and plentiful menu of traditional Lebanese specialities, including favorites like hummus, flatbreads and falafel. New to the scene and located in hip and happening Fishtown, this is a great place to fill up before venturing out to some of the local bars.

    Osteria: We're on a bit of a private dining hype, and couldn't love Osteria in Spring Garden any more. Plates of fresh Italian cuisine come family style in the form of a pasta-making class or a delectable tasting menu paired with good drinks and a dose of good old Italian hospitality.

    Marrakesh: A restaurant that is so much more than just yummy Moroccan food, Marrakesh features belly dancing with your dinner. Located in Queen Village, you can expect a delicious three-course meal paired with whatever alcoholic beverage you wish to bring—that's right, it's BYOB.

    Best Philadelphia Bachelorette Party Bars

    Bar Hygge: One of the many bars located on Fairmount Avenue, this popular spot exemplifies the Danish concept of making ordinary, everyday things more meaningful. It has a cracking atmosphere and some delicious drinks.

    Bob and Barbara's Lounge: With a tagline of "serving cold beer, cocktails and live entertainment since 1969," Bob and Barbara's is a South Street staple with free live music, drag shows and much more.

    Franky Bradley's: A lively and welcoming bar, restaurant and nightclub in the heart of Center City's Midtown Village, this eclectic venue is a favorite among locals. Expect old-time American classics and cocktails in a bar that has seen a real revival over the years.

    Expert Philadelphia Travel Tips

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    You've got your activities, accommodations and dining down—all that's left is dotting your i's and crossing your t's. To make sure you're clued up on all the local knowledge, we've put together a few key bits of information on traveling to Philly.

    Best Airlines Flying to Philadelphia

    American Airlines is considered the largest airline provider for Philadelphia, with around 1,693 scheduled take-offs every week. However, Philly is accessible by most major airlines from most cities, especially on the East Coast.

    How to Get Around

    You'll be pleased to learn that public transport in Philly is great. SEPTA is one of the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter-rail systems in the US with a vast public transportation network that can take you almost anywhere with great ease. Bikes are also a popular choice, and walking is of course a great way to explore as well. So feel free to skip the rental car—you won't need it here.

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