Ideas for a bachelor party?

pint of beerMatt emails:

I'm trying to plan a bachelor party that is nutty or unexpected, but not crude. "Suggestive" is okay, but that's not my priority ... wackiness is. In the Capital Region in September. This has not been easy!
Groom is 36, a roller derby player and mild gun enthusiast ... but otherwise generally "button-down."
Any ideas?!

So it sounds like coke-snorting donkeys are probably out. Tigers, too. But "nutty" includes a wide range.

Got a suggestion for Matt? Please share.

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Maybe you can arrange a private Pasties and Pints or something similar.

Paintball? Mild gun enthusiast + roller derby = probably won't mind the pain/mess/activity. :)

My "bachelor party" consisted of walking around the night before my wedding with my best man, and one of my friends trying to find a bar that didn't suck. It didn't go well, but I was pretty well rested for my wedding. :) Good times!


To me, the key to any good bachelor party is turning it into a narrative, centered around some larger theme. Your buddy is about to get hitched, so give him an experience he'll remember, not b/c you went to 37 bars, but b/c the places you went to had some meaning and fit into a larger picture. Some examples...

Make a list of the qualities you think are required for a successful marriage and create an adventure around him experiencing each one:

+ ENDURANCE - fill a flask with a high-end version of his favorite (local?) liquor and bring it with you to enjoy only once atop one of the high-peaks of your choice.
+ TRUST - lure him near a body of water and then make like you are going to toss him in, but stop at the last moment... and then toss him in.
+ FORGIVENESS - jump in after him!.. and then get cleaned up and treat him to a very filling meal.
+ COMMITMENT - finish the night at the Biergarten by ordering a boot and finishing it together.

If it can be on September 21, I'd recommend starting the night at Proctors in Schenectady for The Big Lebowski. They always put on a great event for that film, and the crowd that gathers is fun and intriguing even wacky at times.

Do something that everyone will remember!

Whitewater rafting and camping in the Adirondacks or take a canoe trip down the Battenkill

Go to NYC by train or by bus, rent an Airbnb apartment (Cheap places to stay)and go on a NYC Brewery Tour or attend a free rock concert in Central Park or even better hit the Westside Rifle & Pistol Range.

Go to Montreal. It's close, it's cheap, it's another country with its own culture and cuisine. It has world famous strip clubs.

About a year ago my wife and I saw a group of 20-something guys, whom I assumed were on a bachelor party jaunt, wearing hello kitty back packs in downtown Albany

I agree - nothing beats Montreal.

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