Las Vegas has always been the unofficial national hot spot for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Sure, it's a place where grooms-to-be can celebrate their last days before heading down the aisle, but women had jumped on this bandwagon before it even got started. One has to wonder if these gaggles of males and females pass in the night.
Bachelor or bachelorette, chances are you'll be looking for a Rat Pack redux: a little food, a little flirting and a lot of fun.
On the bachelor side, here are some good bets:
If your party means hitting the golf course, set up a tee time at the Royal Links. There, you can request a par mate, an attractive young lady who can call in food and beverage orders, and generally offer five-star assistance on the course.
Feel the need for speed? Check out Exotics Racing. Just 20 minutes from the Strip, Exotics Racing gets you behind the wheel of the world's fastest supercars. For a piece of sports history, check out Score! inside the Luxor, featuring more than 200 prized memorabilia covering the gridiron, diamond, hardwood, pitch and more. It's an interactive exhibit where you can even "Be the Legend" by participating in challenges and signing with virtual agents. And gamers can't get enough of Insert Coin(s), an insanely great video-game arcade bar downtown in the Fremont East Entertainment District, packed with new and retro favorites.
Pre-dinner drinks? Pick a hotel, find the lobby bar and have at it - they're all great for people watching.
Nighttime, though, is when the party really starts. Start the evening with a show, like the outrageous and politically incorrect Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Hosted by the foul-mouthed Gazillionaire and his raucous assistant, Penny Pibbets, Absinthe delivers raunchy comedy and old-world burlesque. Catch the late shows of Fantasy, X Burlesque, or Crazy Girls and experience what makes Vegas an adult playground.
Continue the party at XS Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, where you can grab one of the 95 indoor VIP tables or choose bottle service poolside in one of the 30 VIP cabanas. Late night, TAO at The Venetian is always hot. Lots of dancing, drinks and high-energy fun. Probably lots of bachelorettes, too.
Bachelorettes love Las Vegas too, but for slightly different reasons.
Check in to the fabulous and over-the-top Barbie Suite at the Palms. This luxury pad is decked out Barbie-style, including some original furnishings from her Malibu beach house. Designed by famed "Happy Chic" interior designer Jonathan Adler, this luxury suite is the ultimate bachelorette pad.
Grab your girls and enjoy a complete dining experience at Sugar Factory American Brasserie inside Paris Las Vegas, with a full menu of contemporary American favorites, desserts for any sweet tooth and, of course, signature cocktails.
A must-see for many soon-to-be brides: Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur. The perfectly sculpted male dancers have mesmerizing accents, but that's not why you're there! Chippendales at the RIO hotel is a classic revue show in a custom-built theater - don't forget to check out the private ladies lounge too!
A little recuperation time at the spa may also be in order. Check out Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian. A tranquil place amid the frenzy of the Strip, Canyon Ranch features massage, skin care and body treatments. You can also enjoy pampering and live entertainment at Beauty Bar in the Fremont East Entertainment District.
And when you've danced, lounged and libationed yourself silly, there's always shopping. Aside from couture shopping at Crystals at CityCenter or The Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian, the Fashion Show mall boasts seven anchor stores, and 250 specialty stores and restaurants. Department stores include Macy's, Dillard's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.
That, guys and gals, is just the start. Suffice it to say, no trip down the aisle is complete without a little prenuptial trip to Vegas.