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. If you're looking for a challenge, take on Aliante Golf Club with its interesting contours and unique playing lines. The Rees Jones designed Rio Secco golf course features fairways through steep canyons and high plateaus and also offers the exclusive T-mates four-caddie program.
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. Or go covert at Battlefield Vegas, a 5-acre military-style complex where you'll have a chance to shoot the largest collection of U.S. and foreign weapons available for public use.
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. While you're downtown, check out vintage rock memorabilia and shoot some pool at Backstage Bar & Billiards.
Pre-dinner drinks? Pick a hotel, find the lobby bar and have at it - they're all great for people watching.
Then, it's time to fill up on a hearty meal. Check out Vic & Anthony's steak house at Golden Nugget or take on the 35-ounce Tomahawk steak at 35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel. Fill up in true Roman style at the Bacchanal Buffet, which serves up more than 500 unique items, at Caesars Palace. Since you're in Las Vegas, ask your server for the newest cut of meat, the Vegas Strip Steak!
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 Las Vegas an adult playground.
Continue the party at The Rockhouse at The Venetian, The Bank inside Bellagio or Body English at the Hard Rock. Lots of dancing, drinks and high-energy fun. Probably lots of bachelorettes, too.
Bachelorettes love Las Vegas too, but for slightly different reasons.
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 THE classic male 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. ESPA at Vdara celebrates the calming power of water with several signature treatments and Drift Spa at Palms Place features Las Vegas' only traditional Turkish hammam. You can also enjoy pampering and live entertainment at Beauty Bar in the Fremont East Entertainment District. While downtown, be sure to pop by Commonwealth or Hogs & Heifers Saloon for some rowdy time with a round of shots or pitcher of beer.
And when you've danced, lounged and libationed yourself silly, there's always shopping. 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. The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood includes H&M, GUESS by Marciano, Urban Outfitters and more.
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 Las Vegas.