First comes love, then comes the bachelor party – or something like that. All good bachelor parties have a few things in common — good times, good food and, most importantly, good friends. Scottsdale, Arizona is the place for all that and more. Lucky for you hands-on grooms and travel-savvy groomsmen, we’ve got the itinerary (aka cheat sheet!) for it all.
Talking Stick Resort
This AAA Four-Diamond resort is an ideal spot for your bachelor party HQ. Live music, summer-season pool parties, restaurants and golfing on Talking Stick’s two 18-hole courses, are all just steps away from the luxury rooms on property.
This chic hotel is conveniently located in the Old Town Entertainment District – just head outside and you’re mere steps from a whole host of nightclubs, bars and lounges. Don’t miss the legendary parties at the W’s Wet Deck pool, which take place most Fridays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Another great option for lodging in the Old Town Entertainment District is the Aloft Scottsdale. A stay here puts you in easy reach of the city’s best nightlife haunts, as well as amenities like the on-site pool, fitness center and nightly cocktails at the hotel’s W XYZ bar.
Amp up the excitement with an off-road tour by Jeep, Hummer, ATV or Tomcar! All tours include thrilling rides to the desert’s most pristine expanses, as well as options like local booze sampling and night-vision tours. Some outfitters even allow you to practice your marksmanship under the guidance of an NRA-certified range safety officer.
Get your groomsmen together for some fun-spirited golf games. Find out who has the longest drive (or the most accurate one) at Topgolf, which uses microchipped balls and dartboard-like targets to score each shot. Each bay offers couch-style seating, climate-controlled comfort and full food-and-beverage service from the onsite restaurant.
Feeling lucky? Head for Casino Arizona, which offers 900 state-of-the-art slot machines, nearly 50 blackjack tables, bingo, keno and EZ Baccarat, as well as six restaurants and live entertainment at The Showroom.
MAVRIX & OCTANE RACEWAY
Double your fun with these side-by-side entertainment centers. Mavrix boasts arcade games, billiards, bowling lanes and a state-of-the-art laser tag arena. Next door, Octane Raceway lets you and your pals enjoy friendly competition on the 1/3-mile indoor/outdoor, high-speed go-kart track or in the world of Velocity VR where you can take on Zombies, save a space station or battle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world.
Old Town Entertainment District
When you’re ready to really get the party started, head for Old Town Scottsdale. Sample local craft brews along the Old Town Ale Trail, check out the nightclub action in the Entertainment District or try some high-tech bowling at Skylanes. You can even leave the “driving” to someone else and embark on a pub crawl with Arizona Party Bike.
MAPLE & ASH
When only a prime steak will satisfy your cravings, Maple & Ash is your go-to. The menu boasts delicacies like the Butcher’s Reserve 35 Day Dry-Aged Eisenhower, a 40-ounce porterhouse cooked to perfection directly on the coals. Feeling brave? Opt for the “I Don’t Give a F*@K” and let Maple & Ash’s culinary wizards surprise you.
FOGO DE CHÃO
Bring your appetites to Fogo de Chão where you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat offering of beef, pork and chicken, all slow-roasted over an open flame, then carved tableside in a way that’s unique to Brazilian-style cooking, churrascaria.
Grab a pie and a pint at this Old Town Entertainment District favorite. You’ll find more than 13 hearty pizzas and a selection of local craft brews on the menu, as well as tasty starters like truffle fries, wings, and pizza rolls. Later in the night, this casual pizzeria turns into a high-energy nightclub, with both VIP tables and bottle service available.