Austin Bachelor Party Bar/Nightlife Guide

What immediately comes to mind when you see a group of all guys in downtown Austin with matching tee shirts? A bachelor party looking for a bachelorette party.

Austin is amazing for its weather, attractive girls, cheap and easy nightlife, BBQ, and the central US location. Being the most experienced bachelor party planner in Austin since 2010, that’s why we’ve lived here for nearly 20 years!

 

There are so many bar/nightlife choices that we wanted to give you the detailed breakdown:

Austin’s Nightlife Districts for Bachelor Parties

West Sixth, Dirty Sixth, East Sixth, and Rainey Street. These collectively offer over 100 bars to choose from!

Bachelor Party on West Sixth Street

Patio at Dogwood West Sixth Street Austin

West Sixth extends west of Congress Avenue. The bar scene here is becoming more and more popular as the city grows. You’ll get the best of all worlds: dance parties, live music, games, and arcades.

The vibe is a little more clubby than other areas, and so are some of the bars like Concrete Cowboy, Greenlight Social, and Pop. In general, people are more dressed up than they would be on East Sixth. That said, this isn’t NYC’s Meatpacking District. It’s still Austin. Feel free to go anywhere in a bathing suit, tank top, and flip flops.

Rustic Tap is a casual bar worth highlighting. With a large outdoor area and music in the evenings, bachelor party revelers can occupy themselves for hours with games of giant beer pong (trash barrels for cups, volleyballs for ping pong balls).

Rustic Tap for Bachelor Parties on West Sixth Street

If you’re looking for a low-key evening hang, or hoping to watch some games during the day, bring your group to Star Bar and Little Woodrow’s, which sit facing each other on opposite sides of Nueces Street. Don’t sleep on either of their food trailers, especially if you like tacos and fried chicken sandwiches.

And speaking of food, if you’re looking to start the night out with dinner (and great drinks), or the day with brunch (and great drinks), then head over to Irene’s.

Irene's Food Items Austin

Bachelor Party on Dirty Sixth Street

Sixth Street Bachelor Party in Austin

Let’s head east on Sixth Street for the main event, the Bourbon Street of Austin, Dirty Sixth. You’ll want to take out-of-towners here just to experience the bars, the energy, and the guy who stands in the middle of the street with a live snake around his neck.

If you want food before the show, I recommend Easy Tiger for sausage, pretzels, and an extensive beer list. If you think your party can be quiet for an extended period of time, then an Esther’s Folliesshow is highly recommended. You’ll get song, dance, comedy, and magic. And yes, there’s a bar and intermission.

Bachelor Party at Esther's Follies in Austin

Once your party is well-fed, start your Dirty Sixth crawl at Cheers Shot Bar. Head to the  back of the first floor and order your group some Flaming Dr. Pepper shots. Then get out of the way and watch the show.

From there, lead your group over to Maggie Mae’s, Blind Pig Pub, Shakespeare’s, and whatever else catches your eye. These bars are big and rowdy, and have rooftops ideal for people-watching as you look down at the mob on the street below.

As the night winds on and the drinks continue, you may find yourself ready for Barbarella. Whether you’re craving an indoor light show dance party or an outdoor hip-hop one, Barbarella is a great “it’s the end of the night, let’s pretend we’re still in college” experience.

Bachelor Party on East Sixth Street

Revelry Austin Brunch on East Sixth Street

If you’ve read my articles, then you know East Sixthis my favorite part of town. Still up and coming, but also pretty much there at this point, the once-grungy neighborhood is developing at a rapid clip. It’s the most casual of the four districts featured here, with dive bars and a Brooklyn-type vibe.

Let’s start with feeding your bachelor party. The food trailers on East Sixth are amazing, whether it’s Dee Dee, Artessano, Halal Time, or Chi’lantro. You’re in good shape for food in the early morning, daytime, or late night.

My favorite restaurant in Austin is Kebabalicious, so my visitors always insist we stop by for a kebab and K-fries. For group sit-down meals, you can try Via 313 for pizza, Tamale House East (get the frozen margarita!), and Revelry.

Overwhelming? Yes. The good thing is that it’s difficult to go wrong when it comes to feeding your bachelor party on East Sixth.

Let’s assume everyone is fed and ready to start/keep drinking. The options up and down East Sixth Street are plentiful, starting with breweries: Lazarus Brewing Co., Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom, and Hops & Grain Brewing. Choose your favorite and enjoy some “frat colas” while your stomach settles.

After the brewery stop, I recommend taking your crew to Whisler’s for cocktails (try the old fashioned). Don’t forget to go up the stairs to the tiny mezcal room, where you can sip agave-centric concoctions out of tiny clay pots.

After that, show your group what two-steppinglooks like and Texas music sounds like at The White Horse, or sit outside and drink a Lone Star on Liberty Bar’s backyard picnic tables. As with all of Austin’s nightlife destinations, walk up and down the street, and just see what’s calling your name.

When “night” turns to “late night,” make your way to Hotel Vegas (probably a band playing) or Volstead (definitely a DJ getting everyone to move). These two bars share a backyard filled with locals and visitors, sitting at picnic tables and solving the problems of the world.

When you’re ready for that late night meal, I recommend Rollin Smoke barbecue or Halal Time across the street. Both can help you end the night right.

Bachelor Party on Rainey Street

Bachelor Parties at Banger's in Austin

Rainey Street’s bustling section of bars and restaurants is located a few blocks south of Sixth Street. I always plan at least one dinner at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, where bachelor party friends can eat sausage and drink beer to their hearts’ content. Look around and you’ll realize you’re in good company. I’m not the only one with this bachelor party dinner recommendation.

Rainey Street was residential in the not too distant past. But these days during peak hours, it can feel like all of Austin is on the same street. My strategy here: choose a bar that feels right, and move on to the next one when you get antsy. I usually end up at Half Step, Lucille’s, and Lustre Pearl at some point. As far as food trailers go, I can usually be found at Wild Taco, located near the entrance to Bungalow, ordering myself an al pastor quesadilla.

Half Step Bar on Rainey Street

Almost every bar on Rainey has cocktails, an outside area, and games. Container Bar is the most notorious dancing bar on the street. And it’s made out of shipyard containers, so there’s that. On a small street like this, if you don’t want to be waiting late into the night, be sure to get your car a bit before the bars close at 2 a.m., when every other partier has the same idea.

Back to Reality

I hope this outline makes the city a little smaller and easier to organize for those of you planning a bachelor party. When it comes to food, drink, and convenience, I don’t think Austin can be beat. Get the most out of these four nightlife areas, and the bachelor and his friends will be forever thankful.

If you ever find yourself at the airport on a Sunday, then look around. Bachelor party revelers on their way out are impossible to miss. Sunglasses on, heads bowed, weekend over. When the party ends, reality hits hard and fast. So be a hospitable Austinite and give them a knowing nod of approval. Hopefully they did it right. Soon it may be you.

Recommended itinerary for a bachelor party in Austin

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Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Customized Tee Shirts!

The Perfect Way To Tie Your Bachelor Party Together

http://jackpottees.myshopify.com/collections/wedding-shirts?rfsn=1564841.a705c7 
Thousands of people celebrate weddings with bachelor parties every year in the United States
alone. From a simple night out with a friends to traveling nationwide for an extravagant
vacation.
What do all bachelor parties have in common? They have an overall theme that ties the party
members together, usually led by the groom’s shared interests with his friends.
So, it makes sense that you would want the bachelor party members to be wearing t shirts that
shows off their shared interests or simply let everyone know why they’re out. Tee Pinch has a
number of themed t-shirts that allow you to do this. Below are some of their top selling designs.

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 Top Gun Themed Pilot Wings T-Shirt

The Pilot Wings Wedding Shirt’s design is inspired by the iconic Top Gun logo featuring the
winged shape and star with “Top Gun” being replaced with “Groom”, “Best Man” or
“Groomsman”. They are available in the striking navy blue and classic black colored shirts and
are perfect for your bachelor party’s Maverick and Iceman.

http://jackpottees.myshopify.com/collections/wedding-shirts?rfsn=1564841.a705c7

The Hangover Themed Last Night in the Wolfpack T-Shirt

The Last Night in the Wolfpack Shirt’s main focus is an assimilation of the face of Zach
Galifianakis. Above his face, there is space to place the groom and groomsmen’s names so you
don’t forget anyone’s name. Below is the text “Last Night in the Wolfpack” followed by the
location of your bachelor party and the year it is taking place. No movie in the millennium
captures the spirit of the bachelor party than the hangover and now you can share that
experience with your wolfpack.

http://jackpottees.myshopify.com/collections/wedding-shirts?rfsn=1564841.a705c7

The Godfather Themed Groom and Groom’s Crew T-Shirt

The Groom and Groom’s Crew t shirt replicates the immediately recognisable Godfather font
that’s synonymous with the movie franchise. In place of The Godfather, the t shirts read “The
Groom” and “The Groom’s Crew” to reflect your own strong family ties. Everyone will know that
your crew isn’t to be messed with and you can enjoy what might be the best night of your life.

http://jackpottees.myshopify.com/collections/wedding-shirts?rfsn=1564841.a705c7

Classic Bow Tie T-Shirts

The Bow Tie Wedding Shirts have minimalist design with a faux bow-tie near the collar and
the words “Groom” and “Groomsman” written in an elegant font. Of course, wearing a t shirt that
references tamed bachelor parties doesn’t mean you have to keep yours tame. These t shirts
are perfectly suited for grooms who aren’t bothered about a fancy shirt and just want something
to remember the night of their life.
Find out more at Tee Pinch

Common questions about Lake Travis parties

  1. Is February too early to go out on the lake?
  2. How far in advance do Saturday parties sell out?
  3. What is peak time to be on the lake?
  4. Why not Lake Austin since it’s closer to downtown and cheaper?
  5. What’s the difference between the two boats?

These six questions are the most common questions we get about Lake Travis. We sell out every Saturday from late March to late September and yes, February is too early to go out there if you’re looking for a party scene.

Saturdays do sell out 8-12 weeks in advance so don’t wait until February to book an April party!

The peak time on the lake on a Saturday or Sunday is anytime between Noon and 8pm. Yes 8pm since it doesn’t get dark until then. We had a ton of parties go out last Summer around 4pm or 5pm and have a blast since it’s hard for locals to go out the night before, logistically get everyone 45 minutes outside of downtown, AND actually have food and drinks in hand before 3pm. Plus, people are the most drunk in the late afternoon/early evening so any hour from Noon to 8pm will have crowds.

Lake Austin is more like a river (the Texas-Colorado river in fact) and is more for jetskis and wakeboards. Lake Austin IS NOT the party lake where it’s like Lake Havasu – it is more for water sports so if you choose Lake Austin, you will miss out on the big party in Devil’s Cove on Lake Travis.

The main difference between the two boats is that one can hold up to 17 people and one can hold up to 24 people.

Book online by clicking Activities > Boat Parties

 

What’s the deal with South by Southwest (SXSW)?

SXSW brings over 100,000+ people to Austin for a two week festival in March that starts with an Education conference, then a digital/gaming conference, and then a music conference. The film festival is going on over both weeks.

 

This makes flights and lodging much more expensive than normal so most bachelor parties avoid SXSW.

 

BUT if you are already booked to come during those weeks, no worries. You will have a blast regardless of what’s going on with SXSW. The way SXSW works is that yes, they will take over most of the bars downtown but only starting at 7pm until 2am. From 7pm until 2am, you can pay around $10-$15 to get into any bar that’s not at capacity for festival attendees – simply look at the entrance of the bar you want to get into and if there’s no line outside, you can walk up to the bouncer and ask if you can pay cover to get in ad hoc.

 

Before 7pm, all events are pretty much open to the general public with free online RSVPs since those parties are thrown by record labels, magazines, and companies like MTV/Facebook. All the night parties that aren’t at bars work like this too (e.g. MTV will let anyone in who RSVPs on their website to a parking lot they rented out for the week). There is a service that will RSVP to all hundreds of parties for $30 per person (http://rsvpster.com/order/). If you can afford it, I think it’s insurance for you so all of your names are all over town and you can let your eyes/ears help you meander as opposed to having a grand plan built by prior research.

 

For boat parties that week, honestly, not many people will be on the lake. BUT, if you want to get onto a pretty lake and get drunk with your buddies for a somewhat unique experience, simply book online at http://sparkparties.com/activities/boat-parties/.

UT games and tailgating advice


Simply check http://austin.craigslist.org/search/tia or http://www.stubhub.com/ for tickets. Or scalp around the stadium…

People are super friendly during tailgating so we recommend all parties start at http://www.scholzgarten.net/directions.htm, which is the epicenter of tailgating, and then meander from there. Here’s a great rundown of good tailgates: http://do512.com/p/texas-tailgating

Austin Bachelor Party Dinners

Please contact these restaurants directly for reservations for your Austin bachelor party dinner:

Trendy/tapas – Swift’s Attic
http://swiftsattic.com

Sushi – Uchi (pricey) http://uchiaustin.com/

Steak – Three Forks https://www.3forks.com/austin/

Tex Mex – Uncle Julio’s https://www.unclejulios.com/locations/austin/

Interior Mexican – La Condesa
https://www.lacondesa.com

BBQ – Lamberts http://www.lambertsaustin.com/

Brunch – Tacos and Tequila (TNT) http://tacos-and-tequila.com/

Spark is planning more dadchelor parties!

Never heard of a dadchelor party? It’s basically a bachelor party but when your first kid is on the way. Definitely a great opportunity to hit Lake Travis to party or do some ziplining or ATVing before you’re tied down for a while. Book online or contact us today to plan that dadchelor party!

New York Times links to sparkparties.com!

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times wrote an article on vacation rentals in Austin. One of the underlined URLs in the article told us something we already knew: we are the original and #1 bachelor party planning service in Austin!

The URL “popular bachelor party destination” in the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/10/your-money/new-worry-for-home-buyers-a-party-house-next-door.html?_r=0 links to sparkparties.com! The author didn’t link anywhere else because he probably knew other operations weren’t legit or had limited activities/knowledge that they offer.

We couldn’t be more proud of the quality work we do in planning the best bachelor party for each group – this is proven by the latest reviews on Yelp: http://yelp.com/biz/spark-bachelor-parties-austin. We now have another review mentioning the “best weekend of my life”. :)

To the next 5 years and beyond!

Feedback that never made it to Yelp about Spark Bachelor Parties’ success

Email on April 18, 2015: “Just want to tell you that the boat trip was a huge success. Weather turned out to be better than predicted and overall it was a great experience for everyone. The captain and the bartender were great people and super accommodating. Thanks for the recommendations and for planning the event the way you did.” – Diego from DC