Updated: May 18
Bachelorette parties don’t have to be cheesy, stereotypical events where a bevy of bridesmaids in matching t-shirts carry the bride-to-be out of a nightclub, Weekend at Bernie’s style. They can be equal parts classy, classic, unforgettable, and fun, with a teensy splash of trouble. Our recommendations for your bachelorette party will ensure your group of girls is hyped up and immersed in the festivities all weekend long.
Day one is going to be heavy on the class, starting with setting up party headquarters at Ocean Casino Resort. Easily the most stunning property on the boardwalk, Ocean boasts posh accommodations with incomparable views. Brimming with the coolest bars, restaurants, and activities in the city, everything you need to celebrate all night is housed in this single locale.
Starting at TopGolf Swing Suites, grab a drink at the full service bar while you wait for the whole crew to assemble. Make your way to your reserved bay, where you can engage in some friendly competition in a lounge setting, complete with food and beverage service. Whether your signature drink comes in a can or gets poured from a shaker, you’re certain to find your favorite on the expansive beverage menu. Before you hit some shots, we suggest ordering a round of specialty shots (a steal at only $3) to toast the bachelorette.
After you tally your scores, you’ll saunter down to American Cut, a high end steakhouse with impeccable service, a mouthwatering menu, and not even a hint of stuffiness. Start off with a round of unique cocktails. The Roxanne (tequila, cognac, cranberry, sour, jalapeno), Hey Jealousy (gin, sour, mint, cucumber, black pepper), and Raspberry Beret (Belvedere, Cointreau, sour, raspberry) get our pick. We
recommend beginning with the OG 1924 Hotel Caesar and Steak Knife Wedge salads. The entree portions are sizeable, even when not advertised to be shared between two guests. We recommend the 40 oz porterhouse and tomahawk, as well as the 10 oz rib filet. The sunchoked spinach and baked potato complete your main course. It’s not a party without dessert, and we know you’ll find room for the popcorn ice cream and caramel corn combo in the crackerjack sundae.
Next up, you’ll dance the night away with live music and craft cocktails at Nola’s Bar and Lounge. The drinks here are elegant and exciting, adding something special to your celebration. We love the sparkly Samantha and Marie and crisp, refreshing Nola, or you can keep it simple with prosecco by the glass. Nola’s has an energetic, electric vibe, but also has ample seating when you need to take a breather between tracks. We think this is the perfect venue for you to party in style.
In the morning, make a quick stop at Hayday Coffee to fuel up on a cappuccino, matcha latte, loaded chai, or one of their signature espresso drinks (the French toast latte is a fan favorite). There are always seasonal specials at this hidden gem off the boardwalk.
Take a quick walk to brunch at Rhythm & Spirits and take advantage of the $40 brunch special. Any entree comes with unlimited mimosas, frose’, aperol spritzes, or bloody Marys. The Bar 32 French toast, pulled pork hash, and southern fried chicken sandwich are amazing here. The staff is super friendly, and the decor is highly Instagrammable. We’re suckers for indoor/outdoor seating, and their backyard patio is a gorgeous oasis that feels more like South Beach than the Jersey Shore.
Whether you’re looking for a fresh new outfit to wear out tonight or a souvenir to commemorate the weekend, you’ll find everything you need at the expansive Tanger Outlets. After your shopping spree, pull up a stool at Wingcraft Kitchen and Beer Bar for lunch and flights. With 40 beers on draft, there is guaranteed to be something to pique your fancy. While they are clearly known for their wings (cool ranch dry rub, FTW), they have a plethora of small plates for your group to sample. Our endorsement goes to the bacon and jalapeno corn fritters, giant pub pretzel, fried pickles, and short rib tater tots. Stick around and watch a sporting event, go back to chill at the hotel pool, or take a nap before you get ready for the evening. The itinerary is bursting with fun, and you’ll be glad you took some time to recharge.
Dinner is reserved at Dock’s Oyster House, a centuries-old stunner that we absolutely adore and find ourselves visiting again and again for special occasions. The bar itself is a showstopper and has a drink menu to match. Raise your glass to the bride, choosing from the delectable cucumber martini, honey Bee (vodka, apricot, ginger beer, honey, lime), Perfect Pear (reposado, spiced pear, Cointreau, lime), or seasonal sangria. Take your seat in a cushy banquet as your server presents plate after plate of fresh seafood appetizers, including fried calamari, chilled shellfish samplers, raw and fried oysters. Entree choices are extensive here, offering something for every preference. We suggest the Dock’s Seafood Fry, pan roasted bronzino, seared sea scallops, pecan crusted salmon, and potato crusted flounder.
After a memorable meal, your next destination is just down the street at Tropicana Casino. Before tonight’s activity, trust us, you’ll need some high octane liquid courage. Wet Willie’s is a frozen daiquiri bar with over a dozen flavors and limitless combinations. Many of their concoctions feature 190 proof grain alcohol, lending to clever monikers like Call a Cab and Shock Treatment. For maximum efficiency, we recommend a 16 oz insulated koozie cup of the Triple Play (swirls of Call a Cab, Attitude Improvement, and Sex on the Beach).
Just up the steps, almost obscured from view, is Planet Rose Karaoke. We recommend renting the VIP room for a private experience. You won’t waste time waiting for your turn to sing, you’ll feel more uninhibited, and you’ll even have your own server who will run beverages back to the room from the main bar. At $10 per person per hour, it’s completely worth the upgrade. With the high energy atmosphere and seemingly infinite catalog of song choices, you won’t leave until someone comes to pry the mic out of your hands.
So brings us to the dreaded morning after. Surely, you’ve already taken your walk of shame, heels in hand, through at least one casino, before you regained consciousness on top of your bed at Ocean, still in last night’s attire and smudged makeup. In times like these, who wants to leave their room even a minute prior to check out? Do yourselves a favor and order up a variety of juices and smoothies, many pots of coffee, and a few orders each of breakfast burritos and French toast.
We have “future you” and your hangover covered, as well. It’s doubtful you’ll want to hop, skip, or jump just yet, but if you did, you’d land in front of Tony Boloney’s to pick up some takeout to enjoy later today. The menu reads like a page out of a mad scientist’s composition book. This is not your typical pizza joint. Standard fare like cheesesteaks are transformed into culinary masterpieces with combinations of ingredients you’ve never seen or tasted before. A couple slices of pizza, a sandwich, and an order of fries is substantial enough to divide between lunch and dinner. We love taking a little bit of Atlantic City home with us after a fun-filled weekend, and we think this is the ideal end to your last big night out before your big day.
Please remember to drink and play responsibly.