Pair your booze with dessert at Butter & Scotch
At self-described ‘bar and bakery of your dreams’ Butter & Scotch, you don’t have to choose between post-dinner drinks or dessert. Lip printed wallpaper and retro diner decor set the scene at this women-owned business, where Brooklyn brides wash down three-layer birthday cake and ‘Unicorn Treat’ cookies with rosé cider and champagne.
Group manicures at Paintbox
Manicures are a mainstay of any ladies’ outing. Gussy up the staple activity with group manicures at Paintbox, a sophisticated-cool nail art studio with designs, like ‘Ride or Die’ and ‘Better Together,’ that your girl gang will love. Best of all, nail artists here provide individualized color consultations and break down the latest trends to ensure all hands leave happy.
Get sweaty at a dance class
At 305 Fitness, thoughts of your fiancé aren’t the only things that get your heart racing. The Miami-inspired studio’s cult-favorite 305 Cardio class combines live DJ music, ‘non-stop smiling,’ and ‘alotta air humping’ for an all levels experience your bridal party (and their muscles!) will remember for weeks to come.
Catch a performance you and your bridal party won’t soon forget at one of New York City’s drag shows. At spots like Lips and Lucky Cheng’s, cross-dressing divas lip sync, dance, and perform comedy routines — all while rocking sky-high heels — for your pleasure.
Beauty Party at Birchbox
Enjoy the grown-up’s version of raiding your mother’s makeup drawer at your very own Beauty Party hosted by Birchbox. Ranging from 30 to 90 minutes long, these parties provide services like full make-up application, hair braiding, and even a ‘Build Your Own Birchbox’ option. Whether you choose to make pampering your party’s main event or a pregame for the rest of your outing, you can’t go wrong with these beauty blowouts.
Belt out the sappiest ballads and most empowering songs you know with your pals singing backup at a karaoke bar. Gagopa Karaoke in karaoke central Koreatown is a good pick thanks to its bring-your-own food and drink policy, wallet-friendly prices, and private rooms (meaning you can feel free to attempt those high notes).
Enter a Battle of the Brides at My Cooking Party
The New York Times, Time Out New York, and Forbes all recommend this bachelorette party pick. An Iron Chef-style competition pits you and your girls against one another to create the best hors d’oeuvres or desserts. With free-flowing wine and beer, six types of hors d’oeuvres, a cheese and crudité platter, and a special prize for the winning bride-to-be, everyone is a winner at My Cooking Party.
Take to the seas
Or, river, on a private yacht ride around New York City. Before sailing off in to the sunset with your betrothed, find your sea legs on your own boat excursion courtesy of New York Yacht and Boat Charter. Boats can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 1200 people plus all the bubbly and bites you can carry.
Have high tea
Throwback to your girlhood tea parties by having high tea with the ladies in your life. Now, you can dress up and take your tea in real china cups as you nosh on chopped tea-egg salad sandwiches and triple chocolate scones with clotted cream. Don’t worry: if you crave something stronger than tea, adult drinks are always available.
Have a spa day
Planning a wedding (and, let’s be honest, supporting your bride-to-be friend) can be stressful. Treat yourself and your friends to a day of relaxation at a New York City spa, where targeted massages, luxurious facials, and pools await you. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Ohm Spa & Lounge, and Great Jones Spa are a few local favorites.