There’s a reason Austin regularly tops the list as one of the best bachelorette party destinations. With a little bit of everything for the bride and her besties from lakes and bars to spas, live music & Instagrammable stops, Austin makes planning a weekend of celebration events easy. Here are some of the top things to do, places to stay, and most importantly, where to eat and drink while you celebrate you or your girlfriend’s last fling before the ring.

Places to Stay

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Canopy Austin 
Only a hop, skip and a jump away from numerous bars, restaurants and live music venues, Canopy Austin is located on the iconic West 6th Street. You and your gals can take in the uniquely Austin hotel decor, relax poolside cabanas with downtown skyline views or explore the city with their complimentary hotel bikes.

Carpenter Hotel
Nestled at the edge of Zilker Park you’ll find a restored union hall made into chic, Texas-inspired guest rooms, all complete with terraces. Be sure to experience this boutique hotel’s luxurious pool and grab a bite at their on-site restaurant, Carpenters Hall

Geraldine's restaurant bar at the Hotel Van Zandt rooftop pool.Hotel Van Zandt. Credit Aubrie Pick.

Hotel Van Zandt
This hotel is located in the middle of the Rainey Street Historic District, a popular drinking destination lined with renovated houses turned bungalow bars. It also offers a rooftop pool deck and fine dining option with tapas and shareables at Geraldine’s.

Hotel Viata
If you're looking for something a little more relaxed, consider Hotel Viata. Their large lounge pool, spa and onsite restaurant will take care of all of your needs for a lowkey weekend. 

Hotel ZaZa
Hotel ZaZa is as distinctively unique as its name. This hotel has all you need for a weekend to celebrate, including a spa. Grab a quick lunch or light bites at Perfect Strangers, or dine at their restaurant and lounge, Group Therapy. Their seventh floor pool is picturesque—a perfect spot for warm weather sunning or taking fun group pictures to remember the trip. Plus, it's just steps from the always entertaining Warehouse District, home to LGBTQ+-friendly clubs, cocktail lounges and more.

Guest suite at Inn Cahoots in Austin TexasCourtesy of Inn Cahoots.

Inn Cahoots
This hotel is a great option for those who want flexibility with their accommodations, and plan to celebrate out and about and in their own space. This hotel has five spacious units, each featuring a full size kitchen, open living/dining areas and private bedrooms and bathrooms. Guests also have access to the “sip and dip” pool and rooftop deck overlooking East 6th Street’s buzzing entertainment district.

South Congress Hotel
If the quirky South Congress vibe is more your style, embrace the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ philosophy and stay at the South Congress Hotel. Just a few blocks south of downtown, with an intimate pool area, three restaurants, a coffee shop and two boutiques, there's a little something for everyone here. Not to mention you’re steps away from great shopping and delicious restaurants.

Things to Do

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Booze on a Pedal Pub 
It’s not a bachelorette party without fun and drinking. Load up on the Pedal Pub, a handcrafted Dutch party bike with seating for up to 15 people. Within two hours of pedaling, you’ll see all sorts of Austin landmarks and murals while stopping at 2-3 establishments. Insider tip: all tours are BYOB!

Cement Friendship with Permanent Bracelets
You’re tying the knot with your significant other, let’s make it permanent with your gals, too. Head to locally-owned Love Weld for a trendy new accessory that signifies a special bond or life event with a quick mini-weld to secure the bracelet, necklace or ring of your choosing.

Four women in black exercise clothing walking under pedestrian bridges on the Austin hike and bike trail.Butler Hike & Bike Trail. Credit to Jeff Djayasaputra.

Get in a Morning Sweat
Grab your girls and your water bottles to start your day off on the right foot by getting a good sweat in. From HOT HIIT Flow classes at Karma Yoga to upbeat, heart-pumping spin at LOVE Cycling Studio, there’s something for everyone. Looking to get your steps instead? Grab a morning coffee at The Loren Cafe during your stroll on the scenic Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake

Shop South Congress Avenue
Spend a morning strolling, shopping and sipping your way through the numerous shops and restaurants on the famous pedestrian-friendly, South Congress. While on SoCo, stop at the iconic I Love You So Much mural for a quick group picture for the mems and be sure to check out some of these other famous Austin murals. Swing by Maufrais for a custom Stetson cowboy hat, complete with branding, feathers and more. Make sure to make your way back to this fan favorite area for live music, seven nights a week at popular venues like C-Boys Heart & Soul and Continental Club

Spend Time Outside
Pack your sunscreen and swimsuits to hit one of Austin’s numerous swimming spots like the refreshing 68 degree year-round Barton Springs or local favorite Deep Eddy Pool. Get out on the lake with kayak and paddleboard rentals from Rowing Dock in the heart of Downtown Austin.


Restaurants for Groups

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Better Half Coffee and Cocktails 
Head to award-wining Better Half for coffee, cocktails or their all day cafe where everything is delicious. Their lively patio features hot pink picnic tables for the perfect aesthetic. Get there early to try their homemade pastries and don’t leave without trying one of their orange blossom crullers.

The original Chuy’s opened in 1982 on Barton Springs Road and is an obvious choice for parties looking to dine on authentic Austin Tex-Mex. Indulge in queso, unlimited chips and salsa and strong margaritas in their eclectic space. Don’t forget to request a side of creamy jalapeño dip with your chips.

House Margarita on the patio at Fresas in Austin TexasCourtesy of Fresa's.

Fresa's South First
Fresa’s South First is a favorite for its shady, spacious patio, frosty margaritas and modern take on wood-grilled Mexican food. Grab a table under the towering oaks with Fresa’s loaded queso and signature wood-grilled chicken, served family-style with all the fixings.

Hillside Farmacy
Hillside Farmacy operated as Hillside Drugstore in the '50s, and was later restored into the quaint dining and brunching establishment it is now. Order a carafe of their house punch to split, and chow down on their egg & ham breakfast sammy.

Loro Asian Smokehouse and Bar
Hailed by two of the most famous (and award-winning) chefs in the city: Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko, Loro is a stunning mashup of two incredible cuisines and cultures. This restaurant offers a large space of both indoor and outdoor seating with order-at-the-bar service and an array of choices from barbecue to popcorn to fresh fish.

Taquero Mucho
Arguably one of the most instagrammable spots in Austin, Taquero Mucho is a must stop while in town. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner this Latina-owned business oozes feminine energy with bright decor, pink tacos, pink margaritas and awesome merch to match your bestie gals.

Terry Black’s Barbecue
You haven’t planned a complete trip to Austin if filling up on legendary Texas barbecue isn’t in the itinerary. Terry Black’s has been serving up killer barbecue and classic sides for generations, and is the perfect spot to feed a hungry crowd.

Where to Find Drinks & Nightlife

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This new hot spot is the perfect girls night out on 4th Street in the heart of Downtown Austin. Experience their trendy upscale lounge, shareable bites, specialty cocktails, boutique flower shop and weekend night DJ. The vibes are immaculate from chandeliers to floral patterns and aesthetically pleasing artwork. Be sure to reserve your table for any occasion whether it’s cocktails, bottle service or brunch.

Palm Beach style patio complete with parasol umbrellas, string lights and a pool for dipping your feet.Courtesy Kitty Cohen's.

Kitty Cohen’s
This retro-inspired pool bar serves tropical tiki cocktails, refreshing frozen drinks and a great happy hour on their patio. Don’t miss the flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom.

Midnight Cowboy
A revered downtown speakeasy housed in a former brothel on Historic Sixth Street. Cocktails are prepared at the bar or table-side by experienced bartenders. Featured cocktails change regularly with nods to old school classics and modern favorites. Insider tip: reservations for this cocktail bar are required before visiting.

Rosie’s Wine Bar
This stylish, patio wine bar is serving a rotating wine list with bottles from around the world focused on natural winemakers. The ambiance is intimate and cozy, like you're on a European patio. 

Two women in Western attire country dancing in a dance hall.The White Horse. Credit Arts+Labor.

The White Horse
Throw on your party boots and head over to this east side joint for a classic Texas honky-tonk, with live country bands every weekend and a late night taco truck. Insider tip: they host free two-step lessons nearly every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night to learn from a pro. 

Hill Country
Get out of the city and head to the beautiful Texas Hill Country, home to more than 60 wineries. Grab a glass, soak in the views and snack on charcuterie with your girls. Cruise from winery to winery in over-the-top pink fashion with a tour with Brooke’s Bubble Bus.

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