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10 Tips for a Successful Atlantic City Bachelor Party

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Debauchery awaits.

Planning a bachelor party weekend in the party capital of the East Coast? Great choice! It may come as a surprise to some guys, but Atlantic City has a lot more to offer than beauty pageants and bros sporting Jersey Shore haircuts. However, if you’re like I was before my first trip there, you probably have no clue what to realistically expect from the AC. Luckily for you, I recently got the chance to fly out there for a guys weekend and see first-hand what the “Vegas of the East” is all about. We went full-throttle (or as close to full-throttle as three guys in their early thirties can) for a long weekend and lived to tell about it  In between beers and losing hands of Blackjack, I managed to jot down my top 10 tips for throwing a successful bachelor party in Atlantic City. If you follow these guidelines, you’re in for a hell of a time:

1. If you’ve got guests flying in, it’s worth noting that the closest major airport is 60 miles away in Philadelphia. The ride to AC will take around an hour, so paying for transportation will most likely be necessary. If you’ve got a bigger group, splitting a limo is the way to go (don’t forget to slip the driver an extra $10 and have him swing by a liquor store on the way). The cheaper alternative is taking the train at $10 each way. If you opt for the latter, just follow the signs at the airport for the free shuttle to the train station.

2. The Borgata is hands down the best hotel in AC. It has the look and feel of a gargantuan Las Vegas resort and boasts a Bobby Flay Steak restaurant, multiple nightclubs, a 2,400-seat theater and the best poker room in the city. Even if you’re not staying there, it’s worth a visit for devoting a portion of your trip to dining, drinking or gambling.

3. Gamblers on a budget shouldn’t worry as cheap table games are easy to find. Blackjack is my game and I was able to find $5 to $10 tables 24/7, even at the larger casinos. Word to the wise: Try not to let the dealer or pit boss see how drunk you are, and definitely don’t repeatedly shout F-bombs while playing. Security is razor-sharp in AC and won’t hesitate to throw you and your buddies out of the casino for the remainder of your stay.

4. Contrary to what you’ve seen on Boardwalk Empire, boozing is alive, well and easily accessible in Atlantic City.  The best dive bar is Chelsea Pub, while the top destination for craft beer lovers is Tun Tavern. Want to catch the game? A Dam Good Sports Bar is the only place to watch a game while drinking a 40.

5. Don’t wake up before 11 am. You may miss the breakfast buffet, but the extra rest you’ll get is invaluable during a weekend of hard partying. Also be sure to chug a bottle of water before passing out and again when you wake up.

6. Comedy shows are where it’s at. Given its proximity to New York, it should come as no surprise that Atlantic City brings in top-notch comedians every weekend. Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Kevin James are just a few of the names to have graced the city’s stages in 2013. If you decide to attend a comedy show, breaking the seal beforehand is a huge no-no. Walking out for the restroom in the middle of a set is a virtual guarantee you’ll be heckled.

7. The Steel Pier and Monopoly street signs won’t be worth much to you other than photo-ops. But because it’s a bachelor party, cameras shouldn’t even be present.

8. For my money, The Tropicana’s Fin is the best restaurant in town. Make a reservation for an oceanfront table and be sure to order the blue crab macaroni and cheese as an appetizer.

9. Remember the words “Pizza King“. They will be your best friends at 3 am.

10. Unfortunately, you’ll have to begrudgingly accept that the trip must eventually come to an end. Before doing so, stop off at Brittany Cafe to soak up the remaining booze in your system with the best pancakes in town. It’s time to head home, fellas. If you listened to my advice, you’ll have done well.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to a Bachelor Party in …… Seattle??

Monday, March 12th, 2012

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Today brings a brand new guest post from one of the hottest groom bloggers on da block. Straight from the mean streets of the Emerald City, here’s Ian from A Groom’s Diary. Pay close attention Seattleites, this one’s for you.

The Hangover changed bachelor parties forever. While unrealistic and completely insane, it shed light on a world that women had always looked at with a crooked eye, wondering whether or not they were getting the whole story. So in a way, it raised the bar for anyone planning a bachelor party. Not only do you have to put together a weekend that makes guys salivate, you have to do it in a place that can be guised as a cultural, wholesome vacation so you don’t get a veto from the bride (read: NOT LAS VEGAS!)

Fortunately for men on the West Coast, there are a variety of options.

There are the “spas and sunshine” of LA and Scottsdale. TRANSLATION: “Silicone, clubs, and golf.”

There is the “harbor-city charm and unmatched cuisine” of San Diego and San Francisco. TRANSLATION: “Lululemon pants and bars that encourage shots before 10:00 AM.”

There is the “craft beer and international menus” of Portland and Vancouver, BC. TRANSLATION: “LOTS of craft beer and strip clubs that make Charlie Sheen blush.”

And of course there is the “coffee shops and progressive charm” of Seattle. TRANSLATION: “Uh…why are we going to Seattle?”.

Well there are two possible answers: A) like me, you live here and chose an uninspired Best Man or B) like me, you’re deathly afraid of your fiancée.

But let’s say you do wind up in the Emerald City. It’s a bachelor party! It can’t be all-bad, right? The where sucks, but won’t the Who, What, When, How and Why make up for it? Let’s investigate…

WHO: Every bachelor party has the same characters. The further you get from home, the smaller your group gets, but the more-pronounced the characters become. You’ll need at least one of each of the following:
Nervous Best Man: His wife trusts him and he’s a great guy, but his credit card is down on all of the weekend’s activities and he is frightened. (With good reason.)
Married Guy who Clearly Wants to get Divorced: Shots? “Two please.” Strip clubs? “Can we rent the whole place to ourselves?” Chasing college-aged girls around town and making another guy stay up with him at their place until 6 AM? We don’t even want to know…
Guy Married to one of the Bridesmaids who you Like but Don’t Completely Trust: Yes, he tells his wife about every trip to the restroom, but believe me, he’s not going to sell you out. In fact—by the end of the weekend, he and your Best Man may be the only two people you are speaking to.
And of course…
The Friend Who Disappears for the Entire Weekend: He’ll lose his cell phone in the cab from the airport, so make sure he’s carrying traveler’s checks…

WHEN: First off, don’t be the guy who has his bachelor party the week of his wedding. Even a pastor’s bachelor party requires two months of downtime before the bride is speaking to you again, so make sure you’re well in advance of the big day.

As far as Seattle goes, the summer normally stretches from the first weekend in August through the second weekend in August…so I’d aim for something in that range.

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Who needs stripppers when you can throw fish?

WHAT: Seattle has all kinds of places for us to spend time. … … Right? The Space Needle: I know. A restaurant/bar shaped like a spaceship that sits above the ocean and spins sounds like a cocktail of awesome, right? Well it’s great, but with a clientele that includes exactly no one between the ages of six and forty-six and a spin-rate that leaves vertigo patients asking them to “crank it up!” it has the bachelor-party-desirability of the Oxygen Network.

Throwing Fish at Pike Place Market: You’ve seen it on the Today Show and every time there is a major sporting event in the Seattle-area, and yes—it is hilarious, fun and unique. But if you come home from your bachelor party and your fiancée asks you what you did and you respond, “It was awesome. I caught a flying salmon at the Public Market!” go ahead and consider the wedding cancelled. Do not pass GO. Do not collect a wedding band. Even though you’re telling the truth, she will not buy it for a second, and you really can’t fault her for that.

Starbucks: You’re not really going to Starbucks because you’re in Seattle, are you? I love Starbucks. I go there 2-3 times a day. BUT SO DO YOU! There are eleven locations within two blocks of your home! If you want Starbucks, get it! But really? You’re making a pilgrimage to a store that looks exactly like the one you visit every morning??

And in case you’re wondering, no. I do not work for the Seattle Tourism Board.

HOW: Unlike Lake Havasu or South Lake Tahoe, Seattle is a major city with a major airport. Alaska Airlines offers flights from anywhere in the west and many national hubs. If you’re cooler than me, Virgin American and Jet Blue can offer a hip, high-service flights into Sea-Tac. But most of you will fly Southwest, because you’re cheap, tasteless, bus-riders who enjoy Southwest’s communist seating policies.

WHY: God, I don’t know.

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Felix Hernandez

I mean you only get one bachelor party and you chose Seattle? You must not have very good self-esteem.

Of course…you could make it tolerable by staying at the freaking awesome Arctic Club Hotel downtown, head to one of the biggest/best microbreweries in the country (Pyramid), right outside the greatest ballpark in the world (Safeco Field) and see the greatest pitcher in the world (Felix Hernandez) throwing in the mid-90s. Then grab a party-bus (from British Motor Coach) to Ballard for a dive-bar pub crawl with about 10,000 University of Washington sorority girls…

And then stumble to one of Portage Bay Café’s locations for the best waffle bar on this planet or any other. Maybe jump the pond to the eastside and rent a ski boat or two on Lake Washington to soak up the views of two mountain-ranges and more than a few bikinis in the country’s fittest city.

If you’ve got the energy, finish off the weekend with a night of high-class shuffleboard and soft-pretzels (oh—and a buttload of beer) at The Bravehorse. Or if you want to class it up a bit, arrange a private tasting at Seattle Caviar or the Fat Cork.

And if you really want to make it an event, time it during Seafair, the world’s greatest fleet-week, combining the fun of the Blue Angels with hydroplane-racing, an absolutely perfect summer climate and alcohol. (Oh—and…um… “girls who are trying to earn beads.”…)

You know…if you’re into that kind of thing…

Ian is the author of “A Groom’s Diary”, his journal chronicling the hilarity of the wedding-planning process…from the groom’s point of view. You can read the blog at http://agroomsdiary.blogspot.com Follow him on Twitter @agroomsdiary or Facebook!

Check out the UK for an Amazing Stag Do

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

With thousands of unique activities and pulsating nightlife the UK really is a fantastic destination for your stag do.

bournemouth stag party

The city of Bournemouth is ideal for a stag party by the sea.

Destinations by the Sea

England offers some of the best activity sites in Europe set along its glorious coastlines.

Bournemouth is top of the list with 7 mile of glorious sandy beaches and more lively bars and clubs then you can visit in a week let alone a weekend.

You are spoilt for choice with the amount of activities on offer that include rage buggies, quad biking, mini car racing, clay pigeon shooting, deep sea fishing to give you just a taster.

Bournemouth boasts Europe’s first artificial reef, which has made this lively seaside town an absolute hub for surfers.

Newquay has always been a hot destination for hen and stag weekends and you will see why from the exuberant nightlife and the activities available.

The centre of Newquay is littered with bouncing bars and clubs all within easy walking distance of your accommodation. Sandy beaches provide the perfect backdrop to the electric atmosphere.

Newquay has one of the best quad bike racing sites in Europe with a track’s capacity of over 30 riders at anyone time. This mile long course will see you tackle adverse and reverse chambers, straights at full speeds and jumps to create air between your bike and the mud.

Newquay is world famous for having reliable swell 365 days of the year so you could become a surf dude or body border or you could throw caution to the wind by jumping off a cliff edge in to the sea during a coasteering session but then again you may feel like putting your two fingers up to energetic activities and just do a spot of sunbathing on one of the blue flag beaches.

UK Cities Rock

A stag weekend in the UK capital city of London has always been choice, however other fantastic UK cities are snapping at its heels. Take Nottingham for example, this city has always been a stag do Mecca, It’s not surprising when you take a stroll around this vivacious city at night with its abundance of trendy bars and fashionable clubs all buzzing.

Nottingham is perfectly set up for the stag do market with an amazing choice of activities to choose from, it also has one of the biggest paintball sites in Europe.

Bristol since it’s billion pound refurbishment is a firm favourite and is now a must do stag destination.

Stag parties that choose Bristol enjoy luxury city centre hotels, copious array cosmopolitan bars and clubs all within easy walking distance. The waterside has stacks of bars and eateries including the American export, Hooters. At the very heart of Bristol you will find some amazing super clubs and contemporary gentleman clubs.

To keep your boys out of the bars during the day the activity sites surrounding Bristol are pretty full on and include activities to keep the adrenalin pumping well into the night.

The Capitals

Edinburgh has an atmosphere you’ll want to pick up and marry, the nightlife is just simply outstanding.

Enjoy the dynamic atmosphere around the Grassmarket bars or eat and party hard in the west end, wherever your stag convey parks up you are guaranteed a cracking good time.

Edinburgh is also only one hour away from the best white water rafting in the UK, however if you feel like becoming a true Scot why not tackle the Highland Games activities which obviously includes tossing the caber.

Cardiff in recent years has been rejuvenated into one of the most modern looking cities in UK. Cardiff Bay has tons going on including loads of bars and clubs, it even offers a man made white water rafting experience.

Just a short drive away is one of the best stag playgrounds for outward bounds type of activities including the extremely popular Gorge Walking.

Last and but not least London, probably one of the most trend setting cities of the world, London is one of the eclectic cities to hold your last days of freedom.

Tour the colourful markets and famous sites by day before experiencing the seven wonders of this great city at night; Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Camden Town, Covent Garden, China Town, Notting Hill and Soho.

So for a Stag Do with a magnitude of epic proportions choose a town or city in the UK.

Written by the DesignaVenture team.

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Introducing The Man Registry’s Shark Attack Bachelor Party

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

sharkTMRlogoBachelor parties are supposed to be all about the booze, the strippers and the week-long hangovers, right? I mean, what could could possibly top alcohol poisoning,  getting stuck with the old stripper or having to convince your girlfriend/fiance/wife that you spent the weekend wine tasting in Napa? I’ll answer that question in one word:

Sharks.

Da-Dum…Da-da-Da-Dum…Da-da-dada-Da-da-dada-Da-DA!

The bachelor party guru’s at Firefly Events have bestowed upon us the highest honor possible for a men’s wedding website. They have named one of their adventure bachelor party packages after us! We even got to help create it – we were asked to create a concept for an adventure bachelor party the likes of which had never been seen… something that embodies the manliness of every man who registers at TMR. And we came up with… cage diving with Great Whites!

Firefly has prepared two custom packages that get you as close as humanly possible to the word’s deadliest predator.

Package #1 – “The Man Registry – Luxury 5 Day Isla Guadalupe Trip”Isla de Guadalupe is rapidly becoming the World’s best destination to dive with Great White Sharks. The best thing is the water temperature which averages between 67 an 72 degrees F, simply shark diver heaven, oh and the visibility is up to 100ft. (read more)

Package #2 – “The Man Registry – 1 Day Farallon Islands” - Each year in the fall, thousands of mammals congregate to the Farallon Islands to breed and calve their young, which means feeding time at the zoo for the largest Great White Sharks in world to feed on Elephant Seals before their long trans-Pacific migration. (read more)

Here’s what you can expect to see when diving with the beast:

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Does package #1 or #2 sound more fun to you? Let us know in the comments section.

Things I Learned From My First Bachelor Party in Vegas

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Today we’re pumped to have one of our favorite groom bloggers contributing a guest post. If you haven’t checked out Temple of Groom yet, stop everything and do so now (actually read this post first, then go).

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I recently attended my first Vegas bachelor party (and actually my first bachelor party total).  In the grand scheme of things it was tame compared to what I’ve seen in movies – no animal “shows” or sacrifices, no high speed chases or little Asian mafia men jumping from car trunks.  Just a lot of drinking, gambling, and a few strippers sprinkled on top.  Nothing really had to “stay in Vegas” that I couldn’t bring back to me in California though (which isn’t a such a bad thing).  I think it was a more realistic version of what we see in movies or on TV.  So I’ve come back with a six pack of tips for the newbies on the block who don’t really know what to expect.

1. Pay more to get your own bed. This was something I should have been more adamant about.  Because most of my friends are on a TIGHT budgets, we opted for the “how many guys can we cram into this room” approach.  Sure it was great that we only owed $40 for the room at the end of the weekend, but it really wasn’t worth sleeping with my ear infected buddy on top of me for a night.  During the bachelor party planning stages, you need to do everything in your power to insure that you will get your own bed.  Even if you only sleep for 45 minutes over 2 days like I did, it’s at least a COMFORTABLE 45 minutes.  Additionally, it’s not enough that you simply suggest this to your buddies (this is my fatal error), you seriously need to make this your bitness.  If that means  you put a few extra dollars down, it’ll be money well spent.  Find someone else that feels the same way and split a different 2 bed room with him.  Additionally, and this may be tip 1a, when picking a bed at the end of the night if you’re sharing a room, don’t assume that the bed with the messier sheets was the one that got “slept in” – do a more thorough ocular investigation. If you need help booking your room, check out VegasVIP for tips and packages.

We strongly agree with SuperDave. Get your own bed and room key.

We strongly agree with SuperDave. Get your own bed and room key.

2.  Get a key to your room. This was another fatal mistake I made.  I thought when I was ready to go back to the room certainly one of the guys w/ a room key would be next to me.  Looking back, I can’t believe how dumb I was for thinking I’d be able to track down 1 of 2 drunk friends in VEGAS while I was also extremely drunk.  If you get your own bed, or your own room, you most likely don’t have to worry about this, but if you’re like me and pile into a room with guys, don’t be surprised if the lone key bearer is nowhere to be found at the end of the night.  You could get screwed out of a bed all together if your name isn’t on the reservation and your buddy goes missing.

3.  Bring your own soap.
This one is kind of a no-brainer, but I promise you, when you’re stepping into the shower, you’ll quickly smack yourself that you didn’t think about this sooner.  Also, it’s a good idea to go grab a towel either from the front desk or the pool.  Sharing a bed with a couple of guys is bad enough, sharing their soap is inexcusable.

4.  Bring more cash than you think you need, but not more than you can afford to lose. The only faster way to lose your money in Vegas rather than the slots is the casino/strip club ATM machines.  At the strip club, there was a $12 fee to take money out of their ATM.  That’s insane.  More often you’ll find yourself digging into your pockets for CASH not your credit card, and when you’re out, the only option is the ATMs.  It’s brutal.  If you’re out of cash, take your smart friends that brought cash out to lunch and pick up the bill on your credit card.  Your friends don’t charge the ATM fee.

When the night starts to resemble this image, it might be time to down a 5-Hour Energy

When the night starts to resemble this image, it might be time to down a 5-Hour Energy

5.  Drink 5 Hour Energy. This product got me through the weekend.  No harsh crash when it’s wearing off, and the taste wasn’t bad!

6.  When you’re at the strip club, “the truth will set you free.” I found that there was no really nice extremely polite way to get the strippers I wasn’t interested in to leave me alone.  If I told them I wasn’t ready for a dance, they’d say “well I’ll wait next to you till you are ready.”  If you said that you just got there, they’d say “so what?”  There is just nothing you can say or do to get a girl to quickly stop badgering you except “I’m sorry, you’re pretty, but you’re not my type.”  Most of the time after saying this, she’d give me a nasty look, but the fact that she would leave me alone was an fair trade.

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