While we'd love to have you on our boats the ENTIRE time you're here, we realize we live in an amazing city with tons of great stuff to offer...so we've compiled a list of some Austin Bachelor Party Ideas to ensure your stay is tons fun courtesy of a few locals. WARNING: none of these will be nearly as fun or memorable as coming out on Float On -Lake Austin Boat Rentals & Lake Travis Boat Rentals.
Choosing where to stay in Austin shouldn't be too much of a problem, there are plenty of homes and hotels within 10 miles of the downtown area - which is what we'd aim for. First and foremost we'd recommend you checkout AirBnB or HomeAway as they seem to offer the best deals in town for large groups. If you're all about staying in the heart of downtown and want a more upscale feel then you may want to check into the W hotel, the Hilton on 4th street or the new JW Marriott.
Like most major cities nowadays Uber and Lyft are by far the easiest form of transportation around town and it's almost pointless to rent a car. Avoid taxi companies by all means necessary as there's not enough of them in town, they're never nice and often pick and choose who to give rides to based on how far you want to go. If a party bus is more your style and you'll be riding around with a larger group all weekend then check out WTF Party Bus for a safe ride around town, for larger groups you may want to look into ATX Party Bus.
Austin is slowly becoming a BBQ mecca with plenty of great options to choose from. The number one spot bar none is Franklin BBQ, but eating here takes patience and planning as you have to show up hours before they open to even have a chance (they sell out of meat daily well before lunchtime). La Barbecue which is also located in the downtown area is a close second with plenty of delicious meats to choose from. Stiles Switch, Freedman's and The Salt Lick all offer great BBQ with far less hassle as the previous two places mentioned and are all great alternatives if you don't see yourself surrounding your day around eating BBQ. The real local secret is Rudy's BBQ...though they have slowly become more of a chain restaurant around these parts this has to be the locals go to spot for fresh meats.
Austin's craft beer scene has blown up over the last few years and there's no shortage of breweries to visit around town. Most places offer some sort of discounted 'taste testing' program which will quickly get you feeling right. If you're like us and LOVE beer then there's no such thing as a bad brewery to visit while in town. Here's a good list of a few places you can checkout. Our favorites are Adelberts, Austin Beer Works and Hops and Grain! If you would like to make an afternoon out of checking out breweries and go on more of a tour then you can check out our friends at WTF Party Bus or Keep Austin Wet Party bus.
There are hundreds of bars in a relatively small area of downtown Austin and for this reason we don't recommend bottle service anywhere as you want to bounce around...here we'll go into some different downtown areas and how they may differ from each other.
Dirty 6th - This is likely the 6th street that you've heard of where folks are getting wild and crazy all night long (well the bars do close at 2am). Lined with bars and live music this famous and historic street is great for the younger crowds as it's filled with the classic Austin weirdness as well as zero cover charges and cheap drinks. If you're not into getting plastered out in public don't worry, there's plenty of people watching to be done here too.
West 6th - West Sixth Street is a bit more upscale and you'll be more likely to find a crowd that’s actually out of college. It’s perfect for afternoon happy hours or having a great time while still being able to hear your friends talk. Make sure to checkout Dogwood or The Ranch...or the cool arcade bar Kung Fu. Though you still won't come across many cover charges do expect to pay a bit more for drinks than you would on dirty 6th.
East 6th - If you’re looking for the lets hang around and have a beer and whiskey scene, you’ll find it on the Eastside of I-35. The 'eastside' is full of eclectic crowds and juke boxes mixed with wide open patios. If you’re looking for an ol fashioned honky tonk accompanied with cheap beers and country music, you will love The White Horse, live bands and a full dance floor with diverse crowd dancing up a storm. Or catch a bite of Detroit style pizza from Via 313 as you enjoy a beer from the welcoming patio of the Violet Crown Social Club.
Rainey Street - Bungalows and houses have been recently turned into fancy bars and cocktail lounges providing a unique atmosphere. This has slowly turned into one of the most popular areas of downtown despite only being open a short time. If the weather is cooperating at the time of your stay this is the perfect place to day drink and grab a bite to eat as there are plenty of outdoor sitting areas in almost every bar.
Outdoor Activities -
As we mentioned in the beginning, nothing is as cool as coming out on one of Float On - Lake Austin Boat Rentals & Lake Travis Boat Rentals ski boats or pontoon boats but Austin does have a fair amount of other outdoor activities that are worth a shot too...highlighted by some of our favorite below.
Head towards the Hike and Bike trail which circles the river downtown where you can enjoy a nice stroll around the river by foot or bike. Here you can also rent a kayak or stand up paddle board to enjoy the views from the water, be forewarned that you cannot swim in this part of the river for various reasons. If your more into swimming make sure and checkout Barton Springs Pool - a man-made recreational swimming pool located on the grounds of Zilker Park - which is located along the trail itself.
Here in Austin we golf 12 months of the year and have a plethora of nice courses to choose from. There are 5 municipal courses within the city limits which tend to have the best rates - our favorites are Roy Kizer and Morris Williams. If your willing to head to the northern suburbs of Austin you can really hit some nice courses such as Avery Ranch, Terravista, Star Ranch or Forest Creek. If your lucky enough to get a chance to walk on one of the private country clubs (Austin Country Club overlooks Lake Austin and recently got selected to host a PGA event!) make sure you take advantage of the opportunity! If the weather isn't as nice or not everyone in the group is all about golf there's always Top Golf - an entertainment venue with fun point-scoring golf games for all skill levels as well as bar food and drinks.
There's a second popular lake on the outskirts of Austin as well called Lake Travis - you may have heard of "Devils Cove" which is on Lake Travis. This lake is more historically known and significantly larger than Lake Austin and is home to a fleet of much bigger boats which can possibly accommodate your larger parties. If you're looking to rent a boat on Lake Travis and Float On - Lake Travis Boat Rentals is booked up, or you have more than 12 folks check out our friends at Austin's Boat Tours or Piranha Boat Rentals.
If you visit Austin during football season you have to check out a University of Texas Football TAILGATE. We emphasize the tailgate portion of the game as the longhorn football team has been trending in a downward spiral as of late - yet somehow game tickets are still expensive and we sell out constantly! The city of Austin shuts down during home games and everyone who is able comes out in burnt orange to support our longhorns. Simply walk around the downtown area where you'll find many tailgates with free food and drinks that are happy to welcome all guests.
For large groups Austin is also home to Paintball, Skeetshooting, ATV Riding, Go-Kart Racing (technically indoors but watevs) or simply head out to one of the many greenbelts to enjoy some nice weather and views.
Gentleman's Clubs - Let's not beat around the bush, we know it's gonna happen - maybe even frequently throughout your stay here - so here is the lowdown according to our friends at Yelp!