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How to Plan a New Orleans Bachelorette Party

Photo: Zack Smith

These days bachelorette parties come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe you’re looking to party all night long with your girls or maybe you’d rather keep it low-key with spa days and evenings trying out local cuisine. Luckily for you, New Orleans has it all. From cocktails, to burlesque to pedicures to cooking classes – we’ve got your New Orleans bachelorette weekend itinerary covered.

Photo: Paul Broussard

Brunch

Starting your day with eggs and mimosas is sure to be a universal bachelorette party hit. Indulge in jazz brunch on the weekends at Commander’s Palace. For cheaper (but no less delicious) options, try Ruby Slipper or Elizabeth’s. If healthy eating is more your style, check out Satsuma, with locations Uptown and in the Bywater.

For brunch on the wild side, check out Burlesque Brunch at SoBou, with local performer Bella Blue, every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A non-brunch option is high tea at the Windsor Court Hotel, which happens Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing and Costumes (Photo: Justen Williams)

Shopping

New Orleans has a lot to offer in the retail therapy department. Check out the funky boutiques on Magazine Street and The Shops at Canal Place for great clothing and shoes. Stroll down Royal Street for art and antiques, and check out the French Market in the French Quarter for affordable souvenirs and locally-themed gifts. If you and your girls want to really get into the bachelorette spirit, pay a visit to Fifi Mahony’s salon and wig shop or Miss Claudia’s Vintage. At Fifi Mahony’s you’ll get fitted for the wig that complements your skin tone and face shape, so the whole crew will look flawless. 

Spa Day

Planning a wedding is stressful, so make sure you sneak in a little R&R during your weekend. Go full-on fancy at The Spa at the Ritz Carlton or treat yourself to something more modestly priced but no less luxurious at Belladonna, Buff Beauty Bar, or Spa Isbell Uptown, or The Woodhouse in Mid-City. Make sure to reserve your spa treatments in advance to ensure your whole group can be together. 

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Sweat A Little

Whether your bachelorette ladies are super active or just want to try out something new, a group burlesque or bounce fitness class is a unique and fun New Orleans experience. New Orleans artist Robin Barnes has developed her own fitness classes that incorporate bounce, hip hop, and yoga — “Move Ya Brass“. Reward yourself with cocktails later. If you’d rather something less organized, try renting bikes and taking in some of the beautiful architecture and pastel-colored houses in the Marigny or the Garden District.

Photo: Zack Smith

Happy Hour

Between daytime and nighttime activities, there’s happy hour! And New Orleans has some of the best drink specials out there for bachelorettes out on the town. Check out rooftop bars like Catahoula Hotel bar, Hot Tin, or NOPSI for the perfect bridal party sunset photo op. If craft cocktails are the bride’s favorite, head to Cure or Bar Tonique, and if she’s more of a wine drinker, try Pearl Wine Co., Bacchanal, or Oak Wine BarIf your crew is into craft breweries, hit up try NOLA Brewing Tap Room, or Parleaux Beer Lab.

Photo: Justen Williams

Dinner

With so many restaurants in New Orleans, you can choose based on what vibe works best for the bride and her ladies. Spots like Cane and Table, Paladar 511, and Peche all have a fun ladies night ambiance and delicious cocktails, but for something easy and casual, try Coop’s Place (the line outside moves very quickly) or Napoleon House. If your group has trouble deciding on just one type of cuisine, head to St. Roch Market, where everyone can order from one of many dining options and then eat together in a beautiful common space.

Party Time

Remember those wigs you bought earlier? Now it’s time to put them on and go dancing! Check out Lucy’s in the Warehouse District or Molly’s at the Market for late-night bar fun (and frozen Irish coffees). For a dance party, try The Gold Mine in the French Quarter or just take a stroll down Bourbon Street. For live music and even more dancing, head over to Frenchmen Street. If you feel like embarrassing the bride, head over to Kajun’s Pub on Saint Claude Avenue for karaoke.

Bourbon Street. (Photo by Paul Broussard)
Bourbon Street. (Photo by Paul Broussard)

Extras

If your bachelorette crew is a group of foodies, look into one of NOLA’s many cooking schools. Langlois Culinary Crossroads and New Orleans School of Cooking both offer great settings for a New Orleans bachelorette party. Group tours can also be a lot of fun, especially with a cocktail in hand! Learn about that drink you’re sipping with a Drink & Learn tour from Elizabeth Pearce.

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