Bachelorette Party in Austin, Texas

I love Austin, Texas! I headed down south to host a Bachelorette party for one of my best friends this past August.  The weather was hot, but bright and sunny – perfect for our plans the short weekend.  I was there only Friday-Sunday so I have plenty more to see, but I also have plenty to share already about my amazing time.

Hotels in Austin Texas

We stayed at the Hilton Austin and I would definitely stay there if I went back again.  The staff was fantastic – they welcomed the party with open arms, made sure that we had cold water in our refrigerator each day, and did what they could to suit our needs.  In addition to the rooms being comfortable, they have a great spa which includes a rooftop pool and tiki bar overlooking the skyline that we got to relax and enjoy during the day on Friday.

Hilton Austin Skyline Views

Austin’s Rainey Street

My favorite place to go when I was in Austin was Rainey Street. This is a stringlight filled street lined with Bungalow House bars.  Every ‘house bar’ is close together so you can easily walk up and down the street trying out new places.  The bars are usually open to enjoy the weather and lead out to a backyard for continued libations.  There are also plenty of places on this strip that have live bands.  While I failed to take some photos of this awesome and innovative bar design, I wanted to make sure I shared some fun stops.

Container Bar Rainey Street

Austin Bar Scene

Other than Rainey Street, the place to be is around 6th street to experience amazing outdoor and rooftop bars, food, and live music.  I did a quick round of bar hopping here and got to check out a handful of fun places and some amazing music. If you are tired of walking around, make sure to try their Pedi Cabs to get from one street to the next.

Austin Food

Austin is another popular place for Food Trucks! We got to enjoy a fun dinner by Boca, which is located right next to Container Bar. I ordered the Chips & Queso, Ground Beef taco and Berkshire Bacon taco.

Our nice dinner out was at Emmer & Rye which is right off of Rainey Street. We had a pre fixe menu set up for us since we were such a large group and the food was incredible.  I would definitely go back there.

Lake Travis

While I didn’t get to take in as much of downtown and the foodie scene I wanted (next time), I spent almost a full day on Lake Travis while I was there. It was well worth it and absolutely fantastic.  We rented a boat with a slide (and a Captain to drive I might add) and did a Saturday Funday out on the lake.  What I didn’t expect was about 30 boats tying themselves up next to each other and the most fabulous day party of my life.  If you are going to Austin for a Bachelorette party, do not miss taking advantage of a day party out on Lake Travis.

Lake TravisLake Travis Boat Rental

If I went back to Austin

I will definitely be back in Austin, Texas, and there is way too much that I still have to see and do. I’d check out a few of their hot restaurants, including checking out their best pizza. I’d also continue to take advantage of the live music capital of the world and try to hit up Austin City Limits.

Additional Bachelorette Party Travel Ideas

I’ve been to quite a few bachelorette parties that have included travel! Here are some additional posts you may be interested in checking out:

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Bachelorette Party in Nashville, Tennessee

I had my first experience in Nashville, Tennessee for my friend’s bachelorette party earlier this year.  We went back in April and stayed for four days.  We were one of the many Nashville bachelorette parties that weekend as this is one of the new hot spots for group getaways.

Nashville Food Scene

  • The best food experience we had was at The Southern downtown.  We went for brunch over the weekend and the service was excellent as well as every menu item we tried.  I’m a sucker for pimento cheese, so I went outside of my brunch standard of eggs benedict and ordered the Southern Burger.  We got pitchers of the blood orange mimosas (delish) and the server even gave us a sample of its infamous gumbo.  This place, as well as many popular downtown Nashville restaurants, fills up quickly, so make reservations well in advance.
  • Another fun spot we went to was Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant.  They are known for southern comfort food and play live music at night (but make sure you read the fine lines because there is a cover charge even if you get there before the band). I went all out and ordered the Piggy Mac,  pulled pork in an iron skillet covered with mac n’ cheese and a hotcake. The rest of the bachelorette party got shrimp n’ grits or chicken and waffles and had great things to say.

Puckett's Iced Tea

Pucketts Piggy Mac

  • We went to dinner at The Farm House on our first night.  The atmosphere is spot on for a calm, relaxed environment that reminds you of the south! We started with the mouth-watering pimento cheese beignets and pork-belly poptarts. I loved the creative takes on two of America’s favorite indulgences.  My friends all ordered the Hot [Fried] Chicken.  I made a mistake by trying to be healthy and ordering the fish – I wasn’t feeling it.  It was a literal fish with scales I had to eat around.
  • A casual spot we went to for lunch right before we left on a Sunday was Acme Feed & Seed.  As you’ve probably noticed a trend by now – this was also Southern comfort food.  I got Rule the Roost, a fried chicken and cheese sandwich with aioli sauce. It was tasty!

Activities in Nashville

As a bachelorette party of 30 year-olds, we had to mix in some activities in addition to our bar experiences.

  • The number one thing I recommend doing while in downtown Nashville is a pedal tavern.  These are also things you have to make sure you book well in advance.  We used Sip N’ Cycle and had a great experience, but there are a few other companies as well.  You get to pedal around downtown Nashville for a few hours and stop at fun different bars along the way.  We got to go to Coyote Ugly and dance on the bar just like the movie (in the middle of the day I might add)!

Nashville Sip N' Cycle

  • In terms of bars on Main Street, my favorite was Honkey Tonk Central just by its vast size.  We also hit up the infamous Tootsies and Swinging Doors Saloon to name a few.
  • We also went and did a tour of the Grand Ole Opry, which was gorgeous but miles away from downtown in a shopping mall complex.  I didn’t really find it worth the money, but I’ll admit I’m not a huge country fan. What I did love about the Opry was the dressing room tour.  They have 18 themed dressing rooms that are beautifully decorated.

Grand Ole Opry Dressing Room Blue

Grand ole Opry Dressing Room 3

If I Went Back to Nashville

Being from the large city of Chicago, although I had a really great visit to Nashville, I wouldn’t put it on the top of my list to go back.  It has a great culture but I felt like it was pretty small and since I’m not a huge country person, most places just weren’t my scene. However, if I did go back:

  • In terms of food, I really wanted to check out Merchants, but we couldn’t get a reservation for our size party.
  • I’m a huge wino, and I’ve heard great things about the Belle Meade Plantation and that would be one of the top things on my list if I went back.  I’m also a lover of Ancient Greece, so Nashville’s Parthenon would also be a great experience.
  • Lastly, I did feel the downtown scene was quite young, touristy, and a little too wild for my taste nowadays.  I have heard there is a part of downtown that the young locals go that is really fun…I just have to find it!