Hotel vs. Airbnb
September-November or March-May
Cost of a Cocktail
Drink on Rainey Street; breakfast tacos
Airbnb is the way to go in ATX, especially if you have a large group, and you can get a pretty luxurious pad at a reasonable price. But if that's not your jam, you'll also find plenty of stylish boutique hotels to choose from. So where should you drop your bags for your Austin bachelorette party weekend? Here are some areas to consider.
Also known as the East Side, this part of town is east of I-35, west of Airport Boulevard, and north of the Colorado River. It's definitely got laid-back hipster vibes, with more affordable prices to boot. You'll want to focus on the parts around Sixth Street, 11th Street, and the East Cesar Chavez enclave to be close to clusters of bars and restaurants.
• ARRIVE Austin: Two restaurants and a rooftop gin bar are great spaces to hang with your babes.
• East Austin Hotel: Just five blocks from downtown, you’ll find poolside suites and rooms.
Just south of downtown, it's a quick Uber ride to the bustle of Sixth Street, but South Congress Avenue has its own action too. You'll be in the thick of the authentic, weird charm Austin is known for. Browse the cute boutiques, or snap Instagrammable pics of the street art, like the "I love you so much" mural on 1300 S. Congress. Within the surrounding residential area, you're also likely to find an Airbnb with a pool.
• South Congress Hotel: Spots loved by locals, like the South Congress Cafe, will be right at your doorstep.
• Hotel San José: This transformed motor lodge gives off seriously hip vibes on its lush grounds.
This is where to stay if you want to be walking distance to Sixth Street and Rainey Street, considered the center of Austin's nightlife. Rentals are mostly condos and lofts, which will give you prime views of the cityscape. Just keep in mind that it might be pricier and get a little noisy, but you'll be in a convenient central location.
• Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt: You’ll be around the corner from Rainey Street and can take advantage of the rooftop pool.
• The Driskill: For a dose of historic charm, book the 1,200-square-foot Cattle Barron Two Bedroom Suite.
If you want a little more nature, rent a house on one of the area lakes. Lake Austin is close to the city (look into the Tarrytown neighborhood), and you might just spot celebs like Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock, who have homes in the area.
Farther out is Lake Travis (about 45 minutes from downtown), where you'll have beautiful scenery. Plan on hitting up Devil's Cove for a massive floating rager right on the lake — boats tie up together here every weekend from spring to fall.
Austin has incredible food and is known for its unique dining experiences. Bachelorette babes gotta eat, and we know just the places to bring your crew.
Housed in an old drugstore, this farm-to-table spot has a delicious brunch menu featuring freshly made biscuits and shrimp and grits.
This colorful outdoor restaurant is an absolute favorite. It has mouthwatering Tex-Mex food with incredible margaritas. But in the a.m. hours, you shouldn't miss the breakfast tacos, which you can get from the takeout window.
Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar
This restaurant offers the most delicious seafood right on South Congress with a lovely oak-shaded patio setting. Share a platter of oysters on the half shell with your girls, or try the fresh prawns or po'boy sandwiches.
World-famous for its mouthwatering brisket, this delicious spot is also known for its long lines. But there's a way around that! Place a takeout order online in advance to bring a meal back to your Airbnb. There's a 3-pound minimum, so just make sure you've got a big enough group before committing.
Get a modern take on Mexican fare right in downtown Austin, paired with an extensive tequila and mezcal menu.
This retro-chic converted laundromat boasts delicious American food in an extraordinary setting, ideal for an Austin bachelorette party crew.
It wouldn't be an Austin bachelorette party without hitting the town, and the city definitely delivers on nightlife. From leisurely happy hours to live music and dancing, here's where your squad can show the bride-to-be a good time.
On this strip sandwiched between a park and I-35, renovated houses have been transformed into bungalow bars. It's a super-fun area to go bar hopping, day or night.
Best cocktails: Lucille, Parlor Room
Day drinking: Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
Dancing: Container Bar
Get a bite: Rainey Street Food Truck Lot
The stretch of Sixth Street from Congress Avenue to I-35 is jam-packed with bars and music venues. Put on your best bachelorette party outfit, and you'll be guaranteed a loud and wild time for your BACH crew.
Best cocktails: Midnight Cowboy
Rooftop: Maggie Mae's, Blind Pig Pub
Piano bar: Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
A little more upscale than Dirty Sixth, this is the part of Sixth Street from Congress Avenue to North Lamar Boulevard.
Best cocktails: The Roosevelt Room
Dancing: The Ranch, Green Light Social (book the private speakeasy hidden inside)
Patio: Key Bar, The Cat's Pajamas
Happy hour: TenTen
Hit up this area's funky and eclectic scene for trendy libations, dive bars, and everything in between.
Best cocktails: Stay Gold, Whisler's
Dancing: The White Horse (bust out your cowgirl boots for this country dance hall)
Get a bite: The Liberty
Day drinking: Kitty Cohen's
East Side ATX Bar Crawl on the Hipside Peddler
Bookable on the BACH app
Get a tour of Austin as you bar hop, but don’t forget to bring your own booze because you’ll want to quench your thirst on this party bike. If you want to do more than pedal and booze, they’ll even plan scavenger hunts and trivia.
Throw on some coordinated bachelorette swimsuits and head to Zilker Park to take a dip in a 3-acre pool that's fed from underground springs. Work on your tan while you float on the water during an afternoon of relaxation.
Bookable on the BACH app
When you want to squeeze in that morning yoga sesh and love a good pinot just as much, Vino Vinyasa is for you. During this 1.5-hour class, you’ll learn fun wine facts through creative yoga poses then end with a wine tasting session. We bet you’ll never be able to do a regular yoga class again after this experience!
Lady Bird Lake
Cutting right through Austin, this is the perfect spot to kayak or paddleboard (just be aware that swimming isn't allowed). There are plenty of places to rent your equipment, or opt for a boat rental through Retro Boat Rentals ATX, an outfitter that boasts a fleet of restored mid-century-mod vessels.
Dripping Springs Wine Tasting Tour With Luxury Shuttle
Bookable on the BACH app
Head for the hills — Texas Hill Country, that is — for a chance to sip the Lone Star State's vino. This day trip includes tasting stops at three different wineries and a barbecue lunch.
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Whether you want to get weird or keep it classy, these Austin bachelorette party ideas will ensure the bride-to-be has an unforgettable celebration. But before you start packing your bags, you want to make sure you've covered all your bases.
There are even more tips and ideas for planning your trip waiting for you on the BACH blog, from when to have a bachelorette party to eclectic cake ideas. And don't forget to download the BACH app, which makes it easy to poll your group, split expenses, book experiences, and more.