Bachelorette parties aren't quite what they used to be and I personally, am more than okay with that. A bachelorette party is really a rite of passage, but for some who are envisioning selling sucker bouquets, doing 1-2-3 tequila shots and wearing flashing LED light tiaras, it can quickly become a night to endure rather than to enjoy.
I, for one, just don't have it in me to do one more bachelorette scavenger hunt or play “guess who bought the lingerie” game. I definitely enjoy any opportunity or excuse to have a girls' night out, but I am officially burnt out on the drink-til-we-drop tradition. Fortunately, more and more brides are looking to bond with their best girls in more creative and memorable ways. There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in a few refreshing takes on bachelorette parties and we just so happened to have found them all in Indiana's favorite hot spot: Indianapolis. Our collection of bachelorette party ideas in Indiana's capital are guaranteed to make it a night to remember and for your whole group to own that whole #squadgoal thing.
First Things First
A great night out requires great hair. That's non-negotiable. And we've got you covered with a few blowout-for-the-night-out options!
Head to WIP in downtown and hit up their blow dry bar. All of your girls can receive a special group rate for a blowout of your choice, which includes a shampoo, scalp massage, and style for $35. There is also professional makeup application available.
Before you head into the big city for the night, pamper yourself at Salon01 in Carmel, just 30 minutes from downtown Indy. Blowouts are $30 and you can rent the salon for private parties!
This salon knows what it's doing when it comes to the blow dry bar concept! There are several options you can choose—the basic blowout being $40, but you can even have your stylist come to you!
Another fine blowout establishment is La Dolce Salon, located 30 minutes north of downtown Indy. Their blowouts include three options ranging from $35 to $45. You can choose a basic shampoo blowout, a special style blowout or a blowout with a conditioning treatment. Makeup services including airbrush makeup and lash extensions are also available!
Things To Do
This list promises to deliver a night to actually remember!
Move over pub crawls—there's a new taste-and-tour concept in town. Taste Indy Food Tours takes participants through the metropolitan's best culinary hotspots allowing them to experience several dining establishments and menus in one day. The tour is on foot and includes four to five stops with small specialty plates served at each. There are three neighborhoods in Indy available for foodie tours: Massachusetts Avenue, Wholesale District and Fountain Square—all of which offer their own eclectic dining experience. If you're a foodie and are looking for an experiential dining alternative for your party, a food tour is for you!
Paintbrush in one hand and a cocktail in the other—it's the combination for a laid-back girls night that incorporates both activities and social drinking (we call this the best of both worlds). Most painting party facilities accommodate for private parties so you and the ladies can have a room and instructor to yourselves! Plus, you get to pick the canvas you'd like to paint so everyone walks away with a memorable keepsake of your night. We recommend Wine and Canvas in north Indy or Mimosa and a Masterpiece on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown.
You know how to drink 'em, but do you know the actual craftsmanship that goes into mixing a cocktail? Gather the girls and sign up for a mixology class at Plat 99, The Alexander's Mixology Lounge. The swanky lounge offers original cocktails, small plates and unparalleled views of downtown Indianapolis. Plat 99 offers private “Pour and Play” events that allow you and your friends to sit back and learn how to create signature cocktails from scratch! You can even create some friendly competition among your group by creating a contest to see who makes the best cocktail!
Alright, you know this classic bachelorette event had to make the list. We would be serving you an injustice if we didn't at least mention the suggestion of taking a seductive dance lesson. If you're worried about it being too risque, don't—it's more so designed to be an empowering experience for women! It's also a completely laughable endeavor because really, who is good at this stuff unless they've secretly been practicing? Pole dancing lessons are the most common and Indy Pole Fitness (see, it's just exercising, Mom!) offers lessons for private parties. If poles aren't your thing, Pur the Company offers several packages designed with bachelorette parties in mind! The packages include pin-up style hairstyling, makeovers and burlesque dance lessons! This idea is how you get sexy in the city!
Hopefully you have experience the wonder that is the pedal pub by now. And for those who haven't, it's time. Pedal pubs are crowd-size bicycles that are built to move about cities while the cyclists drink and bar hop. The concept, although simple, is rather revolutionary, don't you think? The HandleBar in Indianapolis can accommodate up to 16 guests and offers routes in two key locations in Indianapolis.
What do dueling piano bars, signature drinks, VIP entry, Jell-O shots and bachelorette roasts all have in common? It's all part of the bachelorette party package at Howl at the Moon in the Wholesale District. There will be music, there will be drinks, and there will be dancing—guaranteed! Oh and the lady of honor will be called down for a stage call-out.
If you don't necessarily like to be in the spotlight, attend a comedy show where all eyes are on the stage! It's the perfect way to entertain your party guests without you or your maid-of-honor being the entertainer. Cracker's Comedy Club features two locations—Broad Ripple and Downtown.
Have you ever wanted a spa professional to show up on your doorstep with pampering products, a fluffy bathrobe, music and candles? Well, it's a real thing with Indy Spa Parties. You gather the girls and the professional brings the robes, the white sheets, music, slippers, products and luxury to you! Several services are available from pedicures to makeovers to massages and facials. There are also options to incorporate catering and wine tastings.
Places to Stay
Because the party never stops at midnight, we had to include a couple options to prolong your party overnight!
In the heart of the city, Hilton Indianapolis features a prime location, first-class restaurants, and luxurious suites. It's central location offers opportunities to explore the downtown area the next day...if you can!
Also, centrally located, the Hampton Inn Downtown is right across from the Circle Centre Mall in the Wholesale District. Included in your stay is a hot breakfast for you and your girls. Plus it's right across from one of Indy's best shopping malls!
For a complete list of overnight accommodations in Indianapolis, click here!
Add a little luxury to your designated driver options!
From shuttle buses and Hummer limos to stretch limos and sedans, the fleet at Aadvanced Limousine delivers a safe, yet sophisticated transportation option. Oh yeah, and there's even a hot pink Chrysler 300 limo (pictured above) if you and your girls like to call a little attention to yourselves!
LaFayette Limo serves the downtown Indianapolis area and has options that can accommodate any group size.
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