Headed to Los Angeles for a bachelor party soon and need to find some fantastic bachelor party ideas fast? On top of dinners and nightclubs, you’ll need to plan afternoon and early-evening group activities for the bachelor and his group that are fun and memorable, while still giving you the most value for your money spent.
Southern California is known for its almost year-round pleasant weather that draws visitors seeking to escape the colder climates of their hometowns; many of its residents are transplants to the state who once upon a time visited from parts of the U.S. further north or east – or their parents / grandparents / great-grandparents did – and decided they loved it here so much that they didn’t want to leave. The fabulous weather and endless array of recreational and entertainment options has drawn nearly 13 million residents to metro Los Angeles, 4 million of which live within the city boundaries of L.A., which is the state’s economic center and largest city.
The L.A that out-of-town visitors – 48 million a year! – want to see is most likely the “Hollywood / Venice Beach” one: steamy summer temps, laid-back chill vibes, sheer opulence, fast money, fashionably glamorous excess, and glitzy sensory overload. Of course, the locals and insiders are happy to deliver upon those stereotypes, because that’s the version that tourists pay handsomely to witness and be a part of. And Angelenos surely play that fiddle in harmonious tune, because more tourists visiting SoCal will mean more revenues generated and jobs created for the state’s sun-kissed residents!
Why is planning a bachelor party so hard?
Your bachelor has just chosen the The City of Angels as his destination city and assembled his crew; now you’re on the hook to make magic happen and desperately need some bachelor party ideas. So you let out a big sigh, open up your laptop and hop on the internets, and get to work on mapping out this epic weekend in L.A.. As you start your bachelor party activities search, you know you’re not totally a lost puppy – a handful of you may have partied out on the West Coast a couple times in the past with and without the man of honor, and you’ve got some local friends in high and low places who are willing to offer sound and not-so-sound recommendations – but of course you wouldn’t mind having a professional to guide you. You know, someone who can take all those half-formed suggestions floating around and give you accurate, actionable answers?
Enter Discotech – your ultimate solution for lining up the Stag Party dayclub and nightclub festivities. We’re deep into this Los Angeles nightlife game, and we know how to play it to a “T” boys. We’ve helped THOUSANDS of satisfied clients with their bachelor party needs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and other cities; we’ve been featured on BBC Travel and we are also highly reviewed on Yelp! and in both the App Store and Google Play.
We know you’re in town for a good time, not a long time… so you’ll need some expert guidance to help narrow down your choices to round out your ideal bachelor party agenda. And lo and behold, that’s where we come through for you once again. Our Discotech operations staff are experts in L.A. entertainment, with nearly two decades of experience handling customer requests in this high-traffic market. So without further adieu, here is our Top 10 list of the best and most entertaining bachelor party activities to partake of while in L.A. in order to ensure a memorable stag party experience.
1) The Night King Cometh – Nightclubs
- Venue (Location): Varies by price and music type (click here for the best LA nightclub recommendations)
- Cost Per Person: Free (certain free clubs in LA have a guest list); $5-100 (discounted guest lists & presale tickets); $200 and up (VIP tables)
- Time Length of Activity: 4-5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 10:00PM-11:15PM (avoid long lines and waits)
Seems predictable, but sorry not sorry gents: the activity of nightclubbing HAS to be #1 and #1A on any Los Angeles bachelor party list. Why, you say? Greater L.A.– and Hollywood in particular – is a legendary party epicenter that epitomizes international debauchery; with the lone exception of Las Vegas and maybe NYC, you just can’t really get such high-quality versions of this revelry anywhere else in America. There are hundreds of clubbing options in the city, including clubs in Ktown, to match your budget, vibe, and music type whether you’re into electronic, hip-hop, Top 40, or Latin / international beats. Also, no matter which club you end up at, you should always keep your eyes open – this is the playground of Hollywood’s entertainment stars, so you never know when a celebrity or two might pop up at the table next to you. One thing to note is that places get packed earlier in the night – 10:30-11:30pm are when most spots start to fill up – and close down at 2:00am. To party like a local, we recommend you schedule your dinner in the 7-9pm range and then head to the club straight afterward without having to stop at your hotel to change – your night will feel smoother and less rushed, and your clubbing time and budget as well as the bachelor’s fun will stretch out further.
2) Life’s a Beach – L.A. Beaches
- Venue (Location): Varies by location / atmosphere
- Cost Per Person: Free (parking fees for pay lots)
- Time To Set Aside: 3-4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 9:00AM-12:00AM or 3:00PM-6:00PM (avoid the sun’s strongest midday rays so you don’t turn into a lobster)
There’s a good chance your bachelor chose L.A. for his vacation for the same reason most of the world did: the beaches. The best thing about the beaches in Southern California is that 99% of them are open to the public and they’re free to access. Whether your stag party is searching for an isolated destination to snooze and recharge the battery or wants to spend a day at a busy “see and be seen” strip of sand and surf, L.A. caters to all tastes and offers a variety of beaches to choose from. Some beaches in L.A. are dotted with palm trees to provide a shady respite from the heat, while others are perfect for quickly getting that pre-wedding bronze that will make those groomsmen squad pics pop off. Some have serene and glassy waters that call for a good book; others boast rolling, crashing waves that scream out for surfboards and jetskis. The one thing that all L.A. county beaches have in common is their stunning and well-groomed natural beauty, and many area beaches likewise offer plenty of water activities and proximity to restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to appease visiting tourists. Here is a list of our Top 10 beaches around Los Angeles:
- Santa Monica Beach – Trendy, close to restaurants & nightlife, older / international tourist crowds
- Venice Beach – Boardwalk with attractions, close to restaurants & bars, younger local / “party” tourist crowds
- Malibu Beach – Surfing (intermediate), birdwatching, upscale restaurants
- Manhattan Beach – Beach volleyball, kid-friendly, local families beach
- Zuma Beach – Surfing (beginner), kid-friendly, dolphin & sea lion watching
- Redondo Beach – Surfing (advanced), kayaking / paddleboarding, bike-riding
- El Matador Beach – Scenery (featured in many movies), sea caves, whale watching
- El Pescador Beach – Tide pools, fishing, quiet atmosphere
- Will Rogers State Beach – Kitesurfing, diving, sunbathing
- Leo Carrillo State Beach – Swimming, windsurfing, bicycling, scenery (featured in many movies)
3) Get Wet! – Pool Parties / Dayclubs
- Venue (Location): Varies by price and music type (click here for pool party recommendations)
- Cost Per Person: Free (certain guest lists); $5-100 (discounted guest lists & presale tickets); $200 and up (VIP loungers, daybeds, & cabanas)
- Time Length of Activity: 4-5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 1:00PM-3:00PM (avoid long lines and waits)
With the weather in L.A. so pristine for the better part of ten months out of the year, day drinking is a must for any bachelor party agenda…. and there are plenty daytime parties around the city that epitomize the sumptuous hedonism of the Hollywood lifestyle. At least one of these day parties on your bachelor weekend agenda is a must; even for guys who don’t like nightclubs, the eye candy, sunshine, cool plunges to beat the heat (and did we mention eye candy?) make it worth it.
For any bachelor party larger than four 4-5 gents, it’s a no-brainer to book a cabana or daybed with bottle service in order to maximize the fun; for a smaller stag-do or one that wants variety, we suggest purchasing presale tickets. Find one of the hottest events going on that weekend using our Discotech app, and go see one of your favorite DJs or performing artists. For a Saturday pool party, Wet at W Hollywood and Skybar are the best party scenes especially if money ain’t a thang; if you’re not in the mood for water sports, wait for Sunday and hit up Penthouse or Liaison, two of the best late-afternoon boozy brunch parties on the planet. Between the killer music lineups, badass surroundings, and (did we mention) eye candy, these four venues are head-and-shoulders above the rest if your bachelor is into nothing but the best.
4) Music To Your Ears – Live Music Venues
- Venue (Location): Varies by price and music genre (click here for music venue recommendations)
- Cost Per Person: $10 and up (depending on show demand and seat location)
- Time To Set Aside: 3-6 hours (1-2 hour commute plus 2-4 hour show)
- Best Time of Day to Go: 2+ hours before show opening time (account for traffic and parking)
You, the bachelor, and the groomsmen may have long ago given up on your garage band’s dream of going Hollywood, but there are plenty of opportunities to relive that dream when visiting Tinseltown. There is no shortage of live music to be found in Los Angeles, one of the music entertainment capitals on the world; all across the City of Angels stretch various lounges, bars, restaurants, and even street performers offering up enticing song and instrument to entertain the city’s locals and visitors.
If your musical tastes are less mainstream and more niche – think rock, blues, country, reggae, classical, or pop of yesteryear – and your party vibe more chill, then on any given night it’s not hard to find at least one venue in L.A. with comfy chairs, in-seat drinks, great acoustics and sight lines, and a lineup of bands playing your jams. And if you want to go bachelor party big, music’s biggest superstars perform all over the city at world-famous state-of-the-art venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, the Rose Bowl, and The Greek Theatre… and all have suites and VIP experiences that can be booked. And of course, even the nightclubs of Los Angeles also offer showstopping live performance spectacles featuring the best and brightest contemporary hip-hop and electronic music stars on certain nights.
5) Laugh ‘Til Your Sides Hurt – Comedy Shows
- Venue (Location): Laugh Factory or Comedy Store
- Cost Per Person: $15 and up plus two-drink minimum (drinks start at $8)
- Time To Set Aside: 2 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 6:30-7:30PM (early show begins at this time; allows group to go to bars / clubs afterward)
You and the lads are experts at busting each other’s balls and yukking it up in person and on group chats, so why not take it to the big leagues on this bachelor trip? Stand-up comedy sets are bigger and bolder in Hollywood than anywhere else in the world, and two legendary venues a mile apart on Sunset Boulevard are the laugh-quake epicenters. Originally designed as “artist’s colonies” for cultivating the unique art form of stand-up comedy via family-like environments for stand-ups to sharpen their tools and then “pay it forward” by mentoring newer comics, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory nowadays host all of the great comedians on Earth and have been doing so nonstop for over thirty years.
Up-and-coming talent (think Pete Davidson) and yesterday’s legends (think Dane Cook) share nightly sets with today’s superstars (think Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle) who taking breaks from their TV/film schedules to pop in unannounced and hone new comedic material. Drinks and food are served tableside while you enjoy the rapid-fire jokes, and a two-hour show breezes lightly and quickly through 6-8 comics each doing 10-15 minute sets with a short 1-2 minute break in between each set. It’s an ideal pregame activity to get you in the lighthearted mood for the heavy Hollywood partying later that night.
6) Hot Days, Cold Brews – Brewery Tour
- Venue (Location): L.A. Beer Hop
- Cost Per Person: $69 (includes transportation and samples at each brewery stop)
- Time To Set Aside: 5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 12:00PM (5-hour tours start at this time)
The nationwide craft beer revolution – spurred by a broader movement toward community-based, locally inspired businesses – has in the last few years taken the City of Angels by storm. Los Angeles long staked its reputation on its craft food and cocktail scene, pristine beaches, and nightclubbing / VIP tables / bottle service. Lately though, it’s been building out a new local reputation for bars, taps, and quality craft beer, so if the bachelor is more into suds than spritzers we strongly recommend a hop on the L.A. Beer Hop. With seven unique tours showcasing LA’s craft beer scene, you’ll have a night of sampling the city’s very best plus a safe ride from one brewery to the next. Weekly tours meet in different L.A. neighborhoods Saturdays, but the guides are also available for private bookings any day of the week. The ticket price includes behind-the-scenes tours of each brewery and insights into the brewing processes that make each brand unique. L.A. brewers often break tradition using local tropical fruits and exotic Latin-influenced ingredients to create novel flavors for the most adventurous imbibers. Buckle Up and Bottoms Up!
7) Get to the CHOPPAAHH!!! – L.A. Helicopter Tour
- Venue (Location): Elite Helicopter Tours
- Cost Per Person: $100 and up
- Time To Set Aside: 1.5 hours (35-45 minutes in air)
- Best Time of Day to Go: 6:00PM (twilight / evening views of city are spectacular and skies are more colorful)
OK, so you and the bachelor know every word from every Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie and apply quotes from them to everything from coffee runs to yard work. Now is your chance to overuse your favorite quote, grab your aviator shades, and take to the star-studded Hollywood night skies for an epic aerial action-movie adventure. Your birds-eye tour of the City of Angels departs from Burbank Airport then passes over the The Getty Center, the Playboy Mansion, Downtown L.A., the Hollywood Sign, Universal Studios, and Dodger Stadium. Your pilot is an experienced professional tour guide who will point out the sights rapid-fire while educating you on facts about the geology, topography, history, and culture of one of the largest, most well-known, and most colorful landmark treasures in all of America. (We mean Los Angeles, not The Terminator / Kindergarten Cop.)
8) Get In My Belly – Street Food Tour
- Venue (Location): Club Tengo Hambre or Avital
- Cost Per Person: $55 and up
- Time To Set Aside: 3-4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 10:00AM (tours start at this time)
Ahh, street food: the perfect cure for a bachelor party hangover. If last night’s bacon-wrapped hot dog outside of the club didn’t quite do the trick, then you’ll need to set aside a few midday hours for an epic “Only in LA” experience like this. With its numerous cultural landmarks and small businesses, Downtown LA is well-known for its plethora of historic and artistic contributions to broader American culture. DTLA food tours aim to celebrate both the social aspect of food in bringing people together; a 3-hour walking tour of this sprawling Los Angeles neighborhood is the most ideal excursion, and expert tour guides will delve deep into its history, traditions, and local customs… which of course includes introducing you to some of the city’s most delicious street food along the winding journey. In homage to L.A.’s deep Hispanic roots, the Downtown Los Angeles Taco Tour does a deep dive on a heavenly dish made famous by the City of Angels: the authentic street taco. Along the walk you’ll visit three taquerias and one or two cantinas and learn about different styles of tacos and culinary history and tips, while of course sampling both traditional and innovative versions of the taco washed down by cold traditional beverages.
9) Play Ball! – Live Professional Sports Games
- Venue (Location): Varies by sport
- Cost Per Person: $40 and up
- Time Length of Activity: 3-4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 2 hours before scheduled game time (so you can pregame tailgate plus be in your seat for the National Anthem)
Sports is the bonding language for males the world over, and Los Angeles is a strong candidate for the unofficial title of Sports Capital of the World. The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) rebuilt and modernized L.A.’s historic reputation as a sports mecca, and as a result they’ve recently scored the MLB All-Star Game in 2020 (to be rescheduled), Super Bowl LVI in 2022, and the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2023; L.A. is also a host city finalist for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Southern California is home to no less than eleven (11) major American professional sports franchises:
- National Basketball Association (NBA): Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers
- National Hockey League (NHL): Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks
- Major League Baseball (MLB): Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels
- National Football League (NFL): Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams
- Major League Soccer (MLS): Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy
- Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA): Los Angeles Sparks
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is putting the finishing touches on the $5 billion USD Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park in Inglewood; this game-changing state-of-the-art sports complex follows on the heels of the completion of the 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium and significant investments to upgrade the iconic STAPLES Center and the legendary LA Memorial Coliseum. The City of Angels also hosts major tournaments year-round in niche sports such as auto racing, e-sports, tennis, and surfing. Add to these world-class venues and events perfect outdoor weather and the unrivaled access to celebrities, talent, and media that comes with being in the epicenter of the entertainment industry, and you have a perfect storm of reasons for the lads to anchor the bachelor weekend around an exciting professional sports match or two.
10) Get Lost, Take A Hike – Outdoor Hiking
- Venue (Location): Runyon Canyon (Hollywood Hills)
- Cost Per Person: Free
- Time To Set Aside: 3-4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 10:00AM-1:00PM (more crowded / active scene, plus avoid the brutal afternoon heat)
Got some gym rats and health nuts in the bachelor party demanding to break a healthy sweat at some point in the weekend? Located just 20 minutes from most L.A. neighborhoods, Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills is worth the short commute and offers a variety of challenging hiking trails. We know you’re all about the beautiful views though, and with its heavenly perch high above the City of Angels, Runyon Canyon is the perfect 3-4 hour jaunt for spectacular skyline lovers (you can see all the way to Downtown LA) and Instagram influencers alike. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch some wild rabbits and other critters while you’re out on those trails getting your exercise on and sweating out the alcohol from the night before… or preemptively burning calories for the night to come. Oh, did you mean a different kind of beautiful views? Runyon Canyon has those too: it’s a not-so-secret outdoor workout hotspot for the impossibly fit UCLA & USC co-eds as well as the local women who tend bars, serve cocktails, are aspiring actresses and models, or otherwise drive the L.A. nightlife and entertainment economy forward on the basis of their stunning good looks.
Bonus Activity: Ladies of the Night
- Venue (Location): Varies
- Cost Per Person: $20 cover charge (lap dance / champagne room prices vary)
- Time To Set Aside: Umm… zero hours. None of you were ever here, right?
- Best Time of Day to Go: Anytime
For 99% of bachelor parties, a late-night strip club trip is a standard item on the agenda. Los Angeles is one of the better cities in America for gentlemen’s clubs, not only for quality of young “talent” but for variety as well. When it comes to the best overall scenes, Ace of Diamonds and Crazy Girls and are the top choices if you are still in Hollywood late night and have struck out at the nightclubs; if you’re closer to the west side, we recommend you direct the troops to Silver Reign. Or, try Bare Elegance near LAX if you have a few hours to kill before your flight out of town – it’s a classier, roomier, more upscale experience that’s the tried-and-true way to put the cherry on top of your epic L.A. bachelor party (and might be the last time the bachelor can get away with going to an establishment of this nature).
In conclusion: Los Angeles is definitely a bachelor party destination where a lot of good times can be had by a group of lads along all points of the budget spectrum. It is a magical beachfront oasis where both indoor and outdoor activities can spice up any bachelor party agenda… if you know the lay of the land. Your friends and nightlife guides here at Discotech are an essential part of that equation – we help you browse and book free guest lists and cheap presale tickets or VIP bottle service for the hottest nightclubs and pool parties in L.A. What are you waiting for? Download our app now – featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp! – in the App Store or Google Play.