Four Unique Boston Bachelorette Party Itineraries That Don’t Involve Clubbing

From spa sessions to game days, there’s something for everyone.

For the bride who isn’t gung-ho about clubs, barhopping, and casinos, the premise of a nightlife-focused bachelorette party can feel unappealing. Fortunately, this city offers a ton of fun alternatives, from relaxing spa sessions to competitive game days. Read on for four tailor-made Boston bachelorette party itineraries.

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Photo by VS Photography

For the Self-Care Enthusiast 

If you want a day of indulgence, then a day of indulgence you shall have. Start the festivities off with brunch at the Mandarin Oriental’s French bistro, Bar Boulud (think: French toast, croque monsieur, fresh-from-the oven madeleines, and of course, cocktails). Then, head to the hotel’s spa where amenities such as a quartz-crystal steam room, a warm “vitality pool,” and relaxation lounges await. You can also get primped and pampered with Himalayan salt stone massages or perhaps enjoy a custom facial. Once the group is feeling rejuvenated, make your way to Southie to celebrate the squad with a VS Photography “boudoir party.” The group photoshoot service includes makeup application, a boudoir session, five edited images per person, and a print keepsake for the bride.

776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800,; 516 E 2nd St., Boston, 609-610-1686,

For the Sophisticated Lady

Looking to throw an ultra-sophisticated bachelorette party? Start with a flower-arranging event at Alice’s Table, a Boston-based company that offers floral workshops around the country. The instructors will bring materials and blooms to your home or another venue and teach your squad how to create gorgeous arrangements. Once you’ve all exercised your green thumbs, head to the Boston Public Library for some tea. Enjoy bite-sized sandwiches, scones, and petit fours in the elegant, sun-filled Courtyard Tea Room, or opt for tea-infused cocktails with bookish names like “Tequila Mockingbird” in the Map Room Tea Lounge—the moodier, brick-walled space next door.

617-603-7439,; 700 Boylston St., Boston, 617-859-2251,

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For the Sporty Spice

The first stop on the agenda—Fenway Park—is an obvious one, but you and your sports-fan besties certainly won’t want to miss the big game. Not baseball season? Book a one-hour walking tour of the park instead. Afterward, head across the river to Somerville and try your hand at a very different type of sport: axe throwing. Book a private group party at Urban Axes, and enjoy an hours-long session that starts with one-on-one coaching and ends with a round-robin tournament. The Union Square spot also serves alcohol, as well as meat and cheese boards. Not ready to go home? Round out the night with a trip to the Seaport’s Tony C’s, a famed sports bar and grill located right on the harbor. There you’ll find 40 TVs, a 32-foot-long video wall, and an extensive craft-beer menu to boot.

4 Jersey St., Boston,; 2 Union Square, Somerville,; 250 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-856-7369,

For the Girl Who Just Wants to Have Fun

Pass through what look like doors to a freezer inside Roxy’s Grilled Cheese in Central Square, and you’ll find yourself in a colorful, nostalgia-filled wonderland known as A4cade. Start the evening experiencing everything the speakeasy has to offer, from pinball and Skee-Ball machines to classic arcade games such as Mario Kart and Pac-Man. You’ll also have access to a menu of the some of the kitschiest (and yummiest) cocktails you’ll ever taste, with names such as “Short, Dark, And Handsome” with bourbon, strawberry campari, and chocolate liqeur, and “Worst. Drink. Ever” featuring vodka and St. Germain.  After you’ve had your share of fun and games (plus a drink or two), take the gang into the city and get ready to sing your heart out at Hong Kong in Faneuil Hall. In addition to the bar’s usual happenings (namely karaoke, dancing, scorpion bowls, and $1 chicken-teriyaki-on-a-stick), you can also book special add-ons for the group including leis, VIP line-cutting privileges, and a balloon drop.

292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-714-3960,; 65 Chatham St., Boston, 617-227-2226,