Wedding season is here, and with it comes the ultimate pre-party: the bachelorette weekend. Whether you’re planning from out of town or are a local looking for unique ideas, here are our picks for an unforgettable ladies-only excursion.
Where to Stay
Get your weekend started on the right note at Hotel Saint Cecilia's photogenic pool.
Newcomer Hotel Van Zandt (605 Davis St., 512-542-5300) offers quirky decor in the heart of bustling Rainey Street, while W Austin's (200 Lavaca St., 512-542-3600) central location, delectable dining options, and trendy pool party can easily provide a weekend’s worth of entertainment without leaving the building. To avoid downtown crowds but still be a short drive away, check out the tree-lined grounds of Hotel Saint Cecilia (112 Academy Dr., 512-852-2400), which including their iconic pool—a must-do for group Instagram shots. However, if you're going the vacation rental route, look for something close to downtown: Clarksville, South Lamar, or South Congress are good options.
The airy dining area at Emmer & Rye is perfect for groups.
Spend the first day to prep for the evening ahead. Start by sharing small plates at foodie favorite Emmer & Rye (51 Rainey St., Suite 110, 512-366-5530), so everyone can sample different bites of their straight-from-the-farm dishes (don’t skip the tres leches cheesecake with strawberry guava glaze!). Next, head to LACQUER (210 Guadalupe St., 512-476-1211), an upscale and socially conscious nail salon for their deluxe hot stone pedicure. Your feet will feel fab after getting pampered with a mint scrub, clay mask, and volcanic hot stone massage. Plus, they carry vegan nail polish brands so you can look good and feel good about it, too.
The charming outdoor patio at Lamberts.
Get the night started with modern Mexican fare and some of the best margaritas in town at La Condesa (400A W. Second St., 512-499-0300), though another good option for showcasing typical Texas cuisine is Lamberts, which has outstanding BBQ for meat eaters and a surprising variety of tasty vegetarian sides (401 W. Second St., 512-494-1500). After fueling up, there are infinite possibilities for the night. To mingle with the beautiful people, order some bubbly or a round of lemongrass drops (Tito’s vodka with a tropical twist of lemongrass, pineapple, and mint) at the Living Room in W Austin. If you're hoping for something more low-key, sip crafted cocktails at Lucille (77 Rainey St., 512-22-9270) and challenge strangers to giant Jenga. And if the wildness of Sixth Street is calling your name, the rooftop at Maggie Mae’s (323 E. Sixth St., 512-478-8541) is a classic choice.
A guaranteed road to recovery often includes Josephine House's ever-popular lemon ricotta pancakes.
After an evening of festivities, head to the adorable Josephine House (1601 Waterston, 512-477-5584) for breakfast or brunch, where their fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes will get you ready to face the world again. An equally mouth-watering option is their smoked short rib hash at Jacoby’s (3235 E. Cesar Chavez St., 512-366-5808). After you regain your energy, why not play tourist for a bit? Soak up the sun at Barton Springs (2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512-867-3080), take a group photo by the spray-painted masterpieces at HOPE Outdoor Gallery (1101 Baylor St.), hike the Greenbelt, or pick up a unique piece or two, while shopping on South Congress (Recommended: Maya Star, 1508 South Congress, 512-912-1475).