Washington, D.C. Bees – help planning a Bachelorette!

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Minnow:  wellllll

i didn’t want the tacky, crazy clubbing bachelorette, so my MOH planned a girls’ weekend in Leesburg (maybe 30 minute drive). We stayed in a nice hotel, played Cards Against Humanity and drank on Friday night, then Saturday we walked around and shopped in downtown Leesburg (super cute) Saturday morning, did two wine tastings at Hidden Brook Winery and the one next door (I forget the name because we liked Hidden Brook more) Saturday afternoon, had a nice dinner in downtown Leesburg Saturday night and had brunch on Sunday before we came back to DC.

i loved it, it was so fun to get a relaxing weekend away with the girls.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 oh and ps it didn’t cost my bridesmaids a lot, i think each of them probably paid around $50 per person, total. they didn’t make me pay for anything, though i would have been willing to.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Minnow:  well, does she want to CLUB? my favorite *straight* clubs are UltraBar and U Street Music Hall. In general I like U Street better because it’s more ‘come as you are’ – less ‘dress like a tramp’ – and the line is shorter. if she wants to get REALLY crazy, Ibiza and Fur are pretty nuts. Long lines and big cover charges but a great crazy club scene if that’s what she’s looking for.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Minnow:  The issue with the 18 year old attending is that DC doesn’t have many options for under 21s to get into.  Ultrabar does allow 18 and up on some nights and you could get a table there – I did that for my graduation and it was about $50/person for the 10 of us that went.  Definitely worth the money.

If the 18 year old isn’t a factor…I highly recommend Russia House for a fancy dinner with drinks, and then you’re already close by to lots of other places to go out in the Dupont Circle area (Public Bar, Dirty Martini (!!), Lucky Bar, Mad Hatter, Cafe Citron, Front Page, etc etc).

Personally if I was having my bachelorette here (I won’t be sadly) I would actually love to do something DC-centric during the day.  Especially if not all of the girls attending are from the area.  Segway tour yes!  There are also tons of walking tours of the city that focus on different things – chocolate, cocktails, ghost tours, etc.

The Boomerang Bus and the Boomerang Boat may be fun options to look into for getting around town.

You could also check into thingstododc.com and see if there’s some kind of awesome embassy event that night you could get tickets to!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Minnow:  It’ll be nice out in April, so you might try the Georgetown Waterfront.  Sequoia, Tony & Joe’s, and other restaurants are all out on the water.  You could start with everyone there, and the older people could go on to go clubbing in Adams Morgan or wherever afterwards.  Paper Moon is my favorite restaurant in that area; it’s on 31st ST and has great Italian food. 

There are also a variety of shops along M Street–you could book spa treatments of pretty much any type: facials, manicures, massages, etc. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ebarnes0:  

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  

ooh i second lots of these options! Russia House is pretty fab, and that’s why I suggested UltraBar – some of the clubs allow 18+, some do not. You have to do your research. UltraBar is 18+. My suggestions were definitely LATE night only activities, after you did something during the day and dinner.

If you do DuPont (which I think is a great option), I love Mad Hatter and they often have a pretty busy dance floor. Adam’s Morgan is pretty insane, but if you’re looking for a serious party night that’s also a good option! DuPont is just easier because it’s metro accessible, AM is a bit of a walk from the closest station, but you could taxi. Also, if you go out in Adam’s Morgan, hit the Adam’s Morgan Diner up before you go home. They’re open all night and its so much fun to eat breakfast at 4 am while you’re trashed. Lol

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

K Street is always loads of fun for clubbing/lounge atmosphere. K St Lounge, Lima, Lotus, Park at Fourteenth are some clubs along the strip if you’ve got money to spend on a table. It’s a little dressier but the music is usually good. The W isn’t too far but the table is going to be very pricey!

If you wanted to dress down a bit, I second the U street option, lots of “chill” spots. U Street Music Hall, American Ice, The Brixton, Saint Ex, Policy, Lost Society, Blackbird, Marvins, etc.

I’m a big fan of “hopping” as you can see…when I go out, I usually pick a strip (18th st, U st, K st, Adams Morgan, etc) and stick to it but visit a bunch of places for maximum fun. Look into a party bus so you always have a “hub” so to speak.

The 18 year old is going to trip you up because most of the 21 and under places suck and get trashy pretty quickly.

For the daytime fun, Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase have great spa options if you’ve got a little money to burn and the shopping is TDF. Believe it or not, Georgetown might be more affordable on that end.

I love planning bachelorettes and I’ve planned quite a few in the DC area, have a great time!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@TwoStatesBride:  I second the Diner @ 4am lol Face planting in a Diner Royale special is like the perfect night cap…and it comes with hot choc for those wintry nights out lol.

Nothing like a jumbo slice at 3am as you peoplewatch and try to dodge the fighting that’s bound to ensue with that much alcohol on one block. lol

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

@ebarnes0:  +1 to Russia House.  And yes, UltraBar is good for 18+. 

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  Ooh yes, Georgetown waterfront is lovely and would be a great spot.  +1 to that as well!  Paper Moon is DELISH!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

U Street for going out, definitely! I’m not a fan of most of the clubs in DC (Fur is AWFUL), though. Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan is a lot of fun, too. 

I don’t know what kind of food you all like, but if you like Mexican, Oyamel in Chinatown is my absolute favorite.

As for a night cap, nothing beats late-night pie at Kramer’s in Dupont!

I am a lot more laid back, though, and don’t like loud, obnoxious clubs, so my recommendations may not be so great.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Minnow:  Also one thing to keep in mind (not sure if you were even thinking along this route or not):  gay clubs do not tend to be bachelorette-friendly.  Most will not outright ban them or not allow them entry, but my gay friends have said time and time again that many in that community consider them disrespectful and like they’re just there to ogle at the guys with no repercussions for their actions.  For example, Town has a drag show which would be bachelorette appropriate, but just be polite and leave after it’s over.  Too many bachelorette parties go “ooh a gay club how fun! we can dance and no one will hit on us and blah blah blah”…not really what’s accepted at those bars.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I didn’t read any PPs, sorry if this is a repeat. Have you thought about wineries? There are a lot of great ones within a reasonable drive from DC. You could hire someone to drive you, they usually have packages for wine tours. The 18 year old and pregnant lady arent going to be able to participate in any kind of activity that involves drinking, but they might be less bored in this kind of laid back atmosphere rather than in a bar.

you could also just go with the spa day so everyone can be included- and have some champagne! 

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