If you’re getting married or know someone who is, the week before the ceremony is the most crucial time to relax and enjoy some of the last bit of fun best buddies can have. Avoid the typical junky strip club or busted bar and do something different or adventurous for once. Some of these places still serve booze, so it doesn’t have to be a square evening; just something you might be able to admit to the bride after the fact.
Dave & Busters
20 City Blvd W
Orange, CA 92868
daveandbusters.comGrab some dinner and a brew or two at Dave & Busters, an establishment dedicated to fun and games that’s decked out with the best carnival-style games and big-screen televisions. From the excellent beer selection to the drink and play specials, Dave & Busters has enough entertainment for you and your buddies to kill some time. Enjoy a couple games of pool before shooting hoops or answering rounds of bar trivia. Be sure to plunk a few quarters into the arcade to remember years gone by.
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The Green Girl Saloon
14341 Beach Blvd
Westminister, CA 92683
Bikini bars are the perfect stop before kicking off the night’s shenanigans, providing some eye candy along with the stiff drinks. This particular bar is filled with beautiful women and good times. Catch the ball game while sampling some bar snacks. However, be respectful of the cash-only policy, something that keeps the bachelor party paper trail that much shorter.
Hawleywoods Barber Shop
410 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
If this bachelor party is going to redeem itself, the gentlemen involved need to look their sharpest for the next day or two, whenever the wedding takes place. Hawleywoods is going to get you looking great with world-class service and a 50’s influence is going to shape it perfectly along the way. Skip the mohawk and get something classy because with over two dozen looks to pick from, you and your buds will be ready to start your weekend.
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Head down to the world-famous Improv where every night features another top comic from around the country. Buy your ticket with the dinner option to avoid long lines and get in more quickly. The more you drink, the funnier the comedians get, so get there early and enjoy the hilarious performers you and your group are seeing. The venue has a two-item minimum so mix up the drinks with nachos or mozzarella sticks for everyone to share.
7662 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
medievaltimes.comWhen was the last time you sat on the edge of your seat and said “That is some fine horsemanship?” Mix in a bit of live jousting, some mead and a gigantic turkey leg, and the primal guy’s night out you’ve been craving can begin. Yeah, it’s a bit nerdy to see lords and ladies serving Diet Coke, but suspend some disbelief for the night while bolas, mandibles and lances fly through the air and into some poor sap’s fake armor.
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