From wine tastings and cooking classes, to ax throwing and improv, step outside the box with these bachelor and bachelorette party ideas.
By Allison Jacobs
Staying close to home for your bachelor or bachelorette party? From casinos and spas to top-notch restaurants and entertainment, Metro Detroit is the place to celebrate. For an area with so much to do, indulge in a night (or day) out before you say “I do!”
1. The Beverage Connoisseur
Valentine Distilling Co. — Ferndale
Settle in for a few cocktails at the cozy lounge on Vester, followed by a complimentary tour of the distillery 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. As a fun alternative, parties of 15 or more can opt for a private tour of the 20,000-square-foot production facility, located just a mile away from the tasting room, for $20 per person. For an intimate gathering, the former distillery accommodates 10 to 100 guests. With personal bartenders and catering, you’ll have the classiest party in town.
Michigan By the Bottle — Auburn Hills, Royal Oak and Shelby Township
Experience a true Michigan wine tasting close to home at any of the Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Rooms. Owners Shannon and Cortney Casey offer the finest bottles from the Leelanau Peninsula, Berrien County and more. The best deal is the full flight for $12, which includes five 2-ounce pours and “flight bites,” featuring local cheese and chocolate. Visitors can also select more substantial appetizers like the cheese and charcuterie board. Private tastings are available during off-hours and can accommodate 30 to 60 guests.
2. The Pampered Prince/Princess
Start the weekend off at Color Box for a full day of pampering. Experience a top-of-the-line mani or pedi, relaxing chair massage, spray tan, wax or all the above. New clients are eligible for a half-off manicure with the purchase of a pedicure. For a more customized experience, owner Kendra Geralt can assist with catering in a fresh veggie tray and mimosas to sip on while getting beautified. For some sustenance, take your glowing group to the upscale Rugby Grille inside The Townsend Hotel or opt for afternoon high tea. As the night winds down, spend the evening in one of the Townsend’s beautiful suites. Not quite ready to call it a night? Order a personalized cocktail cart straight to your room to keep the party going.
This downtown Rochester establishment has all the ingredients for a day of pure relaxation. First-timers can indulge in either an hour massage or facial for just $59. Revitalizing Touch also has specialized skin treatments, including a luxurious mud wrap or European rose foot treatment. Be sure to add on a manicure or pedicure for good measure. To continue the excitement, take a stroll along the quaint streets of downtown Rochester, making your final stop the Royal Park Hotel. Inside, groups can experience the culinary wonders of Park 600 bar + kitchen. Open for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, diners will find a medley of chef Colin Brown’s locally-sourced delights. End the evening with a bottle of Champagne to toast the soon-to-be bride or groom!
3. The Jokester
Go Comedy! Improv Theater — Ferndale
Go Comedy! has a variety of improv shows to help calm those pre-wedding jitters. While some performances are modeled after “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, others feature improv games that encourage plenty of audience participation. Be sure to buy your ticket in advance at gocomedy.net.
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle — Royal Oak
Believe it or not, Tim Allen and Dave Coulier got their start at Mark Ridley’s back in 1979. Since then, the renowned comedy club has maintained its stellar reputation. Order a round of drinks and select some light bites to share while discovering a new favorite stand-up act. Online reservations can be booked at comedycastle.com.
4. The All-Star Athlete
Axe-Throwing at Detroit Axe — Ferndale
Get ready for the ultimate throw-down at Detroit Axe. Groups of six or more can reserve a spot and prepare for an ax-throwing lesson, followed by a heart-pumping match. Players can even order shareable dishes from The Corner restaurant downstairs directly to their lane. To get throwing, go to detroitaxe.com.
Bombowling at The HUB Stadium — Auburn Hills
For some friendly competition, try your hand at Bombowling. The rules are simple — players stand at opposite ends of a lane and attempt to knock down their opponents’ bowling pins with a football. A full bar and food menu include craft beer, wine and cocktails, plus pizzas, tacos, burgers, and salads. For more info on rules and reservations, check thehubstadium.com.
5. The Foodie
Mirepoix Cooking School — Royal Oak
Located on the upper level of the popular Holiday Market, Mirepoix has it all. From group cooking classes to wine tastings, along with private classes and cooking demonstrations, the opportunities are endless. Mirepoix even provides aprons and chef coats to get you in the mood. All culinary levels are welcome! Visit mirepoixcookingschool.com to register.
Sur La Table — Novi and Troy
Groups will find interactive class options at Sur La Table, equipped with all the tools you need to whisk and sauté to your heart’s content. Working in teams of four, you and your guests will be able to create, taste and even take handmade goods home. Consider the Macaron Workshop or check out their $85 “Night Out” classes for a perfectly themed food and drink exploration. Register online at surlatable.com to get cooking.