Known as the "City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia makes a perfect location for a pre-wedding weekend with the guys. Start mapping out your Philadelphia bachelor party and you’ll discover there’s an endless amount of activities to explore that reach far beyond the tourist clichés. With a food scene that rivals East Coast neighbors like New York and DC plus an ever-growing craft beer movement, you can rest assured you’ll never find a bad meal with a little homework on the front-end.
Ready to put your travel plans in motion? Leave the research to us and let this be your guide to a Philadelphia bachelor party complete with activities, eats, and accommodations for one epic last hoorah.
What to Do
Philadelphia may be home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but that doesn’t mean your itinerary has to be limited to historic points of interest. If your group is filled with first-timers to the city, take a poll to determine which sites to see or skip, but don’t forget to include a run up the “Rocky steps” (located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art) as a part of your sightseeing agenda.
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is a great pick for auto enthusiasts who appreciate the history of racing sports cars. During your visit, you’ll see 65+ historically significant cars from Ferraris to Corvettes, Porsches and more. Stop by Tuesday through Sunday for a general admission visit, and be sure to check out their events calendar additional happenings.
With some of the most devoted sports fans in the country, a Philadelphia bachelor party isn’t complete without taking in a game. Depending on the season, grab tickets to an Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, or 76ers game for an outing the guys will all appreciate. You can also consider booking a stadium tour to get a behind the scenes look without the crowds.
New breweries are always hitting the scene in this city, but a few stand out as consistently top-notch. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Yards Brewing Company, Crime & Punishment Brewing Co., or 2nd Story Brewing, and you can also kick back for the evening at one of Philly’s many brewpubs or beer gardens like Frankford Hall or Independence Beer Garden. Of course, for those looking to learn the science behind their brews, the Philly Homebrew Outlet will be your best bet. Check their upcoming class schedule and you just might luck out with a session during your stay.
Where to Eat
It goes without saying that your Philadelphia bachelor party should include feasting on the city’s famous cheesesteak sandwiches. While the top eatery is always up for debate, Sonny's Famous Steaks, Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies, Pat’s King of Steaks, and Jim’s Steaks rank among the very best. If your stomach is empty and your wallet is full, plan a day to eat your way through the top-rated spots and crown your group’s personal favorite.
Anyone who’s spent time in Philly will agree that a Federal Donuts visit is a must on your food agenda. Not only does this place make ridiculously good donuts in flavors like Cookies and Cream or Pineapple Brown Sugar, but they also serve some of the best coffee and fried chicken you’ll ever encounter.
Dinner time calls for good food and great drinks, and you’ll find both at City Tap House in their University City or Logan Square location. This New American gastropub feels like an elevated sports bar and offers an extensive list of craft beers and pub food. Another great pick for the meat lovers in your crew, Butcher Bar is all about hearty comfort foods served in their rustic-cool digs.
Where to Stay
For a stay in Philadelphia’s most popular square, the Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square will certainly fit the bill. Enjoy their sleek, modern rooms in the heart of downtown, and don’t miss out on a swim or drinks around the rooftop pool. If you’re looking to splurge on top-rated accommodations, The Rittenhouse Hotel is another nearby option with an emphasis on the luxury experience.
Reviewers love The Bellevue Hotel and it’s not without good reason. Set in a historic skyscraper dating back to 1904, this Philadelphia gem puts you in a key downtown location with nightlife options just outside your door. Also, make sure to take advantage of the 93,000-square-foot Sporting Club within the Bellevue building for a next-level gym experience.
If your Philadelphia bachelor party is happening on a budget, the Four Points by Sheraton is a great option that’s easy on the wallet. Set directly in City Center, this property is perfect for those looking for low-frills accommodations with a central location.