Planning the wedding — the dress, the food, the flowers… oh, my! — can be insanely stressful, but there’s one thing that shouldn’t be: the final fling before the ring, a.k.a. the bachelorette! From the culture of downtown San Marco to breezy seaside fun, your Jacksonville, Florida, bachelorette party will have much to offer any bride-to-be and her crew for an unforgettable weekend.
Whether you’re the single-lady-turned-blushing-bride or the HBIC of the bridal party (*cough* the maid of honor), planning the best bachelorette party in Jacksonville can be easy peasy with these great Jacksonville bachelorette party ideas! Trust that we’ve got you covered, from all the food to all the fun, when it comes to planning the perfect group experience. All you need to worry about is where to get a little shut-eye in between Jacksonville bachelorette festivities!
Eat, Drink (and Then Get Married)
Ensure proper hydration and adequate nutrition throughout the duration of your Jacksonville bachelorette party with some of the best restaurants on the First Coast! For casual barbecue with a Southern flair and ample outdoor seating, head to ABBQ in Atlantic Beach or The Bearded Pig in Jax Beach. If authentic Italian fare is more on the menu, consider the intimate Catullo’s at San Pablo, Mezza Luna in Neptune Beach, or Prati near St. Johns Town Center (the pimento cheese and baked lasagna are musts!).
Biscottis in Avondale and San Marco’s bb’s Restaurant & Bar (and its endless dessert case filled with cakes) are local favorites, while Black Sheep (and its rooftop dining area) in Five Points is a destination unto itself. For even more rooftop action and drinks galore, River & Post in Riverside features the most stunning view of downtown Jax from its sky-high lounge area.
For beach eats with a Mexican vibe, TacoLu is a given (get the Carne Royale and thank us later), and so is Flying Iguana (that queso, though). But if you’ve got brunch on your Jacksonville bachelorette party ideas bucket list, many of the aforementioned hot spots offer delectable weekend brunches (Black Sheep, TacoLu, and Prati, just to name a few), but Vernon’s located inside the Sawgrass Mariott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach is where it’s at for true farm-to-table breakfast fare, and they feature a rotating theme every Sunday. And for something a little more fun and fabulous, try Hamburger Mary’s for one of their nightly drag queen events or Sunday brunch.
A little hands-on fun can be just what the bride-to-be ordered for the ultimate Jacksonville bachelorette party, and this sprawling city practically has it all. Consider a candle-making class at The Candle Garden in Atlantic Beach or Wick: A Candle Bar in downtown Jax. To get your paint on, Painting with a Twist and Creative Grain Studio are both in San Marco, while Pinspiration in Ponte Vedra Beach allows guests to become the art in the unforgettable Splatter Room. Pottery projects are yours to paint at Color Me Mine, and a hammer and nails can be your friend at Nailed It DIY Studio in St. Johns Town Center.
Go Glam (or Get Pampered)
No Jacksonville bachelorette party ideas are complete without some action from the glam squad! But first, R&R: For a little rest and relaxation, get pampered at The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club or One Ocean Resort and Spa. Then follow it up with some glam action! Drybar downtown is essential for getting a star blowout (don’t forget to grab a bottle of their iconic Detox Dry Shampoo), or check out MyDry Blowout Bar in Jax Beach. For all things cosmetics, Carrie Wilson Makeup does on-site demos, tutorials, and parties.
Move It, Move It
Get moving before you hit the dance floor with a private class at one of Jacksonville’s many fitness or dance studios. Both in Jacksonville Beach, Define features bounce, barre, and yoga classes, while Stride is where to go if you want to hit the treadmill set to amazing beats. Speaking of beats, DivaDance Jacksonville in Southside is basically your bachelorette headquarters, with private dance classes for adults — simply pick your bachelorette party package, choose your song/routine (from Lizzo to Ludacris), and leave the rest up to their expert party planner! After learning an hour of booty-shakin’ choreography (and hair-ography), you’ll leave DivaDance feeling sexy, confident, and ready to take on the dance floor for real.
The Big Night Out
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend! Take your squad and hit the club — it’s poppin’ at Myth Nightclub downtown and Eclipse Bar & Nightclub in Riverside most nights, but if the wine scene is more her thing, try Cooper’s Hawk or The District. For cocktails or craft beer, try Manifest Distilling, Wicked Barley, or Intuition Ale Works.
Which of these Jacksonville bachelorette party ideas is most your vibe? Let us know in the comments down below!