Something new: Unique places for a bachelorette party
During the madness of wedding planning, the bachelorette party stands out as an oasis of calm for the bride-to-be. It’s the one thing that she doesn’t have to organize, and it’s a chance for her to spend quality time with her girlfriends — as well as show off Kansas City to out-of-town guests. Rather than doing the typical drunkfest (i.e. lurching around all the usual spots while sporting phallic-shaped accessories), we’ve put together this list of unique places that will make for a memorable send off into married life. (Male blow-up doll optional).
Located in the Power & Light District, Lucky Strike is more of a hip club than your typical fluorescent-lit bowling alley. The huge space includes a swanky lounge area with a plethora of sleek sofas. Black lights illuminate the lanes, while abstract videos above the pins shine down on the candy-colored balls. Lucky Strike can accommodate groups of eight and up. Party packages start at $39.95 per person and include two hours of bowling and shoe rental, spinach and artichoke dip, and unlimited soft drinks and alcohol.
1370 Grand Blvd., 816.471.2316, bowlluckystrike.com
Snow & Company
Behind the bar, a row of whirring drink machines churn the delicious frozen concoctions that make this new establishment a welcome addition to KC. Located in the Crossroads, Snow & Company serves up an array of drinks made from scratch with handcrafted ingredients. Also impressive is the bar’s support of local companies, such as Boulevard, Soda Vie (served on tap), Oddly Correct coffee and Oishii Studio sweets.
However, the frozen drinks are the real attraction. We recommend Christopher Elbow’s Sexual Chocolate ($7.75 single/$12 double), a rich blend of spiced chocolate, Cointreau and St. Germain. Can’t decide what to have? Try the frozen drink flight (three for $10). For the non-drinkers, there’s Like a Virgin ($4 singe/$7 double), a slushy, sweet-tart mix of limeade and grapefruit and pineapple juices.
Adding to the convivial atmosphere is Snow & Company’s setup. Comfortable plum-colored sofas, blue armchairs and ottomans, and white cube-shaped tables are clustered around the spacious room — perfect for a group gathering. Throw in a tasty food menu that’s served late, and you’re set for a night of tropical fun.
1815 Wyandotte, 816.214.8921, snowandcompany.com
For the beer-drinking bachelorette, The Foundry in Westport serves up McCoy’s award-winning brews in a ’70s rec-room atmosphere (minus the shag carpet). The drink menu includes a dizzying assortment of wine spritzers, martinis, beer cocktails, shooters and bombs and — most impressive of all — The Fishbowl ($26), a fruity concoction that includes vodka, coconut rum, blue curaco, pineapple and orange juices, and Sierra Mist, and is served in a half-gallon fishbowl. Or try the Jungle Juice ($24), another wallop of a punch that’s served in a Tiki pitcher and made from vodka, peach schnapps, Apple Pucker and more.
To soak up all of this alcohol, The Foundry also offers a great bar menu that’s filled with easily share-able options. Pizzas, pot roast sliders, fried pickles, and tater tots prepared in more ways than you can even imagine, make for a fun party, as do the various DJs that crank out the tunes.
424 Westport Road, 816.960.0866, foundrykc.com
With so many cool bars and restaurants within walking distance, downtown Lawrence is the perfect spot for a bachelorette getaway. Start the evening at the big community table at Esquina. Located in an old pharmacy at the corner of 8th and Massachusetts streets (hence the name, which translates to “corner”), this cool space with its modern decor retains a lot of the old building’s character.
Esquina serves chips and salsa and delicious soft tacos (such as the Pastor, made with braised, shredded pork and grilled pineapple salsa). The drink menu is worth the drive to Lawrence (but, we hope, not back — check out the many hotels in town). In addition to sangria and five kinds of margaritas, Esquina offers a rotating list of infused liquors. As for its specialty drinks, we like the Vanilla-Tamarind Coke ($7), a heady mix of vanilla-tamarind-infused rum and Coke. Also on the list is the Chilcano de Pisco ($7), a delectable drink made from Barsol Pisco, lemon, agave and ginger ale.
From Esquina, make your way down Massachusetts Street to a number of diverse bar options. Feel like a show at The Granada or pinball at the Replay Lounge? It’s all there in one centralized location.
801 Massachusetts, 785.856.1625, esquinalawrence.com