11 Bachelorette Party Ideas in Calgary
These cool and classy party ideas are worthy of any bride-to-be and her best friends.
Book a private room at Deane House.
Photograph by Jared Sych
There is nothing tacky or unseemly about these five bachelorette party ideas. They all tap into some of Calgary's best businesses. And, conveniently, these party ideas work for birthdays, graduations or any time when you feel the need for a group hangout.
Strike out at National on 10th
A little bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone. Spend the night knocking down pins with your best girls in the bowling alley at National on 10th. With the tequila flowing at the taqueria, you can’t help but bowl a strike after strike. After you’ve had enough of the lanes head upstairs to the Bourbon Room for a tasteful nightcap and to rest your weary body. —Kait Kucy
341 10 Ave. S.W., 403-474-2739, ntnl.ca
Pamper and primp at Butter Beauty Parlour
If keeping things peaceful and low-key is totally your style, go straight for the spa. Booking a spa party at Butter Beauty Parlour is the perfect way to de-stress pre-wedding and spend some serious quality time with your bridal party. Tame your locks with a blow-out and pretty up those tips with a gloss manicure; enjoy it all within their gorgeous California-boudoir inspired space. —K.K.
2429 4 St. S.W. and Bankers Hall, 315 8 Ave. S.W., 403-215-3404, butterbeautyparlour.com
Sip champagne at Azuridge Estate Hotel
Spend an afternoon at the luxurious estate 45-minutes southwest of Calgary near Priddis. Its Champagne Chic package includes afternoon tea with a prosecco toast inside in the Tiger's Eye Den or outside in the gazebo. That package comes with a 20 guest minimum. If you want your party to last all weekend and you want it to be a little more custom, go for an Ammolite All-Included Luxury Retreat. It includes a three-night stay and can be customized to include activities like morning yoga, gourmet meals, afternoon wine tastings, spa treatments and workshops. —Jaelyn Molyneux
178057, 272 St. W., Priddis, 403-931-0100, azuridgehotel.com
Take a hands-on class to learn the tricks of macaronage. The Macaron 101 Baking Class takes about two and a half hours and happens right in Ollia's kitchen. You'll make the shells and filling and sandwich them all together as a group. There is a break for tea and snacks and, at the end of the evening, you'll go home with a box of macarons that the group made. Ollia also has tea blending classes, if that is more to your taste. —J.M.
810C 16 Ave. S.W., 403-457-9775, byollia.com
Go on a private food tour with Calgary Food Tours
Wander through Inglewood or Kensington on a guided tour that includes tidbits about architecture, local history and culture and, of course, food sampling. Calgary Food Tours will take you to its favourite restaurants and eateries along the way to sample the food and talk to the makers. You can book into an existing tour or request a custom tour or special date. —J.M.
Have Frenchie Wine Bar all to yourself
The tiny wine bar tucked behind Bread & Circus and Una Takeaway has room for up to 30 people standing and mingling with food and wine or 20 people sitting. You can rent the entire place for your party. There is a minimum spend, which depends on the day of the week you are hosting your party, and it includes a custom menu of items from Bread & Circus and Una Pizza and Wine. You'll also get servers and use of the sound system. —J.M.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, frenchieyyc.com
Paint and sip wine at Vin Gogh
This paint and wine studio guides even the most amateur artist toward a work of art they can be proud of. Sip wine while you paint along to the step-by-step instructions of a professional artist. You can keep your party small and low-key and book into one of this paint and sip studios regular events. They'll keep your group together and you can arrive early to have time for wine and snacks. Or, book out the entire studio just for your group. You get to choose the painting you create and can pre-order your wine and food. —J.M.
118, 7004 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-475-4644, vingogh.ca
Make pottery and sip wine at Workshop Studios
Gather eight (or up to 12) of your friends for some wheel throwing at the pottery studio in Inglewood. When you book a private event there, it comes with two hours of pottery making, including instruction from a ceramics artist, the clay and tools you'll need and glazing and firing so you can pick up your finished product later. The evening also includes live DJ music, six bottles of wine chosen by Vine Arts and the option of having a sommelier there to explain the wine choices. —J.M.
2501 Alyth Rd. S.E., workshopstudios.ca
Have the spa come to you with the Thyme Out Beauty Bus
When you hire the Thyme Out Beauty Bus, your bachelorette party comes to you. Pick your desired location, then watch as a cute blue and white Airstream trailer pulls up. It's inside this trailer, which has a stylish, retrofitted interior with white banquette seating, white and blue pillows and wood floors, that your spa experience will take place. Choose from individual services like seated chair massages and manicures, or opt for the "Before She Gets Hitched" or "Girls Night Out" party package. Either way, you're in for a relaxing, spa-like experience without leaving your neighbourhood. —Alana Willerton
Have brunch or lunch by the river at Deane House
The Deane House is literally an old house, which means there are plenty of private rooms of all sizes to host your low-key bachelorette party (and your wedding as well). The Garden Room seats six to eight people on mismatched chairs around a walnut table. The Dining Room seats 10 people with the pocket doors opening into the bar if you want more space. Book the Library for a slightly larger crowd (12 to 24) or the Tenement Bar and Pantry (for 10 to 20 people) if you want a party with a cocktail focus. The option that takes the most advantage of the restaurant's location is a long table dinner in the gardens for 24 to 30 people. —J.M.
806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com
Throw axes at BATL Axe Throwing
For such a simple premise, axe throwing is a surprisingly fun activity. At facilities like BATL Axe Throwing, you and your friends take turns throwing axes at targets on the wall in an effort to hit the elusive bulls-eye. Walk-in sessions are available or you can book private lanes for six more people and get some coaching before your round robin tournament. If you have a smaller group, you can also book lanes for two to five people. The Calgary location has a bar and kitchen. Order a tournament platter with meat skewers, steam buns, pita chips and dip and pretzel bites to be brought right to your lane. —A.W.
Make a splash at Hotel Arts
Remember the days when you’d always plan your birthday party at your neighbourhood wave pool? While those days are long gone you can still get your kicks in the water in a more sophisticated venue – no water wings required. Book a portion of the Hotel Arts pool and have an ultra glamourous day at the pool complete with fresh and inspired libations from the Raw Bar patio. —K.K.
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-266-4611, hotelarts.ca