A bachelorette party is my favorite excuse for a girls-only getaway, and what better destination than the sunkissed California coast? Here’s what to include on your prenup party itinerary in La La Land.
1 – Boozy Brunch at The Bungalow, Santa Monica
Come for the bottomless mimosas, stay for the cozy, beach house vibes. Inspired by the laid-back culture of Baja, Mexico, the Bungalow is a rustic chic hideaway that exudes charm — its intimate enclaves are adorned in an eclectic mix of surfboards, sombreros, and playful patchwork floors. As one of Santa Monica’s few beachfront hangouts, you can take your eggs and bubbly with a side of ocean views.
2 – Booty Shaking Yoga at Studio U, Marina Del Rey
Skip the pole dancing class and sweat it out at the wildest fitness class in town: buti yoga. Not your mama’s yoga practice, buti (not to be confused with booty) combines primal movement, tribal dance, and plyometrics all into one seriously hardcore workout, set to the soundtrack of pumping beats. Leave your inhibitions at the door because there’s nothing better than shaking it with your besties.
3 – Beach Barcycle along Abbot Kinney, Venice Beach
If you plan to bar hop the most infamous street in Venice (hint: you should!), pedal your way from bar A to bar B on your very own “barcycle”. This pub-on-wheels makes a few stops at my favorite Venice hotspots — Venice Ale House, Bank of Venice, and Cabo Cantina — but the real party happens on the barcycle where you can blast your favorite tunes as you cruise through town. The ride is BYOB, but it does come with your own dedicated bartender.
4 – Rosé All Day at Malibu Wine Safaris
Sprawling vineyards, open air safari jeeps, and adorable wild animals — need we say more? Malibu Wine Safari takes you and your gals on a sunny adventure through the breathtakingly beautiful Saddlerock Malibu Estate Vineyards, where you can taste wine among Hollywood’s biggest stars. Animal stars, that is. The vineyard is home to retired animal “actors” including Stanley the giraffe who you may recognize from The Hangover 3.
5 – Rooftop Pool Party at the Standard, Downtown LA
Get your Vegas pool party fix without the 5-hour drive. The Standard boasts the best summer soirees on Sunset Strip, where you can hop in the pool with a marg and soak up those chill west coast vibes. With retro waterbed pods, amazing food, and unparalleled views of downtown, it’s the ultimate place to get your bronze on while celebrating your last days of singlehood.
6 – Dinner and Reality Star Spotting at SUR, West Hollywood
As the setting of my favorite sultry reality TV show Vanderpump Rules, don’t be surprised if you see patrons snapping a photo with a bartender or waitress. SUR (it stands for sexy, unique restaurant) is an opulent wonderland where no detail has been left untouched — the sensual ambiance is complemented by romantic candles, lavish chandeliers, and fresh cut flowers. Go for the goat cheese balls, if nothing else.
7 – Dance Your Heart Out at The Abbey, West Hollywood
Lauded as the world’s best gay bar, The Abbey is what bachelorette party dreams are made of — think multiple dance floors, yummy cocktails, and smoking hot male go-go dancers. This iconic West Hollywood nightclub is hands down the most fun and rowdy place to let loose in LA, and celebrities agree; it’s not uncommon to see Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, or Christina Aguilera drop by on any given night.