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Posted at 5:14 PM ET, 05/23/2006

Girls Gone Wild

By Julia Beizer

Wedding season is upon us, and that means questions in Got Plans? about where to throw the perfect bachelorette party have grown exponentially. We feel for you, maid of honor, bridesmaid, friend/coworker/sister-of-the-betrothed. Planning a party that accommodates 8-15 of the bride's closest friends is no easy task.

Because we gurus are here to serve, I've pulled together a few D.C. bar suggestions for those of you who want to celebrate your loved one's last romp in singledom. Like the perfect wedding dress, one size definitely doesn't fit all. Some of you are just dying to wear a veil made of condoms. For others, a chill evening at a lounge sounds much more appealing. Whatever your passion, bachelorette mayhem lurks inside this city: read on for places where you can find it.

Classic Bachelorette

You've seen them in the city's bar districts: troupes of women crowding around a veil-wearing bride-to-be. Options have recently shrunk for Washington ladies who want to get silly: Lulu's and Polly Esther's, two longtime bachelorette standards, shuttered this spring. Never fear, though, Rumors is here. The raunchy scavenger-hunt set surely won't feel out of place on the well-worn outdoor patio. Dancing on the bar in Chinatown's Coyote Ugly is another option.

An evening of Adams Morgan bar-hopping is ripe for bachelorette debauchery. Tom Tom or the Angry Inch are great places to start. You're likely to find a few guys in the large crowds of twentysomethings who can be persuaded to give up their boxers for a demanding bachelorette. And because every bachelorette party has a few single gals in the group, head south of Adams Morgan to nearby Local 16, voted Best Pick Up Spot in washingtonpost.com's 2005 Best Bets Contest.

The Georgetown waterfront has been a bachelorette haven for many summers. Grab a few drinks and get silly at Riverside Grille or Tony and Joe's. Up on Wisconsin Avenue, the frat party scene at Third Edition screams bachelorette.

And finally, to end that perfect night, a rousing session of Madonna-belting karaoke at Cafe Japone is something the bride should get out of her system before the big day.

Loungin'

You'll have to leave the veils and lifesaver T-shirts behind if you opt for a swankier evening at one of the city's many lounges. Check out delicious cocktails at Chinatown's pricey, but classy, Indebleu. Nearby stops Zaytinya and Rasika are good bets for dinner and delicious drinks, too.

The strict door policy shouldn't keep sophisticated groups of girls away from Eighteenth Street Lounge. The drinks are yummy and the low-lit vibe is worth the cover charge. Upstairs areas of Science Club offer a similar scene. Another relative newcomer to the area, Play Lounge, is also a good bet. A recent weekend trip yielded well-mixed girly drinks and a good mix of top-40 hip-hop and '80s favorites. I'm also fond of nearby Cafe Citron for mojitos and dancing in the small downstairs space. Firefly's yummy dinner and drink options are a great way to start the evening in the neighborhood.

Dancing Machine

Let's face it -- most girls nights out include dancing of some kind; bachelorette parties should be no exception. If hip-hop's what your gal wants, check out Love, Chloe, Five or Chief Ike's (for a younger crowd). Go for '80s glory at Heaven and Hell's Thursday night '80s party.

Odds and Ends

Grabbing a naughty gift for the party? Get them at Pleasure Place or Night Dreams.

Want to do the spa thing? Check out our list of the recommended spas.

Planning a beach getaway? The Beach Guide can help.

And finally, for those seeking male dancers, Wet is one of the few not-yet-closed strip clubs in Southeast.

I hope this gives you party planners out there some direction. Write and let us know what worked best for you on your bachelorette night on the town. Your fellow readers will thank you.

By Julia Beizer  | May 23, 2006; 5:14 PM ET
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Though not really a "party" place, we had fabulous time bacheloretteing it up at Clare and Don's in Clarendon - Saturday night Karyoke turned into many songs dedicated to our girl, and the open space in front of the mic turned into a dance floor at some point, just all around a fun time. Check out our flip flop over the counter in front!

Posted by: Dee | May 24, 2006 8:24 AM | Report abuse

For my friend's party, I made reservations for dinner at Buca di Beppo on Connecticut Ave. before the real partying in Adams Morgan. It's a great place for dinner, and pretty popular on the bachelor/bachelorette party circuit from what I saw. There was at least 3 other bachelorette parties and one bachelor party the night we were there. Our group highly recommends getting the 3 liter bottle of wine--trust me, you'll drink it!

Posted by: Beth | May 24, 2006 9:29 AM | Report abuse

My closest girl friends live all across the country, so instead of brining everyone to Washington for my bachelorette party, I want us all to meet up somewhere in the Caribbean. Has anyone planned a Caribbean bachelorette party? Where are some good spots? So far I'm focusing on Jamaica for the combo of party scene and great beaches. Does anyone recommend specific resorts anywhere in the Caribbean with a beach, spa, and near bars/clubs?

Posted by: Cortney | June 5, 2006 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I am curious to hear some of the more non-traditional ideas for a bachelorette party. Not that we don't love going bar hopping downtown, but for the next bachelorette party I have to plan I want to do something else. (Also have an underaged maid of honor to include) Greatly appreciate any suggestions!

Posted by: Ashley | June 7, 2006 9:12 AM | Report abuse

A good non-traditional option would be a spa day or have someone come to your house to give massages or mani/pedis to the group. Tea at the Mayflower is fun, or at any other hotel that does it and then maybe follow it up with some kind of spa thing and dinner?

Posted by: Laura | June 7, 2006 10:53 AM | Report abuse

My business, Kelly Magyarics Wine Consulting, provides interactive, educational wine tastings for private and corporate events in the Metro DC area.

Many of my clients are brides and bridesmaids looking for a fun, unique and memorable option for a bachelorette party or wedding shower. A popular option is to do a "Dream Destinations" wine tasting, where guests taste and learn about wines from countries and regions that the bride and groom have visited, or wish to visit together, someday.

You can get more information on my website, which is www.trywine.net. You can also email me at trywine@gmail.com, or call me at 703.203.9463.

I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers!

Kelly

Posted by: Kelly Magyarics | June 11, 2006 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It can be done! For those planning a pub crawl for the bachelorette just organize yourself and call ahead. We had a great night on Saturday, throwback to the bride's college days - hosted dinner at a bridesmaid's apartment then hit up Front Page, Porters, Sign of the Whale and ended at Rumors. Great night of cheesy dancing, cheap beer and fun for all of the ladies.

Posted by: dc1128 | June 12, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Rent out a cabin in West Virginia and go white water rafting. You can party in your cabin with videos and cocktails and then bond over the rapids. This is what I want for my bachelorette.

Posted by: For Ashley | June 12, 2006 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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