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6 (Stripper-Free) Bachelor Party Ideas

Whether your groom prefers an evening of bocce ball and beer or an afternoon free-falling from 13,500 feet, we found creative party ideas for all types and budgets.

By Samantha Miller The bar at Black Jack. Photograph courtesy of Scott Severson.

Contrary to popular belief, bachelor parties don’t have to involve exotic dancers, crippling hangovers, or a trip to the emergency room. Sidni Greenblat, wedding planner and co-owner of Silver Springs’ Rave Reviews, says she’s noticed a shift away from bosom-centric celebrations.

“One of the things I’ve seen lately, not just among bachelors but also bachelorettes, is for everyone to go on a little destination trip,” says Greenblat. Luckily, Washingtonians don’t have to travel far for a day of fun. Here are six creative bachelor party ideas around Washington.

Bocce Ball and Beer

Black Jack (1612 14th St., NW; 202-986-5225)

A little friendly competition can be a great way to calm a groom’s nerves before the big day. Black Jack, one of our 2012 Cheap Eats picks, rents its second-floor bar and bocce court for private parties. Guests can devour man-friendly foods such as bacon-packed BLTs and duck-confit-topped nachos, throw back a few draft beers, and play unlimited games of bocce. And maybe the boys can enjoy a little skin, after all, with the hotspot’s Peep Show gin cocktail. A minimum $3,000 consumption-based tab is required to rent the space from 6 to 9 PM.

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