In theory, the Bachelor Party is a wild, uninhibited, let's-hope-we-don’t-end-up-at-Walmart-buying-shovels-and-garbage-bags-at-3am blowout, a bromantic celebration wherein your buddy revels in the dying days of his singledom. In reality, it’s a wallet-draining slog in a) Vegas b) New Orleans c) Montreal or d) Nashville, where roughly 200 other groups are also having bachelor parties. Lines are long, restaurants are booked, and the good-looking strippers are all in back rooms entertaining guys with bigger bankrolls.
Here’s a thought: Skip the overpriced, overplayed bachelor party destinations in favor of something original. The US -- or even a short flight outside -- has cities chock-full of big steaks, great beer, and all sorts of fun beyond bottle service and g-strings. So get on your group chat and start brainstorming: Here are eight underrated spots to get you started.