Man Up!

Bachelor parties have always had a bad rap. Nudge your guy in the right direction with these fiancée-approved ideas for the perfect stag night out.

Bachelor party illustrations by Kate Worum
Illustrations by Kate Worum

For the Beer Drinker

Minnesota has gone from the Land of 10,000 Lakes to the Land of 10,000 Beers—and nobody’s complaining. Craft brews are popping up all over, with Northeast Minneapolis being mecca for beer fans. The guys can start the evening at Fulton in downtown Minneapolis, then head over the bridge. Dangerous Man Brewing Co., 612 Brew, and Indeed Brewing Company are all within walking distance of each other, creating a tailor-made brew-crawl. Plus, they’re all open late on Fridays and Saturdays, so there’s plenty of time to make the rounds.

For the Machine Guy

Even if he won’t admit it, chances are your guy would love to operate heavy machinery. Extreme Sandbox in Hastings offers the opportunity to play in a 10-acre sandbox for adults. With packages available for groups ranging from five to 100 people, Extreme Sandbox can accommodate groups of pretty much any size. While there, he’ll dig, excavate, bulldoze, and create general mayhem on all the real-life versions of Tonka trucks he played with as a kid.

For the Sports Fan

The Twins may not have the best record, but they have the best sports venue in town. Whether he wants to sit with the regular folk and throw back a few beers or rent out a suite for a night, Target Field offers plenty of options. Private suites accommodate 16 to 36 people, with prices starting at $2,000 (remember: split 16 ways, that’s only $125 a guy). For a cheaper and more unique option, check out the discount tickets on the Budweiser Roof Deck for any Thursday game. If baseball isn’t your guy’s thing, the Vikings, Timberwolves, and Wild also have group packages worth a look.

For the Game Guy

He may be all grown up, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to party like a 12-year-old every now and then. For the guy who likes it messy, MN Pro Paintball in Lakeville is an efficient way for him to get down and dirty with his buds. If he prefers things a little tamer, minigolf, laser tag, and obstacle courses at Big Thrill Factory or bowling at Brunswick Zone are the perfect option. Don’t worry: Both serve alcohol for those who want to remain a kid only at heart.