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Portland Bachelorette Party

Jun 15, 2017

what to do in Portland for a bachelorette

Last month I went to Portland for my girlfriend Liz’s bachelorette weekend, and we had so much fun! I’d never been to Portland before so I was really excited to check out a new city. Portland is super green and beautiful and the perfect spot for a bachelorette party (I mean, it’s known for having the most breweries and strip clubs per capita, soooo). If you're looking for things to do in Portland for a bachelorette, or just heading to Portland regardless and looking for some restaurant recs, here's our itinerary from the Portland bachelorette weekend.

what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
what to do in Portland for a bachelorette
Day 1
  • Check-in. We stayed in an adorable Airbnb that was perfect for five girls. The place was super cute and I loved all the Portland-inspired decor. We loved the location and were able to walk to some fun boutiques, restaurants and bars. The hosts were lovely too and I’d definitely recommend this spot! Once we got settled in, we added some fun bachelorette decor like these cute "Bach Shit Crazy" balloons and "Oh shit kits" filled with all of the bachelorette essentials like Tylenol, hair bands, bandaids, and of course pecker lipstick
  • Donuts. Donuts are a thing in Portland. Blue Star donuts and Voodoo doughnut are the two most popular spots. I tried both and in my opinion, Blue Star has tastier donuts, but Voodoo has some really fun ones that make for a great Instagram (and the blunt and penis ones are kinda perfect for a Bachelorette party).
  • Pine State Biscuits. This place came highly recommended and I couldn’t wait to try it! Who doesn’t love biscuits smothered in gravy? We went here for lunch after getting settled in at our airbnb and it hit the spot. It was perfect to go for a late lunch because they have pretty long lines for weekend brunch. Get the Reggie if you go!
  • Shopping. After our heavy but delicious lunch we went back to the area by our Airbnb and popped into some of the cute boutiques nearby. There are also a lot of thrift stores in Portland that are fun to check out. We were staying near NW 23rd Street which has a bunch of places to check out.
  • Fireside. We went here for happy hour since it was close to our house and they had yummy/strong cocktails.
  • Departure. My friend Anetta from The Waderlust Kitchen recommended this restaurant for a bachelorette dinner and it was perfect for our first night. We had cocktails on the deck and watched the sun go down, and then had a delicious Asian-fusion dinner.
  • Darcelle’s. We ended the night with a really fun drag show at Darcelle’s (another great rec from Anetta). I don’t know if this is a warning or a motivator to stick around after the show, but after the drag show they brought out the boys…who turned out to be male strippers. At first I thought it was going to be Thunder Down Under style where the guys take their shirts off and dance around to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” but they quickly all came down from the stage and started humping people. They were super aggressive and we were equal parts mortified and entertained. It made for a great story though and it was kinda hilarious seeing some of the other bachelorette parties who were LOVING it.
Day 2
  • Bluehour. We kicked off our second day with a yummy brunch here. Had to fuel up for a day of brewery-hopping!
  • Cider Bite. This hard cider taphouse had flights of all different types of yummy and interesting ciders. They were really fun to try and I think the pineapple was my favorite.
  • Barista or Black Rock. At this point I needed a little coffee pick me up. Both Barista and Black Rock have multiple locations in Portland and great coffee. 
  • Powell's Books. Several people told us we needed to check out this giant bookstore, since it's the largest independently owned bookstore in the world. When we happened to walk by it we popped in to check it out. I wouldn’t go out of your way for it but if you happen to stroll by, might as well stop in.
  • Dinner. We were planning on going out for dinner, but day drinking is hard, so we ended up relaxing at the Airbnb and ordering pizza from Eat Pizza. A few other dinner recs that were shared with me are: Por Que No for great Mexican food, Pok Pok for Thai (expect long lines but I hear it's well worth the wait, or they also deliver through Caviar!), and Little Bird Bistro for a classic French bistro.
  • Crystal Ballroom. On our last night we went to Crystal Ballroom, a historic music venue in Portland, for a 90’s dance party. We got all dressed up in our 90’s best (turquoise fanny pack included), and they played all of the Mariah, Britney, BSB and N*SYNC throwbacks. 
Day 3
  • Brunch. Ok, I'll be honest. We had left over pizza for breakfast the next day. But if we were to be less lazy, I would have wanted to go to Roman Candle for brunch and get a not-so-basic avocado toast or something with an ooey-gooey egg on it.
  • Japanese Garden. We had a couple hours to kill before our flights back home, and several of our Lyft drivers had mentioned that the Portland Japanese Garden had recently been redone and were really beautiful, so we decided to spend the afternoon there. It’s a really relaxing and pretty place to stroll through. And they had this adorable group of kids playing Japanese drums that were so stinking cute to watch.
That was our bachelorette weekend in Portland! I’d love to come back again for another weekend so if you have any other must-do/see/eat recs for Portland let me know!

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