We had so much fun at my girlfriend Liz’s bachelorette party in Portland Oregon! 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 in the U.S., soooo).
If you’re looking for things to do for a Portland Bachelorette Party, or just traveling to Portland regardless and looking for some restaurant recs, here’s our itinerary from our Portland Oregon bachelorette party weekend. Read on for more deets all about our trip and my gf’s last hurrah before the wedding (jk, it’s not like life ends after marriage)!
Where to stay
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!
If you’re looking for a hotel, The Nines is a really cute luxury hotel right in downtown Portland.
Fun Decor Ideas
If you’re looking for some cute bachelorette party ideas, 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 party essentials like Tylenol, hair bands, bandaids, and of course pecker lipstick.
Day 1: Portland Bachelorette Party
Donuts. Donuts are a such 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 Portland 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 party venue in downtown Portland, and it was perfect for our first dinner. We had cocktails on the deck which has a beautiful view, and then had a delicious Asian-fusion dinner.
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,” and I was like GREAT, this is perfect for a bachelorette party! But the guys quickly all came down from the stage and started humping people. Like legit, excuse me sir, your balls are on my shoulder. 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: Portland Bachelorette Party
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.
Coffee at 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.
More Breweries. There are seriously SO many breweries in Portland. Deschutes is a popular one and they have great snacks for munching on while drinking like beer nuts and garlic fries. 10 Barrel is another good one because it has a rooftop bar and some seriously naughty food like steak and gorgonzola nachos (half chips and fries). They also have wine, which makes me happy since I’m not personally a beer drinker.
If your bachelorette in Portland isn’t a beer drinker (like me!) no worries! Scrap the breweries and head to Willamette Valley for a day of wine tasting. It’s about a 50 minute drive from Portland, so totally doable as a day trip and basically like going from SF to Napa for the day. You can check out the Willamette Valley website to pick the wineries you want to visit. Even better, book a Willamette Valley wine-tasting tour so no one has to worry about driving!
Dinner. We were planning on going out for dinner, but day drinking is hard, so we ended up relaxing at our 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, another perfect bachelorette party venue in downtown Portland. It’s a historic music venue in Portland, and that night they were having a 90’s themed 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: Portland Bachelorette Party
Brunch. Ok, I’ll be honest. We had left over pizza for breakfast the next day. Because #hangovers. 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. Skip the line (we had to wait about 30 minutes) and buy your tickets ahead of time, here.
Alternative option: If you’re looking for an outdoorsy option for your last day in Portland, I would highly recommend hiking to the Columbia River Gorge. You’ll find stunning waterfalls (over 90 of them here!) and vista points. If you don’t want to drive yourself, there are several different tours you can book.
That was our bachelorette party 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!
And if you have any other Portland bachelorette party ideas or suggestions, leave those in a comment as well for other people who may be reading this post and planning a Portland Oregon bachelorette party
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Go to Darcelle’s for a drag show
Brewery hop at the many breweries
Go wine tasting in Willamette Valley
Go dancing at Crystal Ballroom
Stroll through the Japanese Garden
Hike to the Columbia River Gorge
Popular places to visit in Portland Oregon include:
Columbia River Gorge
International Rose Test Garden
Powell’s City of Books
Portland Art Museum
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The Nines is a luxury hotel right in downtown Portland, perfect for a bachelorette party.
As far as cities go, Portland is generally pretty safe. The usual advice of keeping your wits about you while being in an urban area still holds true though.