How to plan the perfect Toronto bachelorette party
Planning a bachelorette party can be so stressful, but we’re here to help! First off, the bridal party might have a lot of different opinions, but our tip is to seriously keep your bride’s interests in mind. If she’s having fun at her Toronto bachelorette party, then everyone else will too! We’ve created party itineraries for every kind of bride so you can plan the perfect bachelorette weekend, strippers optional.
These itineraries will keep you busy, but not totally overwhelm your schedules either, so you can go out and explore the city on your own a bit too! If you’re looking for more activities in Toronto, check out this list of things to do in the city, these tourist attractions (whether you’re from out of town or not), and make the perfect reservation for dinner, as well as for brunch the morning after.
Here are your go-to Toronto bachelorette party guides…
For the chic chick
If your bride knows style, here’s how to show her Toronto’s more fashionable side.
1. Go shopping along Queen Street West
Starting at Spadina and working your way West to Dufferin, Queen Street is practically one long mall. There, you’ll find a few chain stores that are sure to stock the latest trends and smaller designer boutiques putting out more cutting edge designs. Check out Durumi, The Siista’r, and Frank and Oak for the latest threads. And our Trinity Bellwoods article for more shops to go to.
2. Get dinner and drinks at La Palma
Beautifully decorated and with a bright, fresh and colourful Italian-inspired menu, La Palma is sure to be a hit with your gorgeous bride. For groups of 6 or more you’ll need to book the Chef’s Table Experience, a four course family-style meal perfect for trying as many of dishes as possible and bonding with your crew. The delish cocktail list will get the party started in style! Or, go for brunch the next morning.
3. Move it over to Goldie
Continuing with gorgeous drinks, Goldie is a brand new cocktail club and lounge downtown – it’s 80s interior design is absolutely stunning. You can eat here, too, or go upstairs for a late night dance party with some hot hot DJs! If you’re really going for it, reserve a table and get bottle service to turn your party into a VIP experience.
Out of towners or Torontonians who want the full experience can stay at ultra-chic Bisha Hotel nearby and relax by its rooftop infinity pool the next day. What a treat!
For the urban explorer
Also perfect for foodies, architecture lovers, history buffs and lovers of all the fun, quirky, diverse and colourful things that make this city special.
4. Take the Chinatown & Kensington Market Toronto Food Tour
Take the pressure off planning the itinerary for a few hours, and let a local guide show your group a good time. The Beyond Kensington Market Toronto Food Tour weaves local history with personal anecdotes as you explore the hidden corners, cultural landmarks and culinary institutions, as well as some food stops that are a little off the beaten path. Chinatown and Kensington Market are some of the most vibrant, exciting and endlessly surprising neighbourhoods in the city, perfect for exploring with a bride that’s equally as cool. Click here to learn more!
For the party princess
If it’s your groove, dancing and drinking all weekend long is the perfect way to celebrate. Get out all that premarital energy!
5. First off, dinner and drinks at Lee
Lee serves small asian-fusion plates inspired by French cuisine. The food is incredible, masterfully prepared and perfect for sharing. They’re great at accommodating groups, too. The set menu for groups over 8 offers three different price points, and the cocktail list is pretty unique. Lee is sure to be a fun and memorable dinner experience, and it’s just steps away from from the bustling nightlife of the entertainment district. (Try Uniun for a classic Toronto bachelorette party experience!)
6. Or, let The Fifth lead you through a night out
Book dinner and drinks for your whole group, reserve bottle service and make special requests… the team at The Fifth will make sure your night out experience is everything you want it to be. With a 21+ crowd, you’ll get the benefits of an energetic atmosphere, with less messiness than other clubs downtown. Dance your night away, order bottle service and enjoy DJs that spin old school and new music alike.
7. Continue in the morning at Marben
Cozy and upscale, Marben is the perfect place to take it easy the next morning. Fill up on comfort food and then pick back up all over again with their brunch cocktails. You can even order a broughnut (brunch doughnut) for one or three people. Coated in pink strawberries, it’s the ultimate food for an indulgent ladies weekend!
Bonus: If you blew your budget ordering bottles the night before (a classic symptom of some proper celebrating), a wide selection of breakfasts, sandwiches and comfort foods won’t set you back more than $10 at Avenue Open Kitchen.
For the competitive one
Nothing builds bridal party spirit like a little friendly competition in a schedule packed with fun and games.
8. Battle it out and throw some axes
That’s right, why be ladylike at your Toronto bachelorette party? The Backyard Axe Throwing League are experts at throwing parties of all sizes. They’ll make sure to train you on axe throwing safety and guide you through tournaments, so all that’s left for you to do is to take aim, have fun, and enjoy some food & drink while you’re at it! Who will win the championship?!
9. Play some bar games
If you’re not done, there are a couple of bars around the city where you can play games, drink, socialize and have the time of your life! SPiN is your go-to ping pong lounge. Reserve a table, order some food and drinks, and you’re ready for a night of fun. More into bowling? The Ballroom has got you covered with good food, music and a whole assortment of other games available too! Or maybe you want to see how good you’ll be at retirement and test your shuffleboard skills? Track & Field is a more intimate space to play a few games and maybe dance a little too.
10. Test your team at an escape room
The next day, instead of competing against each other, battle it out against the clock. Defeat the enemy as you try and solve the mystery… You’ll be transported into a different world complete with live actors playing elusive characters at the Casa Loma Escape Series. The historic castle becomes your playground. Make your way up in the ranks of bootleggers, defeat enemy U-boats or discover post-war secrets in a James Bond style adventure.
For the art lover
If your bride is elbows deep in DIYs or loves to surround herself with inspiration, try this.
11. Book a paint party at Paintlounge
Paintlounge runs parties specifically for bachelorettes, and are ready to provide some nice (or not so nice) inspiration for you to paint your own masterpieces. You can either each work on your own canvas, or create one beautiful work of art together. No painting skills necessary, these workshops are all about having fun… In true bachelorette style, you can even arrange to bring in a nude model and your own booze!
12. Get crafty at Civil Liberties
Instead of glitter, glue and paint, the medium of choice here are the drinks. Civil Liberties doesn’t have a cocktail menu. Instead, the bartender will work with you to dream up a cocktail that matches both your tastes and creative ambitions. Free spirits like your bride will love having the liberty to choose! This is the perfect place for a truly unique Toronto bachelorette party.
13. Chill out at the Drake Hotel
This hotel doubles as a hub for arts and culture. If you need somewhere to rest your inspired heads, The Drake is the place to do it – every room is adorned by a unique work of original artwork. It’s also an ideal place to simply meet and hang out. They’re known for some hangover-busting brunches in their main floor restaurant, and they’ll get the party going again at night with options for dinner, drinks, live music, and so much more!
For the connoisseur
For a bride who has taste and wants the finer things in life, go for Toronto’s top-tier experiences.
14. Check in to the Shangri-La
Then, spend the afternoon in style sipping on high tea in their lobby lounge. Scones, finger sandwiches and exquisite desserts in served in a lavish three-tier tray accompany your tea selection from their expansive list of teas from around the world. Live music often floats through the airy space, adding to the refined atmosphere. There are lots of dining options nearby, too. Their in-house restaurant Bosk serves exemplary food, while Momofuku next door is a culinary powerhouse. Check here for more recommendations in downtown.
15. Experience the genius of BarChef
If you like cocktails, this is one destination you can’t miss. The plating, presentation and flavour profiles are truly works of art. Inspired by the natural world, yet pushing the boundaries of what can be done, BarChef is an experience unlike any other. Inspiring all the senses in their intimate space, the cocktails are hand crafted down to the ingredients, innovative, beautiful and most importantly, a delight to sip on. Bar Chef is as special as you are.
16. Wake up to some pretty in pink perfection
Take on Toronto bachelorette party style at the most feminine brunch place in town. Café Cancan is pastel hued inside and out, and serves updated versions of classics, with a French touch. Get a mimosas to share, and pick an entree, or go for one of their full meals. Le Grand is the most exquisite, serving you champagne, caviar, a tower of shellfish, lobster, pâte à choux and coffee, available for pre-order only. They’ll impress for lunch and dinner, too.
For the laid back lady
Sometimes a bride wants to feel special without the partying, break away from stereotypes and treat her right.
17. Make a group reservation at Body Blitz Spa
Body Blitz is a women’s only spa offering a Waters circuit of hot and cold baths, and group rates for other treatments such as massages and body scrubs. The pools, saunas and steam rooms are perfect for spending some time time together and relaxing. For ladies that are really close – bathing suits are optional. If your bridal party isn’t just women, Elmwood Spa offers water therapies too.
18. Have a movie night at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
A night in doing something special with your closest friends can be just as exciting as going out. Now you guys can really chat, order room service, and not worry about anything for a little while. The Royal York offers the Royal Slumber Party Package, which is intended for families, but you are one, right? Included is $50 towards food (including in-room dining), internet access, a complimentary in-room movie and bathrobes! If you want, crack open the mini-bar and you’ve got absolutely everything you need for the perfect night in.
19. Take a pottery class at the Gardiner Museum
For an educational yet exciting end to your Toronto bachelorette party experience, book a private class at the Gardiner Museum, and discover the art of ceramics. For 1.5 hours an instructor will work with your group to help you make your own masterpieces, with materials and firing included. Create centerpieces for the wedding, or simply souvenirs of the good times you’ve shared, as you learn a new skill!
For the fitspo queen
A healthy regimen doesn’t have to end during your Toronto bachelorette party, have fun and keep active with these awesome activities.
20. Take flight at The Flying Yogi
Book a group class at The Flying Yogi, your minds, spirits and bodies will soar! Not only will you have a lot of fun hanging out, but your bodies will also thank you after. As you take photos hanging upside down in goofy poses, the slings will give you the support you need, but also push you farther. This is probably the most fun you’ll ever have in a yoga class, and the endorphin rush will keep you grinning all day long, perhaps as you explore the Leslieville area.
21. Have a meal at The Green Wood
Fuel up after a good workout with some good food, that does good for you and the environment! The Green Wood makes meals using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients that’ll nourish your body while amusing your tastebuds. Even the cocktails will give you a healthy kick with real fruit juices. Just a tip: book well ahead if you’re a larger party as this restaurant isn’t very big.
22. Play beach volleyball on Woodbine Beach
Next thing to do, if it’s summer, is spend a day on the beach together. Woodbine Beach is the biggest in the city, and has the most amenities for your athletic bride to get her move on. Play with a frisbee in the spacious sands, go for a swim at the Olympic size pool or in the lake Ontario, strike up a heated game of beach volleyball, or even test out some workout equipment. Once you’re done, a little sunbathing will get you all glowing for the big day, just don’t forget your SPF!
For the adventure seeker
If you really want your bachelorette party to be an experience like no other, we know what to do.
23. Get outside with Moonlight Glamping
Just a bit outside of Toronto bachelorette party heaven awaits. Book the perfect camping getaway with Moonlight Glamping, so you can get outdoors, but still enjoy some city comforts. Once you book a campsite, they’ll provide a fully furnished tent, and even set up some entertaining activities from Moonlight Yoga to ziplining to river tubing and more. You can be sure everything will go swimmingly all weekend long, with endless hours of fun, and none of the stress.