Montana Bachelor Party: A Weekend in Bozeman - Bozeman CVB

Montana Bachelor Party: A Weekend in Bozeman

For all the active, outdoor-loving bachelors out there, Bozeman is an ideal place for a Montana bachelor party. Its proximity to mountains, lakes, and rivers, coupled with a thriving nightlife, provides adventure during the day and delicious food and revelry at night.

No matter your location, you’re a hop, skip, and jump to Montana. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has 24 non-stop flights from major cities nationwide. We’ve outlined a quick 3-night weekend that will keep everyone entertained.

Be sure to book your flights, hotels, and rental cars early; they sell out quickly during the peak summer season.

Where to Stay During Your Montana Bachelor Party

If you want to be close to downtown and the dining and entertainment in Midtown, The Sapphire Motel and Lewis and Clark Motel are great options. Both are renovated motor inns from a bygone time, and their locations are ideal. Several other hotels are near the interstate on Midtown (N. 7th Ave). Comfort Inn, La Quinta Inn and Suites, and Days Inn and Suites are all moderately priced options.

If you prefer to be downtown, there are several hotels to choose from. The Lark is a favorite boutique hotel; the Kimpton Armory Hotel has a fabulous rooftop bar and pool, and the AC Hotel also has a 6th-floor rooftop bar and lounge. Element Bozeman is a favorite for those who prefer suites with kitchenettes and living areas. Residence Inn and Suites Downtown is also great for those who enjoy having more space to relax in the room.

If the group prefers something off the beaten path, Gallatin River Lodge has a casting pond to practice fly-fishing in a quiet, country setting with beautiful views and a fabulous in-house restaurant. It’s a few short minutes from downtown Bozeman, but it feels like you’ve entered another world.

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Day 1:

Discover Downtown Bozeman

Once everyone arrives and settles in, head downtown.

If your party takes place in July or August, you’ll want to catch Music on Main. This free outdoor concert series brings in local and regional favorites for six weeks during July and August. There are food vendors and drink specials, and with the whole community coming out to play, you’ll quickly get into the celebratory spirit! MacKenzie River Pizza Company is a local favorite for a casual dinner after the music. They’ve just remodeled with garage doors that open for indoor/outdoor dining.

Some of the favorite cocktail haunts are the iconic Rockin’ R Bar (this is the place to watch sports), American Legion Club, Haufbrau House, and Plonk.

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Day 2:

A Guided Adventure

Try not to stay out too late that first night – you’ll want to get up early for day two’s adventures!

Depending on your interests, guided fishing or whitewater trips are an exhilarating and beautiful way to explore the rivers around Bozeman. The Gallatin River is great for whitewater rafting and wade fishing (fishing is not allowed in boats from this river.) The Madison River, about an hour away near Ennis, Montana, is a favorite among fly fishermen, and the Yellowstone River, east of Bozeman, is also great for fishing and whitewater rafting.

Guided trips generally come with lunch, but if you have breakfast eaters in the group, Freshie’s Café has excellent breakfast burritos and sandwiches (and a drive-through!). The Jump, in Gallatin Gateway has a great drive-through with breakfast sandwiches and burritos.

Don’t forget to bring your hat, sunscreen, and some locally brewed cold beer! Bozeman has ten breweries, all turning out fantastic beer. (There are also three distilleries, a cider house, and a meadery!)

Follow up your day on the river with a hot soak. There are four hot springs near Bozeman: Bozeman Hot Springs, in Four Corners; Norris Hot Springs, near the Madison River; andYellowstone Hot Springsand Chico Hot Springs, in Paradise Valley, near the Yellowstone River.

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Day 3:

Cowboy Up

Start the day with a hearty breakfast. Main Street Overeasy has classic menu items and hearty portions for a more low-key breakfast. Of course, there’s always Western Cafe, Bozeman’s longest-running restaurant. If you have time, it’s certainly worth the wait.

After breakfast, meet at Jake’s Horses for a western horseback trail ride. (You’ll need reservations.) Trail riding can take you places you may not see on foot, and the views are spectacular. You can book a ride anywhere from 1-8 hours, depending on your timeline and ambition level.

If horses aren’t your thing, you can still hit the local trails on foot or mountain bike. You can rent bikes from Owenhouse Cycling and choose a bike trail from our list of local favorites.

On your final night, a celebratory dinner is in order. Make your reservations early. Bozeman has a killer dining scene, and restaurants fill up quickly. (Keep in mind, many restaurants are not open late-night, so plan accordingly!)

J.W. Heist is the newest steakhouse, with a wood-fired grill that turns out delicious steaks. Other options downtown include Open Range, the Bacchus Pub, and Ted’s Montana Grill.

Or check out the entertainment option in Midtown. Bourbon and Ponderosa Social Club have lively vibes, and Bourbon hosts country line dancing. The Rialto, a state-of-the-art music venue, welcomes national and regional headliners. They bring in some big names, so watch the schedule – you may want to time your trip accordingly!

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