One Last Fling Before the Ring: Fort Lauderdale for Hen and Stag Dos

By: Kristin Clark

January 21, 2014

Celebrating your wedding day is typically a culmination of months, or even years, of planning. Therefore, every bride and groom deserves a night (or weekend) getaway to enjoy the “˜single life’ just one last time. Luckily, Fort Lauderdale offers plenty of places to enjoy the perfect hen or stag do.


Where to Stay


The Pillars Hotel | Fort Lauderdale for Hen and Stag Dos

Recline in luxury at the boutique pillars hotel © Pillars Hotel


Choosing your humble abode for the occasion sets the tone for the type of experience you and your crew is looking for. More of a vivacious party crowd? Look no further than the W Fort Lauderdale. This modern hotel is brimming with swanky amenities, including a glass bottom pool, private cabanas, and DJs spinning tunes in the various on-site nightclubs until the wee small hours. On the flip side, if you’re in the mood for something a bit more private and low-key, The Pillars Hotel is a great boutique option for that personalized experience. Both locations provide the perfect space for you and your posse to lounge poolside during the day or head to the beach, just steps away.


Where to Dine


Ocean2000 | Fort Lauderdale for Hen and Stag Dos

Oceanside dining at the impressive pelican grand © Pelican Grand


Ocean2000 at the Pelican Grand has an abundant weekend brunch for the girls that will impress even the harshest of critics. The pre fix buffet includes a raw bar with snow crab and oysters, along with a long list of carving stations and delectable side dishes made fresh to order. Their wraparound back porch overlooks the ocean and is available as a sophisticated outdoor dining option. If you’re looking to drink the day away with unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys, Big City Tavern is a laid back option that’s great for the guys and also houses a select number of dishes that are brunch appropriate. Evening dining should include restaurants like Timpano Chophouse (the mussels are a must-try) and Chima Brazilian Steakhouse for great group ambiance.


Where to Dance


Vibe Las Olas | Fort Lauderdale for Hen and Stag Dos

Dance until the early hours at Vibe Las Olas © Vibe


Entertainment should be the highlight of your trip; after all, your last fling is all about making memories with the friends who know you best. Taking a stroll down Riverfront at the end of the Los Olas district, you’ll find streets lined with bars, lounges, and clubs such as America’s Backyard and Off the Hookah. It’s definitely a younger crowd that may bring back a few distant memories of dancing on bars and funnelling a few beers back at college. Needless to say, you’re in for a good time, even if you can’t remember it in the morning. If you’re looking for something a little more chic, Vibe Las Olas or American Social are popular spots for specialty cocktails and extensive wine and craft beer menus.


Header image: Get your stag or hen do started with a line of shots © David Leong. Feature image: A number of different margaritas on offer © pg_cata/iStock/Thinkstock


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Written by Kristin Clark


Kristin Clark

Kristin is an established lifestyle blogger [] who has collaborated with numerous brands including Chandon, Levis, Express, H&M, and more. Raised in Colorado, she now resides in South Florida soaking up the sun 365 days a year. A wine lover and foodie at heart, she finds thrill in discovering the best hidden cuisine throughout her travels. Follow Kristin: @KristinClarkFSU