4 Alternative Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Ideas in Milwaukee

For those who want a bachelor or bachelorette party that’s a little avant garde, Brew City has much more to offer than a Water Street bar crawl. Today’s friendly fêtes are more out-of-the-box than ever.

 1:  This includes tarot-card reading, as at Madeleine Hannes’ bachelorette party earlier this year: “Each girl sat with the reader, and afterwards we all chatted about our fortunes. It was a great way to bond with everyone and enjoy some quieter moments in the midst of a wild celebration.” Might we suggest Shorewood tarot reader, Mary Miss?

 2:  Dave Swanson, chef-owner of Braise’s cooking school, loves to host private bachelorette parties, noting that after the class wraps, some women bar-hop at nearby establishments.

 3:  For the arts-minded, the Third Ward’s Splash Studio offers three private packages incorporating adult beverages and painting, and a private Drink & Ink party at Bay View Printing Co. can be a fun co-ed experience, bridging letterpress instruction with BYO drinks.

 4:  If your friends have strong stomachs, take to the water. Lianna Bishop was surprised to board a sailboat for a friend’s bachelorette party in summer 2016. “It was a unique way for us to spend time outside, enjoying drinks and snacks while soaking in the beautiful views,” she says.

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.