Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties that Go Beyond the Bar Crawl

Jackie Mantey
Dueling Axes

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published June 2019.

Hoping to plan a one-of-a-kind bachelor or bachelorette party? Take the betrothed and all the besties to an unexpected destination and leave the bar-hopping for another weekend. Here are three local, unique experiences to try.

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308 S. Fourth St., Downtown


“Oftentimes, bachelor and bachelorette parties combine different groups of friends that may not know each other well, or at all,” says Jess Hellmich, co-owner of Dueling Axes. “Ax-throwing provides a fun, competitive atmosphere for parties like this to really break the ice.”

The Downtown location has a multiple-game format that “everyone can have fun with and [that] encourages teamwork and intermingling,” Hellmich says. “It’s also very exciting and provides lasting memories for the group to talk about and reminisce about.”

Group pricing is available for parties of 13 or more. When a group is seven to 12 ax-throwers deep, the group automatically gets two lanes next to each other. For groups of more than six—and, Hellmich adds, “anyone who is the least bit competitive”—a two-hour reservation is recommended.

Dueling Axes doesn’t have a bar or kitchen, but allows outside food and beverages (including beer or wine, if you like). Hellmich says groups have brought in everything from homemade seven-layer dip to full-on catered meals. Plus, nearby favorites like Pecan Penny’s, The Walrus, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Dirty Franks will deliver drinks and food directly to your weapon-wielding party at Dueling Axes.

Buckeye Raceway (Photo by Steve Wartenberg)


4050 W. Broad St., West Side


Get the whole gang on go-karts at Buckeye Raceway. Located across the road from Hollywood Casino Columbus, this electric indoor track is designed to take racers up to 45 miles per hour in several 10-minute race formats, such as grand prix or tournament.

Buckeye Raceway recommends scheduling a group package in advance so that your team of amateur racers can compete in the same heat. Private group packages are available, and the track keeps score of who won—so bachelor/ bachelorette bragging rights are on the line.

New to the track? No worries. The space provides everything you need to race, including a license that covers the use of helmets, headsocks and the online scoring system, as well as a driver debrief. Although electric go-kart racing is touted as easy if you’ve driven a car before, the team of pros will explain all the rules, flag systems and how to drive the vehicles before you even strap into your Sodikart.

Hofbrauhaus Columbus (Photo courtesy Hofbrauhaus Columbus)


800 Goodale Blvd., Grandview


If your ideal celebration requires a bar, this sprawling spot at Grandview Yard offers an authentic German bier hall experience that’s unlike any other watering hole in town. The open floor plan, warm wooden décor, long rows of shared tables and antique metal chandeliers enhance the communal feel that hits as soon as you step in the door.

During the day, Hofbräuhaus is “great for all ages,” says Susan Von Bargen, event and sales manager. “Our live entertainment has a German style, with musicians that play traditional German music on the accordion.”

As soon as the sun says auf wiedersehen, a guitar player takes the stage and performs cover songs.

“Our musicians are very talented and interactive,” Von Bargen says. “They will have the crowd singing, dancing and having a great time. We are a great place to party with a crowd, enjoy some good food and drink, and celebrate your special event in a unique environment that will be remembered for years to come.”

Beyond the large indoor space is an outdoor biergarten, perfect for warm-weather shindigs, featuring the spot’s freshly brewed beer and menu of traditional Bavarian stars, like schnitzel and brats. Reservations are taken every day of the week. And while there’s free parking, the spot is also within walking distance to several nearby hotels.