Bachelor & Bachelorette Party At Put-in-Bay!
Two friends are getting married! How I picked the perfect Ohio party location and planned both!
Bachelor & Bachelorette party time! With everything to do in Ohio, planning not one but BOTH, the Bachelor & Bachelorette party seemed larger than life task! Where to start? How could I find some great Bachelor & Bachelorette party ideas in Ohio? I had heard of a place called Put-in-Bay from friends and decided to look into this Lake Erie Island as a place to host the Bachelor and Bachelorette party. A simple Google search took me to the helpful Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau website, where I started planning our joint Put-in-Bay Bachelor & Bachelorette party.
Put-in-Bay Hotel? Resort? Home Rentals? Where to accommodate 60+ People!
There were many choices for Put-in-Bay Lodging, and it was difficult to make. I knew for safety reasons, we wanted everyone in one location, nobody driving, and we wanted to be close enough to the Put-in-Bay nightlife but in a quiet enough area that the older party members could get a good night’s rest when tired.
I decided on the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center for several reasons, primarily the vast selection of different room types they had. Most of the home rentals we looked at required lugging our sheets, towels, etc. over for the weekend, and that’s not what we wanted to do on a Bachelor and Bachelorette party weekend.
Amber, the reservation manager, was very helpful in selecting the right units for our group. Knowing it was going to be a joint Put-in-Bay Bachelor and Bachelorette party, she recommended some of the Put-in-Bay Villas for part of the group, which were just like rental homes but came with all linens provided like a hotel room and were part of the Put-in-Bay Resort complex.
We rented three of the eight-person villas with four bedrooms, and three bathrooms villas that were equipped with kitchens, living rooms with a large screen TV, and a fantastic deck that overlooked a lovely courtyard. It was a perfect gathering spot for the whole group when departing for meals, activities, and a few Bachelor and Bachelorette party games!
The rest of the group reserved a combination of 6 person suites and rooms that slept four and created a room block for everyone to call in to book their place. The Put-in-Bay Resort and Amber made the whole process so easy! Out go the Save the Dates!
It was getting to the Put-in-Bay Bachelor & Bachelorette party, half the fun!
We opted to ride the Jet Express ferry for several reasons, primarily due to the fact they arrived right in town where the action is, and it was walking distance to the Bachelor & Bachelorette party location. Their late-night schedule accommodated a more significant number of our group who had to work on Friday and then drive to Port Clinton, Ohio, the departure point for the Put-in-Bay Ferry.
They had ample parking for our vehicles, and the ticketing and boarding were easy. They even had a bar for those who needed a pre-arrival cocktail! Our trip took about 30 minutes and included a narrated tour with some fascinating Put-in-Bay History. We passed a really cool ship up on a cliff that we learned was a residence! People live in a boat on land on an island in Ohio! Upon departure and arrival, the crew of the Jet Express wheeled our luggage on and off the ship. The ride over was smooth, as can be.
Friday Afternoon Bachelor & Bachelorette Party At Put-in-Bay
Let’s Get This Party Started!
Check-in time was not until 4 pm at the Put-in-Bay Resort, however, some of the rooms were ready early, and they allowed us to check in early, store luggage, and use these rooms to change to enjoy the pool. Wait, did I say pool? That is an UNDERSTATEMENT This place has a swim-up bar called the Blue Marlin, a 40-person MASSIVE jacuzzi, and a DJ named Adubb who had the entire place having fun and enjoying the music. We saw people of all ages interacting with the DJ and having a blast. This place set the stage for where we were going to be all day Saturday!
Friday Night at Put-in-Bay! It’s GO TIME!
With almost all of our group having arrived, we gathered at the Put-in-Bay Villas Courtyard for pre-dinner drinks and tried to decide where to go for dinner. Needless to say, keeping a group of this size happy with one choice in the dining was NOT going to work!
The helpful front desk clerk at the Put-in-Bay Resort suggested the Boardwalk Restaurant explaining that there were several types of restaurants in one convenient location. To everyone’s delight and my relief, there was a Mexican Bar & Grill called Rita Cantina, A cafeteria-style seafood area with lobsters, king cab legs, peel & eat shrimp, and a host of fresh fish sandwiches and entrees.
The first floor of the restaurant complex also featured a place called Fish Shack, where they served fresh Lake Erie Perch & Walleye, as well as a hamburger and hot dog place called the Little Galley. We chose the second floor of the complex, which was more of a formal sit-down restaurant called the Upper Deck. I had the filet, which was terrific, and others in our group tried the Lobster Mac & Cheese Fresh Tuna, and you MUST try their homemade Lobster Bisque! (Hint order the bread pot size to avoid having to re-order!)
After Dinner, It’s Time For Our First Put-in-Bay Bar Crawl!
Most of our group had never been here before, so we relied on the list of Put-in-Bay Bars & Pubs we printed out along with our trusty Put-in-Bay Island Guide to ensure we did not miss a thing! First up on the list and only because it was closest and right outside the Boardwalk Restaurant Complex was The Fishbowl.
The two bartenders on staff early in the evening clearly were not expecting 50+ patrons to walk in all at once but did a fantastic job getting us all served separate checks and all. While a little smaller than some of the other Put-in-Bay Bars, it had a neighborhood bar feel. We learned from the bartender that it also used to be the island’s hardware store many years ago.
The next stop was an outdoor location just a 1/2 block up on the right side called Mojito Bay. The bar looked like someone had disassembled it on some Caribbean island, transported it here, and reassembled it. Swings from the ceiling timbers served as some of the chairs, and the entire floor was made of a sandy mix.
The entertainment was a fun male & female duo who engaged the crowd and our group with lively, well-known songs. I tried one of the many Mojitos available, and it was delicious! The rest of the crew enjoyed their selections of frozen drinks, beers, and liquors typically found at most bars.
Next on the list was a bar on the corner claiming to be the world’s longest bar at the Beer Barrel Saloon. We stopped in for a drink and enjoyed a few songs by a group called Mustang Sally. Beers were the larger 16 oz variety, and the bar was huge!
By this time, it was getting difficult to keep the crew together, and some of the older members were ready for a peaceful night’s sleep, so we moved next door to a place called Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grill, where many (including me) would call it a night. We entered the first-floor level, where a live band was playing, and dancing was being enjoyed by many.
I ventured up a back set of stairs to a second floor called the “Green Room,” where I was greeted with a pleasant surprise! The same DJ who was a blast at the Put-in-Bay Resort Blue Marlin Pool Par was also DJ’ing there!
DJ Adubb recognized our group, including the Bachelor and Bachelorette party bride and groom to be and played several songs for us, and introduced the future Mr. & Mrs to the crowd! How Neat! By this time, it was close to 1:30 am, and like most of the Bachelor and Bachelorette party group, I had worked all day and was ready for a good night’s sleep and a fun Saturday at Put-in-Bay.
Day 2 At Put-in-Bay!
The Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Takes Over The Blue Marlin Swim-up Bar!
With the great time we all had on Friday afternoon, we knew the Blue Marlin Swim-up pool bar was where we would regroup, regather, and reload for another fun-filled day at Put-in-Bay.
But First Things First!
NEVER Start A Day At Put-in-Bay Without a GREAT BREAKFAST!
We again relied on the front desk staff at the Put-in-Bay Resort to recommend to us newbies a place we could get a great breakfast. This would be the second time their recommendation was spot on! We enjoyed a fantastic breakfast at Lesters Taco Shop.
We had walked past it on the way home the previous night, and it was packed with party-goers..who would have known this was the island’s most popular breakfast place by day? I had the breakfast burrito, and it was flat-out incredible!
A few of our group decided to get the morning started off with their wonderful Bloody Marys. After breakfast, we hastily retreated to the Put-in-Bay Resort to get our beach chairs grouped as we were advised this was the island’s busiest and most popular swim-up pool bar, and boy, were they right! Every chair was occupied by 11 AM when our favorite DJ, Adubb, returned to start his show!
The drinks at the Blue Marlin were reasonably priced, service was excellent, and a back bar selling these strawberries filled with liquor and topped with whipped cream was AWESOME!! I bet our Bachelor and Bachelorette party group bought over 150 of them! Mid-afternoon, we were all hungry, but nobody wanted to leave the Blue Marlin and risk losing our seats as the place was standing room only then!
Put-in-Bay Pizza Company Saves The Day! Delivered To Us Right At The Pool!
I am kind of a pizza freak, VERY picky about pizza, and often reluctant to try a new place, but as mentioned, nobody wanted to risk losing a seat. The bartender gave us a menu from the Put-in-Bay Pizza Company. A quick call to their delivery line, 419-285-0504, and our order was placed! Forty minutes later, our favorite DJ Adubb paged our name, and the driver was standing there holding our pizzas!
Too Cool! Our pizzas were about $23.00 each, a little pricey I thought, until I opened the box, and WOW, they were more generous with toppings than just about any pizza place I can remember. The pizza was cooked perfectly, crispy on the bottom, and the toppings were well-cooked.
There’s Much More To Put-in-Bay Island Than Pub Crawls & Swim-Up Bars!
Mid-afternoon on Saturday, we had enough sun and decided to explore the island differently. We rented golf carts from Put-in-Bay Golf Carts online (a convenient online reservation system) and picked them up at their location just a block away.
Helpful hint; We found a $5.00 off coupon on the Put-in-Bay Ohio Facebook page. (note they also had golf carts at the Put-in-Bay Resort but they were sold out) We rented an eight-passenger golf cart limo bus wagon, and off we went to explore the island! We found all types of Put-in-Bay Attractions we did not even know existed!
We saw caves to explore, wineries, parks, and nature trails, biplane and helicopter rides, Jet Ski Rentals, a golf course, and mini-golf too! And shopping!!! Interestingly, some of the best Put-in-Bay Shopping was not right on the main strip but on some side streets. Be sure to check out the shops next to the Put-in-Bay Hardware Store! Pretty cool stuff! We rented our golf cart overnight, so we decided to list the places and things we wanted to explore before leaving the following day.
Last Night Of The 48 Hours Of Ohio Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Weekend!
Well, here we were, our last night celebrating our Put-in-Bay Bachelor and Bachelorette party, and we had yet to make a dent in the long line of various pubs and nightclubs on the island. We had decided the girls would do their thing, the guys would venture out independently, and we would likely cross somewhere through the night.
The girls started their Bachelor and Bachelorette party escapades with a nice sit-down dinner at the Reel Bar just a block from the Put-in-Bay Resort. The motif was rustic, and an emphasis on fishing and Lake Erie-oriented objects, and it was pretty comfortable.
Half a dozen entrees and a wide selection of sandwiches, street tacos, and salads were on the menu. I opted for the Lake Erie Perch and fries, and it was excellent. Large parties always seem to be a problem for restaurants, but not here as the group was in and out efficiently, with everyone’s hunger well satisfied.
Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Girls On A Mission!
There were so many Put-in-Bay Bars left to see and such a short time to do so! We started at a country bar called T&J’s Smokehouse, where an outdoor country band played. Next up, we breezed through the Boathouse, The Round House, a return to the Frosty Bar, and met up with the guys back at Mr. Ed’s Bar. I had resigned myself that Put-in-Bay was just too much even to try and take in over a 48-hour weekend. I could never begin to do justice to the myriad of other nightspots, restaurants, and exciting places we saw but did not have the time to explore fully.
Put-in-Bay Bars like the Round House Bar (Yes, it is a “round” red bar), the Boathouse (looks nothing like a houseboat), Interesting restaurants like the Keys on the waterfront, Blue Luna, and The Goat (known for homemade soup and whiskey and Perch tacos.) There were so many other exciting things to do at Put-in-Bay The Adventure Bay Fun Center, and the one attraction we wanted to visit the most, the Perry International Peace Memorial
Reality Sets In. Almost Time To Depart
Our 48 hours at Put-in-Bay tour is almost over, and I feel like I just got here! After enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast at the Put-in-Bay Resort, we packed up our bags and requested the front desk store our luggage so we could do a little last-minute Shopping and explore other things to do at Put-in-Bay.
We rented a golf cart from the front desk and went off! We drove thru a stunning State Park with a beautiful beach called the South Bass Island State Park. We stopped at the office to inquire about camping at Put-in-Bay. The State park had primitive campsites and a few bungalows perched on a hill to the right as you enter.
Our next stop was the Put-in-Bay Airport, where we watched a few of the takeoffs and landings by the helicopter and the antique Waco airplane giving rides. It looked like a fun time, but the waiting time was well over an hour, so we had to pass.
Our final meal on the island was the Put-in-Bay Restaurant, known as the Goat Soup & Whisky. Our server suggested the Perch Tacos, and they were phenomenal! I opted for the two taco serving, which was plenty with french fries on the side. My girlfriend kept it light with a cup of one of their homemade soups and a perch sandwich.
We sat on an outdoor deck watching the world go by, and the service was as excellent as the food! On the first floor, just under the restaurant, is another hidden Put-in-Bay Gem, the Chocolate Factory & Museum. The shop features exhibits about the history of chocolate, a wide variety of chocolate creations, and hand-dipped ice cream cones and milkshakes. Too full from lunch to enjoy, I did opt to have a small assortment of chocolate creations boxed up to take home!
48 Hours Are Just Not Enough To Enjoy Everything At Put-in-Bay!
As early afternoon arrived, the reality was setting in that it was time to grab our luggage and return to the “real world” and the daily grind. As we said our goodbyes to each other and boarded the Put-in-Bay Jet Express Ferry for the ride home,
I felt a sort of melancholy as the ferry pulled away as if I was leaving home, friends, and lifestyle behind. This tiny island treasure certainly has a way of touching you in a manner that begs your return and return. I will, but with more than 48 hours to enjoy Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the gem of the Lake Erie Islands!