Bay to Breakers in SF

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The Good: 

Bay to Breakers is a seven-mile long party, where you can wear ridiculous costumes, drink in the streets, and talk to any girl you want. What’s not to like?

The Bad: 

The “race” starts on Sunday at 7am. After a prior night of debauchery this start time may be a lot to expect. You may have to fly out Monday instead of Sunday because you’ll be too drunk after you’re done partying in the streets.

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Date: 3rd Sunday in May

Party Type: Outdoor Costume Party masked as a “running/walking race”

Cost: $$


Preparations: Figure out what your group will dress up as. Aim for something that stands out, perhaps makes fun of the bachelor, perhaps incorporates backpacks (where you’ll carry the drinks “stealthily”), and will encourage conversations with the scantily-clad female attendees.

What to Bring: Said costume and backpacks, tolerance for nudity, and a camera (though make sure to keep those pics private!).

Other top parties here: Outdoor day-drinking events abound - Union Street Festival in May, North Beach Festival in June, Fleet Week in Fall.

Bay to Breakers in SF

San Francisco can’t live up to New York or many other big cities in terms of nightlife, but if there’s one thing the city does well, it’s all-day drinking events.

Bay to Breakers (aka, B2B or BtoB) has long been the premier event of this kind and is famous the world over. The event officially features one of the largest and oldest races in America. The track runs from the Bay (east side of the city) and snakes its way about seven miles across the city to the beach, aka “Breakers,” on the west side of town. Roughly 25,000 people run it, but 75,000 people usually party while slowly meandering along the track, soaking up the countless bands and DJs playing by the side of the road.  The best part is racers dress up in group costumes, so be sure to think up an outlandish theme for your party. 

It’s nearly unanimous in San Francisco: Bay to Breakers is the best outdoor, free-for-all fiesta of the year, and it makes the perfect setting for a Bachelor Party.

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Bachelor10 Tip: 

Organizers have been cracking down on the event a little more each year, but it’s still the best day of the year, particularly for a Sunday. So read up beforehand on what’s allowed and get creative. A good bet is to choose a group theme that incorporates backpacks since no floats are allowed; this will let you guys hide a lot of the alcohol.  Also, make sure to not bring glass, have a car service’s phone number (and probably booked in advance), and think about registering early. It’s never been a problem but there’s nothing worse than a Bachelor dressed up to party and have security personnel toss him out of the running.