However, faced with the choice between finding my own bride stat and agreeing to witness two weddings in a row, I’m more inclined to the second option. Still, doing my mates the honour of being their best man carries with it a weight of responsibility. Before their weddings take place, my boys need a stag party. I’ve got no yardstick, I’ve never been to one myself and the booze-fuelled chaos of the movie The Hangover is probably not a model I should emulate. Instead, I’ve done a little research into the world of bachelor parties (including bachelorette, or hen parties, for good measure), which I’ll happily share here in the pages of What’s On.
It’s All In The Planning
Perhaps the most unique thing you can do at a stag or hen party is not get drunk, but then it would seem to render the whole exercise pointless, right? So a few alcoholic beverages, it would seem, are a must. As for the rest, I turn to the Internet for inspiration. It is of little help – thousands of links are offered and the conclusion I make is basically it would seem any activity can become a bachelor party if you gather all your guy friends together right before the wedding.
So instead of searching globally, I decide to think locally. Fortunately, there are so many things to do in Kyiv all that’s left for me is to resort to some planning. Before engaging in drinking or any activity, it’s a good idea to chow down some food. So I’ve decided to take the boys out to one of the many meat restaurants in Kyiv for steak (check out the list below).
Dining Options For Boys:
PivBar (Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Globus 2nd Line), 099-044-3334
Chorne Porosya (B Zhytomyrska 8/14), 067-434-7077
Grill do Brasil (L Ukrainky 24), 593-9898
There’s one in particular I like that serves a Churrasco menu. For those who don’t know, this South American-style barbeque includes a set of meat dishes brought to you one-after-another, all you can eat for a set price. We are men after all and a few cuts of juicy meat eaten in the morning won’t harm us. A lot of venues also suggest a beer degustation so we can take that in too.
A Wealth Of Activities
After satisfying our mannish hungers we need to do something physical. A good option to burn testosterone is to go and play paintball: take pleasure in shooting your friends in the back, take a ride on quad bikes or maybe conquer the waters of the Dnipro in kayaks at Hydropark. There are also a couple of shooting ranges in Kyiv if you want to shoot real guns and hear the deafening sound of gunfire and smell gunpowder. Some companies even offer a ride in a real tank and various other military vehicles; however the prices are far beyond simply expensive.
After playing soldiers I think I’ll take the boys to the Pedestrian Bridge on Poshtova Ploshcha and force them to bungee jump – I see that as sort of symbolic of jumping out of the childhood that lasts for many men until they are 30 or beyond. With adrenalin pumping we could cross the bridge to Trukhaniv Island and grill some shashlik as a way to get back to normal.
As they’re about to become married men their responsibilities will be higher, and what can take you higher than an aircraft, delta plane or air balloon? In Kyiv these too are available, however the price for a 15-minute flight on a jet runs up to 7,000hrv.
KGB Paintball Club www.paintball.kgb.ua
Hyperion Paintball Club www.hyperion.kiev.ua
Quad Rental www.quadroquest.kiev.ua
Bungee Jumping in Hydropark, 592-4610
Bungee Jumping on Pedestrian Bridge, 093-962-5592
Kayaking in Hydropark, 383-7553
Military Vehicles Rental and Shooting Ranges:
Sport Complex Sapsan www.sapsan.ua
Military Tourism Agency www.tanki.kiev.ua
Shampantrance Company www.shampantrans.com.ua
V Nebo Agency www.v-nebo.com.ua
With physical activities over, I’m thinking a few drinks and an evening pub-crawl is just the thing to get into the real spirit of a stag party. Focusing on shots rather than drinking beer is a good way to drink more...and faster.
Pub Crawl Options:
Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b), 279-4137
Bochka (Verkhniy Val 22), 200-0360
Docker’s ABC (Khreshchatyk-Zankovetskoi 15/4), 278-1717
Porter (Konstantynivska 2a), 425-0281
Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 200-3838
With the pub crawl at its end, I’ve got a special cab that will take us to the last stop of the night. My boys are not fans of glamorous limos or big Hummers, but they will definitely appreciate a retro 30 –40s style vehicle to take us to our final destination.
Retro Cars Rental:
Yes, call me misogynist, but boys love girls, especially when they are scantily clad and that’s why a strip club is simply a must. It’s not hard to find one in this city so ordering a couple of lap dances is an easy way to cap off a whole day of stag adventures. What they tell their fiancés the next morning is up to them.
Arena Stars Cabaret (Baseina 2a), 209-3797
Dolls Men’s Club (V Vasylkivska 57/3), 099-380-7744
Myatniy Nosorog (Artema 37/41), 461-9087
Egoist (Horlovska 124/140), 098-110-1010
The Bottom Line
Throughout my investigations, it was interesting to note that ladies tend to pay more attention to detail with their hen parties compared to men, for whom a bachelor party usually just involves a lot of booze. For the boys, the “magic” of alcohol will probably lead to the even best laid plans going slightly awry, but it’s all about the intent and symbolism of the event. Marriage these days doesn’t guarantee 100% fidelity on the part of both partners but, with best intentions at heart, most men think their stag night is their last opportunity to do whatever they want.
While men’s imagination doesn’t extend much beyond raising glass to lips when it comes to these events, the ladies are pretty good at organising their shindigs for the bride-to-be. Even before the term “hen party” was used to refer to a pre-wedding event, women in Europe and America used to gather for a tea and chitchat session, gossiping about their men folk. Basically, the same occurs now, with today’s ladies being a bit more frank compared to the 18–19th centuries. In fact, bachelorette night outs sometimes become as debauched as stag parties, and explains why male stripper or servers wearing aprons only became standard at a hen party. Girls will often wear veils, rent limos, and go clubbing, polishing off their fifth bottle of champagne on the way. This usually means dancing on the bar is inevitable, with a little striptease from the bride or her friends included – in other words, things they wouldn’t necessarily do unless they were wasted.
Gifts For The Bride and/or Groom-To-Be:
Eroticon Intim Shop www.erotikon.com.ua
Klubnichka On-line Shop www.klubnichka.in.ua
A little poll among What’s On employees reveals hen parties may well be the wildest. One of my colleagues told me she was up to telling her fiancé about the party plans, but she doubts she’s ever going to tell him what really happened. To find out the truth about hen parties you need to be a girl...or a male stripper.
by Vadym Mishkoriz