You’re long overdue for a night out with your friend group, but the dinner and drinks routine is starting to feel a little stale. Good news: We rounded up 20 fresh girls’ night out ideas—from glamping to trivia—so you can enjoy a more meaningful social experience with your favorite people.
20 Girls’ Night Out Ideas That Are Way Better Than Dinner and Drinks
1. Do A Wine Tasting
Ditch the dive bar and keep things classy with an evening of wine tasting at a local vineyard. Tastings provide an opportunity to learn about the winemaking process, fine tune your palate and socialize with friends in one fell swoop. Plus, wine is delicious and there’s a good chance your friends agree.
2. Visit A Bathhouse
Saunas, steam rooms, pools and spa treatments (for an extra fee) are among the amenities on offer at bathhouses. Invite your besties to join you for a shvitz and you’ll all walk away feeling pampered and relaxed.
3. Find A Trivia Night
Even at the diviest of dive bars, trivia is just plain fun, and a little friendly competition never hurt anyone…
4. Take A Boat Ride
Where there’s water, there are boats; where there are boats, there are booze cruises. Invite your friends to join you for a scenic sail with a sober captain so everyone can enjoy the view whilst chatting and sipping cocktails to their hearts’ content.
5. See A Concert
If you and the gals have similar taste in music, try to score tickets to see one of your favorite artists perform. Depending on the show, this girls’ night out idea might be a bit costly, but the occasional splurge is totally worth it, ya know?
6. Visit A Museum
Why not go to a museum with a small group (think: one to two friends) for an evening of culture and good company? Some museums—like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example—offer special date nights at which you can stroll through the exhibits while sipping on bubbly and sampling hors d'oeuvres (and romance isn’t a prerequisite to attend).
7. Play Laser Tag
Bond with your friends and blow off steam with an evening of laser tag. An excellent option if you’re looking for a girls’ night out that doesn’t revolve around booze, this fast-paced and inherently social activity is fun for groups both large and small.
8. Go Gallery Hopping
Gallery openings come with the added benefit of free food and drink, but any gallery tour provides a cultural experience that’s conducive to engaging conversation and quality time.
9. Hit Up A Karaoke Bar
You might not have the chutzpah to belt out Mariah Carey’s “Hero” all by yourself…but when you’re part of a girl group, well, that’s a different story. Bottom line: Head to a karaoke bar with friends so you can live the American Idol dream (sort of).
10. Have A Progressive Dinner
We’re not talking politics, friends. A progressive dinner refers to a multi-course and multi-destination meal that allows all parties to sample a variety of food at the best restaurants in the hood.
11. Go To A Drive-in Movie
This throwback viewing experience pairs well with a family-size bag of potato chips and running commentary from your funniest friends.
12. Head To The Mall
Channel your inner Cher—Horowitz, that is—and head to the mall with your posse for some retail therapy. Bonus points if you match your scrunchie to your skirt.
13. Tour A Local Brewery
Enjoy a cold one with those closest to you by planning a girls’ night at a microbrewery where you can learn a thing or two about the craft while getting your drink on.
14. Go Bowling
Yup, bowling is the bee’s knees—namely because there’s food, drink and fun to be had no matter how much you suck at the sport. Plus, bowling is ideal for intermittent socializing that never feels awkward. (Psst: We heard from a friend that the bowling alley is also a perfect place to meet your future partner.)
15. Yuk It Up At A Comedy Show
Comedy shows can be hit or miss, but that’s half the fun. Take your chances on a stand-up show or open mic night near you and everyone will have something to talk about afterwards.
16. Take A Class
Bond with your besties by learning a new skill together. You’ve got plenty of options—yoga sesh, cooking class, tranquil paint and sip, what have you—just aim for an activity with a level playing field. (Hint: No one really wants to be put to shame by Sara’s superior sewing skills.)
17. Go Glamping
Fact: The great outdoors is even greater when you go full glamp. Get your girls together for some fresh air and quality time without sacrificing comfort. This idea requires some planning ahead, but after enjoying soft cheese and wine around a campfire and sinking into a goose-down pillow under the stars, all parties will agree the hard work was well worth the effort.
18. Go To A Roller Rink
Is there anything more scrapbook-worthy than those pics of you and your pals holding hands while you (clumsily) skate your way around a roller rink? We think not.
19. Play The Slots
Or a few rounds of blackjack, perhaps? There’s plenty of fun to be had when you take a trip to the casino with friends—just be sure to set a budget before you go, so you don’t suffer gambler’s regret the next day.
20. See A Psychic
We have it on good authority that it’s best for at least one friend to be present when a palm reader tells you that your career line is…nonexistent.