Birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties and weddings are events that are meant to be celebrated. Call your friends or family, gather a large group of your favorite people and hit the town. If you’re lucky, you know someone who is willing to be the designated driver, and they have a vehicle large enough to fit your best friend, their date, your three high school buddies, your friends from work, your sister and your cousin. But we usually can’t count on that. Besides, why would you wait for the bar, club or whatever venue to party when you can get things started on the way? Check out the following party rides for the best way to start and end those wild nights you don’t want to forget, but may not remember.
5115 Excelsior Blvd., #457
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Convincing people that exercising and drinking aren’t mutually exclusive, Pedal Pub has carried parties from bar to bar to bar since 2009. Certainly the most unique party ride offered, the pedal pub is as much the experience as the places it takes you. It’s always good to have a few bike enthusiasts on the ride, as sometimes (and after a lot of beer) you need to give those calves a break, but the fun is undeniable. Seeing your best friend huffing and puffing up a hill and then laughing and drinking on the way down is a sight you’re sure to remember for years to come.
701 4th Ave. S., 5th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Puttin’ on the ritz? Usually the best for parties where someone else foots the bill, the Luxury Limousine truly is the full experience for a night on the town. For an “Entourage”-style bachelor party or “Sex and the City”night with the girls, this ride will do away with any working-class stresses and let you travel in style and superfluity. With stretch limos from the movies to party buses, the service will accommodate groups of any size. Toast a glass of champagne and enjoy the view through tinted windows as you head out for a night of bliss.
Fun Run Party Bus
1666 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Thriftier and less fancy than the limousine, Fun Run Party Bus is all the wilder for it. Ignore the fact that you’re getting wasted in the same vehicle that used to bring you to elementary school (or embrace it), and enjoy the party on wheels without any inhibitions. These buses have names like the “Hot Mess” and the “Beaver Retriever,” so if you’re out for a night of guilt-free fun, this is the ride for you. But while you’ll get to let loose, the buses maintain a reputation of being timely and also clean so you won’t have to worry about getting someone’s gum on your shoes while doing the name “Hot Mess” justice.
Discount Party Bus
If you want variety when choosing your party ride, Discount Party Bus has it all: the “Limo Bus” for elegance, the “Busweiser” for trashiness, the “Night Train” for noise and so many more. The fleet will have a vehicle to suit any occasion, depending on where you’re going and who you’re with, but you’ll always know you’re getting there in style. Find the bus best suited to your personality and Discount Party Bus will do the rest. With reasonable prices for luxury and non-luxury party buses, and often offering last-minute deals when you call and mention the company’s website, the company certainly lives up to the “discount” piece of its name while sacrificing none of the “party.”
Platinum Transportation Services, LLC
4615 Pillsbury Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
For a responsible ride to the airport with grandma and grandpa, this might not be the best bet. If you’re looking for a club on wheels, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Platinum Transportation comes complete with VIP seating, dance poles and even a bathroom if it’s a longer trip, or if the best man can’t handle his liquor. It’s no problem if your group grows larger than expected, the bus can handle more than 30 people. Monthly specials, as listed on the website, make this one of the best deals in town, and there is plenty of room to bring your own supplies so you don’t have to spend all of your money at the bars. It’s the perfect option for a night of swanky fun without breaking the bank.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.