Ideas for Celebrating a 21st Birthday

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Ideas for Celebrating a 21st Birthday
There are many ways to celebrate a 21st birthday. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A 21st birthday is a milestone for anyone in the United States, as it signifies a coming of age as well as the ability to drink legally. Many young adults like to celebrate this birthday in a big way, and there are a variety of ways to do just that.

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Bar Crawl

One of the most enjoyable ways to celebrate a 21st birthday with friends and family is to plan a bar crawl. This is an afternoon and evening of bar hopping, where a group goes together (often in matching T-shirts) and orders one drink at several different bars. Be sure to have either a designated driver or a party bus so that everyone gets from one bar to the next, and then home again, safe and sound.


For someone who prefers a more low-key 21st birthday celebration, consider going to a favourite restaurant and ordering special drinks. Pick a local place the birthday boy has been hoping to try, or perhaps find a local microbrewery. If beer isn't his thing, try to find a great Italian restaurant that specialises in delicious wines. This is a sophisticated yet still fun approach to a 21st birthday.

Wine Tasting

For a unique and elegant 21st birthday celebration, consider taking the birthday girl to several local wineries for wine tastings. This is a way to introduce a newly legal woman to the world of fine wines and tastings. To make the event all the more elegant --- and safe --- consider taking a limousine to the different wineries so everyone can truly enjoy the celebration of the day.

Vegas Trip

For the more adventurous 21 year old, consider planning a trip to Sin City --- Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a 21 year old's playground, complete with all the things no one can do until 21 rolls around --- gambling, drinking and night shows. This weekend trip is sure to be a birthday celebration he will never forget --- and one that perfectly marks the milestone of turning 21.

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