20 Girls’ Night Outings


Aly Owdom, Guest Writer


Call up your gal pals, you’re long overdue for a night out with the ladies! We rounded up 20 fresh girls’ night out ideas in the Peoria Area—from relaxing to wild—so you can enjoy a meaningful evening with your favorite people.

12 Bar Lounge  {Peoria Heights}    //   Greater Peoria’s only rooftop experience! This rooftop lounge is the perfect place for craft cocktails and delicious food in a unique atmosphere. Plan your reservation around sunset and watch the colors dip over the horizon. Order a crafted cocktail while enjoying live music or DJ sets.

Barn III  {Goodfield}    //    This all-in-one experience is perfect for an entertaining night out with the girls. Enjoy dinner and drinks over a highly anticipated performance at the Barn III. Performances are masterfully crafted to engage audiences through a delicious 4-course meal, complete with signature cocktails crafted with the show in mind. The Barn III is an experience your friends will be talking about for years to come!

Basket Case Pub  {Peoria}    //    Sing your hearts out any night of the week at Peoria’s first karaoke bar! If you need a little liquid courage, the daily happy hour specials will boost your confidence—-try one of the popular Pineapple Upside Down cocktails, an Under the Sea, or a Jameson Orange Crush. If you are looking for a fun and eclectic spot, this is the place for you and the girls to enjoy. 

Crafted DIY  {Peoria}    //    Let the liquor get your creative juices flowing at Crafted DIY Studio + Bar. Choose a craft cocktail and one of the 20+ unique jewelry, home decor, leather, or woodworking projects and spend the night crafting with your besties. Expect lots of laughs, this gem takes “paint and sips” to a whole new level!!

Generations Candle Co.  {Peoria Heights}    //    If a fun yet relaxing girls night out is what you're planning, try creating a custom candle at Generations. Browse the extensive fragrance wall and a Scent Stylist will help each of you mix and match the perfect custom candle. Every second at Generations—from choosing a vessel, designing the label, sniffing, mixing, and pouring—is an amazing shared experience with your tribe. 

Gone Social Rage Room  {Peoria}    //   Going through a breakup and need to vent? Gather up the girls and let loose! Gone Social offers the unique opportunity to be the bull in a china shop. Choose a Spotify playlist and release your pent-up energy by throwing, smashing, and destroying objects within a safe space without the worry of cleanup or consequences. You and the girls can even bring one box of your own items to smash! Be sure to also check out the Gone Social sister companies too:  Gone Axe Throwing + Gone in 60 Escape Games.

Haynes on Main  {Mackinaw}    //    Haynes on Main hosts live music on Sundays from 2-5p. Serving delicious food and tasty beverages inside or in the beer garden, this adorable hometown spot will easily turn into a weekly excuse to get the girls together.

Industry Brewing Co. {Peoria}    //  Industry has the drinks and the atmosphere to complete an amazing girls night out! Try a beer flight to sample all the brews created on site, indulge in delicious apps and entrees, lounge in the outdoor beer garden for some axe throwing, live music, or to relax by the firepit with a DIY smores kit. Furry friends are also welcome!

Jukebox Comedy Club  {Peoria}   //  Wondering what to do for your next girls night out? Check out a Jukebox Comedy Club stand up comedy show. From a casual date night to a spontaneous friends night out, an incredible stand up show will become a favorite memory for years to come.

Old Mill Vineyard  {Metamora}    //   Who needs Napa when you can head to Old Mill Vineyard to experience “wine country in our own backyard”!? Take in the stunning vantage point of the vineyards while sampling an amazing selection of handcrafted wines made from fruit on the estate.

Martinis on Water  {Peoria}    //    Enjoy great live music while sipping one of the 100 martinis on the menu. There are drink specials Monday-Friday with $4 martinis on Monday, $4 cosmos on Tuesday, $4 apple martinis on Wednesday, $4 dessert martinis on Thursday, and $5 martini happy hour from 4-6pm on Friday. If you or your girls love martinis then this is the place for you!

The Missing Zither  {Peoria}    //    The owners of CxT Roasting Company are bringing coffee to cocktails. In addition to their famous espresso-infused libations (pulled fresh from the espresso machine, in decaf, upon order), The Missing Zither offers a variety of craft cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails in an atmosphere that transports you to the Roaring 20s. Call your ladies for a specialty cocktail, The Missing Zither in Keller Station is the perfect place to enjoy a cozy drink after work or to kick off the weekend in style!

Par-A-Dice Casino  {East Peoria}    //    Dreaming of a girls trip to Vegas? Head to the East Peoria marina for a wild night on the Par-A-Dice Casino gambling boat. Choose your favorite slot machine from the 550 available or try your luck on the blackjack, craps, roulette, 3-card poker, Mississippi stud, or mini baccarat tables instead. And you’re in luck because admission is free and the restaurants onsite are the best in town!

Peoria Himalayan Salt Cave  {Peoria}    //    Recline, relax, rejuvenate, and restore in the himalayan salt room with this unique spa experience. Halotherapy, or dry salt therapy, offers many health benefits and is a great way to relax the body and mind. If you and the girls need a spa day, this soothing treatment and relaxing ambiance is highly recommended!

Peoria Symphony Orchestra  {Peoria}    //    Put on your fancy clothes and spend girls night in style with our very own Peoria Symphony Orchestra. This is a great opportunity to enjoy magical journeys, exhilarating masterpieces, and world-class guest artists with your tribe. Check out the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s performance schedule to plan your next night out.

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom  {Peoria Heights}    //    Drink as little or as much as you like at Pour Bros Taproom. This unique spot is perfect for beer lovers and explorers. Take a trip to the pour wall and grab your own beer, cider, or mead by the ounce. This happy hour is a must-visit for a fun and memorable girls night out.

Racks on the Rocks  {West Peoria}    //   Challenge your girls to a game of pool at Racks on the Rocks. This pool and billiard hall offers free pool Monday-Friday from 4pm-2am, Saturday from 10am-2am, and Sunday 12pm-2am and great drink specials Monday-Sunday. If you and the gang are looking for consistent rendezvous and are feeling competitive, check out the women's tournament league playing Mondays and Sundays.

Club Diesel  {Peoria}    //   Downtown Peoria's longest running nightclub is an electrifying nightlife spot for your next GNO. In addition to its vibrant nightlife scene, Club Diesel hosts a variety of events and themed nights, ranging from live performances to themed parties and guest DJs. With its dynamic lineup of entertainment, there's always something new and exciting happening here.

The Cookery  {Morton}    //    Take your cooking skills to the next level! The Cookery is thrilled to share their passion for cooking with the Peoria Area. With a variety of unique cooking classes including homemade pasta, the art of dumplings, superfood detox cleanses, and knife skills, the Cookery has options for every group looking for a fun night out. 

Your Pedal Party  {Peoria Heights}    //   Grab your favorite beverages and your support circle for a truly unique and memorable night out. Your Pedal Party is a regional-first! This custom 14-passenger cycle-powered pub will have you and your friends poppin’ bottles and pedaling through downtown Peoria Heights. It’s the most fun you’ll have at 5MPH!


Aly Owdom, Guest Writer

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