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As you know by now, we like to talk about nice and “stylish” hen parties. Some people hear this and think, eh boring! However, just because we like them to be pretty and fashion focused, it does not mean that we don’t agree with drink on hen parties. We’re all for the party and as they say, a little party never killed nobody. So with that in mind, here are 7 boozy hen party ideas.
Ireland’s gin revolution is in full swing. Embrace the nation’s new favourite tipple with a gin tasting session for you and your gal pals. For diehard gin lovers, the Listoke Gin School near Drogheda offers classes where you can create your very own bottle to take home. In the Mid West, Ireland’s first gin cruise is due to set sail on April 22 from the shore of Lough Derg with an onboard masterclass and tasting. This event is sold out but watch this space for more ginspiration in the future.
2. Get crafty
There has been an explosion of craft beer and cider breweries around the country in recent years. To discover the best of what’s on offer, check out Liquid Curiosity’s craft beer and cider workshops in Cork and Dublin, they also do whiskey and gin tastings, and workshops focusing on the beers and artisan foods along the Wild Atlantic Way and in West Cork.
The term BYO is always a delight to a hen party planners ears! Bringing your own wine or prosecco is an easy way to keep the hen party budget down. Our current favourite idea however is Bringing your own COCKTAILS!! Dublin’s coolest cocktail bar, Drop Dead Twice is a BYO venue. This means that you bring the liquor and their amazing mixologists will whip you up some cocktail awesomeness. You’ll find out more details here.
4. Pub crawl
Whether you make up your own trail or take a tour, you’re guaranteed to learn something new on an Irish pub crawl. Dublin City Pub Crawls visit a mix of traditional pubs, hipster bars, music venues and clubs, the Fair City is also home to musical and literary pub crawls for culture vultures. Organised pub crawls are also available in Cork, Galway City and Connemara.
If you’re a fan of the strong stuff, get yourself to one of the country’s top whiskey distilleries for a group tasting. The Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin and the Jameson Experience in Midleton offer whiskey masterclasses and tastings, while the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre offers a Special Reserve Tour with an in-depth tasting, and Kilbeggan Distillery runs a Gold Medal Tour with full comparative tasting.
6. Wine o’clock
Foodie fads may come and go, but wine will never be out of fashion. Broaden your horizons with a tasting evening at Cavern or book a private masterclass with a Galway-based sommelier with Rentasommelier.ie to ensure you never serve the wrong wine at a dinner party again!
7. The black stuff
The Guinness Storehouse might be Ireland’s most famous stout brewery tour, but it’s not the only one. The O’Hara’s Irish Stout craft brewery in Carlow offers group tours and tastings of its award winning stouts and other brews.