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Recommendations and word of mouth are always best when it comes to picking a restaurant or activity. And this is especially the case for a hen party group. We asked our lovely, seasoned hen party going Instragram followers for the inside scoop on hen parties so that we can pass this on here. We’re kicking this series off with Belfast. Below are the top recommendations from those ladies who have been there, drank the prosecco and lived it up in Belfast so read on for some highly rated Belfast Hen Party Ideas.
1. See Belfast by pedal bike!
Yip, one of those bikes you see in various cities where people are boozing, cycling and you wonder how are they staying on the right side of the road! Slightly annoying to watch when you’re not involved but they always look like they’re having SO MUCH FUN! This is perfect for a prosecco fuelled hen party. Belfast has two options – the Belfast Party Bike and Wee Toast Tours. Make your way around the city (various tour options available) whilst sipping prosecco or whatever your chosen tipple is (it’s BYO). The bikes can fit 15 to 18 people depending on the option and the tours can be 1 or 2 hours. Tip. Probably best to wear a jacket or coat (this is northern Ireland!) and flat shoes for the pedal action. Both tours have been recommended.
2. Afternoon Tea at The Merchant
From boozy biking on the street to stylish boozing in a 5 star hotel. If you’re a hen party looking for more glamour and comfort, The Merchant Hotel in Belfast is the place to go. The Merchant is in a great location and the decor is decadent. Their luxury afternoon tea is not to be missed. Choose from standard afternoon tea with prosecco and champagne available to bring the hen party vibes. They cater for vegetarians and allergies also. More details here.
3. Tipsy Tea on the Babel Rooftop
Another food and booze option. Babel is the Bullitt Hotel’s rooftop bar and garden with panoramic city views across Belfast. They have a Tipsy Tea option which is a mix of mouth-watering cocktails and delicious food. Their creative shrub cocktails use ingredients and garnishes inspired by its living walls which contain over 300 plants. This is worth looking at for cocktails, accommodation or dinner if the Tipsy Tea doesn’t appeal. More details on Tipsy Tea here
4. Tina’s Trannyoake
We’re not 100% sure what this is but there is definitely some karaoke involved and what looks to be an experience to remember! If your ladies like to sing and laugh check this one out. Tina hosts karaoke from 5pm with free drink giveaways and prizes for the best singers. More details here.
5. House for dinner and drinks
If you know House in Dublin and Limerick, you’ll know what to expect in Belfast. House Belfast is a classy and stylish venue which is perfect for a statement celebration. Whether you go for brunch, drinks, dinner, afternoon tea or stay there, this boutique and luxury setting is a treat for any classy hen party in Belfast.
6. Make Flower Crowns with Brides-Made
Brides-made offer craft workshops and a flower crown making session is always fun. Craft your own beautiful floral crown from a selection of artificial flowers and design advice from your Brides-Mades. These will be amazing to wear on a night out in Belfast and the perfect activity option for a boho chic hen party.
7. We Are Vertigo – for the active hens
We Are Vertigo is an activity centre with everything from trampolining to indoor skiing to high and low ropes. Heaven for the adventurous hen party group and for those of you who want to avoid alcohol for the day. They also have a spa for those guests who would prefer some chillout time. More details here.
8. Market Mooching at St George’s Market
If you’re just looking for a nice walk, easy activity / thing to do, a stroll around St George’s Market is the perfect option. The market offers a huge range of local, continental and specialty foods. On Saturdays they have a range of foods from around the world as well as handmade crafts, flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass and metal work. Sample the food and relax with a coffee while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live. A nice option for an easy, hungover morning. Details here.
9. Cocktail Making at the renowned Apartment Bar
If you’re going to do a cocktail workshop, look no further than the Apartment Bar. Apartment Belfast, is known for their expertise and world class cocktails. Their professionally trained mixologists will show you their craft and help you create your own perfect cocktail. Choose from their standard workshop or an option that includes lunch / dinner.
10. Hike up Cave Hill
For something a little different and not too “hen”, a hike up Cave Hill beside Belfast Castle. This includes an ecotrail, gardens and the option of refreshments in Belfast Castle. You and the ladies can enjoy scenic views and waymarked walking trails. Play some hen games on the way or maybe pack some bubbles in case people get thirsty. This is suitable for all levels of walkers.