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4 Amazing Cork City Hen Party Ideas

4 Amazing Cork City Hen Party Ideas

Is your bride-to-be a sparkling bombshell of glitter and glam? Does she adore retro fashion, pretty florals, champagne and cupcakes? Is she the type of girl who loves to be pampered or does she just want a fun night out with her best girls? No matter what her style or which hen party theme you choose, Cork has something for you. 
Think amazing shopping, delicious food, stylish bars, tonnes of entertainment options, heavenly spas and pampering, cool sights and SO much more. It’s the perfect spot for your bride-to-be and her tribe. To show you what I mean, here are 4 AMAZING Cork City hen party ideas. Happy reading ladies!

Hen Party Theme: Classy

Where to go and what to do:

In the midst of Cork’s Victorian Quarter you’ll find boutique Hotel Issacs, a hidden gem that sits above popular restaurant and bar Greenes.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can dine al fresco in the courtyard beside a cascading waterfall. How perfect is that for getting the bubbles flowing and the party started?!

For wine lovers and foodies alike, head towards Pembroke Street to one of the most unique bars in Cork, a 120-year-old chemist turned candle-lit wine bar, Arthur Maynes.  They serve a delectable selection of cheese and meat boards, sandwiches and desserts alongside high-quality wines. On the same street, you’ll find Orso. Their menu is suitable for coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans and complimented with fresh, fruity cocktails, wine and craft beers. Trust me, this will go down a treat! You can even hire the venue out for your exclusive use if you’re party is big enough!

Later on, you’ll find a great choice of late night bars within walking distance, many of which have regular live music and events, check out Crane Lane Theatre, Cyprus Avenue  and The Old Oak to see what’s coming up.

With your hotel based on McCurtain Street, you’ll also be in a prime position for entertainment, The Everyman Theatre,  City Limits Comedy Club  and the Cork Opera House are all within easy walking distance even in 5 inch stilettos!

Make it extra special

Remind the bride how special she is with all of the small touches! Why not create a lovely hen book of memories with her and the girls from the bridal party to look through on her special day? Don’t forget the key to a successful hen book is to fill it with lots of embarrassing memories to make her cringe and lots of bestie love to make her smile! Don't forget to dress her up with a hen party veil and a pretty sash!

Hen Party Theme: Vintage 

Where to go and what to do:

Sadly the dream vintage hen party space in Cork has now closed. We’ll keep you posted on any new gems we find.

The riverside Art Deco style bar and restaurant Electric is great for a meal, cocktails and a stunning view of the Lee. Or if you need a breather or cocktails while you chill out, head back to your hotel. We recommend you stay at The Imperial Hotel it exudes old-world charm, its central, lavish and it even has its own top class spa if you can find the time!  The Imperial Hotel also started a gorgeous champagne tasting experience this year which is also definitely worth adding to your short list. 

Make it extra special

Even when you’re lounging around in your pj’s, make sure the bride-to-be is always wearing her pretty floral hen party sash, we’d expect nothing less from a true vintage hen!


Hen Party Theme: Boho

Where to go and what to do:

For boho babes, get the party started by checking into the River Lee Hotel which is right on Cork’s doorstep. Inside you’ll find a relaxed, shabby-chic bar and restaurant that’s as popular with locals as it is with tourists – the Terrace on the Weir. The terrace overlooks the River Lee, it’s framed with fairy lights and plush furnishings including oversized pillows and tweed blankets. It’s the perfect place to perch for late night cocktails even when it’s getting cold.

Cork offers a huge selection of hen party activities from dance classes to boudoir photo-shoots, makeovers, roller jam, greyhound racing, water-sports, pamper days, mask making, knicker decorating and lots more! 

For great food and a cocktail menu that includes Irish Penicillin, Strawberrycello and Teddy Bear, gather your girlies and head towards the candlelit Cornstore Restaurant on Cornmarket Street  If a less formal setting is what you’re after continue on just a few steps to its neighbour The Bodega @ St Peter’s Market. It’s easy to see why they recently won an award for Ireland’s best designed bar, the high ornate ceilings and impressive bottle displays resemble a scene from a French impressionist painting. They offer local, organic and authentic food and drink as well as occasional live music and a high energy nightclub –settle in for a night of drinks, dancing and fun!

Make it extra special

Add boho glam to your look with our gorgeous boho accessories and tattoos.  You’ll all be glowing with gorgeousness!

Hen Party Theme: Glam

Where to go and what to do:

Looking for celebrity style glamour? Why not hire the penthouse at the 4* Clayton Hotel?  The bride-to-be will be wowed by the show-stopping views of Cork and with the twinkling lights from the city, can you imagine how amazing you’ll all look in the photos! It’s the ideal place to get glammed up, play games and get ready to go dancing.

To get the night started, head towards the Grand Parade and start the night at SoHo,  a chic bar, restaurant and club spread over four floors. SoHo offers an extensive menu so you and the girls will have lots of choice for food and drink. Hidden right at the top, you’ll find the tastefully decorated rooftop deck, a private event space available to hire. On a hot summers day the tropical decor would make it the ultimate spot for a lush glam and glitz hen party in the city!  

If you’re looking for more unique and quirky cocktail bars, you won’t be disappointed – Cork should be called the cocktail capital of the world! Aside from the bars we’ve already mentioned, check out the cocktail menus at Suas Bar, Bar Pigalle and Edison Cork – some offer so many the menus are worthy of a book publishing contract.

For summer hen parties who want to achieve glamour in the garden check out some of the best beer gardens in Cork – Deep South,  The Courtyard on Sober Lane and Tom Barrys.

Make it extra special

In the true spirit of all things shiny and sparkly, why not decorate the penthouse with classy balloons and gorgeous tableware? The city lights won’t be the only things twinkling!

We’ve found that Cork is like a giant bag of pic n’mix – it’s vibrant, eclectic and jam-packed with mouth-watering treats, but the best part is, it has all the right ingredients for a memorable, fun-filled hen party – all you have to do is choose what you want and enjoy planning it.

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