You get Irish bars in towns and cities around the world, popular for the atmosphere and the Guinness but you can only get the real thing in Eire itself and the capital Dublin is teeming with Atmosphere and Culture and its the home of Guinness after all. It’s a quick hop over from the UK so if you go fore a hen weekend you wont spend half of it travelling. It also has a great nightlife making it laid back with streams of whisky flowing, the Irish guys have a name for themselves as being cheeky chappies and those accents can make the knees go weak. Your hen party will also be pleased to know that Dublin has been voted the friendliest city by travellers in 2009 so get chatting to the guys and find out just how friendly they are.
Weather in Dublin is pretty much the same as the UK but it is popular with tourists all year round and the locals certainly don’t shy away from a night out if the weather gets a bit grim, you’ll find plenty of other stag and Hen Parties in Dublin from the UK and further afield.
Food and Drink:
Ireland is of course known for Guinness and also some great Irish Whiskies, they do a few other good beers as well though, if your not a big beer fan you have to try at least a half pint of Guinness maybe at their St James’ gate brewery tour?
If your hen party does like Guinness though Dublin has around 600 pubs serving it, that’s one heck of a pub crawl. If Guinness or even pubs aren’t your think then there are plenty of bars including great cocktail bars and with beers fairly expensive at about £4 you may as well trade up to a few cocktails as well.
Food-wise a lot of pubs serve food such as traditional Irish Stew or Coddle: made up of sausage, bacon, carrots and potato. Apart from these and a few other local specialties most restaurants you find will be the usual choice you’d find in a big UK city.
What to do during the Day:
Get around the city on the Laus light rail system or get a taxi. There are a few museums for your hen party to choose from in Dublin including Art, History and the Zoo if you can’t wait to get to the clubs to set your eyes on some cute animals. There are theatres and plenty of live music as well. You could catch some sport, maybe a bit of Gaelic football at Croke Park or head to Leopardstown Racecourse for a flutter.
What to do at Night:
The Temple Bar area is probably where you will want to spend you Hen Night in Dublin but its touristy and so if your looking for something a bit different you may want to look elsewhere. A guided pub crawl might get you around a bit to see what is on offer.
Temple Bar though has great modern bars and pubs, the Oliver St John Gogarty has live Irish music most nights, and then plenty of clubs to head to afterwards. Alchemy may be a good option for your Dublin Hen Do if you don’t all share the same taste in music as the tunes vary, Club M is a fairly big and also mainstream club with mainly dance and pop.