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The Ultimate Dublin Hen Do Guide 2018

Why Choose Dublin for Your Hen Do?

You don’t need a shamrock to have a good time in Dublin, although it helps… The southern Irish capital of hardcore partying is one of the loudest, busiest and booziest cities in the whole world. If the fact that it’s the homeland of Guinness and whiskey isn’t enough to sway you to Dublin, the wealth of gorgeous men with sexy Irish accents and the pots of gold at the end of the rainbows certainly will…

Explore Dublin Nightlife by Area

Yes, the pretty cobbled streets of Temple Bar and picturesque views of the River Liffey are a solid selfie backdrop, but we all know the real reason you have your hen party in Dublin is for the nightlife. With everything from live music in traditional pubs, to whopping multi-level superclubs, Dublin’s hallowed nightlife streets have to be seen to be believed.

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Temple Bar

When you think of Dublin, you probably think of Temple Bar. The all-encompassing maze of cobbled streets and traditional Irish boozers are a draw for tourists from all across the world. Watering holes are crammed full of merry (read: drunk) people 24/7, singing along to toe-tapping live Irish music all day long. Expect to pay heightened prices for the privilege, but you’ll never forget a night in Temple Bar.

Like the sound of the quaint and iconic Temple Bar? Find out more about its traditional pubs and bars here.

The exterior of Copper Face Jacks, Dublin, at night

Wexford / Harcourt / Camden Street

Unlike the tourist filled Temple Bar, the Wexford, Harcourt and Camden Street intersection is geared more towards locals and visiting music fans. Packed with more of an alternative hipster crowd (don’t forget to pack your vintage check shirts and thick framed glasses), this area is home to some of the coolest bars and music venues, including Whealan’s – which has seen the likes of Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and Ed Sheeran perform.

If you're a music (and booze) lover, check out the top 10 hen friendly bars and pubs in the Wexford / Harcourt / Camden Street area.

A bridge over the River Liffey, lit up at night

North of the Liffey

The southern banks of the River Liffey are home to Temple Bar, but if you’re privy to what’s beyond the famous river, you’re in for a special treat. This area, apart from being perfectly picturesque, is where you’ll see the real city – with locals celebrating every day of the week. The boozer-lined pavements stretch from O’Connell Street, to Jervis and the adjacent Capel Street.

Take a trip north of the Liffey to see what all the fuss is about, and make sure to check out these top 10 bars in the area.

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Baggot Street to George Street

Bigger than Temple Bar and a whole lot more upmarket, Baggot Street to George Street and the wonderful stretch between is one of the most popular ‘strips’ in Dublin. If snazzy cocktail bars and fine dining is your thing, we can guarantee we’ll find you here. Apart from the plethora of bars, pubs and clubs, this is also the city’s finest shopping district, should you fancy a spot of retail therapy between cocktails. Living the dream…

Check out the top 10 bars on the Baggot Street to George Street strip here.

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Top 10 Dublin Hen Party Activities

Dublin’s hen party activities are a cut above the rest, cementing its position in our top three hen do locations across the globe. With over 160 activities to choose from, including some of the very best cocktail workshops and the world renowned Guinness Factory Tour, Dublin is the city with it all.

Stacks of wooden barrels with information on relating to the production of Guinness Guinness Factory Tour

You can’t visit Dublin without a trip to the home of the liquid nectar, Guinness. It’s our most popular Dublin activity by far. You can even pull your own pint, and sip your very own beverage whilst taking in the panoramic views from the stunning Gravity Bar.

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A pedal-powered bus on a road with passengers Pedi Bus Tour

Work off all of last night’s booze with a pedal powered sight-seeing tour around Dublin city centre. You can even bring your own music to blast through the on-board audio system. Single Ladies on maximum volume, anyone?

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A tall teapot with hint and orange rind in the top and two teacups with orange rind and ice in The Morgan Bar - Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

We’re afraid to tell you that you're entirely bonkers, but we’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are... Tuck into delectable scones, dainty sandwiches and devilish cakes, in Dublin’s wickedly wonderful Morgan Bar, for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea.

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Women dancing inside a party bus under blue and purple lights Party Bus - 1 Hour

The girls have landed, and Dublin needs to know about it. Make transfers that little bit more exciting with private hire of your very own mini bus. There’s a music system on board, and you can even bring your own drinks for added fuel.

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A tray of drinks being held by a man in a waistcoat Guided Bar Crawl

Don’t leave anything to chance on your hen night out, when you could have a local guide show you around the hottest hen party haunts in the whole of Dublin. Crawling through Temple Bar and other famous nightlife areas, you can’t fail to have a wicked night in Dublin.

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A wooden panelled cocktail bar Copper Face Jacks - Guestlist Entry

Located on the legendary Harcourt Street, your Dublin hen party wouldn’t be worth its salt without a trip to the multi-level Copper Face Jacks nightclub. With a 22ft LED video wall and one of the best beer gardens in Dublin, it’s a hen party fail safe.

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A man playing the guitar and a woman Irish dancing on stage Irish Dance Party

Douse yourselves in the culture of Dublin, whilst getting more than a little bit merry along the way. With an Irish dance party, you’ll learn a few traditional Irish steps, to a backdrop of Irish classics like Galway Girl and Whiskey in the Jar. Michael Flatley, eat your heart out…

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Cocktail ingredients a bottle of spirits in an ice bucket and two glasses on a table, in a booth Lillie's Bordello - Premium Cocktail Mixology Workshop

Take to the coolest venue in Dublin for a cocktail workshop to remember. Nestled at the bottom of Grafton Street, it’s all red hues, rand chandeliers and premium drinks. It’s also a great place to celeb spot, so keep your eyes peeled…

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A bar full of people Comedy Club with Finger Food & Drinks

As if your hen party wasn’t filled with enough girlie giggles, you can head to the comedy club for laugh a minute stand up acts. Having seen the likes of Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican and Jimmy Carr grace its stage, this comedy club has set the bar pretty high. Check it out for yourselves.

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A group of naked men posing for the camera, holding white towels in front of their bodies Pleasure Boys Show - Reserved Seating & Buffet

A hen party without drop dead gorgeous men taking their clothes off, is really no hen party at all. These toned and honed Greek Gods make Magic Mike look like your prepubescent little brother. Prepare to pick your jaws up off the floor, ladies…

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Best Hen Party Hotels in Dublin

Between knocking back shots and stumbling from cocktail bar to cocktail bar, you’ll need a spot of respite. You’re only human. This is why we’ve rounded up the very best in Dublin accommodation, here you can disco nap before continuing the party.

The exterior of the Harcourt Hotel Harcourt Hotel
3 Star Rating

Set on bar-lined Harcourt Street

Synonymous with stag and hen groups, this hotel is loud and proud. With its own adjoining basement bar and beer garden, if you don’t want the party to end when you get back to your hotel, this is the place for you.

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A large guest room at the Belvedere Hotel with double and twin beds Belvedere Hotel
3 Star Rating

Close to Parnell Street’s legendary nightlife

Located north of the picturesque River Liffey, you’ll be based close to the wonderfully Irish nightlife hotspots of Parnell Street, as well as Capel and Jervis Street. This place even hosts huge, live Irish nights for a true experience of Dublin.

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A double bed in a bedroom, with a red runner and wooden headboard St Augustine Street Apartments
4 Star Rating

Just a short walk from Temple Bar

These apartments are the ultimate home from home right in the centre of town. Just minutes from Temple Bar, you can literally roll out of bed to experience the live music and great drink the area has to offer.

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A large double bed in a Christchurch apartments guest room Christchurch Apartments
3 Star Rating

Eight minutes to the Temple Bar

Centrally located, the Christchurch apartments are a great place to sleep off your hangovers the morning after a big night out. Grafton Street’s famous shopping thoroughfare is also well within walking distance.

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A bedroom with two twin beds at Millennium Walk Apartments Millennium Walk Apartments
4 Star Rating

Six minutes from Temple Bar

These sleek, trendy apartments are double the size of a normal hotel room, finished to a seriously high standard (only the best for your hen do). You’ve also got an on-site cafe for that much needed morning after caffeine hit.

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Computers in the lobby at the Generator Hostel Dublin Generator Dublin

Next door to Jameson Distillery

With Jameson Distillery next door, and Temple Bar just along the road, you’re in the best place here. This hostel is even furnished with old Jameson bottles, so you’ll be literally surrounded by alcohol on your hen weekend in Dublin (the best way to be).

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The exterior of the Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel

Two doors down from Temple Bar pub

When you think of Dublin, you probably think of the iconic Temple Bar pub, so why not base your celebrations right in the heart of it? Located just two doors down from the pub itself, you’ll be able to roll out of bed and get your next drink.

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A guest room at the Hilton Garden Inn Dublin with a double bed Hilton Garden Inn Dublin
4 Star Rating

Opposite the picturesque River Liffey

Sophisticated and peaceful, this Hilton is in a perfectly tranquil location just opposite the River Liffey. With 239 spacious rooms and a casual in-house bistro where you can get a Guinness pie, this swanky hotel has your name written all over it.

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A bar and lounge area with foosball table at Avalon House Hostel Avalon House Hostel

A short taxi ride from Guinness Storehouse

The bright and airy dorm rooms are the perfect place for a girlie catch up, before a wild night out in Dublin. There’s even an in-house cinema room and cool cafe, to ease those hangovers in style.

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A double bed with a photograph hung above it Jurys Inn Christchurch
3 Star Rating

Opposite the 1,000 year old Christchurch Castle

Close to the legendary Temple Bar, you’ll have every sort of bar, pub and club imaginable, right on your doorstep. There’s even a stylish in-house bar where you can relax with a crisp glass of wine before heading out to experience the true vibe of Ireland.

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Getting to Dublin

Getting Around Dublin

The Irish capital is home to some seriously iconic nightlife districts, as well as many well-known tourist hotspots. Luckily for you, most of them are within walking distance of each other.

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Walk

Even after a few cocktails, Dublin is seriously easy to walk around. The main touristic (and drinking) hub in the whole city is Temple Bar, which boasts shoulder-to-shoulder pubs and bars, all in one concentrated area. This is great news for you, as you won’t have to find taxis to flag down, or, heaven forbid, use public transport, between bars on your hen weekend. Once you (finally) move on from Temple Bar, it’s just a 10 minute stroll to the likes of Grafton Street and a straight 20 minute walk to the bouncing Harcourt Street. Having said this, ladies in heels, we definitely recommend getting transport between nightlife districts – your feet will thank you in the morning.

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Bus

If your feet really are killing you in those heels, you could always opt for the bus to get you from A to B in Dublin. The dominant bus company in the capital, Dublin Bus, operates 110 radial, cross-city and in peripheral areas, and almost 20 routes across Dublin and Greater Dublin. You can get yourselves a single for seriously reasonable – for example, it’ll only set you back €2 to travel from Grafton Street to Pearse Street, north of the Liffey. If you’re spending the whole weekend or longer in Dublin for your hen party, you could even purchase a Five Day Rambler, which will cost €31.50. This may seem like a large chunk out of the hen party kitty, but with this ticket, you’ll have unlimited travel on the bus, Airlink and Xpresso.

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Taxi

There are multiple taxi ranks peppered across the city, with one handy one just outside Dublin Airport’s arrivals terminal. You’ll also come across hundreds of taxis cruising through the streets, which you can flag down, as long as they have their lights on. Taxis are pretty reasonable in the centre, meaning that even from one end of the city to the other, your fare isn’t going to break the bank. If you’re looking to ‘taxi’ around the city in a unique manner (this is a huge celebration, after all), you could even treat yourselves to a tuk tuk ride around town.

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Tram

Dublin’s handy tram system, of LUAS, as it’s known, is a hugely popular form of transport in the city, with an average of 34 million passengers using it annually. The light-rail system has 54 stations spread over two lines, and a whopping 36.5 kilometres of track to its name. The Green Line covers the south of Dublin, with St Stephen’s Green located on this line, and the Red Line runs east to west, though the north side of the city, crossing the River Liffey on its travels. Tickets for LUAS can be purchased from side street vending machines, and will cost around €26 for a seven day and eight zone ticket.

Dublin Weather

The summer months see people spilling out of beer gardens across the city, and, you’ll be pleased to know that Dublin is the driest place in Ireland. This glistening city reaches highs of 19°C in July and August, so make sure to pack those floaty summer dresses.

February 2018

Despite highs of a nippy 7°C, there’s an average of two and a half hours of sunshine per day in Dublin. It’s okay, because the other 21.5 hours can be spent in the Temple Bar. Perfect.

JAN
7°C
FEB
7°C
MAR
10°C
APR
11°C
MAY
15°C
JUN
17°C
JUL
19°C
AUG
19°C
SEP
17°C
OCT
13°C
NOV
10°C
DEC
8°C

Random Dublin Facts

LNOF in Dublin

Dublin is constantly up there in our top hen party destinations, and it’s no surprise why. So, all in the name of research, we’ve thoroughly tested out each and every product that we offer… Why not take a look what we got up to during our travels to Dublin?

Dublin Hen Do Activities

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*We take pride in our work and all of the information in the guide was correct at the time of publication - 30/11/2017. Probably.

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