LNOF Guide to Dublin
Come and worship at the Temple (Bar).
The gorgeous Irish capital is diverse, vibrant and utterly beguiling. Much of Dublin’s city centre has been redeveloped over the years; however, when you walk through the bustling centre you can still find the city’s swanky (and hen party friendly) bars and madcap nightclubs, harmoniously rubbing shoulders alongside major cultural attractions.
The lively, cobbled streets of the iconic Temple Bar drinking district - interspersed with rip-roaring pubs, upmarket bars, trendy hotels and overlooked by the historic Dublin castle - are widely regarded as the city’s central hub for both carousing and culture. Temple Bar, home to the iconic Temple Bar pub and Dublin’s only art-house cinema, is the place to see and be seen in, with Dublin’s finest heading over to experience the districts famous non-stop party atmosphere. Basically,it's a hen party haven with your names on.
Dublin’s lovely Italian Quarter, on the north side of the River Liffey, just across the Millennium Bridge, is a wonderful place to start the hen weekend celebrations before heading to the notorious Temple Bar. You can enjoy the simple sophistication of a glass of wine and a delicious meal in one of the fabulous open-air restaurants, and then dance the night away with your best friends in one of the city’s most stylish clubs.
The last hen party I went to was in Dublin. I can't remember much after the cocktail class in Lillie's Bordello... but from the photos, it looks like we had the best night!
This cosmopolitan city’s shopping districts are up there with the best in Europe, so if you're a retail therapy loving hen, you're onto a winner. Grafton Street, one of the two principal shopping streets in the city, lures thousands of visitors in each day with its wealth of quaint boutiques, mainstream stores and world-famous Bewley’s Oriental Café – a Dublin landmark and Ireland’s oldest and largest cafe. This lively street is noted especially for its excellent buskers, who range from string quartets to street poets, and add to the vibrant atmosphere of Dublin’s city centre.
Of course, a visit to the birthplace of Guinness wouldn’t be complete without a trip to St James’s Gate Brewery. Originally founded in 1759, this brewery is the home of the famous (and absolutely delicious) stout, which has gone on to become one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. You can take an in-depth tour of the fascinating brewery and then relax with a drink in the celebrated Gravity Bar - the prime spot for that obligatory hen party selfie. The views of Dublin city centre and the surrounding countryside from this top floor, glass walled, circular bar are simply stunning – the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the girls before partying until the early hours.
Dublin is a city filled with charm, where the locals are friendly and the bars are lively. ‘The Fair City’ will seduce you and leave you with superb memories of your hen weekend in the party capital.