Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa retreat, a girly weekend getaway or you want to enjoy an exploration full of sightseeing and activities -Dublin is the ultimate weekend destination to make yours the hen do of all hen do’s!
Here SVS and Engage Weddings tell you why Dublin is the perfect place to go and give you our pick of the bunch for your ultimate hen do hitlist!
So , Why Dublin?
Dublin’s fair city is bold, vibrant and full of Life and culture and it has a unique charm that simply cannot be found anywhere else with a relaxed and outgoing atmosphere and plenty of Craic to be had!
The city is full of beautiful hotels, trendy bars, a great food scene, live music, traditional Irish pubs and stylish shopping areas to discover and of course that infamous warm Irish hospitality to welcome you! . There are lots of lovely little local cafes and bars and some amazing cocktail venues to enjoy as well as a huge selection of attractions, tours and activities on offer. It is also a very accessible city with regular bus, tram, dart and rail services throughout the city and its surrounding areas, taxis readily available and there are daily regular flights to and from Dublin with over 60 airlines flying from over 179 destinations. Dublin airport operates services to over 30 UK airports and over 100 European airports with an ongoing ever-expanding network making it easier and more affordable than ever to get to and from Dublin .. so, what are you waiting for! 😊
Where to stay:
The Morgan Hotel: Right in the heart of the city and central to the Temple bar area, the Morgan is walking distance to all major areas of the city surrounded by lots of live music, bars, pubs and restaurants as well as some great cafes and shops. The Morgan is a beautiful, modern and stylish boutique hotel perfect for a girly getaway and a special occasion. Stunning décor, beautiful rooms, amazing cocktails, unique afternoon tea options and an Instagrammers dream! This hotel is one of our top picks in the city! https://soverysarah.com/the-morgan-hotel-dublin/
The Westbury Hotel: Located on the doorstep of the renowned shopping area Grafton street , The Westbury is a beautiful chic luxury hotel option for your perfect hen weekend. They have stunning plush bedrooms and suites, a 1930’s inspired cocktail bar and well-known dining spots such as Balfe’s and Wilde also home to the hotel as well as their beautiful afternoon tea on the gallery. This hotel is a favourite luxury pick of ours! https://soverysarah.com/the-westbury-dublin/
The Clarence Hotel: The Clarence is a lovely 4-star boutique hotel with a real warm Irish feel in the heart of the city overlooking the River Liffey and the iconic Ha’penny bridge in the famous cobbled Temple bar district. Once owned by U2’s Bono and the Edge, this is a great hotel that has Dublin’s rich music and rock and roll roots as part of its heritage. The hotel is also home to Cleaver East restaurant, The Octagon bar and The Liquor rooms. https://soverysarah.com/the-clarence-hotel/
Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa: This is our retreat outside of the City pick , located in County Meath Dunboyne castle is a beautiful hotel set in lovely grounds of 21 acres of the Irish countryside with a renowned spa, a 2 AA rosette restaurant as well as a lively bar area with live music and a great selection of spacious bedrooms and suites perfect for a group getaway! They also have a large unique private room for hire that is a great backdrop for a hen party night with a nightclub vibe as well as their own private Irish pub for hire too! https://soverysarah.com/shamrocks-and-shenanigans-st-patricks-at-dunboyne-castle-hotel-and-spa/
The Dean Hotel: The Dean is a funky, urban boutique hotel on Harcourt street with a mix of trendy, stylish bedrooms , sociable public areas and is home to Sophie’s roof top restaurant with stunning panoramic views of the city and amazing food! The hotel is in the heart of one of Dublin’s most popular nightlife areas surrounded by well-known clubs and bars like Copperface Jacks, Dicey’s and Everleigh garden and is nearby to areas like Grafton street, Stephens Green and Dawson street. This hotel is our Party lovers pick!
Restaurants and bars:
Dublin has an amazing food and drink scene with an absolute wealth of restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from – you will never find a bad meal in Dublin! The food is of an incredible standard with lots of choice on offer from casual to fine dining and there is something to suite every taste and budget and also some fantastic private dining venues and afternoon tea selections for a special occasion or celebration. There is a wide range of pubs, bars and cocktail bars throughout the city and Live music all day every day as well as some great nightlife spots for you to enjoy the Craic and dance the night away!
Check out some of our top picks below!
37 Dawson street: https://37dawsonstreet.ie/
The Ivy Dublin: https://theivydublin.com/
Sophies: https://sophies.ie/ Robertas: https://robertas.ie/
Bad Bobs: https://badbobs.ie/
Vintage cocktail club: https://vintagecocktailclub.com/ / https://soverysarah.com/vintage-cocktail-club-temple-bars-little-secret/
House Dublin: https://housedublin.ie/
The Morgan Hotel and 10 Fleet Street: https://www.themorgan.com/ / https://www.themorgan.com/en/10-fleet-street/
No hen do is complete without a girly pampering session! Whether you’re looking for a spa experience, a pampering pick me- up or a pre – night out makeover Dublin has your back! There is a great selection of spa hotels, day spas, nail bars and hairdressers for the perfect blow dry. Check out our picks for the ultimate pamper pit stop:
Dry and fly: Dry and Fly are a blow dry lover’s dream and the perfect pick for your hen group! Open plan spaces with beautiful décor and a team of experienced stylists to pamper you and while you sip on your complimentary gin and tonic or Prosecco – what more could you ask for! 😊 You can book a group hair styling or blow dry session in either of their Wicklow street or Merrion street branches and they also offer lash and brow services as well as make up services too. https://soverysarah.com/dry-and-fly-blow-dry-bar/
Preen hair and beauty: Preen hair and beauty is located on Dame street and offers a range of hair and make up services in a chic, relaxing and classy setting. Enjoy a stunning blow dry, have your make up done or indulge in one of their bespoke packages for a full make over experience. It’s the perfect option for preparing for your big night out with your hens!
The spa at the Shelbourne: The spa at the Shelbourne is a beautiful spot for a day of pampering and relaxation in a stunning 5-star hotel in heart of the city, offering luxury spa treatments, bespoke hair and beauty services and health club facilities as well as a range of spa day packages perfect for groups. The Shelbourne is renowned for its classy cocktails too – the perfect end to your day of pampering!
Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge: Brown Thomas’s standalone beauty lounge located on Clarendon street just behind Brown Thomas, has everything from a Nails inc nail bar, an Aveda blow dry bar to make up stations and brow and lash bars , its a one stop shop for an afternoon of pampering or a quick beauty pit stop after a bit of retail therapy!
Shopping, Attractions and activities:
Dublin has some great shopping areas to indulge in some retail therapy , one its most renowned is Grafton Street which is home to luxury department store Brown Thomas, a host of high street and designer shops , the infamous Bewley’s café and is nearby to other areas such us Stephens Green shopping centre, Dawson street, Powerscourt centre and Dublin’s creative quarter including places like Irish brand Avoca.
When it comes to places to visit and group activities to take part in, you really are spoilt for choice! https://soverysarah.com/5-things-dublins-fair-city/
No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where you can explore the Guinness story and experience the renowned Gravity bar at the top of the building enjoying your pint of the black stuff with views over the entire city. https://soverysarah.com/going-for-guinness/
There is a lovely vintage bus tour afternoon tea that is a great girly group activity that takes you around the city or you can try your hand at learning Irish dancing which is a really good, fun activity for your hen group to enjoy as well as cocktail making activities and a great wine tour activity – Dublin wine trails where you can enjoy fabulous food and wine in some of the cities hotspots. If Food is more your thing there are some brilliant food trails on offer in the city too which take you around lots of local eateries, food stalls, shops and Cafes to sample the delights of Dublin!
Dublin is also home to renowned Whiskey distilleries like Jameson and Teeling, they offer great interactive tours and Whiskey tastings which are perfect for groups and are great Craic too! https://soverysarah.com/taste-of-teeling/
SVS Event Concierge:
Here at SVS Event Concierge we love giving people an experience to remember! With our dedicated Dublin concierge service, we are on hand to help you experience Dublin’s fair city to the fullest. Whether your trip is a one-day visit, a special occasion or celebration, a weekend away or an educational exploration we can help you put together the perfect bespoke leisure experience for you to enjoy. We are also on hand to help you with activity suggestions and arrangements, dinner reservations and much more.
Whether you need a dinner reservation or a cool brunch spot or a great group or leisure trip experience or are even looking for a spot of afternoon tea, pampering or retail therapy we have the low down on all the local hotspots, venue recommendations, places to visit and much more!
With our supplier sourcing service, we can also source event theme and décor supplies and bespoke gifts for your group or personalized keepsakes of your trip too, Our Supplier sourcing service also operates across Cambridge and London!
Check out our website – www.svs-eventconcierge.com for more information and Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or if you have an enquiry we can help you with, we’d love to hear from you! 😊
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