Electric - Now you don't have to wear your flapper dresses when you come to this art-deco bar, but the décor sings with 1920's charm and the waterside location away from the town centre gives it the feel of a secret speakeasy in the heart of Cork city. We'll take a Basil Martini please...
Where? 41 South Mall, Cork
The Bailey - Ask any Cork girl where the best nights out begin and they'll tell you it's The Bailey. This stylish bar has all the charm of a traditional Irish pub as well as the happening vibes of the coolest late-night party spots.
Where? 1-2 Courthouse Street, Cork
The Bodega - It doesn't matter if you're stopping for a quick Guinness after a hard day's shopping or you're seeking the perfect place to party, this traditional Irish watering hole has a hearty, welcoming atmosphere that the girls will love!
Where? St. Peter's Market, Cornmarket Street
Jackie Lennox Chip Shop - This might seem like an obvious recommendation, but after a big night out, you and the girls could find yourselves in need of serious sustenance. Fish and Chips are cheap, delicious and most importantly a fantastic comfort food that's perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Plus the locals reckon this is the best fish n' chippy in the city!
Where? 137 Bandon Road, Cork
O'Flynn's Gourmet Sausage Co. - We all love a good sausage...okay, you can stop giggling now girls. O'Flynn's wursts are absolutely delicious, they've been plying their trade for nearly a century and if the sumptuous taste of their current produce is anything to go by, they're not going to slow down any time soon.
Where? 14 Winthrop Street, Cork
Sights & Sounds
Ireland's cities are often wrought with myths and legends, and Cork is no different. About 8km out of town sits Blarney Castle - making for a great bit of sightseeing and providing a chance for any hens feeling the excesses of the previous evening's antics to clear their heads with a sunlit walk through the pretty grounds. The main attraction however is the Blarney Stone; legend has it that if you kiss this ancient stone you'll be gifted with eloquence. That's got to be pretty handy for chatting up the hunky Irish men in the bars tonight!
Cork's bright young things love to party, there's always a fantastic atmosphere on a night out in this city and there's no better place to experience it than Havana Browns. This is a seriously glam venue and it's easy to lose yourself in a whirlwind of LED lights and floor-filling tunes until the early hours.
Voodoo is the kind of club GoHen loves! Big, bold and always rocking, this stylish spot is effortlessly cool and it's the party of choice for Cork's glitziest girls.
In the Diary
March - St. Patrick's Festival. Top of the morning to ya! In this yearly celebration of all things Irish the streets are awash with emerald green and the good-times never seem to end.
June - Midsummer Festival. Cork welcomes artists from all over the world for a fiesta of theatre, dance, music and opera.
October - Cork Folk Festival. Irish music can be heard from every street corner in this fabulous traditional celebration of Cork city culture.
December - Christmas Celebration. Cork transforms into a festive wonderland in the holiday season and the 'faery village' is simply magical!
Top of the Shops
Cork is an up-and-coming fashion capital and the Irish lassies sauntering through the streets in their designer outfits look absolute stunning. But if you're thinking that it's a look that you can't replicate, then you don't know how wrong you are! There's a fantastic variety of Vintage and Independent stores to be perused as well as a few high street giants that are always a little bit cheaper than back home on the euro.
Miss Daisy Blue - Retro-chic queens rejoice, this bijou boutique has an eclectic collection of stylish threads that are sure to turn heads in fashion-envy.
Where? Unit 12, Market Parade, Cork
Cork Vintage Quarter - This rag-tag treasure cove of vintage goods is a real wonderland full of bargain buys from yesteryear to give your wardrobe a blast from the past!
Where? 27 Henry Street, Cork
Opera Lane - Cork's main shopping street has all the usual suspects as well as a few designer shops that'll be a little more expensive - but if you're looking for a special purchase on your big weekend, this is the place to do it.
Where? Opera Lane, Cork
Girls About Town - Getting around Cork...
Some might argue that the best way to see this city is on foot, Cork's gorgeous cobbled streets have great character. However, when you're trying to wear in your new heels, they can be pretty tricky to walk on! It's moments like these where you'll be looking to make the most of Cork's excellent bus network, which you can make a saving on by using a nifty Leap Card.
Or if you're feeling fit you can hop on a Coca Cola Zero public bike.
So what can you expect from this fabulous town on your special weekend? A fair bit, as it turns out! Wine Tasting, Cocktail Mixing, Pole Dancing and Burlesque Lessons are all ideas that are sure to get the girls giggling. If you're looking to treat the nearly-wed to some rest and relaxation then a Hot Stone Massage wouldn't go amiss, and a full-on Pampering Day is sure to be well received by all! See more...
Cork is definitely one of Ireland's top party destinations, the atmosphere in the streets once the sun goes down is amazing and everybody's out for a good time. Start your night off with a visit to a top class Restaurant or if you're up for it, our Murder Mystery dinner is always a killer idea. From there you could go and watch some of the best Greyhound Racing in Europe or you might hit the lanes with a few sets of Tenpin Bowling. Skip the queues for Cork's most exclusive nightclubs with Guestlist Nightclubbing. See all our nightlife options...