GoHen’s Event Manager Sophie heads to Liverpool.
“Pack a bag you’re off to Liverpool!” It’s not your normal Friday greeting but no one could ever accuse our HQ of being ‘normal’.
At GoHen we don’t just assume cities are ideal for our hen parties, we visit all our destinations to ensure you get top quality. For me that meant a weekend of “research”, eating pizza, playing beer pong, sipping cocktails and dancing in ‘La-la Liverpoooool…’ You’re welcome!
What’s a great bar with a proper weekend buzz?
I’ve now come to the realisation that it’s simply not a party without an Oompah band. Ok, this might not seem ‘normal’, don’t get your lederhosen in a twist, this is a really funny comedy band in a fantastic venue. The Kaiserkeller has hilarious live entertainment, giant drinks and for GoHen groups, cocktails and food (find out more here). I also spent some time being beaten on the beer pong table… Actually that sounds a bit rude, must be the bratwurst talking.
Kaiserkeller, 9 Mathew St, Liverpool L2
How about a bar for big laughs?
Slaughter House might not sound like a pub full of laughs but simply lose the ‘S’ (“Ahhh, we see what you did there.”) and upstairs you’ll find the Laughter House comedy club. This is actually Liverpool’s oldest pub that showcases up and coming live bands, comedians and more. We arrived in time for the comedy show, had an absolute blast with some of the friendly regulars (thanks all, I owe you a Guinness) and then sampled far too much of the cocktail menu.
The Slaughter House, Fenwick Street, L2 7LS
What was the best drink of the night?
I’d have to plumb for the giant ‘bier steins’ in the Kaiserkeller. I’m not normally a beer drinker but the atmosphere and singalong is totally infectious and you’re soon swept along on what is one of the best nights… well, ever! Just bonkers fun.
Nightlife; Where to be, what to do?
A lot of the trendiest bars and clubs are found in and around Mathew Street and Stanley Street Quarter. There’s also plenty of party action to be found down at Albert Docks.
Top nightlife tip?
It’s a huge city and easy to get lost but there is so much action in and around Mathew St that you really don’t need to venture too much further.
Where can we stop for party food?
Meat eaters should head to Red’s True BBQ. It’s the ultimate in finger food, stick ribs, mac and cheese balls, unbelievable burgers and giant steaks. However my top tip would be the ‘Swine Fries’. Leave your diets at home and indulge, you can work off the calories on the dance floor later.
Red’s True BBQ, 51 Hanover St, L1 3DN
And for ‘Posh nosh’?
If you like your food to look fancy and taste divine, then PANAM is the place to be. It has all the flair of fine dining with none of the snobbery or outrageous prices. The cocktail list is also a thing of beauty, go on, try a Miami Vice and tell me you’re not a smitten kitten.
Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
What’s the best way to get about the city?
Liverpool doesn’t have trams or an underground. But what it does have is City Bikes, public bikes dotted around the city, cheap and a good way to work off last night’s excess. And of course there is the ferry across the Mersey. Singing the song is obligatory for hen parties.
Money saving tips?
Taxis in Liverpool are quite cheap but there is so much to see you can stay in one area, travelling by foot and still fit loads in without feeling like you’ve walked miles.
What is ‘scouse’?
Scouse is actually a type of meat stew. It’s very nice in a homely sort of way, good for a night in by a warm fire but not great party food.
Albert Docks are fab, more of a tourist thing rather than packed with locals but offers lots of dining options and bars. The best of the party action is in and around Mathew Street.
A Bar Pass is a fab way to avoid the hassle getting your group through the door and being sure you’re heading to the trendiest venues.
What are the best hen party activities?
It really is horses for courses, dance classes and cocktail making are both really popular with Liverpool hens. If you want something a little off the wall then the Trampoline Park will literally have the hens bouncing off the walls.
Scouse Knockout is perfect for hens looking for laughs. It’s like a giant TV gameshow with huge inflatables and other madness.
Any shopping tips?
Liverpool loves its fashion and the city is packed with great boutiques, high street chains and designer brands.
- Liverpool One – Massive shopping complex with 170+ stores. All the big high street names are here, plus more high end designers.
- Clayton Square – More familiar names, there’s also a Boots for any last minute bits the girls might have forgotten to pack.
- Met Quarter – Designer brands a go go! Lots of lovely shiny things and gorgeous shoes. Hmmmm
Anything to declare?
The city really is as friendly as people say. It’s also incredibly hen-centric, hen parties are welcome in a lot of venues, many of them offer great deals for GoHen’s groups meaning you get more bang for your buck, more party for your peseta and more ‘do’ for your dollar.
I’d also like to declare that having a second pudding just because the manager offered it to me on the house was totally unnecessary but hugely enjoyable. #WorthIt!
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