Liverpool is a fantastic city offering history, culture style and nightlife, which even rivals London hen weekends. We have put together a guide with the best entertainment, food and nightlife to suit any style hen party.
The first thing you'll need to do is find somewhere to stay. There are many options in the city to suit all budgets. If you’re looking for luxury, consider 30 St James Street. This hotel is situated in the heart of the city opposite the famous Albert Dock. Not only does it having stunning rooms but there is the added bonus of roof top champagne bar. Glamour doesn’t come cheap as rooms start at £200, based on two sharing, but we say it's definitely worth it.
If you looking for self-catering accomodation, Airbnb have plenty of options in the city.
This city centre property is perfect for large groups. It consists of six self-contained apartments, which each sleep up to six guests.
If the bride is a Beatles fan, how about taking her on The Beatles Apartment Boat, built around the concept of the submarine in the film The Hunt for Red October. The lounge features gold discs from the Beatles, the mod scooter from the film Quadrophenia and furnishings from Paris, Italy and New York.
If you are on a budget, consider some of the cheaper hotel options including Premier Inn and the IBIS. Liverpool is a very popular city and if you go for this option, make sure you book early and keep an eye out for any special offers.
When it comes to eating out, you will be spoilt for choice in Liverpool.
Gusto is situated in the vibrant Albert Docks and serves classic Italian dishes, with an extensive selection of pizzas, pastas, deli sharing boards and seafood. They have a set menu available for large groups and are famed for their gorgeous brunches which will help aid your recovery the morning after the night before. They have a private dining area for parties of 14 – perfect if you want some space for hen party games! For larger parties they have a Con Amici table (meaning eating with friends) that can accommodate up to 38 people!
Viva Brazil is an authentic Brazilian style steakhouse, ideal if you are hoping to line your stomach before a night on the town. For £24.95 each, you have an unlimited supply of more than 15 BBQ steaks, which are cooked in a charcoal BBQ and carved at your table. There is no wait for food, which is perfect for busy hens with lots to pack in! On Friday, Saturdays and Sunday a magician wonders around the restaurant entertaining guests and on Saturday night samba dancers provide entertainment – but be warned, they may try and get you involved! If you’re looking for something super fancy, this may not be the spot for you but the food is delicious and the fun atmosphere is perfect for a lively hen group!
Foodie brides may enjoy a visit to Delifonseca. The multi award-winning restaurant specialises in modern versions of traditional dishes from Britain and around the world. The range of dishes displayed on their ‘black board’ changes every day and all dishes include seasonal and local produce. As well as fabulous food, they offer a variety of alcohol tastings of which you can choose from wine, champagne, spirits and beer.
Things to Do
Liverpool is packed with awesome activities, meaning you’ll have a tough time trying to decide how to fill your days. If you are looking for something very active then Stag and Hen Liverpool offers a large range of activities. Sporty types can try canoeing, roller disco and paintballing or if your bride likes being in the limelight, a dance party or photo-shoot might be more your bag. A male life drawing class is a hilarious group activity or get some butlers in the buff to look after you for the evening!
Lots of places in Liverpool offer cocktail classes including Modo Bar, Revolutions, Circo and the Malmaison. This is a great way to kick off your night along with some hen party cocktail games.
More creative hens may enjoy the group craft classes offered by the super stylish Betty’s Birds. The girls will come to your apartment or can recommend a room in a pub or restaurant for your classes. You can select from a range of activities, from garter making to flower crown creating and plenty in-between. The girls work across most major cities in the UK.
Chaophraya has a Thai cooking school, perfect for hens who like to cook (and eat delicious thai food!) Sessions are inspired by each chef's personal background and regional upbringing to create a unique experience. From an array of central, northeastern, north and south flavours, recipes can include Tom Yum Soup, Papaya Salad and the famous Pad Thai!
If you are playing tourists in this fantastic City, why not take the opportunity to get to know the history and culture! Liverpool is infamous for being the home of the Beatles and the Cavern Club offer fun tours around the city. Their Magical Mystery Bus Tour is a fun and fascinating two hour tour of Beatles Liverpool, starting at the Albert Dock, taking in the boys’ childhood homes, schools, colleges and the spots that inspired the songs Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever.
The Liverpool Wheel is a great way of seeing the city from up in the air with views across the Mersey from 10am – 11pm. Or take to the water on an Albert Dock Boat Cruise, which run day and night.
If you’re looking for a night time activity, it doesn’t come more fun than Bonkers Bingo, a mix of the traditional game your Nan would play and a rave! Held at the awesome Camp and Furnace - a cool festival-style space, which is worth a visit for the awesome food alone. Bingo is eight games long and last from 8-11pm. There is a break every couple of games so you can grab a jug of drink from the cocktail van or some food – hotdogs burgers and chicken wings are the perfect bingo snacks!
Now for the really important stuff – the nightlife. Liverpool has an amazing selection of bars and clubs, allowing you to party into the early hours. Concert Square is the ideal area to base your night out. You will hear the music and see the flashing lights long before you arrive in this buzzy area.
For something totally unique, check out the circus themed dinner show at Circo. They describe themselves as ‘Bar. Restaurant. Freakshow.’ The exciting performance includes aerial artists, magicians, creepy clowns and escapologists. Cocktails are available upon arrival and if you book with Stag and Hen Liverpool hens will receive a goody bag!
Alma De Cuba has a fabulous carnival feel. Set inside the magnificent conversion of the former St Peters Catholic Church Alma de Cuba combines Cuba, Hispanic and Latin American influences. They serve award winning food, with an a la carte menu and set menu at £32 for three courses. Every Friday and Saturday night from 11pm there is a spectacular petal shower, set to amazing music with Samba dancers leading the party. We also love the sound of the Sunday Service Gospel Brunch, if you’re looking for somewhere to spend your final morning in the city.
For cocktails, head to Modo - drop in for a drink on your way out or party until closing at 4am. You can reserve an area in the main club room, with a number of packages available. As an example £200 includes one bottle of 70cl spirit, two pitchers of cocktails and a bolt-on option. On Saturdays there are 2-4-1 cocktails until 10pm and you can double up on house spirits from £1.
Hardcore clubbers can head to Level Nightclub, located on Fleet Street in the heart of Concert Square. Inspired by the superclubs of the 80s and 90s, playing different styles of music perfect to keep all hens happy. The first level is the showpiece and has a laser show, incredible sound system playing progressive house music and it also has Liverpool’s largest outdoor space. Level 2 has an urban vibe, playing hip hop and bass from DJ fusion, with two bars and a separate VIP lounge and level 3 is the cheese zone – playing 90s pop and cheesy anthems. They often have celebs dropping by for live performances and PAs.
If your gang aren’t the clubbing kind and would prefer some live music, it doesn’t get much better than the home of the Beatles - The Cavern. There are resident bands playing all weekend long from midday. You can enjoy music from a range of artists but Beatles fans shouldn’t miss The Cavern Club Beatles on Saturday evenings. Large parties are advised to book in advance.
If you book with an event organiser such as Stag and Hen Liverpool, you can get Q jump passes for selected bars and clubs on Victoria Street and for Concert Square, allowing access to local hotspots such as: Modo, Mojito, Circo, Palm Sugar, Red Door and Level Nightclub - this is a great option if you don’t want to feel tied to one venue for the night.
If you want to fit in a bit of rest and relaxation, consider spending part of your weekend indulging in some spa treatments.
The Carnatic Spa is a small day spa just outside of the city that can be hired exclusively for a half or full day with prices starting at £100 per person.
The Morgan Spa at 30 St James Street hotel available for hotel guests but is also open for day guests. Their treatments range from body wraps to facials and they also have a sauna and hydrotherapy pool perfect for relaxing in.
If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, why not bring the spa to you. Stag and Hen Liverpool can arrange for beauty therapists to come to your accommodation and provide treatments to all the hens. Prices start from £25 a head.
If you love the idea of a restful weekend, check out our guide to spa hen parties.
Afternoon tea is a firm favourite for a girls’ weekend and there is no shortage of options in Liverpool.
If you want a traditional tea, visit 30 St James Street or the Hilton, who both offer a classic afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and of course champagne.
For something a bit different, The Baltic Social do an awesome punk afternoon tea complete with sliders, onion rings, pretzels, chips and sweets!
If you can find the time, the shops are definitely worth a visit. Liverpool One is an open air shopping district with more than 160 high-street and designer retailers including the UK’s only Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols.
The Cavern Quarter is home to Vivienne Westwood and celeb favourite Cricket. Bold Street is the place to go for independent stores selling fashion, world foods, records and art and was even voted one of the best shopping streets in the country by Lonely Planet.
As you can see, there is plenty to do in Liverpool, but to ensure your weekend runs smoothly, see our hen do planning tips.