So it's the last night before your friend's big day and you want to say goodbye to her so-called singledom with a bit of fun and some class (at least at the beginning of the festivities). Where should you go? Here's our list of a few great places to leave her (and the rest of the bridal party) amazed at your ability to show everyone a good time.
High Tea At The Victoria Room
Tucked away in the streets of Darlinghurst this Victorian style bar and restaurant is the perfect way bring out the royal side of anyone. Known for its grandeur and lush interior design, The Victoria Room offers up a classic high tea which is one of the best in Sydney. Try the array of finger foods like macarons, sandwiches and scones. By the end of high tea you might just be as classy as Duchess Katherine of Wales herself.
A Cooking Class With Chef Up!
Chef Up!'s group classes will teach you and the ladies how to whip up a delectable three-course meal so your stomachs are properly lined before jumping into the booze. No two cooking classes with Chef Up! are the same; they will tailor the experience to you and your bridal party, involve games and make sure you're never without a glass of wine in your hand. Get ready, ladies – it's Masterchef meets Bridesmaids! Just want to be pampered? Chef Up! can cater for you and the girls or organise a DIY station… Macarons, anyone?
Pre-drinks At Hinky Dinks
The perfect location to meet up before a bit of frisky fun out on the town, this cocktail bar is where retro style meets the modern-day beverage. The best part about it is if you are in the mood for a quick nibble you can order from their kitchen that pops out orders faster than you can say Pacific Spring Punch five times fast (a cocktail which you definitely need to try when you're there).
Girls' Afternoon At The Winery
The Winery serves up great food and drinks to while away the afternoon with the girls. So come in, sit down, and relax in one of the best atmospheres Surry Hills has to offer. The Girls Picnic option provides a range of delicious nibbles and desserts along with minted lemonade and optional champagne. Cheers!
Vodka High Tea At Food Society
High tea at Food Society ain't your average high tea. This has the added benefit of vodka, and lots of it. Every Saturday from 11.30am – 4pm, indulge in hand made sweet and savoury goodies matched with teas and vodka-based iced tea cocktails.
Long Lunch At The Botanist
Tropical and classy have never gone together so well. Said to have been inspired by the original botanist, Gerard Fothergill himself, this place combines a great array of new dishes with some traditional ones - just in case you have a few unadventurous people in your group. It's the perfect place to take all the girls in search for a little oasis that's not too far from home and won't leave you cute clutch purses empty. Ask about the group feasting lunches with beverage packages to make life easier.
Cabaret At GPO Sydney
For something a little different and a little naughty (but not too naughty) head to one of GPO Sydney where on Saturday nights there a range of cabaret shows to feast your eyes on while you feast on dinner at one of Sydney's best restaurants. Dinner AND a show? We're in!
Pamper Session At Aleisha-Jane Beauty
Relax and rest up, it's high time you let someone take care you during this somewhat hectic time of planning. Tucked away on Crown street in Surry Hills, booking some time at this spa is basically a mini vacation waiting to happen – don't fight the urge. You and the girls can choose from a range of beauty treatments and then let your troubles melt away. Ladies can also participate in a group make up tutorial from professional make up artist Belinda before heading out on the town looking glamorous.
Picnic With The Sydney Picnic Co.
You'll have plenty of time to sit down at tables and uncomfortable chairs at the wedding. For now, why don't you and the rest of the hens plan a picnic? Better yet, let someone else plan it for you. Stocked with the freshest and best ingredients for all of you to eat, The Sydney Picnic Co.'s picnic baskets are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors in a tasty, tasty way. However, just in case it rains – crossing our fingers that it won't – you can take their baskets and take your fun indoors too.
High Tea At The Tea Room QVB
To all the ladies in the place with style and grace, meet the poshest tea service located in the heart of Sydney. Whether it's morning or afternoon tea, come by and make your way through a list of teas and international wines paired with a menu that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. And not to worry all you gluten-intolerant ladies, they have a range of gluten-free options available too!
Image credit: Hinky Dinks, The Tea Room QVB