Trying to put together a classy hens party can be a daunting, NSFW exercise.
Luckily for you and your bridesmaids, we’ve rounded up the best hens party ideas in Sydney for celebrating in style, with minimal cringe factor. Aaand because we know you don’t want your friends to go broke, every hens party idea we’ve listed here is under $100 per person.
Is there anything that beats Sydney’s waterfront views? We don’t think so. Half the fun is getting to your destination, and luckily, two of these venues offer private water taxis if you want to feel really fancy.
Regal Afternoon Tea by the Bay
Dunbar House, Watsons Bay
If you want to be treated like royalty, look no further than Dunbar House. Marie Antoinette would approve of the Missoni room, complete with sparkling water views. For real pampering, go for the ultimate hens high tea with all the trimmings: house made treats, proper loose-leaf teas, and gorgeous English china to match. Add some Aussie or French sparkling for an extra good time!
Long Lunch Overlooking Clifton Gardens
Ripples Chowder Bay, Mosman
Peck away at a picturesque hens lunch or dinner under the stars on the deck, all amongst heritage listed buildings. The retractable roof gives you an unprecedented al fresco experience looking over Sydney Harbour, without having to worry about the weather. Ripples Chowder Bay is such a go-to for hens parties that they’ve developed a range of flexible packages and spaces, with plenty of optional touches you’ll want to add (bellinis on arrival? Yes please!).
Cured and Cultured in the Opera House
Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
Just want a simple nibble as you prepare for a big night? Bennelong’s Cured & Cultured menu features pared-down dishes with minimalist adornment. Who needs it, frankly, when you’re inside the Opera House and overlooking Sydney Harbour?
Getting an unfamiliar group together? Break the ice with good times ahead.
Millinery High Tea
Embellish Atelier, Rozelle
Get crafty over your high tea with Embellish Atelier, where you’ll create a headpiece that goes perfectly with your tea and sweets. Walk away with a keepsake that your friends will love you for come Melbourne Cup time!
Sparkle Bake Class
Sparkle Cupcakery, Surry Hills
Cocktail Masterclass, 1950s Style
The Roosevelt, Potts Point
With a cocktail list that has been shortlisted for international awards and gorgeous 1950s New York interiors, The Roosevelt is a delightful little den to host your hens. Enjoy three different cocktails and learn how to recreate the magic at home.
Hiscoes Fitness Centre, Surry Hills
Grab your biggest 80s scrunchie and work up an appetite with Shannon Dooley at Retro Sweat, while you get your giggle on with the girls. Just don’t bring any inhibitions—this is for girls who just wanna have fun.
Cocktails and Modern Asian
LL Wine and Dine, Potts Point
LL has left its scandalous self behind and now offers sumptuous modern Asian to share, with wine and cocktails of course. If staying for dinner, book your own sultry private lounge, or simply head here for drinks after.
Swash Your Buckles with a Rum Flight
Lobo Plantation, CBD
With seven rum tastings, Lobo Plantation’s Rum Flights will feel like you’ve truly escaped the city, especially amongst the Caribbean vibes. Like any good “flight” this Sydney bar favourite includes complimentary snacks to help you soak up the good times.
Strike Gold at The Standard Bowl
The Standard Bowl, Darlinghurst
Bowling and booze are a winning partnership, and at The Standard Bowl, the former is free! With pinball machines and a pool table on the mezzanine floor, there are plenty of things to keep you and your troupe occupied as you drink the night away.
Looking for more bars to take your hens party into a hens night? Check out our list of 50 bars you should have been to if you live in Sydney.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Dunbar House