Being a Bristolian I often get asked for recommendations in the city, and I’ve had a few messages from non-Bristol pals wanting advice on planning a hen do in Bristol so I thought, why not dedicate an entire blog post to the subject?
Why is Bristol perfect for a hen party?
Bristol is one of the best cities in the UK (according to me and my bias) but joking aside, it really does make a fabulous destination for a hen do. First up, the city is well known for its abundance of food and drink outlets as well as its bustling nightlife. In addition, there are lots of other things to do in this West Country destination from sports on the water through to art and cultural activities.
Bristol hen party – bars
If you’re in the market for Instagrammable cocktails, look no further than The Florist on Park Street. The drinks are pretty and the venue is cute, plus, the location is central so you can totter along after your bevvies to find another late-night venue.
Gin & Juice
If the bride is partial to a gin, here is the place to head. The swanky surroundings and punchy drinks will mean smiles all round at Gin & Juice. I’m yet to go but I’m dying to try it!
Theatrical cocktails are on the menu at Aluna – think smoke, fire and fabulousness – and they are tasty, too!
The Dirty Bird
One of Bristol’s newer additions, The Dirty Bird is small but sweet. It’s tucked away off the main drag, but totally worth the detour.
Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The city is lucky enough to have a few super-cool secret bars, and Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one of the finest. It’s an extra-special experiences with strong cocktails to boot.
Great in the summertime, Bambalan is a rooftop bar perfect for pre-night out cocktails – and they serve great food as well.
Bristol hen party – restaurants
This former banking hall makes for a very fancy venue. With high ceilings, grand chandeliers and a crowd-pleasing menu, Cosy Club is always a winner.
Klosterhaus is the perfect blend of delicious dishes, attentive staff and an Instagrammable interiors.
A fine Italian restaurant that is always buzzing. Head to San Carlo for a glass of wine and a pizza or pasta dish.
If you’re familiar with London, you’re probably acquainted with The Ivy – and there’s one in Bristol too. Great service, a lovely atmosphere and fab food.
An icon near the Bristol triangle, Browns has a classy vibe and delicious food!
Bristol hen party – activities
Take advantage of being in a harbour city with a spot of paddle boarding. SUP Bristol are pros and you’ll have really earned your lunch after a session.
A boat ride away, you’ll find the idyllic afternoon tea spot of Beeses which is ideal for chilled out hens.
When I went on a Liverpool hen we did a hilarious life drawing class with Hens with Pens and they organise sessions all over, including in Bristol.
Anyone for a game of darts? Throw in some zingy cocktails and you’re on to a winner at Flight Club.
Lace up for a fun game of bowling at Lane 7 and when you’re finished, toast to the winner at the bar.
A hidden gem in Bristol’s Clifton, this open-air pool is a gorgeous place for a dip. Clifton Lido also do spa treatments as well if you’re looking for a full-on pamper session.
It wouldn’t be a weekend in Bristol without a booze cruise and there are plenty of boat companies to choose from.
Although I’ve yet to venture, I’ve seen this cool roller disco called Bump pop up in town. How cool would that be for a hen activity? 80s dress code should be compulsory.
Bristol hen party – cute locations
Clifton Suspension Bridge
An icon of the Bristol skyline, no trip to this west country location is complete without seeing this bridge. Swing by the Clifton Observatory or have a drink at the Avon Gorge Hotel for the best views.
A lovely location for a prosecco picnic or long walk – Ashton Court isn’t too far from the town centre either.
This relatively new addition to the harbourside is an area with lots of independent bars and restaurants and it has a really nice vibe in summer.
Hope this was useful for your fabulous Bristol hen dos!