8th July 2017
If are planning a night out with the girls and the idea of yet another meal out, pub crawl or clubbing doesn’t give you the tingles, we have some girls night out and alternative hen night ideas that should hit the spot. So ladies, get dolled up and put on your flashiest heels – and maybe bring some flats – as we prepare to do something different. Boys? Well, these activities are not all lady exclusive, so feel free to get on board and give some of these a whirl.
If you love bowling and dressing up then All Star Lanes in Brick Lane London should make your girls night out bucket list. Designed to be the ultimate escape, they also have lanes in Stratford, Holborn, Bayswater and Manchester. Basically here you get to eat, drink and bowl in style. So you can get silly and dress up as your favourite Grease character while you feast on their American home-style menu with epic sharers and prepare to strike, or strike-out depending on how many cocktails you devour. Just make sure you don’t get confused and grease your bowling ball – this is frowned upon.
If you want some space to yourself for a large party you can hire one of their luxurious private rooms for a legendary party with unlimited bowling, delicious party food and your own private cocktail bar – sounds rather fancy. There is also a photobooth so you can snap up some memories to keep in your pocket.
If you want to get saucy but stay classy then you could visit one of Brighton’s most intimate venues for a night of vintage indulgence, Proud Cabaret. Here you can get dressed up in flappers and pearls for KitKat Club, a night of more traditional burlesque, or don a fur coat, shades and jewellery for Viva Las Vegas – both regular show nights. Whether you have a penchant for the jazz swing of the 1930s or prefer the idea of the sparkling debauchery of the 1970s, you and your girls can travel back in time and enjoy a cabaret show accompanied by drinks and an array of dining options – from canapés to a full three course meal.
If you are looking for alternative hen night ideas then this one gives you the perfect excuse to get dressed up as sassy golfers. Think of it like pub golf without the tipsy falling dramas on route to the next bar. Swingers Crazy Golf Club is decked out like a 1920s golf-club in the rural English countryside with rolling greens and lush foliage. There is 16,000 square feet of socially competitive fun including two nine hole crazy golf course, five cocktail bars, a two-storey clubhouse with gin terrace, three epic street-food vendors and nightly DJs. For large groups you can book a table on the Gin Terrace, in the Clubhouse or in the President’s Committee Room where one of their caddies will be on hand to look after you – not too shabby.
Not all of us want a wild night out. If all you really want to do with the girls is escape and enjoy some downtime, then The Carrick Spa in Scotland will help you do just that. Get your girls together for a road trip to the Scottish Highlands where you can chill far far away from the rest of the world. If the stunning views and rooftop infinity pool aren’t enough for you, they also have a mud chamber, infra-red sauna and aromatherapy room. If you’ve already booked a weekend of getting wild and adventurous, perhaps you could even tag this excursion on for some recovery time.
There may be popcorn, but this is no ordinary cinema going experience. This DesignMyNight film screening experience at The Grand is fully immersive, giving you a top excuse to dress up for a girls night out. Enjoy a screening of your favourite chick flick – Clueless, Mama Mia and Dirty Dancing to name a few – before you have a boogie at the after party. These events are also infamous for their popcorn, photobooth and themed cocktails. What’s not to love? You get to enjoy your fave film and strut your stuff, and remember, nobody puts baby in the corner.
The problem with pub crawls or switching locations is that you sometimes lose the vibes on route, especially when the heel-induced feet throbbing kicks in. Not only that it gives the light-weights an opportunity to skip out and have an early night – yawn. The solution? Well, The Four Thieves pub in Clapham has everything you need in one place, including two of our escape rooms, a retro gaming room, table tennis, RC racetrack, crazy golf and a hearty pub garden. They also have a tasty menu and well stocked bar – result. So, you can have an epic night in one location without having to go on a tipsy trek and lose your comrades on route.
Whether you are a career junkie, a reluctant office slave or a student bored with the same-old clubbing experiences, sometimes you just need some time with your girls. For you that could be every weekend or once a month if you’re lucky, but either way it’s good to shake things up and try new things. Besides, experiencing new things with your girls is a great way to create some new memories and get a boost before you dive back into reality. If you looking for more ideas for this summer you could also check out our list of alternative festivals.