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Alternative hens party ideas

Put down the penis crowns and step away from the strippers
Written by
Emma Joyce

We love a game of Mr & Mrs – or Mrs & Mrs – but even the most inspired of hens parties tend to follow the same tired routine. Shake up the agenda and do something unexpected. The bride-to-be will thank you.

Alternative hens parties in Sydney

Give Retrosweat a bell

Did you know that Retrosweat can haul the boom box to you? Hens, bucks or birthday, Shannon Dooley and her crew can bring the throwback aerobics to your house – day or night, indoors or out. Prices are calculated per head, cool-down cocktails included.

Belt out some bangers at Goros
  • Bars
  • Surry Hills
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This Surry Hills bar has a private den that seats up to 40 guests, and each karaoke room fits up to ten people – including a box of fancy dress items. Order a round of whisky highballs and plate of Japanese bar snacks and get warmed up for ‘Run the World (Girls)’.

Get crafting at Work-Shop
  • Things to do
  • Chippendale

You can make flower crowns, take a Bollywood dancing class, decorate doughnuts, nurture your own terrarium… in fact, there are heaps of creative classes to choose from at this Redfern studio. You can hire the space at Work-Shop and take your pick from a list of popular hens or bucks activities – such as nude life drawing (oo-er!).

Get your nails did
  • Shopping
  • Newtown

Newtown’s nail art specialists I Scream Nails not only bring the fun to your nails, but they’ll also host your party at the salon too. Gather the gaggle and get your nails painted with pictures of horseshoes, veils, hearts, chapels – whatever suits your bride’s personality. They’ll also bring the polish to your pad, if you so desire.

Hang ten with Let's Go Surfing
  • Sport and fitness
  • Bondi North

Get wet and wild with the ladies (or fellas) and book a private surf lesson for your hens or bucks at Let's Go Surfing. You’ll walk away with hilarious pics and the person-of-honour surfs for free. Lessons last 1.5 hours; $85 per person.

Learn a new skill at MakerSpace &Company
  • Things to do
  • Classes and workshops
  • Marrickville

Have a Ghost moment on the pottery wheel, or let sparks fly as you weld a sheet of metal. Anything's possible at MakerSpace &Company – and they're close to a brewery too. 

Take the crew to Maniax
  • Things to do
  • St Peters

This warehouse in St Peters attracts all sorts of people from hens and bucks parties to office outings. You’re not allowed to pin a photo of the mother-in-law to the target, but you are allowed to take a group of eight (and up to 45 people) to Maniax. $50 per person.

Pick up some new moves
  • Sport and fitness

Loosen up with a dance class at Dance Central. They offer private tuition and floating classes to suit your choice of location on any of their regular classes, including hip hop, salsa, reggaeton, dancehall and belly dancing. It’s $170 for three-to-ten students or $17 per person for 11 or more people.

Join the circus for a day
  • Sport and fitness
  • St Peters

Sydney Trapeze School are old hands at running parties, from birthday bashes to team building events, and they have a special rate for hens parties. So long as you have a group of 12 or more, you can select two hours of flying trapeze lessons or classes in seductive silks and tissue (those suspended strips of cloth you can hang off) skills from $65 per person.

Cook up a storm at Sydney Cooking School
  • Restaurants
  • Neutral Bay

For a more hands-on alternative to high tea, sign the hens up for a group cooking class. Neutral Bay’s cooking school regularly cater to hens parties in their private dining area. Choose a cuisine like Mexican or Italian, or the Death by Chocolate Dessert Class. Tell them your budget and they’ll do the rest.

Throw a party

  • Bars

Engaged? Throwing an office party? Celebrating the day of your birth? Doing these things at home is for suckers. You have to clean, wash up, cater. It's all a bit much. That's where these lovely venues come in. They're happy to host your party for you, and they've got the private rooms, function centres and more to do it in.

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