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
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)’.
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!).
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.
Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice when it comes to escape rooms, and many of them will accept group bookings. Our pick is Paniq Room in the Rocks – they have a max capacity of 14 people across two rooms (equally challenging) and the venue is close to bars like Bulletin Place for a post-panic gin and juice.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.