A Sophisticated Hen Party in Manchester

by Aisha Farndon on 29/09/2015

The local party experts’ advice to a sophisticated hen party in Manchester

We often get asked by customers for advice on arranging a sophisticated hen party in Manchester. So we thought it was about time we put our advice out there on the internet for any of you wanting to do the same!

Being based locally in Manchester means we’re always on the pulse of Manchester’s thriving culture, restaurants and bars (and we can try it out too!). So read on for our best tips for classier daytime and nighttime options.

DAYTIME ACTIVITIES

Spa Day or Pamper Party

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One of the most popular activities for those looking for a classy hen party has to be a spa day or pamper session. With the chance to unwind, catch up with friends and be pampered rotten, it’s hardly surprising that it comes in as one of our hen party favourites!

So which one should you go for?

With a spa day you typically get a 30 minute treatment and use of lots of facilities, like a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. (And a gym if you feel like torturing yourself!). You’re typically looking at £50pp for the day.

A pamper party takes place at your apartments – they come to you at a time to suit you. There are a range of different treatment options for different budgets too and you tend to get a longer treatment time than at a spa and for less money. It’s great for hen parties wanting a girly night in or pampering just before they head out (with make-overs being a very popular choice).

To give you more info on pampering ideas, why not check out our Relaxing section?

Afternoon Tea

Or you could indulge in another way and treat yourselves to a spot of afternoon tea…if you can’t put that diet on hold for a hen party, then when can you?!

We have a favourite afternoon tea venue, which is a little gem of a hotel in Castlefield with views overlooking the canal. We’ve tried-and-tested it (you can read more on this blog) and the food is to die for, especially their chewy macaroons!

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The Races

You can’t beat the races for a sophisticated hen party. Manchester is around 35 mins drive from Haydock Racecourse, which holds regular horse racing events. Gambling and glad rags – a winning team!

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If you want a day at the races, check out our horse racing Manchester page for more info on dates and ticket options available at Haydock Races. 

NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES

Eating Out

The last few years has seen Manchester just behind trailblazing London for foodie lovers. You have The French and Manchester House both fighting it out for the first Michelin star and lots of upmarket restaurants to choose from all over the city.

With so many restaurants it can be hard to know where to head, so check out our favourite upmarket restaurants below:

 

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden the more relaxed sister restaurant by Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan.

 

 

Chaophraya – a bustling restaurant with very tasty Thai food!

 

 

The Living Room – swanky restaurant-bar on Deansgate cooking modern European cuisine.

 

Australasiaa celebrity favourite restaurant/bar and with a stunning setting and amazing Australasian cuisine.

Word of warning though – as these are upmarket restaurants, it’s best to double check with the venues if they accept hen parties that behave and if there are maximum numbers.  The Living Room and Chaophraya  accept classy hen dos though (and you can make group bookings through us if you click on the links).

Casino

Why not replicate Vegas at Manchester 235? This swanky casino comes with an overhauled and stylish bar, Vega Lounge. Hen parties can dine in luxury before trying their luck at the tables with a casino experience or poker experience package. Hopefully you’ll walk away with your winning streak intact!

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Nightlife

There are lots of upmarket bars in Manchester to choose from – ranging from outrageously glamourous to understated chic. Here’s our pick of the upmarket bars for those seeking a sophisticated hen night in Manchester.

 

Epernay – lovely champagne bar with balcony area overlooking the Great Northern Tower.

Manchester House is clambering to beat The French to get the first Michelin star and has a very chic bar befitting of such a goal.

Cloud 23 is set within the iconic Hilton Hotel on Deansgate and you really can’t beat the panoramic views.
Warning though: you usually need to get yourselves on the guest list months in advance!

If you’re willing to venture in a short taxi ride from the city centre, you’ll find the haven of Cinnabar. The cocktails are to die for and for the ultimate luxury you can hire one of their cocoons for a minimum spend.

The Milton Club – well, if it’s good enough for the Manchester Fashion Shoot after-parties…!

Advice

 The problem with those wanting a sophisticated hen night is that Manchester’s upmarket bars can turn their noses up at hen parties, for fear you’re going to “lower the tone”!

We’ve luckily teamed up with The Milton  Club to offer a booth package for those looking to party in style. Click here for further info.

For the other bars, it’s worthwhile checking their policies on hen parties beforehand.

 

If anyone has any other tips for planning a sophisticated hen party in Manchester, please let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!