10 Ideas for a Girls' Weekend in Dublin

Heading to Dublin for a girlie weekend? Great choice. There’s so much to do around the city to suit everyone in your group, below is our list of recommendations:

1. Cocktail making masterclass

cool cocktail creation

Groups of ten or more can attend a cocktail making masterclass at Dublin’s most famous speakeasy bar, The Blind Pig. Students will learn about the history of cocktails and, of course, create some of their own to drink. The masterclass includes two cocktails and shared food platters for €45 per person. If you would prefer to have a sit-down meal after your class, The Bling Pig will arrange it for you.

Please note The Blind Pig will not run cocktail classes for the time being as a result of government restrictions.

2. Get Dancing together

With dance options such as Burlesque, Line Dancing, Disco and Dirty Dancing, Dancing Hen will provide you and your gals with the most exhilarating afternoon ever. Get ready to partner up, dosey-doe, drop it like it’s hot and everything in between in this private group dance lessons led by professional instructors with years of experience. Learn the moves with your instructor and then recreate them on the nightclub dancefloor later.

3. Have afternoon tea – with gin

afternoon tea cake stand with delicious pastries and dainty finger sandwiches

Pop into the Gin Palace bar to enjoy the delight that is Hendrick’s Gin High Tea. Served in an ornate teapot with delicate teacups and matching saucers, the Victorian style bar provides the perfect backdrop for sipping on gin. The bar also boasts one of the city’s largest gin collections and offer sampling platters that are inexpensive and allow you to taste some of the tastiest gins on offer.

Gin Palace have temporarily closed as a result of restrictions placed by the government surrounding Covid 19. Updates will be provided on the Gin Palace website.

4. Attend a day spa

pampering spa day

Buff Day Spa offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city centre with spa treatments lasting from one hour to one day. Their group packages can cater up to 16 people at a time and there is a sauna, tranquillity room and relaxation area to enjoy before and after your treatments. Group treatments include massage, manicure and pedicure, facial (all with a glass of bubbles) but you can request a tailormade package to best suit your needs.

Please note that many changes have been implemented in Buff Day Spa in order to comply with government restrictions. For more information please visit the Buff Day Spa website.

5. Sing your hearts out at Karaoke

With three private karaoke rooms and over 14,000 songs in their collection, Ukiyo is the top-rated spot for karaoke in Dublin. Each room has space for groups of 20 people. Ukiyo is also a restaurant serving delicious Asian cuisine and to book a karaoke space there at weekends you need to order food as well. Not to worry, their food is amazing!

Karaoke rooms are temporarily unavailable as a result of Covid 19. The restaurant is still business as usual with food being served in their outdoor terrace.

6. Test your friendship at an escape room

Suitable for groups of up to ten people, Escape Boats Dublin is rated as ‘Ireland’s Top Escape Room’. There are two escape room options: SOS – where you and your team are trapped on a damaged boat that needs repairing, and Convicts – where you and your team have been imprisoned on the dreaded ship Zorg Ella. Both require your group to work together solving puzzles, cracking codes and piecing together mysteries to escape. You’ll need to be patient and work together as a team to escape before it’s too late.

Escape Boats are temporarily closed due to Covid 19 restrictions. Updates will be provided on their website and across social channels.

7. Hit the tiles (or the tables) at a night club

group friends on night out

If dancing on tables is your thing then you will love Xico Nightclub on Baggot Street. With an underground Mexican party vibe, a full cocktail menu and too many types of tequila on offer, Xico is the perfect place to dance the night away with your friends. The music played varies from 90’s pop anthems to current chart toppers ensuring there’s a song to suit every taste. Expect to see sombreros flying around and get ready to shake your maracas.

Xico have temporarily closed their doors to comply with government restrictions.

8. Dress to impress at the races

Leopardstown Races

There’s always an upcoming race meeting at Leopardstown Racecourse and they serve as the perfect excuse to get dolled up, feel glamorous and have some fun. Best dressed competitions take place at The Leopardstown Christmas Festival and The Longines Irish Champions Weekend but don’t be afraid to make an impression at any of their other events. For the full experience, book a private suite for your group.

9. See a show


The the Bord Gais Energy Theatre is always bursting with world class performances of many theatre favourites as well as live performances from artists around the world. Patrons can enjoy a drink in the theatre lobby before the performance and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere in the surrounding Grand Canal Dock area.

Please note all shows and performances have been postponed, rescheduled or cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions. For more information please visit their website.

10. Go for bottomless brunch

Most brunch spots will limit bottomless drinks to mimosas – but not Bow Lane. For €25 per person (on top of your food) you can enjoy bottomless prosecco, espresso martinis, bloody Mary’s and a range of other cocktails for two hours. Their delicious menu includes dishes such as huevos rancheros, pulled pork and kimchi hash and wild mushrooms on brioche followed by Baileys crème brulee for dessert. Sounds like the brunch of dreams to us!

Things to do in Dublin

Looking for more to do around Dublin? Look no further. Use our helpful online guide to find tips and recommendations for what to see, do and eat around the city and discover what events are happening while you’re in town.

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