How to hen do in Paris
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10 January 2019
Start the weekend off with a group ice breaker and head out to BAM Karaoke Box for Friday night. We know, karaoke doesn’t scream chic, but following in the footsteps of their Asian counterparts BAM has a cool private room concept. We recommend the Parmentier BAM Box which is just off the trendy Rue Oberkampf. Bring the bride, pick a set list from over 10,000 tunes and let the servers bring the cocktails directly to you. Sing your heart out to your favourite girl-power anthems with your nearest and dearest and exit with your dignity intact.
You want a little naughty but nice fun but still want to save the blushes of the bride-to-be? Head south towards the lively Bastille quartier. The next stop is Le Calbar for excellent drinks served by brace and bow-tie clad waiters who also just happen to be wearing their underwear. The cheeky concept (pun intended) will bring some light-heartedness to your night, but make no mistake about the knockout cocktail menu with options for even the hardest to please.
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Roll on Saturday, it’s time for the Tour de France! Don’t worry, no bike necessary – just an open mind. Enter O’Chateau, a dedicated wine bar and workshop space in central Paris where your bridal party can sample the best in French wine. After this 2-hour masterclass with an unpretentious sommelier you’ll be able to tell your Burgundy from your Bordeaux, and much more to boot! Add in cheese and charcuterie boards if you really want to ramp up those Parisian vibes; this is sophisticated choice for wine aficionados.
Hungry hens are unhappy hens so when hungers strikes make a beeline towards Pigalle and stop off at Les Commères. The concept? Cocktails and patisseries for a hit of sugar to keep you partying all night! All of the cakes are freshly whipped up in front of you, and the menu is lovingly paired with an accompanying cocktail. Voilà, a passion fruit tart meets its match with a rum based kicker. This is a perfect choice if afternoon tea seems too stuffy and you still want to keep your sweet tooth satisfied. Have your cake and eat it!
Now head east towards La Chapelle for Ice Kube. Take a wild guess at the theme of this bar! This is for the adventure loving hens who don’t want to leave the comfort of Paris. Yes, ice bars aren’t such a well-kept secret but they’re still plenty cool enough. Coats and gloves are provided before the descent into an -18 degree ice cavern, illuminated with colour changing lights playing a hip electro soundtrack. Each session lasts 25 minutes so frostbite won’t be an issue, and besides, the selection of vodka-based cocktails is sure to keep you toasty. Ice ice baby.
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Come Sunday it’s time to go to Zéro de Conduite for a nostalgic throwback to your girlhood days. This bar, out in the Grenelle area, is unexpected, a little kitsch and overwhelmingly popular. Reserve a table in advance for an evening of silliness. The delicious cocktails are served in baby bottles and you have to draw them (they’re all named after Disney characters) to order. The bar has old-school cartoons playing, trivia rounds with prizes, and loads of board games, so team up and may the best hen win!
Round off your hen weekend at 43 Up On The Roof, a gem tucked away in the Saint Michel neighbourhood, with incredible panoramas over the Paris skyline. This is one of the most beautiful rooftops in the city, ideal for reminiscing on your weekend and having those DMCs (deep meaningful conversations). Get your booking in early as this is a real crowd favourite. The vibe is casual and chic, and 43 is known for its great menu of cocktails, wine, and champagne. We say raise a glass of bubbly to the bride and enjoy the views over the city of light.
There you have it, a weekend itinerary to please the whole girl gang. Sightseeing is overrated when you have these bars for an unforgettable hen weekend in Paris! Who runs the world?! Girls do!
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