Liverpool Hen Weekend Guide
About Liverpool Hen Weekends
Liverpool is one of the top cities for a lively, vibrant hen weekend! Liverpool knows that it’s the go to place for a hen weekend and it has well equipped itself to make it the best hen party city in the UK. There’s so much to do and see as well as places to eat and drink that it’s difficult to know where to start.
However, fear not!
We’ve put together loads of helpful information for you, so you and your hens can get to know the Liverpool culture and how things are done so that while on your awesome Liverpool hen weekend, you can become at one with the scouse ways of life!
Liverpool is a stunning city with so many lively and exciting different things to do to make your Liverpool hen do one of a kind. Take in the mesmerising views of the River Mersey all along the promenade and have a mooch around the impressive, red bricked Albert Dock. It’s steeped in so much history and also home to some of the best hen friendly restaurants and bars in Liverpool, it’s absolutely electric.
Liverpool has two cathedrals the Anglican Cathedral and the Metropolitan. If you want to appreciate seriously intense beauty, head to the Anglican. You can travel to the top of the tower and get the full “tower experience” and see Liverpool at its finest bird’s eye view. It’s pretty hard to miss, it’s a huge part of Liverpool’s iconic skyline.
Liverpool Hen Party Zones
Matthew Street is the most popular Liverpool district for hen party drinks and general great vibes! Your Liverpool Hen Weekend wouldn’t be complete without joining these bar hoppers. The streets are filled with people and the music spills out of each venue creating a buzzing atmosphere. There’re buskers singing classics till the wee hours and Beatles memorabilia in every direction! This is where the famous Cavern Club and Lennon’s bar are. If you love live music, Sgt Peppers and the Cavern Club on Matthew Street are the best places for your hen party. There’s a healthy mix of old and new bars so there’s something that will suit every hens’ music taste.
Ropewalks is the other major hen party zone in Liverpool. Concert Square and its surrounding areas, Wood Street and Seel Street are absolutely rammed with back to back bars and clubs. You will be so spoilt for choice that you’ll be joining all the other scousers on the streets as they bar hop to as many bars as possible in one night!
Alma de Cuba is a staple bar in this area, Located on Seel Street, it has been converted from an old church and features stunning Brazilian dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. The party atmosphere is top notch here so put it on your list for your Liverpool hen weekend! If you’re hens and bride to be are more indie fans, head to Salt Dog Slims for lush cocktails and a wicked playlist full of indie bangers.
Moving down towards Concert Square, you will be pleasantly surprised at the layout.
The cobbled square is lined with bars with a huge seating area in the middle with heaters and awnings covering you from the elements. You can venture into one of the many bars, we like Modo and McCooley’s for your drinks and if you can’t grab a seat inside, fear not, head to the tables outside!
The latest and upcoming area of Liverpool is the Baltic Triangle. It seems to have popped up from nowhere in the last 5 years! But there are some seriously cool bars here for your hen weekend. Most of them have made use of the old warehouses from the industrial era, regenerating them into quirky hen party spaces with great vibes and loads of themed bars to boot.
On Air definitely is one to make a beeline for with your hens! There’re loads of hen friendly bars in these converted warehouses. It’s packed full of live music and people.
The area is buzzing!
Then you can go over to the Camp and Furnace which can cover all bases – have a sumptuous roast dinner on Sunday to cure the hangover from the wicked Abba night they hosted the night before! Or if you’re lucky enough, check out Bongo’s Bingo website for tickets to the best rave in the city! Play bingo, drink loads, rave to classics then try and play bingo again! It really is something else! It’s perfect for a hen do and a must see for your Liverpool hen weekend.
Exciting Hen Activities to do in Liverpool
Liverpool gets thousands of hen parties each year and so is well equipped to cater for hen weekends. Due to the large number of hen party weekenders that descend on Liverpool, there are hundreds of different hen weekend activities that your hens can do.
You will have to plan your hen weekend meticulously otherwise you could easily be distracted by the giant duck boats or by the endless string of bars!
Obviously, Mersey Games should be at the top of your wish list! With great trip advisor reviews and open all year round it would be silly of you to miss it! If your hen is all about getting stuck in, laughing till she cries and generally having some good clean fun, then Mersey Games is the ticket for you! With 9 great games to get all of the hens involved, you won’t regret your decision to come and play the Mersey Games!
Then, once you’ve had a fun morning, head to Liverpool city centre for a spot of afternoon tea with a twist at Circo! This is no ordinary afternoon tea! Think, hot butlers in the buff, silly competitions, cocktails and a decent menu of picky food! It will get you in the party mood and is something that completely breaks the mould. Who has time for normal boring afternoon tea when you can have hot guys and get a bit tipsy in the afternoon! Haha! Happy hen weekend!
Get down with the Liverpool Lingo
Now, going to Liverpool is one thing, but speaking the lingo is another! You want to experience Liverpool like a true scouser, then you have to know what the local people are saying to you!
You’ll be able to communicate with the locals in no time with our handy hen weekend lingo guide!
First up is general happy, positive proclamation. You want to remember these ones as you will hear them a lot. People from Liverpool are generally very friendly and happy, so these phrases get thrown around at force in Liverpool! Here are some of the most popular:
Made up, is right, belter, nice one, go ‘ed, boss, sound.
“I’m made up you had a boss time on your hen weekend, is right”
On the opposite end of the scale, we have the not so happy proclamation. People from Liverpool are likely to say something when someone does them wrong or they are upset about something. They certainly have the lingo to go with the dissatisfaction:
Devvo’d, gutted, eeeeeeeee, you horror, soft lad.
“Am devvo’d we never went shopping in Liverpool while we were there on your hen do ya know, am proper gutted. It’s supposed to be belter.”
There’s lots of words that are used in replacement of others, for instance:
Am instead of I’m.
Ya instead of you.
Never instead of didn’t.
The next thing that you need to know are the male and female slang terms.
For male: Lad, la, lid, fella, kid, kidda, auld fella.
Fella is what a female would call her boyfriend. This can be confusing because “auld fella” is the father in the family.
For female: Bird, me ma, girl, queen, me nan. Bird, girl and queen are endearing terms for girlfriend and lady. Don’t be offended if you are called these.
This is what they call people who are not from Liverpool but are from surrounding areas that are within a 30-mile radius. This phase tends to come up when someone does something that is not the Liverpool way, for example “That’s proper wool behaviour, that”. You might well be called this, but don’t worry, just laugh it off! There’s not really much you can do about it since you’re not from Liverpool…
We hope that helps you on the streets of Liverpool! We’re sure you’ll be sound!
The Beatles are iconic Liverpool legends. I couldn’t possibly write a Liverpool guide without dedicating a section to the Beatles. A word of advice while on your Liverpool hen do, if you’re not a huge fan of The Beatles, don’t tell anyone! It won’t go down too well in Liverpool.
The city has made itself a huge tribute and head nod to them and there are hundreds of statues, artworks, cool museums and trips that you can see and visit on your hen weekend, if you’re a fan that is. To be honest, who isn’t though?
The Beatles Story is a museum that tells the tale of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s journey, it’s the most obvious place to start really if you’re new to Liverpool.
The best statues to visit for brilliant photos are: The Fab Four at Liverpool’s Pier Head (near the Liver buildings) where 4 life size bronze statues are walking alongside the river Mersey.
Eleanor Rigby’s statue which sits on a bench on Stanley Street with a plaque dedicated to “all the lonely people”.
John Lennon’s statue leans casually outside the Cavern Club doors.
George Harrison’s statue stands on top of the entrance to the Hard Days Night Hotel which is the luxury Beatles inspired hotel.
I could be here all day telling you about all the different things… The Beatles are everywhere! Make sure to look out for them on your Liverpool hen weekend.
Local Liverpool Quirks
Liverpool women are extremely fashion conscious and put a lot of effort and care into how they look. There are thousands of beauty salons and hairdressers around the city and it is common for them to be completely booked up on a Friday and Saturday.
Nails, hair, makeup, spray tans, eye lashes, waxing, hair extensions, pretty much anything you can think of that can be preened, Liverpool women are doing it!
If a lady has a big event such as a hen do, it is acceptable for her to be seen out and about in Liverpool with rollers in their hair after spending hours in the hairdressers on a Saturday morning getting a “curly blow”. The curls need to stay as bouncy as possible.
It’s the only way!
Even being out in the local Asda in pyjamas is accepted in Liverpool! You have to wear loose clothes after having a spray tan, so this is how the pyjama fashion during the day came about.
Women spend hours getting done up for a night out and therefore Liverpool night scene is some of the most glamorous and beautiful in the whole of the UK. There’s a reason why people say Liverpool women are the most stunning in the UK! Why not get something organised for your Liverpool hen weekend so you can look as glamorous as the locals?
Speaking of The Beatles, that brings me nicely on to some seriously famous people who are from Liverpool. Liverpool is basically an all singing and dancing city. It’s super theatrical and musical and there are too many famous, talented faces to name them all. But if you’re a visitor to Liverpool, as you will be while partying the weekend through with your fellow hens, then you need to know some of these names. Here are the most obvious ones:
Cilla Black. The City basically stopped when dear old Cilla passed away in 2015. She led a star-studded life and an impressive career. We all have “a lorra lorra love” for Cilla.
Steven Gerrard. The professional footballer and manager is a born and bred scouser and my oh my, I don’t think we could be more proud! Especially being such a football fanatical city!
Paul O’Grady. Ahhhhhh the brains behind Lily Savage! What a wonderful world we live in, eh?
Atomic Kitten. You might not know this, but these girls had the number 4 best selling single by a girl band EVER with Whole Again. That is an achievement! Well done ladies!
I could go on… Wayne Rooney, Daniel Craig, John Bishop, Abbey Clancy, Craig Charles but I wouldn’t want to bore you! 😊
Lovely Liverpool Landmarks
Liverpool has a truly iconic skyline, it’s one of the most photographed things in the city. A key fixture on the Liverpool skyline are the Liver buildings. You won’t be able to miss these guys while you’re visiting on your Liverpool hen weekend!
You just have to look for them!
The birds that are sitting on the top of the iconic Liver buildings are the symbol of the city. These buildings make up one third of the famous “three graces” located on the Pier Head, the other two being the Cunard building and the Port of Liverpool Building. These incredible buildings are the welcoming sights as people came into Liverpool by boat, at the turn of the century.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Super Lamb Bananas. They're hard to miss! The brain child of a Japanese student, they've been taken to the hearts of the Liverpudlian people and they'res loads dotted around the city....
Hmmm.... a potential drinking game!?
Another major landmark that you can spot while out and about in Liverpool city centre is the famous Radio City tower, also known formally as St John’s Beacon – you might get funny looks from the scouse folk if you say that though, however I believe it’s good to have background knowledge!
The beloved City Radio Station is broadcast from the top of this tower which soars at 400 ft up! Get some tickets, and you and the hens can go up and see the incredible views. It’s a bargain at only £6 so defo make sure it’s on your activity to-do list while you’re here in-between shopping, drinking and partying!
So, there’s a few little things that you might not know about when it comes to visiting Liverpool. You will definitely need to consider these aspects when choosing what weekend to base your Liverpool hen weekend on.
Liverpool has massive derby days and football events. The city is pretty fanatical about football and what with Liverpool and Everton being massive football teams, people flock from all over the world to Liverpool to see the matches.
Accommodations and hotels have cashed in on this which means there is a massive increase to hotel costs on match days. As well as this, they tend to book up well in advance too. So, keep an eye on football fixtures and dates and try and book your accommodation as quickly as possible when you know what date you’re coming to Liverpool on.
The other aspect for major disruptions in Liverpool is the Aintree Horse Races. The Grand National is a worldwide event and again, people travel from all over to come and see the horse race! This falls at the beginning of April so keep an eye on this too. You might find that you can’t get a hotel on this date. However, if you can then Lady's Day at Aintree is a great day out and chance to dress to impress.
Fancy hats on your hen weekend?!
Travel is majorly affected on these days too. You will find that taxis take a long time to come to you, even when pre-booked and the traffic is extremely bad to the north of Liverpool and in the City Centre. It would be smart to look into other means for getting around Liverpool if you hens are on a tight schedule.
This will also heavily affect bars and clubs. Everyone goes out on these event days, so booking is also smart wherever possible!
Local Liverpool Cuisine
Now, this is very important in your visit to Liverpool. Liverpool’s signature dish:
It’s warming and lush to have when its cold outside. It’s a stew made with beef or lamb, carrots, potatoes and onions. A nice warm bread roll with it and a side of pickled cabbage and beetroot. If you want to try the dish which Liverpool folk have been named after, then get yourselves down to any of these places!
The Baltic Fleet – This traditional pub is all snuggly and cosy and serves a mean scouse! It’s not going to break the bank either.
Maggie Mays – This café has made quite a name for itself! Nestled on Bold Street, they have come up with a pocket friendly scouse. It’s so good that you can actually buy it in local Tesco branches!
Clockworks – Slightly more up market but seriously worth it! Traditional scouse. Get it in ya!!
Liverpool is one of the most visited cities for Hen Weekends in the UK and Europe and for good reason. There’s hundreds of activities, bars and clubs plus other things to see and do in the city. Combining this with the easy-going nature of the locals and most Liverpool hen weekends are brilliant and will be remembered forever. The people of Liverpool are a great bunch and are often called the friendliest people in the UK. I’m sure your hens will receive a warm welcome too!
You will when we see you at Mersey Games!