Carrick-on-Shannon was the most popular destination for hen parties in 2018 and continues to remain top of the leaderboard for 2020.
Although a booze cruise remains a favourite sport for many groups, a pub crawl around Carrick’s many favoured drinking holes on dry land is equally rewarding, and whilst you may not remember more than the first two or three, here’s our quick guide to suit everyone’s taste of tipple.
Live Sports And Live Bands
Murtagh’s Bar sports three different venues to choose from suiting all musical tastes:
Elevation Bar and Nightclub offers lively music from popular DJs in a chic and contemporary environment, and the Basement Bar and Nightclub has live music and entertainment, and even offers a free 16-seater Boogie Bus pick up service!
The ground floor on the other hand is a vibrant sports mecca for Rugby Soccer and GAA enthusiasts, with four large screens, and finger food and snacks for groups on request.
Percy Whelan’s on the Main Street also offers live music, a jukebox, pool table and lively atmosphere and packs in a crowd most nights of the week.
Book your hen party in for a brilliant night out for dinner or nightclub entry in Carrick and get off on the right foot.
Irish Trad Music
Well known for a great pint of Guinness and a lively Irish trad session, Cryan’s Old Bar at Cryan’s Quayside Hotel is famous for its diddley-eye, and its location just across the courtyard from the hotel makes for an easy stumble back to your hotel room!
Right in the heart of Carrick, you’ll also find live traditional music every Sunday in the heated beer garden of McHugh’s Bar.
One of Ireland’s oldest bars, Anderson’s Thatched Pub on the outskirts of the town, is run by musician Gene Anderson, and as such, opens its doors to all singers, poets and storytellers, bringing some Irish culture, music, song and dance into its rural setting.
The Anchorage Bar, one of Carrick’s oldest pubs also features all the makings of a great traditional Irish pub, with an open fire, music sessions, great staff, a cosy atmosphere and a wide range of traditional beers, ales, whiskeys and cocktails.
Dunnes Bar is a sprawling mecca of bars that is designed to accommodate the numerous hen and stag dos that descend on Carrick. Reserve a private area for a BBQ in the garden, the Party Room, the heated garden, or enjoy cocktails and karaoke, a whiskey tasting class or go all out and reserve the VIP area.
The refurbished Swan Bar marries modern with traditional and boasts three floors, which makes it ideal for large groups. With a Party Room, DJ and live music, finger food, decorations and accommodation, you can even reserve an entire floor for your party.
Contemporary, Craft Cocktails
A craft beer haven, The Barrelstore on Bridge Street offers an extensive menu of cocktails, tequila, gin, whiskey, and international and local craft beers, most notably from their own Carrig Brewing Company.
With lagers, ales, pale ales, black IPAs and barrel aged beers, you’re bound to find something to suit everyone’s taste. Ideally suited to hen parties, The Barrelstore also offers fantastic packages, including a pizza and pints day, afternoon tea, a cocktail making class, and a tour to the Carrig Brewing Company.
Located upstairs in The Landmark Hotel, overlooking the Shannon, The Blackmint Private Bar is a popular space for large groups and events who want a space of their own, and sports an extensive cocktail list and a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy them!
Award winning Gastro Pub, the Oarsman, is ideal for the day after the night before, with great food worth talking about back home, and a fine dining restaurant upstairs. With raving reviews, it’s another great choice for a list of fascinating cocktails.
Explore our dining options or book in a cocktail making class for your hen party girls for a tasty time in Carrick.
If you have any questions, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!