Clonakilty has it all! The stunning beauty of West Cork, fabulous beaches, great atmosphere, lots of restaurants and pubs. It is a hen party heaven!
clonakilty, the beach

Clonakilty, “Destination of Excellence”

When we look back at our wedding, do we remember it as it happened or how we imagined it happened. Leading up to a wedding can be an exciting time for everyone involved, but it also can be an extremely anxious, stressful and worrying time full of organisation and headaches.
It is during this planning and organising that we have the opportunity to step back, relax, gather ourselves before the big day. What is it? The hen weekend or hen party of course!
What could be better than spending an amazing, relaxing and fun time with friends or family than celebrating your hen weekend in Clonakilty! Clonakilty is possibly one of the single best places in all of Ireland to celebrate a hen weekend or hen party with your friends and family. The great thing about Clonakilty is that it simply has the perfect balance of clubs, bars, nightlife, shopping, restaurants and daytime and outdoor activities to help you relax and have fun! There aren’t dirty clouds surrounding the town either, just fantastic fresh air and lush rolling green fields and beaches to explore.
Take advantage of this break away from wedding chaos, you won’t get an opportunity like this again before the big day! When you are planning your hen weekend or hen party ensure that you plan more than just a night out at the clubs.
Clonakilty has some fantastic spa services available and if you’re looking for something to help your friends unwind then dance classes are the perfect activity. You can laugh and enjoy yourselves while learning some absolutely amazing dances from the last decade, classic, modern or old-time favorites you can guarantee that there is something for everyone at Clonakilty!

Dance styles to choose from: Beyonce – Bollywood – Burlesque – Dirty Dancing – Disco Divas – Line Dancing – Salsa – Thriller – Tina Turner – Vintage
Thanks a mil Paula. Everyone had great craic and we are going to practice the dance for the wedding!! You are a great teacher!


Our information guide provides you with a quick overview to help you plan a hen party in Clonakilty.


Richys Bar & Bistro, great for a group meal and some drinks, they offer 30 different wines and a mix of Italian, European and Irish cuisine. There is a service charge for groups of 8 or more so keep that in mind for pricing. Tel: (023) 8821852 Scannells is a great spot for lunch, you’ll find the locals all pointing you in their direction. No evening meals available though. Tel: (023) 8834116 The Malthouse Granary Restaurant offers a selection of tasty, hearty meals. Book in advance as it is quite small. Food is locally produced or homemade so is quite good quality. Tel: (023) 8834355


Scannells – they don’t just do a good lunch but a good night’s entertainment too. Huge outdoor area and live music sessions, barbeques can be arranged too. De Barras is the place to head if you want live music. Mixed crowd, always a good atmosphere. Mick Finns offers live DJs and bands and cocktails. You’ll usually find a mix of hens, stags and a younger crowd in here. Shanley’s is another good pub although it is isn’t huge. Good music and a right mixture of age groups.


The Venue opens on Friday and Saturday nights and is part of O’Donovans Hotel. Attracts a variety of age groups. Live DJ’s, free cloakroom and a great covered beer garden.


The Emmet Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel with great bar food and a restaurant. It’s run by the owners themselves, Robert and Rebecca, and you are guaranteed a warm welcome. It’s right on Emmet Square, close to all the action and with a market every Friday morning.

The Quality Hotel offers leisure facilities and beauty treatments as well as dining options and a good bar. There are self-catering apartment suites on the hotel grounds which are favoured by hen parties.

O’Donovans Hotel has a prime location – right in the middle of the Main Street. The Venue Nightclub is part of the hotel hence hens have a very short stroll if they want to go clubbing. 3 star family run hotel.