A Night at the Dogs for a Wonderful Hen Party Night
10 Jan 2019
Planning a Hen Party weekend? You’ve got an important job on your hands.
Trying to decide on something that suits a group consisting of your mammy, few crazy college friends, family and even a pregnant older sister can be tricky. All the while you’re trying to keep it within a reasonable budget.
That’s where a Night at the Dogs comes in.
Young or young-at-heart, the festivities when you go Greyhound Racing can and be enjoyed by everyone.
And if you’re planning a hen party weekend away or keeping it a little more local. There’s bound to be a Greyhound Stadium nearby. From Dublin to Cork, Limerick to Galway, Mullingar to Newbridge and even Tralee to Waterford, the Irish Greyhound Board have venues in towns and cities around the country.
Never been to a Night at the Dogs? Let’s set the scene, shall we?
A greyhound stadium is glass-fronted so you’ll never miss a minute of the racing action. You also have a fantastic variety of spaces to choose for your Hen party from inside with bars, restaurant and grandstand area. Most of the stadiums offer private suites if you’re looking for a more exclusive Hen Party.
Should you decide on the restaurant for your Hen, the evening typically begins around 7 pm where on arrival you’ll be shown to your table. It’s full table service which includes drinks. So, besides nipping off the loo, you won’t need to move for the night. The restaurant is tiered but no need to worry if you’re not at a window seat, you’ll still be able to watch all the racing and if you fancy being a little closer to the action. The racing will also be live on TV screens overhead or beside you.
Greyhound racing is fast-paced ladies. A typical race lasts only 30 secs and they run every 15 minutes. This means it’s all action, no long or boring wait and ample time to chatting, eating and drinking. There are usually 10 to 12 races on a night so who knows you may have mastered the art of picking a winner by the end and buying a round of drinks for the Hen.
There are 6 Greyhounds in a race, and picking a winner is easier than you think. And sure if you just fancy a cheeky bet of €1. Then the tote betting staff will come right to your table.
Now, let’s have a little chat about the food on the night. The food offering can sometimes make or break a hen party so no need to worry about these ladies. The food is prepared and cooked in house by a very talented kitchen team and the menu they select is always packed full of Irish produce and modern favourites to satisfy every palate. Seeing as it’s a Hen Party, there will be plenty of Prosecco & Bubbly on offer to add some extra fizz to the night.
As with any Hen Party, the most important thing is, of course, the Bride-to-be. So it’s only right that she should be fussed over on her Hen night and there are a variety of ways to do it with a Night at the Dogs.
You can decide to upgrade to include a special Hen Party add-on for only €6.50 per person. You’ll enjoy prosecco on arrival at the stadium, a €2 Tote Betting voucher each to get you started on your winnings, a souvenir t-shirt for the Hen and a group photo taken on the night.
The racing usually finishes up about 10:30 which means the night is still young are there is plenty of time for some post-racing partying to enjoy in the stadium or a pub or club. Venues like Dublin and Limerick have a free weekend Shuttle Bus back into town so do be sure to ask about it.
Planning a memorable Hen Party night is pretty straightforward when you decide on a Night at the Dogs. Simply choose a venue and a restaurant package that suits your budget and let the team at the Greyhound stadium look after your Hen Party. Restaurant Prices typically start from as little as €35pp for a 3-course menu. This price also includes admission & a race programme for the evenings racing which comes in normally at €10. It’s very good value for money.
A Night at the Dogs is a hugely popular Hen (and Stag) Party activity, so you’ll be in good company. But don’t fear it won’t be overrun with them and you’ll fantastic and surprising mix of groups on the night and you’ll see the stadium is large enough cater for them all. A Night at the Dogs is even featured on RTE’s Don’t Tell The Bride as a popular hen party activity.
So, ladies, will you be heading for a Night at the Dogs on your Hen Party in 2019? And if you need any more information or to even book your Hen Party. Make sure and visit www.GoGreyhoundRacing.ie.
Greyhound Stadium includes:
- Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium, Dublin.
- Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium, Cork.
- Galway Greyhound Stadium.
- Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
- Mullingar Greyhound Stadium.
- Newbridge Greyhound Stadium.
- Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee.
- Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, Waterford.