Weddings are steeped in history and tradition, and one of the most famous rituals is undoubtedly the hen’s or buck’s night. Toasting the end of your single days and the beginning of your life as a husband or wife can be a noble – and incredibly enjoyable – tradition.
If your hen or buck enjoys the finer things in life, you might want to avoid the stereotypes and embrace the idea of good drinks, fine dining and excellent company. Even if you’re planning a more raucous affair later in the night, you can still forge some good memories with your closest friends before the festivities begin.
Here are a few great ideas to get you started!
Start Your Evening with a World-Class Meal
From the ancient Greeks and Romans to Medieval Kings and Elvis Presley, eating too much food has been recognised as one of the best ways to celebrate life’s big events. One of the few places on the Gold Coast where you can get a feast truly worthy of that tradition is Balthazar Wine & Dining, located at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.
You won’t find standard restaurant fare at Balthazar, but a true flavour experience. The restaurant features 15 incredible menus to choose between, with choices of six, seven, or nine courses of food. With menus inspired by different cultural backgrounds, you’ll experience a constellation of flavours with dishes inspired by the best in French, and modern Australian cuisines. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to drink too – these are degustation menus, so each dish will be paired with champagne, beer, or a wine from Balthazar’s remarkable collection of 500 Australian and international drops. Call 07 5592 9973 to book the whole restaurant out for your party and celebrate the bride or groom-to-be with the sheer pleasure of flavour.
Tapas, Beer, and Wine
If you want less of a sit-down affair, you can also book Balthazar for a Tapas or an exclusive wine or craft beer tasting – or why not combine the three?
Balthazar’s Tapas menu features mouth-watering Tasmanian oysters, zesty orange and thyme olives, and smoked ham hock terrine with pickled cabbage and crusty bread. Choose some special wines from the amazing cellar to pair with your choice, or ask Balthazar’s world-class sommelier David Stevens-Castro to suggest some for you.
Speaking of Balthazar’s sommelier, you can also organise a private wine or craft beer tasting with him. David is more than just an expert, he has a special passion for the flavours, aromas, history, and science of wine that allows him to make every tasting a journey. If your buck or hen is into the more refined side of drinking, a tasting is a great way to treat them to something special while achieving a celebratory glow along the way.
High Tea High above the Gold Coast
If your celebrations are kicking off in the afternoon, why not start it with high tea and champagne in Crowne Plaza’s incredible 360˚ revolving restaurant, Four Winds.
Four Winds is no ordinary restaurant – perched high above the coast, it offers 360˚ views of the ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland, and the whole restaurant rotates so you can take in the view from every side. Their high tea is extraordinary as well. For just $35 per person, you’ll get mouth-watering pastries, a selection of sweets, and traditionally served tea, and you can add champagne for an extra four dollars! Start your evening of celebrations in truly classy fashion with Four Winds’ high tea and let your hen or buck (men like tea too!) get some perspective on things.
Make a booking at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise to combine fine dining, incredibly good fun, and the best accommodation in the area.