Top UK Cities for a Local Stag Do
Jetting off to the Mediterranean for beers in the sun might sound like the perfect stag do but will it be the experience you want it to be if your best friend or a close family member is unable to attend?
It’s a realistic scenario. A recent survey found that stag (and hen) dos abroad cost, on average, £998. This is a huge amount to ask of your guests, and that’s if they are able to get the time off work or commit to flying abroad in the first place. Plus, you don’t need to head overseas when there are so many exciting cities right on your doorstep.
So, before you start planning a weekend to remember, here are some of the best cities in the UK for a local stag do:
As you sit in one of Brighton’s beachfront bars with a drink in your hand, watching the waves roll against the pebble beach, you could almost be abroad. This lively and colourful city is a hive of activity and boasts the best clubbing scene on the British coastline. This is ideal for those who want to party all night and soak up the sun during the day.
Music is so intertwined in city life that you can almost feel it pulsating through the streets. This vibrant and energetic city, which was the birthplace of bands including Oasis, The Smiths and The Stone Roses, is the perfect stag location for music lovers. For the same reason, you might also like to head to nearby Liverpool, a UNESCO City of Music and the home of The Beatles – here you can visit The Cavern Club where it all began for the foursome. These two cities are also ideal destinations for football lovers. You can watch a match – or tour the stadium – of one of four Premier League football clubs.
Often topping the list of best destinations to have a stag do in the UK, Bristol is known for its alternative vibe and creativity. There are a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from that are all testament to this. You can also head up Park Street to take in views across the city from Brandon Hill, admire Banksy’s masterpieces that decorate the city streets and enjoy cider on a boat. You might also like to plan your weekend around one of the city’s many festivals – such as Love Saves the Day or the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
You’ll always find something new popping up in England’s capital city and there are plenty of quirky experiences to choose from. Would you like to ‘cook’ cocktails in a Breaking Bad inspired RV? Perhaps you’d love to take the mic during hip-hop karaoke as you enjoy your brunch? You might choose to have your dinner in the dark or a silent disco at the top of The Shard? You’ll be spoilt for choice.
Head up to Scotland’s capital city and enjoy a weekend against the backdrop of the medieval old town and the Georgian new town. Make your way up Arthur’s Seat to take in the beautiful city, enjoy live music in one of the many pubs or get to know the gruesome history on a ghost bus tour.
If the groom-to-be is into his beer then this city is the best place to go for a brewery tour. Once you’ve sampled the craft beers on offer, head out to experience the energetic nightlife – you might like the trendy bars near the Corn Exchange – alternatively head over to Boar Lane if you’re watching the pennies or Greek Street for something a little more upmarket. There’s plenty to keep you busy in the day too, from Escape Rooms and paint balling to bubble football and go-karting.
Now you just need to choose which one you’re going to go to.