Fifteen years ago, the normal stag do for a groom to be and his friends was basic and simple; perhaps a curry at the local Indian restaurant followed by a few too many pints of beer at a number of pubs across his home city. Skip to 2015, however, and that minimal, localised kind of celebration simply isn’t going to cut it anymore.
As flights abroad have become cheaper and holiday companies have caught on to the modern trend of travelling internationally for group festivities, the rise in international stag do packages and deals have made it easier than ever before to organise something easy, relatively inexpensive and most importantly, unforgettable. If a stag do in another country is something that you are interested in, take a look at our top five destinations and see which interests you the most.
Prague is a grown man’s paradise, with more pubs and bars than you can name and a wide range of activities that are perfect for stag dos including target shooting, go karting, paintballing, foot golf, white water rafting and bubble football. In terms of sporting events, the city has successful football and ice hockey teams, and you’ll be able to relax in the evening at a beer spa or in a smooth river cruise. You can get a bit of culture at Franz Kafka’s house, snap a selfie on Charles Bridge and visit one of the biggest castles in Europe.
Barcelona has become a favourite destination for stag parties from all over Europe. With beautiful architecture and a plethora of eating and drinking options, the Spanish city pretty much covers all the necessary bases. With quad biking, Segway tours, and private yacht chartering to keep you occupied in the day, there’s the famous Las Ramblas party and tourist district to keep you entertained at night. Visit in the summer and there’s the added attraction of the beach.
If mainland Europe seems a bit too far to go for your long weekend away with the boys, then why not consider the magical and historical city of Dublin? The Irish people have always been renowned for their hospitality and their knowledge of exactly how to have a good time, and in Dublin you can visit the Guinness brewery, go clay pigeon shooting, participate in traditional Gaelic games, race sand buggies and win some money at the beloved horse racing. And of an evening you can enjoy the craic in a friendly bar where cold stout and music are always on the menu.
If the Irish are experts in Guinness, it’s safe to say that the Germans are the continental experts of everything beer related. Munich offers many of the classic stag do activities including paintballing, go-karting, quad biking and white water rafting, but the German city also offers something a little different. From spending the afternoon on a ‘beer bicycle’ to being part of a bobsleigh team to abseiling down the side of the iconic Olympic stadium, the options are different and exciting! Whether you want to be active or simply sit back and relax on your stag do, Munich has an activity for everybody.
The beautiful and historic city of Amsterdam, over the last few decades, has become one of the most popular destinations for short breaks, with stag dos being one of the most frequent types of holidays to take in the Dutch city. Amsterdam really does have something for everybody. Those who want to incorporate some history into their trip can visit the house of Anne Frank and for the art lovers, there is plenty of options such as the Van Gogh museum. Many enjoy a relaxing canal cruise to take in the city’s rich history. Of course, for those who want to party, the infamous Red Light District is there to welcome you and introduce you to many of Amsterdam’s night time festivities.
For a future groom and his best friends living in the United Kingdom, with such a close proximity to literally hundreds of destinations, the possibilities really are endless. The top five locations listed above have long been the favoured stag do cities in Europe, and the common thread amongst all of them is clear to see – a city full of fun activities for men that also offers a vibrant and exciting nightlife at the end of the day.
Of course, Prague, Barcelona, Dublin, Munich and Amsterdam are not the be all and end all of European stag do destinations. You certainly won’t go wrong if you pick one of our top five, but if you are looking for something a little bit different, a destination that may not be as commercially popular, then here are a list of honourable mentions for stag do parties across Europe:
When it comes to stag dos in Europe, the possibilities are almost endless, but one thing that is highly recommended for any of the above-mentioned destinations is that the weekend is booked through a highly reputable company as a package. This is the best way to ensure that you and your friends get to experience the very best that your chosen city has to offer. Be smart, be safe, have fun!