If you're heading to Hamburg it's probably a safe bet that you are fans of the golden amber nectar that Germany is so famed for. If Al Murray were ever to venture to Germanic pastures despite his intense national pride even he would have to give three cheers for the beers on a Hamburg stag night with its many pleasures. So as Al might say "Bring on the beer!" and let's take a look at the best options for a stag night Hamburg style.
If you want to get booked up in advance and plan something special for the main man before his says a fond farewell to life as a single man then there is plenty to choose from;
Strip Dinner - Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Lap Dancing If we're have to explain what this is then you're probably not the man who should be booking a stag do.
Beer Hall Tours Fresh from a ride on your Beer Bike and Brewery Lunch you can move on to the beer hall. It's a last man standing sort of a day out.
Strip Limo See the erm… sites (?) from the comfort of your own limousine.
Casino For a more sophiscated pallet its martinis and blackjack.
Nightclub Guestlist Entry Why queue like mortal folk? You're stags on a mission so beat the queue and swagger like A-listers.
Bavarian Feast "Tonight with dine like Kings!!!" With plenty of local liquid gold to wash it down with.
Stripper Wake Up Call Set the groom up with a wake up call he won't forget in a hurry. "What's the story…?"
Steak Dinner It's not just the beer that's good in Germany. Check out a German steak dinner.
Beach Bar Crawl Enjoy the sandy shores of the River Elbe and the stunning shore front bars and clubs.
Hamburg is so much more than beer and red lights, yes, it is possibly what its most famous for (unless you're huge fans of the printing press in which case there's a whole museum, but for the sake of argument lets just suppose you're more interested in beer & babes than ink & industry) however even within the Reeperbahn there really is more than just frothy pints and floor shows.
As well as the infamous red light district you'll find cool sandy beaches and river side bars, really trendy clubs and galleries as well as a huge selection of international cuisine dotted all around the city. But Germany is a proud nation and happy to shout about its roots and traditions which you'll find evident in the many drinking halls and more traditional Bavarian restaurants.
In March, August and November Hamburger Dom funfair sets up covering 3km of the Dom area of Sankt Pauli. Beer tents, live music & good times are had as the whole city comes out to party.
How to get there It's easily accessible by Metro (underground train). Take the City S-Bahn line of the Hamburg S-Bahn direct to Reeperbahn Station. The station itself sits at the eastern end of Reeperbahn Strasse (street).
What's on offer A stag do in Hamburg will find itself well and truly in the centre of the sex tourism map. Every weird taste and pleasure is catered for but at the lighter end at the spectrum there's plenty of (relatively) wholesome fun for stags to enjoy without having to go home with a guilty conscience.
There are floor shows, cinemas, lap dancing clubs, strip clubs, sex shops, the list goes on. If you can think of a way of wearing, removing, playing with, or straddling something then Hamburg has done it.
But there's also great live music and some excellent Vaudeville theatre that really is worth checking out. Let's not over look the fact that The Beatles founding roots are in Hamburg and you'll find a statue dedicated to the Fab Four in Beatles-platz and visit some of the bars they played in. As John Lennon put it "I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg."
Hamburg even has a handy beach where you can set up an impromptu BBQ and enjoy the evening air on the banks of the Elbe River.
Yes you're going to have some Benny Hill style laughs but tread carefully. If you decide to go "window shopping" so to speak to have a look at the girls who make their living in the area, laughing groups of men won't get a particularly warm welcome. And cameras are a real no no so use your camera phones with discretion and remember the first rule of the stag; What goes on tour stays off Facebook.
Souvenirs Eight pints into the evening is NOT the time to think of picking up a little something to take home to the lady in your life. What might seem like a bit of cheeky fun through your beer goggles could well be received and re-gifted ("...where the sun doesn't shine!") and lead to a few night in spare room solitary confinement.
History If you're ever wondered how these things come into being… The clue to the Reeperbahn lies behind its name which translates as "Rope Walks". Originally this area was set up and inhabited by sailors and fisherman and where you find salty sea dogs "professional ladies" often not be far behind and so came into being Hamburgs most famous, controversial and most diverse area.