A Guide To Your Cardiff Stag Weekend
If you want a mix of great sporting endeavour and huge laughs then the Welsh Games ticks all the boxes (with an additional stitch up for the groom). Bubble Football is another big hitter for Cardiff stags. If you want something a bit different then take the lads up a creek without a paddle for some White Water Rafting.
Best Bars in Cardiff
Soda Bar - Many great nights out in Cardiff start with a visit to the Soda Bar. Big sounds, big drinks, big nights!
Retro - If you love the 90’s then retro is a perfect Oasis with a Blur of great sounds (see what we did there?). A superb venue we highly recommend.
Ten Mill Lane - A quirky, cool and relaxed vibe that stays open until 6am to stay pace with the most dedicated party folk.
July - Cardiff Comedy Festival. The UK’s best comics will be playin’ for laughs.
July - Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival. Enjoy a taste of Cardiff. Free entry.
August - Classic Car & Boat Rally. Classic cars and boats from every era take centre stage.
August - The Big Weekend. Cardiff’s biggest music event with global acts.
Where to Head...
You’ll find plenty of action in the city centre, Mill Lane is a strip of great clubs and bars. St David’s Street is another hub for top nights out. For a quieter and slightly trendier setting Cardiff Bay is well worth a visit, with bars, clubs and restaurants.
Roald Dahl Plass - If you’re looking for somewhere the lads can rest their weary hangovers then Roald Dahl Pass is a "tidy" stretch along the waterfront.
The Millennium Stadium is a fairly imposing sight for sports fans, while music fans can pay homage at Spillers, the world’s oldest record store.
Cardiff has more sunlight per year than Milan. But also, slightly more rain.
Cardiff is home to the world’s oldest record shop (Spillers).
Wales has over 400 castles.
Marconi’s first radio transmission was in Wales (there is no truth in the rumour that it was a Tom Jones’ song "Huh!").
A Taste of Cardiff
Eats - Giovannis is the kind of Italian that will make you a pasta you can’t refuse. Situated close to plenty of great bars this is a superb place to set yourselves up for a great night out with fantastic authentic Italian cooking.
Drinks - If you were only to sample one pint in Cardiff then we’d recommend you make it a Pipes Beer. This local brew is well worth crossing the bridge for and the Smoked Lager is of particular note.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Cardiff
Ways to get around are slightly limited in Cardiff with only buses and taxis available. However the great news is everything in the city centre is with easy walking distance so all you really need is Shanks’s pony.
The quickest routes (M6, M5 M4) will all eventually lead you onto the M4. The capital can be accessed via 3 junctions off the M4 so even if the lads singing to their new 1D CD causes you to miss the first one you have two more to save you before the Best Song Ever comes on
Cardiff Central is the largest station. Direct trains operate to most major cities, London trains leave Paddington every 30 mins, with a two hour journey.
There are regular flights to Cardiff Airport from most UK airports. Getting to the city is a quick hop by taxi, train or bus.
"Os gwelwch yn dda" - Please
"Diolch" - Thanks
"Moron" - Carrot
"Peint os gwelwch yn dda." - A pint please.
"Mwy cwrw os gwelwch yn dda." - More beers please.
"Mae ein cyfaill yn y ffrog , mae'n priodi." - Our friend in the dress, he's getting married.
"Ydym, yr ydym yn synnu hefyd." - Yes, we were surprised too.
"Nid oes digon o llafariaid yn eich iaith!" - There aren't enough vowels in your language!
36 Reasons Why Cardiff Rocks!
Room 112 - Is this the best room ever?!?!? We're convinced it is with its awesome range of spirits and beers as well as the most beautiful party-loving ladies in the city! Read more...
For the Record - Cardiff is home to the world's oldest record store. Spillers have been open since 1894, and despite moving in 2010, you can still pay this retro store a visit today. See more...
Welsh Challenge - The perfect way to initiate any unfamiliar lads on a Cardiff stag do; take on the like of the Rugby Run, Drunk Dragons and the hilarious Duffing Daffyd. Find out more...
Does it always rain? - Contrary to popular belief, Cardiff is actually incredibly sunny, with more sunlight hours than even Milan.
Katherine Jenkins - We might not know much about opera but we know what we like... And that's watching Katherine Jenkins we don't actually care what she's singing when she looks that amazing!
Live Lounge - Sit back, relax and chill out in this awesome bar where you can enjoy affordable pints while listening to Cardiff's best up-and-coming artists and bands. See more...
Green city - There's more green space per person in Cardiff than any other major UK city, which is great news if you're looking for somewhere to park your hangovers and recuperate.
Bangkok Café - For a totally different dining experience, head to this awesome Thai diner serving oriental grills and stir-fries with a twist. Find out more...
Viva Brazil - It turns out that Brazil do two things very well, football, and slow-roasted steaks. Samba down to this spectacular restaurant and wrap your laughing gear around some of the most delicious BBQ meats in the city. See more...
Ten Mill Lane - This sharp-looking, sophisticated bar is seriously great with cocktails that are both unique and inventive. Try the Whipped Pig or Grandpa's Medicine for a truly awesome concoction. See more...
Wales Rugby - Hugely successful and globally admired, Wales is truly a rugby obsessed nation. If Wales win during your Cardiff stag weekend, you're sure to know about it!
Millennium Stadium - One of the most impressive sports stadiums in the UK and one time home of the FA Final.
Cardiff Blues - When Wales aren't taking to the pitch, the city's Rugby Union fans can be found cheering on the mighty blues on a weekend in the Cardiff Arms Park.
Lab 22 - The people behind this bar realise that making cocktails is a precise science - meaning that you'll get to try a veritable periodic table of alcoholic creations in this award-winning venue. See more...
Ifor Bach - In 1158, Ifor Bach attacked Cardiff Castle and kidnapped the Earl of Gloucester as well as his missus. That's seriously Games of Thrones stuff for you right there.
Retro - Feeling nostalgic? This popular nightclub will sort your Cardiff stag do right out with its epic selection of 90s bangers and lively partying atmosphere! Find out more...
Mole-problems - In 1897, a Cardiff-based corporation were forced to hire a mole catcher as a solution to an intense infestation of the underground inhabitants. Dull but true.
Big Dolla' - The world's first £1,000,000 cheque was signed in Cardiff's coal exchange, Wolf of Wall Street much?!?
Giant Balls! - For the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a massive rugby ball was lodged into the side of Cardiff Castle with ‘cracks' appearing in the wall behind it. Nice try...
St. David's - Looking for some hideous threads to dress the groom in? Plenty of shops to commit crimes of fashion at this giant mall. See more...
Party Town - Cardiff is a major party city, especially with visiting hen parties who take to the clubs like hens to vodka.
Cardiff Castle - The city's castle dates back from the 11th century and was even used as an air raid shelter during World War II.
The Lingo - While the overwhelming majority of the population speaks good old English, around 10% of the locals prefer to talk in Welsh, and almost 100 different languages are spoken in Cardiff every day.
Student City - Cardiff boasts over 50,000 students, and on a weekend the majority of that figure can be found seeking good times in the city's best pubs, bars and clubs.
Doctor Who - The world famous time-travelling series is filmed in Cardiff.
Clwb Ifor Bach - This amazing club used to be for Welsh-language music only, although we're pretty confident the epic nights here speak for themselves. These days the Clwb hosts everything from big-name-bands to up-and-coming Welsh artists as well as the city's top DJs. See more...
Charlotte Church - Yep, she's got a great pair lungs on her. And a great voice!
Ryan Giggs - The Welsh Wizard won 13 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and the Champions League. Twice! And scored in 23 consecutive seasons.
Stereophonics - One of Wales' finest musical exports, with a back catalogue of tracks that includes songs like The Bartender and the Thief, Dakota, Maybe Tomorrow and Handbags and Gladrags.
Cardiff City FC - The Bluebirds weren't singing a happy tune when a new owner came in and insist they start wearing red causing massive city wide protests.
Cerys Matthews - There aren't many artists that could get away with performing hit Christmas track Baby It's Cold Outside whilst locked in a massive bird cage (we're not even going to bother reading into that decision) but this famous Cardiff artist of Catatonia fame managed it!
Griff Rhys Jones - One of the city's favourite sons was at the cutting edge of alternative comedy back when Peter Kay "were just a lad."
Gareth Bale - We'll forgive the dodgy barnet due to his amazing football skills as he looks set to become the Wales record breaking goal scorer. Not bad for a midfielder.
Colin Jackson - British athletics legend Colin Jackson and one of the greatest speed merchants ever to pull on a Great Britain shirt.
Castell Coch - In North Cardiff you'll find this absolute gem of a castle that can sometimes be left forgotten. Explore this ancient structure and quote Game of Thrones to death.
Porters - This brilliant boozer does a little bit of everything, cinema, live music, comedy, theatre, you name it. Grab some hunger-conquering grub and get set for a great night. See more...
It's On Cardiff - Your one-stop-shop for the city's best bars, clubs and restaurants.
What's On In Cardiff? - More info on the best club nights, live music and citywide events.
The Tab - News on all things Cardiff as well as hilarious stories and trends from across the web.
Cardiff After Dark - The ultimate guide on going out in Cardiff, they'll tell you what's hot so you and the lads can avoid where's not!
like its 1929!"
Doctor Who & Torchwood are filmed in Cardiff.
Chasing the dragon in the Welsh capital
You’d be hard pressed to find a location more suited than a Cardiff stag do experience despite being Europe’s youngest capital. In fact, we really couldn’t have planned a city any better for the occasion ourselves (and planning is what we do!). Culture and entertainment sit side by side in this rocking metropolis, with a full complement of great nights out and action packed activities with plenty of scenery that most gentlemen on a night out will like the look of. With great accommodation putting you in the heart of the capital’s electric atmosphere, and a mere stone’s throw from the classy waterfront of the Bay, we’re ready to help you get the most out of your stag weekend. Send a brief now.
Why a Cardiff stag do?
Cardiff is home to Spillers the world's oldest record store which opened in 1894.
Cited as one of the UK’s top ten destinations, if you’re seeking the perfect city to play host, Cardiff certainly holds its own as one of the front runners. It's a vibrant party scene by night and an adventure playground by day. For the thrill seekers among you the facilities for outdoor pursuits really are second to none, with rapids and rally tracks ready to test even the strongest of nerves. For those planning to take full advantage of the fantastic nightlife on offer, we have a range of hotels across the ratings that place you right in amongst the action.
In short, however diverse the tastes of your group, and whatever the budget, a stag do in Cardiff will tick all the right boxes.
How to get to the city...
Several convenient transport links serve the Welsh capital, so getting to your Cardiff stag do really couldn’t be easier. Situated along the M4 corridor, the premier city is certainly accessible by road. Rail is a great alternative, with the country’s largest railway station located right in the city centre. If travelling by air is more your style then the city even has its own airport! ( See flights here).
When’s the best time to visit Cardiff?
Cardiff is a city that never sleeps, so from the height of summer to the depths of winter there’s always something going on. High season showcases the best of the capital’s established music scene, while world renowned sporting venues see die-hard fans flocking to support their teams in even the most unseasonable of conditions.
Where to be in Cardiff?
It’s no secret that the city centre is the place to be if you want to make the most of Cardiff’s fantastic party atmosphere. But venture a little further afield and you may be surprised at just how much the Capital has to offer. Add a spot of culture to your Cardiff stag weekends with a trip to Cardiff Castle, or take in some stunning valley views along the Taff Trail. Head five minutes out of the city to Cardiff Bay and relax by the waterfront at one of the stylish Mermaid Quay’s many bars, cafes and restaurants. When it’s time to sleep, we have a great selection of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels available across the city, but the Capital’s popularity means these do get booked up very quickly. To ensure the accommodation of your choice we really do strongly advise booking as early as possible.
Cardiff has more hours of sunlight than Milan.
Lights, camera... action stations!
Steeped in sporting history and home to an array of both national and international events, Cardiff has been afforded the title of European Capital of Sport 2014. So where better to try out some of the best of our action-packed activities? Have a go at a few of the more extreme options a Cardiff stag do could bring. White water rafting, hydrospeeding and canyoning are sure fire ways to get the adrenaline pumping. If you’re looking for something a little more run-of-the-mill, why not be true to the city and try out some 5 a side, or if you’re a fan of the man’s game rather than the beautiful game, spend an afternoon watching one of the most physically demanding sports around? From clay shooting to kite surfing, cocktail mixing to quad biking, or even a simple day on the golf course, we’ve got a huge range of activities to make sure a stag do in Cardiff will be the stuff of legends!
On the money
Variety is, as they say, the spice of life and it’s a sentiment that Cardiff lives by. Activity, entertainment or accommodation, the choice is vast, Cardiff is sure to provide something to suit every pocket. From the bustling city centre to chic waterfront dining, and everything located conveniently in-between, we’ll help you to create the perfect weekend to a budget that works for your entire group.
What to do next?
If you think the city fits the bill and are interested in holding your stag do in Cardiff, have a browse of our website for the kind of packages available. See any ideas you’d like added? Send us a stag weekend brief. Our friendly team will provide you with no obligation ideas for a variety of Cardiff stag weekend programmes to fit your budget and individual requirements.
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