Gothenburg can proudly boast all the sure fire, stag pleasing classics. From gung ho glory out on the Paintball battlefield to Fast and Furious, wheel to wheel combat out on the Go Kart circuit, Gothenburg can deliver serious daytime thrills to match its epic nightlife offerings.
Best Bars in Gothenburg
Bee Kök & Bar
This busy and lively bar & restaurant is incredibly popular for good reason: great pints, tasty food and an awesomely relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
3 Små Rum (3 Small Rooms)
Literally three small rooms in a basement, this tiny pub does beer and little else! With 14 top brews on tap and over 200 types of bottled beer in the fridges, this is the best spot in town for a craft beer connoisseur.
The Temple Pub
Over forty beers, more whiskey than you'd ever want to try and a rock and roll atmosphere that pulls in the Gothenburg crowds night after night.
May - Summerburst
Dance and electronic music from around the world, enough beer to fuel any stag do and a chilled out atmosphere make Summerburst a must attend festival.
August - Way Out West
A three day alternative music festival featuring huge names from rock, hip hop and electronic music set in the heart of Gothenburg's awesome Slottsskogen Park.
Gothenburg Culture Festival
It's not all beer and big name acts with this city run culture festival that delivers city wide main stages, dance and theatre in the streets and festivities all week long.
"Finns det hjärterum så finns det stjärterum"
- This Swedish saying used to welcome guests into a home translates as "If there's room in the heart there's room for the arse.
Where to Head...
Avenyn, a centrally located street, is a boulevard in the Gothenburg nightlife scene. With lively, popular pubs, bars and nightclubs to be found along this street or nearby, there's no better place to head for a slice of Swedish nightlife in Gothenburg.
For a true taste of Scandinavian culture and the weirdest experience you'll ever have in a market head to Feskekôrka (that translates as "Fish church" by the way), a fish market held in a pyramid shaped building that closely resembles a gothic church.
The story of Beowulf is said to come from the Gothenburg area.
Theft rates of 'Moose Crossing' signs in Sweden are alarmingly high.
The largest mall in Europe is in Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is known as 'Little London' because of early trade links with Blighty.
A Taste of Gothenburg
Eats - One classic Swede dish you've got to sample on your Gothenburg stag do is Inlagt Sill … or as you may have heard of it, pickled herring.
Drinks - Nothing goes better with pickled herring than O.P. Anderson, a strong aquavit (spiced vodka) that's drunk alongside meals in a Scandinavia as a tradition called 'snaps'.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Gothenburg
Public transport in Gothenburg is made up of bus, tram and ferry routes, and buying tickets can be a complicated procedure as drivers do not sell them. Taxis are also a no go for stags looking for an economical way of getting around because the fares are not regulated by the city, resulting in pricey fares.
Thankfully, central Gothenburg is easy to walk and is probably the most relaxing way to work off that lingering stag hangover. Gothenburg is also very cycle friendly, with loads of cycle paths across the city, cycle hire points in the centre and hire shops all over the city it's easy to arrange too.
Some handy Swedish proverbs in English:
"Ingen ko på isen" - "There's no cow on the ice".
"Det ligger en hund begraven" - "There's a dog buried here".
"Skägget i brevlådan" - "Caught with your beard in the letterbox".
"Att ana ugglor i mossen" - "Suspecting owls in the bog".
"Smaken är som baken, delad" - "Taste is like your bum, divided".
like its 1929!"
Ikea, H&M & Absolut Vodka are all Swedish.
A little more about a Gothenburg stag do
And a lot like the rest of Continental Europe, Gothenburg has an appetite for fun, you can bust your stag weekend moves well into the early hours, gorge on late night hot dogs and then walk or catch a tram back to your clean and comfortable hotel. Sweden has a reputation for being expensive and depending on where you go there are some things that are pricier than at home such as beers, (probably half as expensive again), but this is where you have to be stag smart. If you get the timing right you'll save a bundle on flights, and StagWeb will help you get the most of your weekend from happy hours to happy Gothenburg stags!
Why go to Gothenburg
The sun sets at 3.30pm in the winter.
The setting is striking, the atmosphere's electric and the activities are incredible. If you thought Ikea was the pinnacle of Swedish creativity, think again - the Art Nouveau architecture of Gothenburg provides a striking backdrop to an exciting city.
In Gothenburg there's always celebrations going on, whether it's partying in the sun at the Midsummer Festival or gathering some stag souvenirs at Scandinavia's largest Christmas market at the Liseberg Amusement Park. West Sweden is also quickly gaining an international reputation as the food capital of northern Europe due to the growing number of imaginative chefs, making it ideal for any foodie stags.
Alongside an excellent atmosphere and great sights, there are tons of fantastic activities to pack into your Gothenburg stag weekend. Start Saturday with a bout of paintball to get your adrenaline pumping before giving your stag do some extra kudos with something unusual - sumo wrestling. You'll wear a huge, padded sumo wrestler suit and grapple with your opponent before crowning a stag champion.
Start your Gothenburg night out at a top casino where you and the boys can try your hands at some high-rolling games with poker chips aplenty. After that we'll organise for you and the boys to go to a top, stag-friendly restaurant for a hearty stag meal, before hooking you up with queue jump and guestlist entry to one of the best nightclubs in Gothenburg.
Whether you're looking to spend the weekend with high-adrenaline action sports or on a relaxing boy's weekend away, a stag weekend in Gothenburg has something for everyone.
When to go to Gothenburg
In terms of annual events, in January there's the Goteborg International Film Festival which is one of the largest film festivals in Scandinavia, with over 500 movies shown. In April there's Chalmerscortègen, a parade of humorous carnival floats and then in May there's the Goteborg Basketball Festival with around 500 different basketball teams competing. In June there's the Goteborg Music Festival with marching bands and live performances as well as Pier Pressure, a rock festival with an electric atmosphere. Also in June is Match Cup Sweden with racing sailing boats, then in July there's the Naasville Bluegrass Music Festival and in August there's Gothenburg Party which is Sweden's biggest outdoor festival, taking over the whole city for a week of performances, all of which are free.
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