A Guide To Your Krakow Stag Weekend
AK47 Shooting - Get your itchy trigger fingers on some proper hardware and shoot the legendary AK-47 assault rifle. Go 'Full Arnie' in a stag vs stag competition to see who will be Top Gun.
Party Tram - Two chilled bottles of vodka, one hot stripper, a fully stocked bar... This is the ONLY way to travel and a great start to any big stag night.
Oil Wrestling - Time for the groom to 'man up' or he'll be taken down by two stunning, bikini clad wrestlers and a pool of oil. "Fiiiiighhhht!!"
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Best Bars in Krakow
Bierhalle - If you like your beers to 'Go large' then get along to the Bierhalle. A celebration of all things beer with a slightly Bavarian twist including the giant 1 litre stein glasses served by cute beer maids. You'll also find some great 'man food'.
Mały Rynek 7, 31-041
Wódka Café Bar - But when in Rome... in fact it would be rude not to go to Poland and drink vodka and the Wodka Café is the best place to do just that. It's a vodka fuelled happy place, perfect for any big night out.
Ulica Mikołajska 5
Bomba - This funky venue serves some fine beers and spirits to the city's hipsters. Live bands, DJs and some man-sized cocktails.
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Ambasada Sledzia - "He's the bride-to-be, get him out of here!" See the groom off with his own Stag-Tucker trial at this fantastic pickled herring and vodka bar. Yes, that was 'pickled herring and vodka bar', the perfect taste combination for any nearly-married man.
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February - Shanty Festival. Make like pirates and sing along with the locals in celebration of an old-fashioned salt-water soaked sea shanty.
June - Dragon Parade. Enjoy the sheer spectacle of Krakow's Wawel Dragon Parade with floats, fireworks, lasers, music and a healthy amount of beer.
June - Lajkonik Parade. The city's celebration of deliverance from the Tartar invaders. If a nun hits you on the arm, don't act surprised, it's meant to bring you good luck.
August - Pierogi Festival. If you've never tried this Polish culinary staple before then you're in for a treat with this delicious festival.
"He who smokes and drinks doesn't get roundworms."
- Polish proverb
Where to Head...
Krakow claims to have the highest density of bars in the world and who are we to argue? We're not about to waste good drinking time in the city 'counting bars' (although it does give us an idea for a song). The place to be is definitely the Old Town. It's easy to navigate on foot and is packed with bars, restaurants and clubs, many of them below the cobbled streets.
Even those that aren't keen on sightseeing will be impressed by the Main Square which retains a lot of medieval charm with a Game of Thrones kind of vibe. With food, drink and music all-round the square you can go 'full Tyrion' although expect to pay tourist/Lannister prices (for value, stick to the Old Town).
If you need a quiet and shaded spot to rest your hangovers and wait for the world to stop spinning then Planty Park is the city's largest park with plenty of room to stretch out.
Krakow has its own leaning tower that stands 70m tall. Take that Pisa!
Every September there is a Dachsund parade.
The Polish national poem, Pan Tadeusz (Master Thaddeus), strangely begins with the words; "Lithuania, my fatherland!"
A statue of a dragon in the city centre actually breathes fire. It's in honour of the legendary dragon that once lived the city. Of course.
A Taste of Krakow
Eats – Alchemia Od Kuchni - There's no wimpy, portions to be seen here. This is real 'man food' and dishes only come in one size. Large. And those dishes are fantastic. Street food, steaks, giant burgers... They also do a great breakfast.
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Drinks – T.E.A. Time Brewery - If you're not head over heels for Polish beer then head to the T.E.A. Time Brewery which is steeped in British brewing traditions and even feels like an English boozer. Superb food, top service and top class English ale.
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On Ya Bike! Getting Around Krakow
The easiest way to get about Krakow by night is actually on foot as most of the bars and clubs are all close together. In fact of many of them are underfoot in giant cellars under the city's cobbles.
If you're heading further afield during the day then there are buses and trams that cross the city. But make sure you punch your ticket (using the small orange boxes next to ticket kiosks and bus stands) or you could be fined even though you've bought your ticket. Tickets can be bought at most newsstands. The cheapest way to get about is to buy a 24 hour pass.
If you're feeling fit you can hop on the Krakow equivalent of a "Boris Bike" which can be found all over the city.
"Czesc" - Hello
"Proszę" - Please
"Dziękuję" - Thank you
"Na zdrowie!" - Cheers!
"Proszę piwa" - A beer please
"Poproszę dwa piwa" - Two beers please
"Wiele piw proszę" - Lots of beers please
"Oczyszczenie zapłaci za wszystko" – The groom will pay for everything
"Czy całujesz lepiej?" – Will you kiss it better?
"Nie" - No
27 Reasons Why Krakow Is Epic!
Snowmobiles - If they're good enough for Bond, then they're good enough for your Krakow stag weekend surely?!? Take on an epic 8 mile mountain trek and feel the power of your snow-destroying machine. Discover more...
Dragon Breath - It's protected by a dragon, well according to local legend anyway. Although if you want something that breathes deadly fumes check the groom the morning after the big night out.
Buddha Drink & Garden - A unique oriental party paradise in the heart of the Polish capital. The décor is unusual, the atmosphere is buzzing and the vodka is stiff. With a striking candlelit outdoor terrace garden with sofas and all, The Buddha is a bar worth making the pilgrimage for. Discover more here.
Strip Boat - See some of Poland's most beautiful sights...and we aren't talking about the architecture! Beautiful babes, cold beers and your best mates, does it get any better? Find out more...
Singer – This bar has hit a high note with the Krakow locals, with some calling it the city's best. And who are we to argue? So roll up your sleeves and dive into this old-style speakeasy where the drinks are cheap, the music is loud, the tables are danced on and the spirit of the night is kept safe in sound. Hear (and see) more.
St. Mary's Basilica - One of the city's biggest and baddest landmarks, St. Mary's is steeped in a deep history; it genuinely looks like something out of an Assassin's Creed game as well, although please don't attempt to climb it to "Get a clear shot."
Last orders - Unlike back in Blighty, the pubs don't close at 11pm, in fact, that's around the time when they get going. Boozers traditionally stay open until the last gent leaves, 'Okrzyki!' (cheers!)
CyberMachina – The bar is a game of Tetris. The taps are Super Mario pipelines. Iron Man is climbing out of the walls. CyberMachina is all kinds of awesome. Grab a pint and take a trip down memory lane as you play classic video games and go head to head in modern hits including Guitar Hero and FIFA. Get your game on here.
Nowa Huta - This area is generally considered to be the only district in the world built to match Stalin's vision of a communist utopia. A perfect time to remind the groom that some lads are more equal than others with a few stag pranks we think...
Old Town - The oldest part of the city is well worth a look to stop off and toast the groom with a traditional local brew.
Pop-culture - Around 760,000 people live here, but a whopping 8 million residents live within 62 miles of this epic city. This means that the clubs are always packed on a Krakow stag do and seriously rocking.
Sexy Hitch Hiker - There's no better way to stitch up a deserving groom. Pick up a mysterious but beautiful hitch hiker and then watch the main man's jaw drop as she suddenly starts removing her clothes?!? Discover more...
Ex-Capital - Krakow was the capital of Poland for well over 500 years before Warsaw came along and stole all the glory. What gives man?!?
Bulldog Bar - The spirit of the dive bar is kept alive and well by Krakow's Bulldog. This is no-frills, no-fuss, no-hassle drinking and eating for bargain prices with the footy on. We also have it on a good authority that the burgers are some of the barking best in the city, but there's only one way to find out... Discover The Bulldog.
Football Heaven – Where will you catch the biggest games on your Krakow stag do? Football Heaven. The Premier League is massive in Poland and this sports bar is a temple to all things football related with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal etc banners and flags as well as all the best action from around the leagues on flat-screen TVs. Game on! Find out more...
Wisla Krakow - The city's biggest football club is one of Poland's oldest and most successful, and did you know that they once beat Pogon Siedlce 21-0? Now that's a proper spanking!
House of Beer – Best. House. Ever. Exhibit A) We've never seen so many beer bottles behind one bar. Exhibit B) The finest selection of continental brews this side of Europe. Exhibit C) In truth, we can't remember our third point, another beer please, cheers! Enter the house here.
KS Cracovia - Poland's oldest football club (by a few months) and arguably the best (Wisla Krakow fans will tell you otherwise). Also, there aren't many clubs in Europe that have counted the Pope amongst their fans, but that's what Cracovia had in John Paul II...
The Holy War - When the two above teams meet on the pitch, it's possibly one of the fiercest local derbies in the world, the game has certainly lived up to its hyperbole over the years!
Bubble Football - If you love to play football but your mates have the frustrating first touch of Lionel Messi then this epic twist on the beautiful game could give you a distinct advantage...at the cost of any kind of agility/skill/control of course. Discover more...
Joseph Conrad - Without local boy Joseph Conrad, there would be no Apocalypse Now, fact. This lad was a serious literary success, and his novel Heart of Darkness makes for great travel reading.
Moa Burger – BURGERS. You love them. So does Krakow. And so do Moa. This family-run company use only 100% premium beef so not only will you get more meat for your money, but that meat will be guaranteed delicious too down to the fact it's cooked New Zealand style. Stuff your faces here.
Target Shooting - You can't get hold of real guns in the UK (for a good reason) but seeing as it's your Krakow stag weekend it doesn't seem fair to separate man from target-destroying machine. It is legal over here after all! See more...
Salt Mine - A tour around Krakow's amazing salt mines is epic, like walking through Lord of the Ring's 'Mines of Moria' without the worry of getting stabbed by orcs.
Frantic Club – This is what happens when you eat too many blue Smarties. A frenetic, hyperactive nightclub where the vodka runs like water and the #tunes are spinning all night long. We love it, and so will you. Forget your worries, name and all hope of finding a club like this back in Blighty and just. Get. Frantic. Find out more...
Bar Crawl - Take on the ultimate bar crawl and enjoy all the beery good times that come with it before stepping into a luxurious lap dancing club. See more...
Prozak 2.0 - Prozak 1.0 wasn't enough. Not cool enough they said. Not exciting enough. Not risky enough. Prozak 2.0? Now we're talking. Turning up the volume to 110%, this is where Krakow's indie kids and ravers come together to create neon chaos to the sounds of the city's top DJs. What are you waiting for? Check it out here.
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like its 1929!"
Polish Belvedere and Chopin vodkas are distilled four times.
Here's a fun fact – there are over 300 bars and pubs in Krakow's Old Town alone. And if that extreme density of nightlife isn't enough to entice you and the boys to the Polish party capital then the adrenaline-pumping Krakow stag do adventures will. Seriously, this pre-wedding destination is the pivo-powered, supermodel-packed, vodka-drinking city of your beer-fuelled fantasies and it's cheap. If you and the boys love getting a good bargain as much as you enjoy a good drink, then in Krakow you'll get far more zling for your zloty. On average drinks prices are just half of those in the UK, and the same can be said for most of what you'll try on your big weekend in Eastern Europe.
But this is your groom's last hurrah as a single gent, so StagWeb's low rates will drive down costs even further, leaving you with plenty in the budget to see him off in style. We think it's a big reason why 96% of 450,000 former clients would gladly book with us again. Na Zdrowie! (or "cheers")
Stag Fact #1 – Krakow (allegedly) has the highest density of bars in the entire world
Polish Party Pads
The phenomenal Old Town district is the place to be when it comes to your Krakow stag do. So that's exactly where we'll be putting you, where we know from our personal experience (seriously, we've partied here just to make sure, it's a hard life, we know) that you'll have the best time. We've got a huge range of hotels and hostels where you'll experience the best of Polish hospitality in a fantastic position only a hop, skip and a seriously stiff vodka shot from the best clubs, pubs and bars that Krakow has to offer.
And because we've been working with all our suppliers for 15+ years, we even receive special benefits (mate's rates, if you will) that we gladly pass on to each and every one of our adventure seeking groups. What does this mean for you? It means that when you book with StagWeb, you'll receive –
- Lower rates
- Flexible bookings
- Complete financial protection
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Stag Fact #2 – Krakow's signature honey vodka can range from anywhere between 40-100% ABV.
Krakow was originally Poland's capital city.
What's The Action?
Krakow might be famed for its incredible nightlife but there's more to this city than late nights and amazing vodka. The Polish capital has some of the greatest activities known to stag-kind, many of which you can't try back in the UK, which makes things all the more interesting for veterans of the pre-wedding weekend as you may well end up taking on challenges that none of you have ever faced before, and quite possibly never will again. Target Shooting? Here's the AK47. Snowmobile Racing? Take these controls. Oil Wrestling? Meet "Hilda" the Bulgarian brute...
Here's a few of the greats –
- Go Karting – Star Wars. Jurassic Park. Go Karting. Some things are classics for a reason. Take on a 500m track in 200cc karts as the stag v stag competition hits 110%.
- Whitewater Rafting – Take the groom down a certain creek without a paddle on a fast-running rapid course that the Polish use to train for the Olympics. *Gulp*
- Bubble Football – Attempt to unleash your inner Robert Lewandowski as you do sporting battle in giant inflatable balls.
- Quad Biking – Do your best Limp Bizkit impressions and get "rollin, rollin, rollin, rollin" all over the Polish countryside on 350cc quad bikes.
Stag Fact #3 – Legend states that Krakow is guarded by a dragon who sleeps beneath the city.
The World's Best Vodka
…It really is. For great whisky, you go to Scotland, for fantastic gin you come to England, for incredible rum you go jammin' to the Caribbean and for unbelievably strong vodka you come to Krakow. And whadd'ya know? They've got a huge range of clubs, pubs and bars for you to drink it in, all in close proximity of one-another, making partying in this popular stag destination incredibly easy. The best of Krakow's nightlife can be found in the Old-but-Gold Town with literally hundreds of amazing watering holes to explore. With that many venues, it can be difficult to know where to start, which is why a Guided Bar Crawl is a great way to kick off the weekend, while our delicious Brewery Dinners make for the perfect start to a big night out in Krakow with hearty pub grub, beer tubes, "mad dog" shots and pull-your-own-pint-pumps.
Give the groom the VIP treatment...
- Strip Boat - Sail down the Vistula River with a delicious BBQ, a stiff welcome drink and a seriously sexy shipmate stripping for your viewing pleasure.
- Booze Cruise - Fish and chips. Burgers and beers. Boats and stag parties. Some things just go together. Sail from bar to bar with your own personal skipper.
- Nightclub Entry - Instant access to Krakow's hottest nightclub without the hassle of queuing like the rest of the mere mortals on your stag weekend.
- Casino Experience - Ask yourselves, what would Bond do on a Krakow stag do? He'd head here, the city's best casino with a huge range of gaming tables and a brilliant table drinks service.
Stag Fact #4 – Krakow's football derby is nicknamed "The Holy War" by local fans.
Krakow Beer Funds
Jetting off to Krakow can be stressful even when you're only managing your own funds, but when you're using everybody else's cash to pay for things like flights, accommodation and more, planning the stag weekend can suddenly seem like an impossible task. We take away the hassle of organising your groom's last hurrah as a single gent by offering you complete financial protection.
StagWeb are both ABTA bonded (No. W7797) and ATOL protected (No. 11011) which means we adhere to strict codes of conduct giving both you and your booking total financial protection. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend of a lifetime.
Nearly 35% of the 60 million Poles live abroad.
Getting The Party Started
Just send us your enquiry, it really is that simple. And while you're busy taking all the credit for organising the weekend, we'll be doing the hard work for you, putting together your ultimate custom-made package of accommodation, activities and nightlife. It's quick, easy and best of all, totally free with no obligations until you're 100% happy that we're the guys to get your party started.
Or you can give us a call on 01225 474200. We love talking about all stag weekends no matter the size, so pick up the phone and let's start planning your Krakow adventure today.
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