A Guide To Your Madrid Stag Weekend
Madrid really is a stag party paradise, football fans can head to the Bernabeu, play a match against the locals (not Cristiano and chums) or go nuts on Bubble Football. From Wakeboarding to Golf, Whitewater Rafting to Go Karting this epic city really does have it all. See more…
Best Bars in Madrid
Bar Cock - Apart from the name being he perfect choice that most stags want to take their groom to ("we heading to your own pub") this rather swanky drinking whole is a Madrid institution.
Where? Calle de la Reina
Caso Pello - If you want a great night out with a real taste of Spain head to this absolute gem. The only thing better than the atmosphere is the tapas which is outstanding!
Where? Avenida de Alberto Alcocer 49
El Chapandaz - This is a pub, set in a cave! We're not just talking underground but an actual cave! And it's superb. One of the city's best cuevo bars.
Where? Calle de Fernando el Católic
March - Carnival. The party loving locals take to the streets with concerts, parades, fireworks and plenty of late night living.
June - Mula Fest. This is a huge nod to street culture, the beats, the colours, the food. You'll also see free runners, skateboarding, BMX and more.
September - Dcode. The city's biggest music festival sees huge names jet in from around the world to take to the stage.
October - Oktoberfest. Imagine how good it would be to find Oktoberfest being held in the sun? Well now Madrid are doing just that!
"Scoring goals is like making love: everyone can do it, but nobody does it like me."
- Alfredo di Stefano (Real Madrid Legend)
Where to Head...
Madrid is one of Europe's number one party cities. The nightlife doesn't really get going until late but if you're thinking of a Bar Crawl head to the cave bars around Plaza Mayor and Puerto del Sol. You'll also find plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants along Gran Via.
If you're looking for somewhere to recuperate and rest any tender heads during your Madrid stag weekend, the Parques Reunidos is a huge public park where you can catch a few lizard-like rays. The park has an ancient Egyptian temple that was deconstructed moved and rebuilt in the city.
But no trip to Madrid is complete with paying homage to one of footballs greatest cathedrals the Bernabeu Stadium. Stadium Tours are available.
Or if you want to mix sightseeing, exercise and beer (who doesn't?) you can jump on a Beer Bike, effectively, your own mobile pub.
Real Madrid once played 31 games without losing and are officially the most successful club of the 20th century.
Madrid has more cloudless days than any other city in Europe and a record temperature of 42.2°C.
Sports only newspapers outsell regular newspapers in Madrid.
A Taste of Madrid
Eats - La Tortillita. This is fast food Spanish style. It's a great place to stop off for a taste of authentic Spanish flavour during the day and is a nice change from the 'Golden Arches'.
Where? Calle Preciados, 34
Drinks - While you might have tried the local cervezas and sangria, those crafty and tasteful Spaniards do make exceptionally good sidra (that's cider to us Brits). It's certainly worth sampling a glass or three, purely in an investigative capacity of course.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Madrid
Madrid has a superb network to get the stag from A (via a few bars) to B. The city is easy to navigate on foot and everything you want for a big night out can found without having to squeeze 17 stags into a taxi.
If you're looking to head further afield grab a travel pass which gives you unlimited access to the metro (underground trains), buses, trains and airport shuttle boss, over a set period of time, starting at just €8.
Alternatively you can hire public electric bikes which can be found at docking stations around the city.
"Hola" - Hello .
"Un cerveza por favour" - A beer please.
"Dos cervezas por favour" - Two beers please.
"Cuarenta y ocho cervezas por favour" - Forty eight beers please.
"El novio va a pagar por todo." - The groom will pay for everything.
"Querría bailar conmigo?" - Would you like to dance with me?
"No" - No
"Hay un mono en mi ducha." - There is a monkey in my shower.
"Ha sido emocional." - It's been emotional.
30 Reasons Why Madrid Rocks!
Madrileños - London has Londoners, Birmingham has the Brummies and Madrid has the Madrileños! And they are one of the greatest party crowds in the world!
Gabana - Madrid's most exclusive nightclub features a barrage of laser lights, big tunes and sexy performers. Although with high-profile clientele like Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti getting involved, you wouldn't expect anything but the very best!?!
Real Madrid - Officially the most successful team in the world (sorry Man Utd fans but it's not you). The Galacticos have been home to some of the game's greatest ever players.
Atlético Madrid - Real's noisy neighbours are globally respected and are closer to matching the successes of their cross-city rivals and Barcelona than ever before. Viva rojiblancos!
Stadium Tour - For a truly unique behind-the-scenes look at the immensely successful Madrid teams, our Stadium Tours are second to none. Sit in the same seats as some of the world's most famous managers and take a selfie with real silverware. Discover more...
Bristol Bar - As well as providing a nice reminder of one of the West Country's most beloved cities, Bristol Bar serves the finest wines and spirits in town as well as hunger-conquering grub to appease the stomachs of your stag squad.
Gourmet Grub - Amazing food, delicious drinks and sky-high views of the city's version of Times Square makes Gran Via's Gourmet Experience a must on any Madrid stag weekend.
Opium - This is a real opiate for the party-loving masses as this hugely popular club is one loved by the local Latino hotties.
Local Heroes - Madrid's born and bred footballing talent includes Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas and Real Madrid legend Raúl. If there was ever a place to discover hitherto undiscovered football skills, its right here!
Bubble Football - Full-on challenges in Madrid stag do Bubble Football don't come in the form of two-footed tackles, but in full-body-flying-through-the-air-inflatable-pandemonium! See more...
Teatro Joy Eslava - Hidden away inside an old 19th century theatre, this stunning venue is a real gem and a night out you definitely won't forget in a hurry.
Five a Side - Whether you're an every-day Ronaldo or a toe-punting hacker, Madrid's football mad culture makes it the perfect place for a fast and furious game of Five a Side. Find out more...
Bar Cock - We love this bar even more than we love its name, Bar Cock is the start and punchline to a thousand great stag gags and also a brilliant place to start a big night out.
Mondo Disko - If throwing shapes to the best DJs in town playing unique spins on chart-topping house hits is right up your calle then Mondo Disko's buzzing atmosphere will be perfect for your stag squad.
Treasure Hunt - It really is a superb city to explore and making it competitive means you can get even more banter going between the lads while fighting it out for victory and visiting local watering holes (just to stay hydrated of course). Discover more...
Beer Station - Gentlemen, at your stations! This is one of the best places in town to sample beautiful beers from across Europe in a bar that celebrates all things right and manly.
Gatos - The locals are often called 'Gatos' (cats) for the reason that according to Spanish legend, a Madrid soldier once climbed the walls of the city with cat-like prowess while fending off Arabic invaders. Historical recreations are not encouraged.
Independance Club - The boys are sure to love this brilliant club celebrating music that truly rocks. Bang your heads and get those sambuca shots in, it's going to be a big one!
Rayo Vallecano - While they're significantly less successful than Atlético or Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano are often a team that can sting big competition in La Liga with a dynamic attack that's featured the likes of Diego Costa in the past. Go, go Rayo!
Sun & Cervecas - Madrid has more cloudless days a year than any other European city and the sunshine is the perfect excuse to get under a bar umbrella and have a quick drink or three while protecting yourselves from UV rays.
Le Cabrera - This is possibly the best place in town to try the delicious local specialty of tapas. The fact that this place has been voted as Madrid's best cocktail bar is just an added bonus we suppose?
Beer Bike - Fancy a spot of sightseeing but stepping away from the bar seems a daunting prospect? This brilliant activity will see you take the pub on the road as you fly through the city on a boozy bike powered by your squad of beer-fuelled stags! Discover more...
Circulo De Bellas Artes - The views you'll see from this rooftop bar are truly epic. On a clear day, you can actually see all the way to the distant mountain peaks. Throw in a few ice cold beers and you're on to a stag party winner for sure.
Parque del Retiro - If you're feeling the effects of a heavy night out in Madrid, then a wander around Madrid's equivalent of Central Park is sure to blow away the excesses of the previous evening's antics.
Velvet Disco - The word 'futuristic' only begins to describe what is one of the most visually dynamic clubs we've ever seen. LED light fixtures pulsate through the walls, creating a look that's almost as stunning as its gorgeous clientele.
Templo de Debod - Why wouldn't you take an ancient Egyptian temple and plonk it slap-bang in the middle of Madrid? Be careful not to disturb the ruins though, we wouldn't want to get on Imhotep's bad side...
Madrid Rio Park - Fans of The Last of Us will love this park that used to be a motorway before nature was allowed to reclaim it, creating one of the best green spaces we've ever seen. Chill out to the max, soak up some rays and watch the Latino lovelies going by.
Nells - Small but absolutely brilliant, Nells is where the party's at. Any Madrileño will tell you that this is where you come for a few cheeky bevvies early in the evening in full knowledge that you'll probably still be here at 3am, pulling the moves to the best tunes around.
Mountain Bikes - Madrid's epic mountains look like something out of Lord of the Rings and this is the perfect way to explore them. Get to grips with a terrain-mastering mountain bike and take on a truly adrenaline-pumping thrill ride. See more...
Ghosties & Ghoulies - This city has had its fair share of ghostly goings on, with witches having used the city for nefarious purposes in the 18th century, and the spirit of an unwanted child still wanders Madrid's palace halls according to local legend...
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