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Belfast is a thriving capital city, so you can rest easy knowing theres plenty for you and the boys to take on and conquer here.

From Game of Thrones activities to gallons of Guinness, a Belfast stag weekend is always a good idea.

And to make sure you navigate the stressful waters of planning a stag do, weve put together this beefy guide for everything you need to know about a big weekend in Belfast.

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Is Belfast Right for Your Group?

Belfast is almost the complete stag package.

OK, youre not going to get guaranteed sun that youll get in a Spanish party city, but youll have a load of activities to try out, plenty of pubs serving some of the best Guinness youll ever drink, plus the nights out are next level.

Its also easily accessible wherever youre travelling from in the UK, so you can conquer it in a weekend - no problem.

Ideal!

Ideal For...

  • Big Night Out
  • Classic Activities
  • Unique Activities
  • Legendary Stag Stays
  • All Budgets

Not Ideal For...

  • A Quiet Stag Weekend
  • Guaranteed Sun
  • Coastal Activities

The Places in Belfast You Need to Know About

The Cathedral Quarter

Its constant action here. If youre seeking live music, tasty pints and the finest pubs, bars, and restaurants, then look no further. The night could start and end here.

The Golden Mile

Another location prime for stag action. Head here for some of the citys best live music bars and authentic Irish pubs.

Great Victoria Street

Kickstart the evening here with a cheeky Nandos before heading to some cool cocktail bars or a Wetherspoons for cheap pre-drinks around the corner.

Top 10 Belfast Pubs, Bars & Clubs

The Dirty Onion and Yardbird

A traditional Irish pub with one hell of a beer garden. Whether you're heading here for the famous food or simply here for the beer, this place has got you covered!

Where: 3 Hill St, BT1 2LA

Lavery's

You can't visit Belfast without visiting the city's oldest family-owned pub. From live sports and a pool room to a cracking rooftop terrace, this bar is an epic setting to kickstart the evening.

Where: 12-18 Bradbury Pl, BT7 1RS

The Botanic Inn

This place is everything in one: a restaurant, bar (x 3), a nightclub, and a pool room. We wouldn't blame you if you started and finished your night here.

Where: 23-27 Malone Rd BT9 6RU

Filthy McNasty's

Not only is this place the social hub of Belfast, but it also hosts live music and DJs 7 nights a week. You can rock up here any day of the week and have an unforgettable evening.

Where: 45 Dublin Rd, BT2 7HD

Bert's Jazz Bar

A 1930s New York-themed jazz bar. Whether you're a jazz enthusiast or you enjoy a chilled drink, this bar has something for everyone.

Where: 16 Skipper St, BT1 5HE

Margot

Artisan cocktails and delicious small-plate dishes hidden from the city madness. Margot offers a quiet place for drinks and a relaxed atmosphere throughout the day until 1 am.

Where: 18 Donegall Square, BT1 5HE

The Tipsy Bird

This unique cocktail bar is located in the heart of Belfast's city centre. With live music, a buzzing setting, and craft cocktails, it's an obvious pitstop choice for stags.

Where: 90-100 Ann St, BT1 3HH

Voodoo

Belfast loves its live music, and this is one of the best venues for it. Catch everything from metal, rock, indie, grunge, hip hop or funk, and line your stomach with the Deep South cuisine.

Where: 11A Fountain St, BT1 5EA

Revolucion de Cuba

This Cuban-inspired tapas bar is a stag staple. Enjoy small plates from Havana and sample the wide selection of rum-based cocktails. This place is open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where: 25-39 Arthur St, BT1 4QG

Belfast Empire Music Hall

Prepare for an uppercut of live entertainment. This three-floored hall features live blues, jazz, rock, Irish folk music as well as live comedy shows. The ultimate combo for a stag.

Where: 42 Botanic Ave, BT7 1JQ

The Best Time to Go

According to our stats, 59% of stags who partied with StagWeb in 2023 went between April and June.

This times popular because the weather starts to improve meaning you can enjoy that pint of creamy Guinness in a classic Irish beer garden.

This is also before the school holidays which means prices will be lower.

Dont worry if you book outside this period, though. The weather may not be as nice, but Belfast is a cracking choice all year round.

How Long Do People Go For?

In 2023, 52% stayed for 3 days (2 nights).

Given how easily accessible it is from the rest of the UK, two nights should be more than enough time to see the sights, take on some activities and enjoy a few big nights out.

Some stags head for 3 nights, but we wouldnt recommend going for any less than 2 (unless youre local).

How Soon Do People Book?

People book up Belfast about 4 months before theyre due to go, which is the average according to our end-of-year stats.

Wed highly recommend booking sooner to guarantee the best accommodation and activity options and avoid missing out to a more organised group.

Where to Stay in Belfast

Our range of Belfast stag-friendly hotels and apartments will get you off on the right track.

Most of our options will set you up slap-bang in the centre of the city, so you wont have to fork out for taxis and faff around with public transport - more money for the Guinness kitty.

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What to Do in Belfast

Aside from all that tasty Guinness, youve got over 30 different Belfast stag do ideas available, including a range of Game of Thrones activities.

So much to do, so little time - choose wisely!

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Things to See in Belfast

Titanic Belfast

A museum dedicated to the Titanic. Soak up the history at this space-age looking building. Maybe a pint for whoever can get the groom to recreate the iconic scene where Jack is holding Rose?

Game of Thrones Tour

A bus tour which takes you to all the geek hotspots for the hit HBO series.

Giants Causeway

This is just over an hour north of Belfast, but one of Northern Irelands most iconic sights. Its an area of 40,000 basalt columns that lead down into the sea.

How to Get to Belfast...

What Airport to Fly to...

Belfast International Airport is the place to head...

All major UK airports fly over to Belfast but check early to avoid any hassle.

How Long is the Flight from the UK?

It can take anywhere from 50 minutes to 1.5 hours to fly to Belfast, depending on which airport youre flying from.

Yes, just over an hour between you and the first sip of Guinness!

Getting from the Airport to Belfast...

Belfast is 19.6 miles from Belfast International Airport, so it will take about 50 minutes to get there.

There are plenty of buses that will take you to the city centre, with the Airport Express bus line costing around €10 each.

A taxi to the city centre is about €45, although this is dependent on traffic and the number of passengers splitting the fare.

If you cant be arsed to organise transport, we can sort out a private transfer for you. Simply tick the box on your Belfast stag enquiry and well add it to your quote.

Tips On Getting Around Belfast

Walking - Belfast is a walkable city, and there arent many better places to stroll from pub to bar while absorbing all the culture.

Bus - A reasonably priced method of getting around. The bus covers the majority of the city and makes for an easy way of taking the stags from one location to another.

Taxi - There are loads of taxis operating in the city. Speak to your accommodation or your friendly barman for recommendations on companies.

Common Belfast FAQs

Is Belfast good for a stag?

Belfast is an iconic stag location. Not only is the party non-stop, but it also offers a wide range of activities that will please everybody. The pubs are welcoming, theyre all unique and have a seemingly unlimited supply of Guinness.

What do you wear on a night out in Belfast?

Like most places, its key to avoid casual wear: joggers, football tops or sports jackets. However, youll find that jeans, trainers, t-shirts, and other items on the smart/casual side will be accepted in most venues.

What time do clubs shut in Belfast?

Nightclubs in Belfast shut around 02:00 and serve alcohol until around 01:00. Pubs shut at around 23:00 Monday to Saturday, and around 22:00 on Sundays.

Is Belfast a walkable city?

Belfast is a very walkable city. All the big tourist hotspots are within the city centre, so its a great place to get the steps in, stroll between iconic locations, and enjoy the pub pitstops along the way.

Tom Probert
Written by Tom Probert Marketing & Content Executive
Created: 30/04/2024Updated: 30/04/2024
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