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Experience the craic of a Dublin stag weekend and give the groom a send-off he'll never forget.

From the best bars to the best places to stay, we've put together a guide for everything you need to know about partying in the Irish capital.

Scroll on, get in the know, and get pumped for a legendary celebration.

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Is Dublin Right for Your Group?

If partying is the most important part of your weekend, then Dublin is the place for you.

Temple Bar is where the biggest party animals go to experience the craic for themselves.

Add to that the Guinness and Whiskey tours, and you've got yourselves one helluva weekend.

But it's not all just booze, booze, booze.

We have over 60 activities and ideas for you to choose from so you can keep the boredom at bay and celebrations in full swing.

We probably wouldn't recommend Dublin if you're looking for a more low-key weekend - this place is fast and furious from the minute you arrive until the time you leave.

Also, pint prices in and around Temple Bar can be upwards of €8, so it's also not the cheapest place in the world.

However, you get what you pay for and that is, undoubtedly, a legendary stag celebration!

Ideal For...

  • Big Nights Out
  • Classic Activities
  • Unique Activities
  • Coastal Activities
  • Legendary Stag Stays

Not Ideal For...

  • A Quiet Stag Weekend
  • Guaranteed Sun
  • Country Ireland
  • Language English
  • Currency Euros
  • Cost of a Beer 6.50 EUR
  • Airport Dublin airport
  • Flight Duration 1h 25m
  • National Dish Irish Stew
  • Airport to Centre 14.9 km

The Places in Dublin You Need to Know About

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is the epicentre of Dublin and the drinking area of choice for stags. It's just pub after pub, bar after bar, club after club - all ready to welcome stags in with open arms. Heaven.

Fade Street

Away from the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar, just a 10-minute walk south, you'll find Fade Street which boasts an array of cool bars.

Camden Street

Camden Street can be divided into Lower and Upper along the R114 and has a load of great pubs and eateries on either side.

Top 10 Dublin Pubs, Bars & Clubs

Temple Bar

A trip to Dublin isn't complete without a trip to the iconic Temple Bar. Temple Bar is located in the area Temple Bar (no sh*t!), so you'll definitely stumble across it when you're in the city's party district.

Where: 47-48 Temple Bar, D02 N725

Bad Bobs

Looking for a burger and a beer? Bab Bobs has got you covered. Boasting three floors and a roof terrace, there's plenty of space to fit you in, so come armed with an appetite and plenty of euros for some tasty pints of Guinness.

Where: 35-37 Essex St E, Temple Bar, D02 Y891

D Two

If you want to catch a match whilst you're in Dublin, head to D Two. This place is a bar, a club and a pub garden all rolled into one, so you can come for the sport and stay for the massive nights out.

Where: 60 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin

The Brazen Head

Dubbed Ireland's oldest pub, you simply have to head here for at least a pint. It's got a cracking courtyard where you can enjoy a beer if the sun's shining, plus they have live music every night of the week.

Where: 20 Lower Bridge St, Usher's Quay, D08 WC64s

The Stag's Head

This pub boasts about the quality of its Guinness, so it's only right that you and the guys go and put their claims to the test. If it's a traditional Irish boozer you're after, you'd struggle to beat this place.s

Where: 1 Dame CT, D02 TW84

Oliver St John Gogarty's

You really will struggle to miss this big green pub. Serving up traditional Irish grub and blasting out live music every day of the week, this is a great place for an authentic taste of Ireland. What a place!

Where: 58-59 Fleet Street, Temple Bar

The Auld Dubliner

Another pub with good food, good booze and good music. Head on down to the Auld Dubliner and experience the craic for yourselves. You've got to tick all these places off at least once (well, you don't have to... but you should!).

Where: 24-25 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

O'Donohues Bar

Apparently, this place is 'Dublin's most-talked-about bar' and it's easy to see why! Go check it out for yourselves and see what all the fuss is about. It has all the hits - food, drinks and traditional Irish music - and it's a 20-minute walk from Temple Bar.

Where: 15 Merrion Row, Dublin City

The Sugar Club

If you're in the mood for some live music, check out the Sugar Club. They have artists playing from every genre of music you can think of. We're talking jazz, hip-hop, soul and a whole lot more.

Where: 8 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin, D02 ET97

The Workman's Club

Another cracking live music venue, The Workman's Club has plenty of gigs going on throughout the year, so make sure you're up to speed with what's going on before you go.

Where: 10 Wellington Quay, D02 VX36

The Best Time to Go

In 2023, 65% of stags partying in Dublin with StagWeb went between May and July.

Why?

Well, wedding season is usually in full swing by July and August, so lads need to get their weekends in before then.

Also, May-July gets you out before the price hikes when the school holidays start.

However, even if you were to go to Dublin in the dark depths of December, the pubs and bars would still be bouncing as if it were the height of summer.

So, whatever time of year you're going, you're bound to have a cracking time.

How Long Do People Go For?

78% of stags heading to Dublin last year with StagWeb went there for 2 nights (3 days).

Usually, stags heading abroad would go for at least 3 nights, but as Dublin is so close, you can smash out the stag do in 2.

We wouldn't go for any less, but two nights is definitely enough time to check out the nightlife and take on some cracking activities.

How Soon Do People Book?

Last year, our stags heading to Dublin were booking 5 months in advance, which was a month earlier than the average.

But why were guys going to Dublin so organised?

Well, mainly due to flights. Yes, for the best deals and best availability, we'd recommend getting these locked in as early as you can.

Also, Dublin is a hugely popular city, and activity and accommodation can book up fast.

So, it really does pay to get organised early.

Where to Stay in Dublin

Obviously, the closer to the centre the better.

You don't really want to be miles away from all the action and have to keep dipping into the Guinness kitty for expensive taxi rides.

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What to Do in Dublin

It would be quicker and easier to list all things you can't do in Dublin and the answer is: not much.

With over 60 Dublin stag do ideas to choose from, plus the exploits of Temple Bar to keep you entertained, you won't have a dull moment when you're partying in the Irish capital.

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Things to See in Dublin

Guinness Brewery

Just like going to Rome and looking around the Colosseum or going to Paris and going up the Eiffel Tower, a tour of the sacred Guinness Brewery is a must.

Distillery Tours

We also offer a range of distillery tours that we'd highly recommend for any whiskey-inclined gents among you.

Kilmainham Gaol

A former prison that's been converted into a museum on Irish history - for any stags looking for a bit of culture on your big weekend away.

How to Get to Dublin...

What Airport to Fly To...

Dublin Airport is the place to fly to, and it's situated just over 10 km north of the city.

How Long is the Flight from the UK?

The majority of UK airports will have direct flights to Dublin and take around an hour.

Getting from the Airport to Dublin...

The city centre is situated 10 kilometres away from the airport, so you'll need to hop on a bus or get a taxi.

Or, even better, why not arrange for your own private Dublin airport transfers to whisk you straight to your accommodation in a flash. Less time faffing, more time partying!

We can arrange the airport transfers for you: simply click 'yes please' when prompted on your Dublin stag enquiry.

Getting to Dublin by Ferry...

If you fancy heading in convoy and taking the ferry, you can drive to Holyhead in north-west Wales and drive aboard the boat which will take 3 hr 15 mins.

Tips On Getting Around Dublin

Walking - If you base yourselves in the centre of the city, Dublin is easily walkable. However, if you need to travel further, you do have options.

Taxis/Uber - Uber operates in Dublin, plus there are multiple taxi companies throughout the city (Leinster Taxi Dublin +353 1 437 0890 or Lynk Taxis +353 1 802 2020).

Bus - There is a huge bus network that operates throughout the city, so you can hop on and hop off with ease.

Tram - Known as Luas, Dublin has a tram system that connects parts of the city. If you happen to be close to part of the network, it's a really easy way to travel. Tickets can be bought at machines on the platforms.

Common Dublin FAQs

Is Dublin good for a stag do?

Dublin is in the elite tier of stag destinations! The party never stops in the world-famous Temple Bar, plus our range of Dublin activities are second to none. Guinness Tour, Gaelic Games, Party Bike and more, there's loads to do, loads to see and loads to celebrate - so you may as well do it in style!

Is alcohol expensive in Dublin?

Alcohol can be expensive in Dublin. In Temple Bar, a pint of Guinness can cost upwards of €7, but you can always give smaller independent pubs a chance outside the centre which won't drain your party kitty.

Tom Probert
Written by Tom Probert Marketing & Content Executive
Created: 12/04/2024Updated: 12/04/2024
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