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Glasgow is experiencing a stag do revolution and we don't want you to miss out on the action.

Yes, the city is getting better and better every year, and a Glasgow stag weekend is up there with the best of them.

So, to help you get up to speed, we've put together this beefy guide which has everything you need to know when you're planning the groom's big send-off here.

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Is Glasgow Right for Your Group?

If you want massive nights out and a range of top activities to keep you occupied during the day, then Glasgow should be your go-to.

Even for anyone going booze-free, there's plenty on offer for you to conquer.

The only thing we can't guarantee in Glasgow is sunshine, but we can guarantee that no matter the weather, it'll be a stag do to remember.

Ideal For...

  • Big Nights Out
  • Classic Activities
  • Unique Activities
  • Cracking Stag Stays

Not Ideal For...

  • Coastal Activities
  • Guaranteed Sun

The Places in Glasgow You Need to Know About

Merchant City

A cracking district with a range of bars and eateries to get your night off to a flyer. Stroll from dive bar to cocktail bar, to sports bar, to whiskey bar, to gin bar... it's got it all.

Sauchiehall Street

This is where to head if you enjoy fast-paced nightlife. This street is lined with some of the best bars and clubs in the city.

Bath Street

Running parallel to Sauchiehall Street is another road packed with boozers. Enjoy the steakhouses and cocktail lounges alongside live music and traditional pubs.

North Street

Home to the Scottish ale house Bon Accord, which has a roster of up to 800 different beers and 400 different whiskeys.

Finnieston

Away from Merchant City, Finnieston is a where to head if the lads fancy a refined pint before the evening madness begins.

Top 10 Glasgow Pubs, Bars & Clubs

Sub Club

The world's oldest underground club, this place is possibly the best place to end your night. It plays host to some of the city's best techno and house DJs, world-famous guests, and a legendary atmosphere.

Where: 22 Jamaica St, G1 4QD

Fayre Play

Things could get competitive at this adult-only fairground-themed experience! Prepare to show the groom how it's done across nine different games as you enjoy some beers and some awesome street food.

Where: 124 Portman St, Kinning Park, G41 1EJ

Flight Club

A social hub of Glasgow. This bar offers the finest of food, cocktails, and live DJ sets, all with darts flying all over the place (not literally!). Get the lads in here for a competitive game and some drinks to kick-start the evening. Can anyone hit a nine-darter?

Where: 32 North Frederick Street, G1 2BS

The Alchemist

Not your average cocktail bar. Book a late-night table and enjoy the live DJ set while you sip your smoking cocktail concoction.

Where: Unit 2, George House, George Square, G2 1EH

Popworld

Cheese Disco Central. If you and the lads love the old-school hits and sing-along classics, then prepare for a night of dad dancing at Popworld.

Where: 114 W George St, G2 1PS

Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox

If you're searching for the ultimate bar to warm up for the evening, you've found it. Get stuck into a stag-sized feast with a selection of burgers, pizzas, ribs, and sandwiches.

Where: 17 Bain St, G40 2JZ

Red Sky Bar

Enjoy the panoramic views and lively atmosphere of this elite rooftop bar while sipping on drinks from the vast menu. After 9 pm, the DJ set begins and the energy cranks up a notch.

Where: 25 Tunnel St, Finnieston Quay, G3 8HL

Kitty O'Shea's

Get ready to rock. This Irish bar is a four-floor stag paradise. We think you could spend an entire night here, and we wouldn't blame you. Be sure to have a Guinness!

Where: 15 Waterloo St, G2 6AY

Club Tropicana & Venga

A retro disco nightclub with 80s and 90s classics. It features 2 rooms, so you can conquer both dance floors.

Where: 7 Renfield St, G2 5EZ

Innis & Gunn West End Brewery Taproom

The seating at this joint spills out onto the pavement, so you can soak up the sun while enjoying the city's largest range of craft ales and a range of beer samples.

Where: 44-46 Ashton Lane, Hillhead, G12 8SJ

The Best Time to Go

According to StagWeb stats, the prime time for a stag weekend in Glasgow is July to September, with 61% of our groups heading there in this period in 2023.

And this adds up as it's the best time of year, weather-wise - Hello, Beer Gardens! - plus all the students will have gone home, so the nights out should be a slightly older crowd.

How Long Do People Go For?

55% of stags in 2023 stayed for 3 days (2 nights), which is spot-on if you ask us.

You probably don't need to stay any longer, unless you're looking to maximise a Bank Holiday weekend, as two nights should give you enough time to take on a load of activities and enjoy a couple of nights on the town.

How Soon Do People Book?

Guys heading here with us last year booked, on average, two months before they were due to go, which is cutting it a bit fine if you ask us.

You want to book as early as you can to secure cheaper rates and guarantee better availability for your hotel and activities.

Where to Stay in Glasgow

From central apartments to a range of 2- to 4-star hotels, we've got plenty of Glasgow stag accommodation suitable for all groups.

With Glasgow, we'd always recommend staying as close to the centre as possible to avoid having to faff about with public transport or waste money getting expensive taxis everywhere.

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What to Do in Glasgow

With over 50 Glasgow stag do ideas to choose from as well as Glasgow's bouncing nightlife, you have no chance of a boring stag here.

Scotland's largest city is also home to two of the world's most famous football teams: Rangers and Celtic, and it would be a waste if any football fans didn't catch some action or tour the stadiums whilst they're here.

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Things to See in Glasgow

Glasgow Tower

Climb to the top of the tower to conquer those hangovers and enjoy a 360 view of the city. You could even scout the next pubs!

Scottish Football Museum

Scotland has a rich football history, and what could be better than visiting Europe's first national football museum?

How to Get to Glasgow...

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Train - Glasgow has great railway links with the rest of the UK, so be sure to have a look at prices and see if this makes sense for you.

Visit Trainline for more information.

Plane - Almost all airports in the UK fly to Glasgow Airport. The airport is just 8.3 miles from the city centre, so it doesn't take long to get in either.

Car - Like any other major city, Glasgow can be tricky to drive around, but keep the Maps on and take it steady. Check with your accommodation to see if there's parking or use Parkopedia to find the nearest car parks.

Tips On Getting Around Glasgow

Walking - Glasgow is a walkable city, but if you need to get further afield, you may want to consider some of the options below.

Bus - The buses in Glasgow are reliable and cover the entire city. It's a cost-effective way to travel, too, so you won't put much of a dent in the beer kitty.

Subway - The Subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and runs every four minutes.

Taxi - There are plenty of taxi companies across the city - Glasgow Taxis (0141 429 7070) and Hampden Cabs (0141 429 1122) are both reputable firms.

Common Glasgow FAQs

Is Glasgow good for a stag?

Glasgow is one of the best locations in the UK for a stag do. It's got the entire package: awesome activities, bouncing nightlife, and one hell of a party atmosphere. Also, it's not too expensive and offers variety for all groups.

What alcohol is Glasgow known for?

It starts and ends with whisky. Whisky tasting, whisky distilleries, whisky bars. Scotch is famous worldwide and you're in for a treat if you enjoy a dram or two.

Can you drink alcohol on the train in Glasgow?

No. There is a strict ban on drinking alcohol on trains, so when using the railway, respect the laws and save the beverages for off the pubs.

What is the biggest club in Glasgow?

Garage nightclub is not only Glasgow's biggest but also Scotland's. The famous location can hold up to 1,800 partiers each night, making it a hot property in the nightlife scene.

What time do clubs shut in Glasgow?

Nightclubs legally shut at 4 am, so the lads have plenty of time to dance and drink until the early hours of the morning. Who said the party has to finish early?

What time do pubs shut in Glasgow?

Pubs and bars shut at midnight in Glasgow, so if you plan on ending the night after the last orders, you'll be heading back at around midnight to your accommodation.

Tom Probert
Written by Tom Probert Marketing & Content Executive
Created: 29/04/2024Updated: 29/04/2024
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