A Guide To Your Barcelona Stag Weekend
If the groom harbours footballing dreams but is never likely to appear at the Nou Camp then a game of Bubble Football could be the next best thing. Alternatively you might rub shoulders with the Barca player's who surprisingly are massive fans of the local Go Kart track (One of the best in Europe) and have hired it out on several occasions. See more activities...
Best Bars in Barcelona
Bollocks - This aptly named stag friendly bar really is the dogs. It even has an arm wrestling table for competitive lads to settle things once and for all.
Chupitos - With over 500 different shots to choose from this is a bar with a difference. We recommend you order the groom a "Monica Lewinsky".
Flaherty's - When in Rome... Go Irish! This great sports bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a game with the locals and serves a damn good pint. We liked it so much we had several.
March - Barcelona Beer Festival Sample some of the city's finest cervezas. Live music, good food and great beers from across Spain and Europe.
April - Dia de Sant Jordi St George's Day is a big hit in Barca, the Spaniards celebrate the dragon-slayer/romantic hero with a huge street party.
May - Primavera Sound Barcelona's biggest festival gig. The best ticket by far with a superb line-up.
June - Sonar Outdoor concert featuring the biggest names on the dance scene such as The Chemical Brothers and Kate Tempest.
July - Monegros Desert Festival Barca's party crowd (40,000 people) head out to the desert for a huge techno, dance rave for one wild weekend only.
September - Festa de la Merce Things get a little crazy with giant locusts, and firework throwing demons. A slightly mad but utterly brilliant street carnival that continues long into the night.
Where to Head...
Las Ramblas - By day street artists and tourists flock here to head into the narrow shopping streets on either side of the main route. By night it's party central as this is the main thoroughfare to some of the best bars, clubs and restaurants.
Gothic Quarter - While the tourists stop on Las Ramblas, locals and those in the know are merely passing through on route to the labyrinthine alleys of the Gothic Quarter where you'll find the cream of Barca's bars and clubs. You'll also find a good smattering of the ubiquitous Irish and British pubs.
Port Olimpic - If you're looking for a touch of class and want to rub shoulders with Barca's elite then the city's most famous superclubs are based in the port. Prices can be a little higher so our tip is to eat in the city before partying in the port.
The Mediterranean - Don't restrict your "fiesta" to dry land. Get all at sea on an epic Booze Cruise.
Fake Beaches - Despite the fact they're not real (built purely for the 92 Olympic Games) Barcelona's beaches are stunning. The perfect place for a game of footie, chilling with a beer or three, heading out into the waves or just taking a hangover clearing stroll the morning after the stag before.
Despite being "the best beach city in the world" by National Geographic, all Barcelona's beaches are fake! They were built when the city hosted the 1992 Olympics.
The most visited museum in Barcelona is the FC Barcelona museum.
Camp Nou is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world and holds over 100,000 fans.
Spain remained a neutral national and didn't participate in either WWI or WWII.
A Taste of Barcelona
Tapas is a great choice for hungry lads as there is something for everyone. Don't expect anything fancy here, Bar Celta offers traditional tapas at fantastic prices where you'll find mostly locals.
Another definite hit with the lads is Bacoa, this is a burger bar with a difference and should be on any stag do hit list. In fact we're fairly sure that after this you'll never view burgers in quite the same way again.
This isn't even up for discussion, when in Barcelona get yourselves around a bottle from the Barcelona Beer Company. It's like they've taken the Spanish party loving lifestyle and packaged it in one handy bottle. Brewing genius!
"Goals are only important if they win games." - Lionel Messi
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Barcelona
Barcelona is a big city, while the centre is easy enough to navigate on foot to save time we recommend getting Hola BCN travelcards that offer unlimited travel for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days and work out far cheaper than cabs. The cards give you access to buses, trains and the Metro system.
"Hola!" - Hello
"Un cerveza por favour?" - A beer please
"Dos cerveza por favour?" - Two beers please
"Triena y cuatro cervezas por favour" - Thirty four beers please
"El novio va a pagar por todo." - The groom will pay for everything.
"Hay un mono en mi ducha." - There is a monkey in my shower.
"No le he tocado, arbitro!" - I never touched him ref!
"Lo siento por mi amigo, no se le permite mormalmente fura de Inglaterra." - I’m sorry about my friend, he's not normally allowed out of England.
"Ha sido emocional." - It's been emotional.
40 Reasons Why Barcelona Rocks!
FC Barcelona - One of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona have a trophy cabinet that is the envy of Europe. Their cups really do runneth over. As well as their fiercely loyal city-wide following they have a huge fan base around the world. Take a look at our match day tickets for your Barcelona stag do...
Nou Camp - FC Barcelona's home stadium is spectacular - with a max capacity of 99,354, it's the largest stadium in Europe and the atmosphere here on a match day is palpable. Take a look at our Stadium Tour...
Haunted Metro - Barcelona has no fewer than 12 abandoned metro stations - which have since become the fixation of many a ghost hunter. Locals swear they've seen shadowy figures moving in the tunnels before vanishing into thin air. Sounds like Stevie Archibald's time in a Barca shirt.
Milk Bar - Don't sweat it, you'll find a lot more than milk here. This bar's eclectic décor and design quirks make it a joy to drink in - speaking of drinks, Milk Bar's epic range of manly cocktails make for the perfect opening bevvies. See more...
Beaches - Barcelona's got a fair few but you might be surprised to learn that they're all completely fake. Installed for the 1992 Olympics, the city's seven beaches span a length of 4.5 km, so there's plenty of room to throw down your towel and soak up some Spanish rays to rest your hangovers.
Drive Time - Barcelona drivers are allegedly some of the worst in the world - an accident happens on the roads every 19 seconds in the city, and at weekends that figure gets worse with one every 16 second. Sometimes it's just safer to walk!
La Sagrada Familia - The city's amazing Cathedral has taken longer to build that the great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It only took 20 years for the Egyptian's to construct the Pyramid using ancient tools, whereas it's taken around 200 years to complete the iconic church.
Opium - If there's an opiate for the masses in Barcelona, it's this club. It feels like half the city turns out to this awesome party-spot on a weekend to enjoy the modern feel and the seemingly endless floor-filling tunes. Find out more...
Freddie & Montie - Freddie Mercury was without doubt one of the greatest showman of his generation (Live Aid anybody?). And he often mixed a little opera with his rock and found the perfect partner in the fat bottomed opera diva Montserrat Caballe in the anthemic Barcelona.
Lionel Messi - No man is bigger than his club - that is unless your name is Mr. Lionel Andres Messi. This little lad is arguably the best player in the world depending if you fall in the Ronaldo fan camp or not having provided magnificent moments of footballing magic with alarming regularity in recent years.
Legendary Origins - A common myth is that Barcelona was actually built by Hercules 400 years before the construction of Rome. Historical evidence points toward the city having been founded by Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, father of the mighty Hannibal.
The Lingo - Catalan is the regional language of Catalonia which many consider to be an independent state within Spain but most locals speak Spanish and English.
Barri Gotic - The centre of old Barcelona is said to have buildings that can be dated back as far as Roman times. The area also has some fantastic nightlife with great restaurants, bars and clubs.
Bubble Football - It might not be like playing in the Nou Camp but bubble football is without the funniest, most chaotic version of the beautiful game ever! See more...
World Book Day - Your annual day of fancy dress during Primary School came courtesy of Barcelona. The festival came about when UNESCO declared the city's festival of St. George an international affair in admiration of Barcelona's love affair with romance and literacy when people give books as gifts.
First Bar - Any drinking establishment that can sell you a Flaming Lamborghini is worth a look in, and First Bar most certainly is, with an eclectic range of alcoholic delights that they love setting on fire...find out more.
La Rambla - It's arguably the most famous street in the city, but it's actually comprised of five different boulevards that join together to create one long promenade. Thousands of people visit this area every day, and your party could be next!
Danza Barcelona - This is one of the city's hottest clubs, with an abundance of futuristic LED light fixtures and a booming sound system playing the biggest club bangers for you to bust your stuff to. See more...
Metropolitan - Barcelona is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast and it's the second largest city in Spain, just falling short of the top spot with Madrid claiming first.
AaaaaaRIBA! - Barcelona is the first and only city to win a RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture. The city was awarded the medal in 1999 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, becoming the only receiver of the medal not to be an actual architect. Nice one, Barca.
Ice Bar - This really is the perfect way to beat the heat. Head into the frozen surroundings of the Ice Bar on your Barcelona stag weekend and enjoy delicious drinks in literally the coolest watering hole you've ever seen! Read more...
Fiestas de la Mercé - This is the city's most important festival, held on the 24th of September every year. It's held in the honour of the city's Patron Saint and Protector, the Virgin de La Merce when you'll find a city wide fiesta taking to the streets.
Flamenco? - Don't tell the hens, but the locals aren't actually too keen on Flamenco dancing. Instead the Catalans like a good old fashioned bit of rock-n-roll - that's more like it!
Mosquito - Their Chinese dumplings are delicious, and rather bizarrely, this funky bar recommends you drink a Belgian beer to compliment them. A Belgian/Chinese fusion which you probably won't see crop up on MasterChef Find out more...
Museums - Shockingly, the most popular museum in the city belongs to FC Barcelona, receiving a whopping 1.5 million visitors a year. With a list of football legends as long as your arm having played at the club, it's not hard to see why!
RCD Espanyol - While they're forced to live in FC Barcelona's shadow, RCD Espanyol have forged an impressive history in their own right. Having become a mainstay in La Liga, they've won the Spanish Cup 4 times and while they might not be winning the league any time soon, they've certainly got enough talent to bother the division's big hitters.
Sutton - This is the luxury party palace of your dreams. All the girls look like supermodels and there's loads of entertaining quirks like steam jets and dance podiums to enjoy while you celebrate the nearly-wed's last weekend of freedom. Discover more...
Football Heroes - Famous football heroes born in Barcelona include Carles Puyol, Xavi, Victor Valdes, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets. Talk about home grown talent!
Salvador Dali - While you probably haven't studied him since you left school, this famous surrealist artist is a born and bred Catalan - famous works include The Persistence of Memory and Lobster Telephone.
Catamaran Charter - This epic Barcelona stag do activity is possibly best enjoyed on the Mediterranean coast for its crystal clear waters and gorgeous weather. Enjoy the life of a millionaire footballer for a few hours and chill out to the max, just don't throw your money overboard Wolf of Wall Street style. See more...
Bosc De Les Fades - This bar is all kinds of weird and wonderful with rainforest surroundings that make for a truly unique drinking experience. You definitely wouldn't spend all night here, but it's a good place to enjoy a drink or two before moving onto the bigger and badder venues in town. Find out more...
Barcelona on Film - Barca's been captured on film a few times, most notably in hit flicks like Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Machinist and horror/thriller successes Buried and REC.
George Ezra - The man simply can't be stopped. After rising to stardom in 2014 with instant-hit Budapest, he released yet another belter named Barcelona one year after. Love him or hate him, you can't deny success when you see it!
Shakira - As if Gerard Pique didn't already have it all, he's also married to this sexy senorita. There is just something about Latino babes and Barca is full of them!
Sala Razzmatazz - One of Barcelona's best live music venues and nightclubs, Razzmatazz brings the party most nights of the week and the state-of-the-art surroundings of this venue makes it a great place to throw down the moves on your big night out. Read more...
Sea Kayaking - Set sail on your own seafaring adventure on this awesome activity. Explore caves and tunnels while testing your mettle on this epic 7km tour. See more...
Crocodiles in the Sewer - It's a common urban legend, but it still persists in Barcelona. The locals insist that there's no killer cocodrilo's hanging about. Of course to find out you'll need to enter the sewer so probably best to accept it's a myth and move on with your lives.
Mac Arena Mar - Ibiza beach party lovers will dig this fantastic outdoor club that pops up throughout the summer months on Barcelona's seafront. World class DJs spin the decks throughout the day on a weekend and if you've never been to a Sunday afternoon rave, you're missing out! Find out more...
Sangria - The stuff is delicious, and don't let anybody tell you that this is a girls drink. Any cocktail with a name that comes from the Spanish word for ‘bleeding' is obviously intended for real men.
Marmalade - Barcelona's best burgers can be found here - they're seriously hunger-conquering and they'll kick any hangovers into next week with the greatest of ease - if you can avoid drinking Marmalade's unique cocktails that is. Find out more...
Eat Street Barcelona - Discover some truly unique dining options courtesy of Eat Street Barcelona, who'll keep you in the know with all things street-food during your stay.
Devour Barcelona - For more traditional culinary experiences that veer away from the city's mainstream eateries, Devour Barcelona offer top tips for dining that you'd do well to take advantage of!
Barcelona Metropolitan - Stay in touch with the latest events in the city and make sure you don't miss a thing during your time in the Catalan capital.
Barcelona Beer Festival - Keep a weather eye on the best beers in the city and if you've got impeccable timing, pay a visit to one of the local beer festivals for a true taste of Barca's best brews.
Barcelona has 4.5km of beaches! We've yet to count every beach bar but we're working on it...
A guide to Barcelona
Freddie sang about it, National Geographic declared it “the No1 beach city in the world” and it's home to one of the best football teams in the world, Barcelona is nothing short of legendary. With more top drawer activities than you can shake a hungover groom at and famed for its party lifestyle it’s no wonder Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. And let’s not forget those sun-kissed senoritas that add to the scenery.
If you’re not thinking of a Barcelona stag do then quite frankly you’re not thinking hard enough.
Why is a Barcelona stag weekend so hot?
As partying close shaves go, Barcelona really is the best a man can get and if you plan ahead and book wise you can make your weekend the stuff of legend. Like the Spanish knights of old, your friends will be singing tales of your epic exploits upon your heroic return (okay maybe that’s a bit much but it’ll certainly be remembered for years to come).
Don’t believe us?
Ok chaps, let’s look at the stag do basics. There are certain criteria that should be taken into account when booking your ‘do’ and if your stag destination doesn’t tick enough of these boxes, well then step away from the maps and let someone else navigate before you lead your mates somewhere like Skegness (sorry Skegness, we love you, we’re just not in love with you). Does your destination have...
The Nou Camp is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world.
- Nightlife that has put it on the “Top 50 Places on the Planet to Party” list?
- Stunning senoritas and suitably tanned eye candy for the discerning gentleman?
- Top drawer adventures and activities right on its doorstep?
- Chilled out relaxed vibe when not wearing its hedonistic party pants?
- Miles of golden beaches?
- Great accommodation and eating options?
- Open air bars with awesome DJ's?
- A sporting history to reflect the sporting prowess of your own stags (suck in your guts and put your inhalers away guys, people are looking)?
And if your venue doesn’t give you enough yeses then basically we’re not sure you’re getting it right (sorry Cleethorpes, we love you we’re just not in love with you.
What can’t you do in Barcelona?
In short... Nothing. Whatever time, whatever the mood of your stag do, Barcelona has a relaxed attitude and party lifestyle to give you everything you need. Plus a tan. The nights when you want to party and can’t decide what kind of music you all want? Don’t worry, you’ll find great open air venues that have a mix of live music as well as club beats. And for the morning after when your head hurts so bad you can actually hear colour, the soft sandy beaches or quite shade of Las Ramblas really are a great breakfast tonic for scrambled heads.
When’s the best time to visit?
great FC Barcelona.
It’s Barcelona we’re talking about so there certainly isn’t a bad time to visit, Barcelona parties all year round and the climate means even in the bleak mid winter it isn’t particularly bleak. While you might not be lying on the beach all year round you'll find it a darn site warmer than Blighty. But it can get busy during the peak school holidays as UK visitors flood in for family package deals so try to book off season if you can.
Barcelona sounds great but is it expensive?
Cowboy builders... After 150 years La Sagrada Familia still isn't fully built!?!
Pound for pound a stag weekend in Barcelona offers great value for money and if you want to make savings to suit your budget then you’ve come to the right place.
Getting there... You can actually get budget flights to Barca for less than the price of a tank of petrol.
Book smart... At StagWeb we’ve been planning epic Barcelona stag weekends since 2002 and in that time we have built up strong relationships with hotels and activity providers. Because of the number of Barcelona stag groups we’ve sent, we get preferential deals that we can pass on to you. While some travel companies might look to pocket the savings we believe in passing great deals on to our Barcelona stag groups. The maths is simple;
If we offer you great value for money and a brilliant weekend, not only will you tell people about it (and us) but then the next time you’re booking a stag party you’ll use StagWeb. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself what others had to say.
Ok, so a stag weekend in Barcelona sounds good, how do we find out more?
We’re not going to try and brainwash you or give you a hard sell. Barcelona is herself a seductive temptress who is always happy to greet new friends and lovers. And we’re happy to make that introduction for you. If you’re still not too sure about numbers or want to know more about pricing without having to commit then you can send a quick enquiry and we’ll crunch the numbers on your behalf and help build a tailor made package to suit both your stag party and your pockets.
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