Belfast, it's all about the "craic". And there are epic stag adventures to be had in this amazing and often mad city. From Rally Driving to High Ropes, awesome Paintball to the outstanding stag sporting challenge that is the Gaelic Games... Belfast has it all!
Best Bars in Belfast
Duke of York - The Duke offers a traditional warm Northern Irish welcome, plenty of craic and a slice of the city's heritage.
The Spaniard - Hola Amigos! With over 50 different types of rum behind the bar, this superb venue is a great place to kick off any big night out.
The Hudson Bar - Great food, great DJ's, great craic. One of the city's liveliest bars and an integral part of any good Belfast stag weekend.
May - Festival of Fools. Suitably fitting for any Belfast stag party, the very best in street entertainment and comedy.
August - Mela. A melting pot of great music and food from around the world.
August - Belsonic. Northern Ireland's biggest live concert features the biggest and best bands, DJ's and headline acts from Biffy Clyro to Imagine Dragons.
September - Belly Laughs is the Belfast International Comedy Festival showcases some of the best stand-ups from the UK and America.
September - Beat Carnival. Music takes to the streets with huge tunes, live DJ's and drumming of every shape.
"In heaven there is no beer, that is why we drink ours here."
- Belfast Toast
Where to Head...
The Cathedral Quarter is where you'll find some of the city's best action with live music, great pints and plenty of fantastic bars and restaurants. But if you're looking to put your best feet forward in search of more great venues, try a stroll down the Golden Mile for more top class stag action.
If you're looking for a suitable outfit for the groom to wear during your Belfast stag weekend head to "Fresh Garbage". This superbly eclectic retro store sells vintage clothes for well-dressed stags and stitching up the groom.
As well as housing a museum to a certain ship, the Titanic Shipyard is also a surprise location for filming Game of Thrones with many of the iconic castle scenes filmed in nearby giant shipping hangers.
The world's most famous ship was built in Belfast. RMS Titanic.
Many of Game of Thrones internal castle scenes are filmed on the site of the Titanic shipyard.
Led Zepplin's first live performance of Stairway to Heaven was in the Ulster Hall.
John Wood Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in Belfast.
A Taste of Belfast
Eats - No trip to the Northern Irish capital is complete without an Ulster Fry. This gut-busting breakfast is the perfect antidote to the morning after the night before. Bright's have some great traditional Irish cooking from locally sourced ingredients and is hearty and welcoming stop off for any hungry stag party in Belfast.
Drinks - When in Rome and all that... Well when in Belfast you should definitely sample some of the rather fine Whitewater beers. This great brewery bottles superb beverages perfectly poured to satisfy even the thirstiest of stags.
"Belfast is like an ugly child, you love it the most."
- Stephen Rea
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Belfast
Getting into Belfast from the airport is really easy, to save on cabs you'll find buses just outside the airport that run direct to the city centre.
Traversing the city is best done using an iLink card which allows you unlimited travel across the city centre.
"Norn Iron" - Northern Ireland
"How 'bout ye?" - How are you?
"Noy" - Now.
"Banjaxed" - Broken.
"Craic" - Fun.
"I'm going to take a dander doin dere noy." - I'm going for a stroll down there now.
"Ballix." - A catch all term of derision.
"Ye never order a half a point ye ballix." - One should never order less than a pint you halfwit.
"Is it ballix!" - I don't agree.
"Blether" - Talk.
"Bake" - Face.
"Jawbox" - Mouth.
"Enough wid da bletherin;, quit yer jawbox and shut yer bake." - Please stop talking.
"Norman" - Has no friends (Norman No-mates)
like its 1929!"
Belfast - It's all about the "Craic".
Why? Reasons to be cheerful, a Belfast stag do
The city's been suited, booted, regenerated to the max and had the big bucks ploughed in. And with a cool determination, unrivalled feel-good spirit, buzzing party spirit and... well... bucket-loads of spirits (Jameson's you say?) at its core, Northern Island's capital is one of the very best up and coming hotspots in the UK.
It's quite simple... Belfast is back and it's an absolute belter! The past decade has seen the capital rocket up the charts to become one of the Top 10 ‘go to' cities in the UK and it now easily holds its own as a firm favourite of the stag, hen and partying crowds. So you and the lads will be in fine company for your weekend's escapades! And with a dynamic mix of adventure, culture, entertainment and the storming nightlife that puts Belfast firmly on the party map, with more than a few quality bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs ripe for the picking, you're already well on your way to a stag weekend of epic proportions. The city offers all the ingredients a stag group could possibly desire, and with StagWeb's expert team and exclusive deals at your disposal a stag do in Belfast promises to deliver a truly unforgettable experience.
The R.M.S. Titanic was built in Belfast.
When? The best of times
There's always something going on in Belfast. This city never rests! And with a top line-up of live music and events across the calendar a little bit of planning will mean you're on for a sure fire hit any time of the year. March brings a touch of Hollywood to Northern Ireland when the Film Festival rolls into town, a must for any movie buffs. August sees two of the big events land in the capital when Belsonic and the Belfast Mela draw the crowds in their thousands, while October welcomes Belfast Restaurant week and a storming menu of delicious local grub to the city and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival promises an explosion of music, dance, theatre, film and comedy at some of the finest locations across the capital.
How: getting to your Belfast stag weekend
Great air, rail, road and sea links means getting to Belfast has never been easier. Take the speedy route and hop on a plane and you'll be ready to sample a pint of the black stuff in as little as an hour. And with budget airlines providing pocket-friendly flights from across the UK, it's a winner in our books gents! Ferries are a solid option that'll find you on Irish shores in a couple of hours, and SailRail tickets from London will combine your train journey to the docks and ferry fare to Belfast in one easy go. Belfast rail services run at regular intervals throughout the day, and the city is also linked by the M1 motorway, making driving another alternative.
No trip to Belfast is complete without an 'Ulster Fry'.
Where? Location, location, location...
The city centre is pretty compact, easily explored on foot and offers everything from museums, galleries, theatres and the cathedral to some of Belfast's top live venues, award-winning menus and most historic establishments. Head to the Cathedral Quarter, where tradition and heritage meet modern in great style and Custom House stands tall as one of Belfast's top outdoor venues for live entertainment, or make your way to the Golden Mile, which is lined with some of the hottest nightspots in the capital, perhaps most notably The Crown, where the craic is truly mighty and the pints are second to none.
What? Getting in on the Belfast action
A Belfast stag weekend is all about the craic, laughter and buzzing atmosphere and your host city is just as obliging on daytime adventure as it is for the exceptional nightlife, with just about every type of activity covered. Thrill-seeking stags can try their hand at some off-road action, bungee jumping, the energetic can take to the footy pitch or rugby field for some friendly inter-stage rivalry and ultra-competitive stags can sort the men from the boys on the paintball field or rally track. For an altogether more laid back approach to the weekend the boys can enjoy a morning spent clay shooting or fishing and then head trackside for an afternoon's entertainment at the horses.
How much? Your Belfast stag do budget
Just a short trip across the water and with an award for the 'nation's best nightlife' under its belt, Belfast is becoming increasingly popular with the weekend crowds. As with all tourist hotspots prices can certainly rise at times and the city has its fair share of pricier districts and venues, but it's also home to a thriving student population and there's no shortage of affordable entertainment on offer if you know where to look. And at StagWeb we've got the exclusive deals and destination expertise to bring you the best weekend for your budget. Whether you want to take advantage of our bespoke weekend service, or choose from our proven ready-made packages we're confident we can offer the ultimate Belfast stag do to suit any pocket.
If the buzzing nightlife, action-packed days and cracking atmosphere of Belfast seem to fit the bill then have a browse of our website and view the kind of packages and deals available. Our friendly expert team are on hand to put in the hard work for you and StagWeb offer no risk, no obligation quotes. So why not start the ball rolling and get in touch today.
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