Our Belfast Stag Do Guide
8 Best Belfast Stag Do Ideas
- Games Of Stags Experience - Take on a load of man activities in actual Winterfell!
- Horse Racing - Have a flutter on the gee-gees as you live it up at the races!
- Stag Activity Day - Pick from 12 stag-sized, high-octane activities and have at it!
- Gaelic Games - Get your Irish on as you and the boys battle across some Gaelic games!
- Clay Shooting - "Pull!" Time to blow those pesky clay pigeons out the sky, fellas!
- Go Karting - Thunderous stag racing on a 600-metre track!
- Paintballing - Pepper the groom from head-to-toe as you indulge in some stag warfare.
- Golf Simulator - Take the miles of walking out of golf and party as you play.
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. There's a whole host of awesome Belfast stag activities on offer!
Where to Drink in Belfast
No one does drinking better than the Irish, that's a cold, hard f-a-c-t. Friday nights kick off the weekend in style as benches come out and pubs pack to the rafters. Start off with a Guinness (it has to be done) before trying out some of the craft ales that are about.
You'll find all of the best bars in the Cathedral Quarter. If Google Maps fails, you'll know you've hit this buzzing district once red brick streets narrow and you start tripping on cobbles.
Hotels host some seriously suave establishments if you're after a more sophisticated night and want an excuse to get suited and booted before the big wedding day itself. Hope for sun because there are some seriously awesome rooftop gardens for picturesque summer evenings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Belfast stag 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
Belfast stag do nightlife is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason! It's 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 top Belfast stag do 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.
StagWeb Go To Belfast
Yes, we can't just Google Belfast and expect to be able to give you the best advice on where to go, what to do and, most importantly, where to drink - we need to experience it for ourselves!
That's why we sent Tom, our lanky content writer, on a short flight from Bristol to Belfast to get the lowdown on what's hot and what's not in the Northern Irish capital.
And in amongst all his Guinness pitstops (and there were a lot), he managed to unearth some gems you and the guys need to know.
Scroll on for all the lowdown.
The Things You NEED to Know 👀
- A pint of Guinness is around €6 in the pubs in the centre
- Commerical Court has two of the best pubs about - The Dark Horse and the Duke of York
- Lavery's is great for some late-night pool
How Did You Find Getting to Belfast?
"Getting to Belfast is a doddle.
"If you don't fancy travelling far for a stag do, it's a great choice. We flew to Belfast International from Bristol and were in the air for all of 50 minutes. And because you don't need to faff about with passport control, you can walk straight out the other end which saves so much time.
"From there, there was a bus stop outside the terminal with regular buses that take you straight into the centre of the city. It cost £8.50 for a single and we got dropped off at the Europa Buscentre which is about a 15-minute walk from the centre of town.
"After we'd paid £8.50 for a single, we realised you can buy a return which is valid for a month for about £12.50, so make sure you aren't as stupid as we were."
Find the latest info about getting from Belfast International to the city centre on the Belfast Airport website.
What Were Your First Impressions?
"Well, we went in the dark depths of October and didn't land until 10 pm, so it was pretty dark and rainy.
"However, we quickly got our bearings and made our way to Lavery's, which is a late-night pool bar, for a few games and a couple of refreshing pints of Guinness.
"The next day, we bounced into the centre of town and found some cracking pubs. For me, it had that alternative feel that Bristol and Glasgow have, with loads of great boozers and a really relaxed, friendly vibe."
- Lavery's - 12-18 Bradbury Pl, Belfast, BT7 1RS
How Easy Was it to Get Around?
"The most we walked at any one time was around 25 minutes when we went from the Commercial Court over the river to the Titanic Museum. Other than that, when we were doing pub crawls, we must have only walked for five minutes at a time.
"It's not the size of London or other big UK cities, so you and the guys should be fine walking, but there were plenty of taxis and buses dotted about if you need them."
What Was the Food and Booze Like? 🍔🍺
"I was drinking Guinness the whole time, but the people I was with were trying some of the local beers which were also top-notch. The Belfast Session IPA from MashDown Brewery is worth a taste for any beer fans out there.
"The two pubs I'd highly recommend are the Duke of York and The Dark Horse on Commercial Court, which is also a great place to snap a group photo.
"Just a heads up, these are pretty classic Belfast boozers, so you'll need to not be too rowdy if you do go here.
"There are plenty of pubs in and around this area, too, so I'd make your way there and then just get Google up and crack on.
"We ended up having a late lunch at a pub called Whites which served up the best sausage and mash I'd ever had."
To avoid any hassle and ensure your night is already booked in advance, be sure to check out our popular Belfast nightlife options and take the stress out of your evening.
- Duke of York - 7-11 Commercial Court, Belfast, BT1 2NB
- The Dark Horse - 30 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LB
- Whites Tavern - 2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast, BT1 1QN
Were Any Sights Worth Seeing?
"The Titanic museum is worth wandering to.
"Even if you don't go inside, it's a pretty cool-looking building where you can grab a few snaps to prove you didn't spend all weekend in the pub.
"We also did a day trip to the Giant's Causeway which is definitely worth it.
"We took a tour which left at eight in the morning and got back at six, but we did a fair few stops en route to caves and Game of Thrones filming locations which was pretty cool."
You can book your very own Game of Thrones Tour with us and hit up the same spots.
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