A Guide To Your Birmingham Stag Weekend
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Best Bars in Birmingham
The Prince of Wales - "It’s a pub Jim but not as we know it." What appears to be a traditional boozer contains a tiki bar (with sand covered floors), cigar shed, wine bar and top night out.
The Bull's Head - Another great music venue with top DJ’s, classic cocktails and a real buzz every weekend.
June - Caribbean Festival. The flavours & sounds of the Caribbean community in Brum.
July - Birmingham Beer Bash. The finest brews from the best breweries in the region.
August - Fusion. Birmingham's biggest music festival attracting big name artists.
September - City of Colours. Street art, DJ’s dancers and bands get loud.
October - Birmingham Comedy Festival. More laughs than a Villa season ticket!!!
Where to Head...
The Jewellery Quarter is packed with trendy bars and eateries to start a big night out. Those big nights out do come with a big price though. Heading to The Southside offers a more wallet friendly range of top venues with live music, DJ’s and great food. For further flavours there is also the Chinese Quarter or Balti Triangle depending on your food mood.
The Belfry - For golf fans The Belfry is something of a Mecca. Cricket fans can head to Edgbaston to pay homage to a legendary ground. Football fans however are split between Villa and City which quite frankly is not a squabble we’re about to get caught up in.
Cluedo was invented in Birmingham and JRR Tolkein wrote Lord of the rings in Brum. "It was Bilbo, in the Mirkwood with the Elven spanner."
A Taste of Birmingham
Eats - The Balti Triangle has the finest selection of Indian cuisine in the UK. One of the stars of the show is Pushkar where they take curry to new refined levels. Curry really has never tasted so good!
Drinks - We’re big fans of the Purity Brewing Co, you’ll find their frothy amber nectar in and around Birmingham, if you can’t see it on display ask for it as it really is a pint worth pursuing.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Birmingham
As well as buses Britain’s second largest city also has Metro/tram services. You can buy one day travel cards that allow you to hop on and off the Metro and bus services.
"Tara-a-bit." - Cheerio old chap.
"Owamya?" - How are you?
"Yow’m ‘avin a loff." - Why, I do believe you’re joking.
"’e’s gone a bit yampy!" - The fellow is mad as a box of frogs!
"Oil ‘ave a point please Duck?" - Could I have a pint please Madam?
"Gor any ackers? Oim blarting for a point." Do you have any money because I’m jolly thirsty?
35 Reasons Why Birmingham Rocks!
Black Sabbath - The godfathers of heavy metal honed and perfected their earth-shaking riffs in Brum. They went on to become one of the most successful British bands of all time, releasing 19 studio albums, all of them big chart successes. To this day, rock-loving lads can be found banging their heads in the city's alternative clubs to the sounds of Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs.
Emma Willis - One of the only good things about watching Big Brother these days is the promise of Emma's beautiful face in-between the dreadful 'drama' of the past-it reality show. In true Brummy fashion, she's an Aston Villa supporter too - Emma's basically the dream girlfriend, although we imagine husband Matt (ex-Busted) will have something to say about that...
Brummagem - Ever wondered why the locals call themselves 'Brummies'? The name actually comes from the city's dialect name 'Brummagem', which is derived from one of the town's older names, 'Browicham'. Really, we're just glad that they decided on Birmingham in the end.
Pre-historic brummies - The Birmingham area has actually been populated by humans for over 500,000 years - the oldest relic found in the region is a stone-age axe from half a million years ago, that's your caveman fancy dress theme sorted then!
Carry on Karaoke - If it weren't for the Aston Micro-Electronics Company, Karaoke wouldn't even exist! Aston invented the screen captions used on Karaoke machines, so the next time you're wowing the ladies with your impressive rendition of Robbie Williams' Angels you can thank those clever Brummie blokes that made it all possible!
Red hot firsts - In 1980, the hottest curry IN THE WORLD was unleashed in Hay Mills, Birmingham. Made from the dangerously hot naga chillis all the way from the foot of the Himalayas, this is one dish that you'd probably struggle to find in your average Indian takeaway.
Extreme Dodgems - Brum, brum! Birmingham is home to one of the UK's most epic race day experiences - we're talking about the adrenaline-pumping Extreme Dodgems. This is wheel to wheel, white knuckle racing at its very best, and in true dodgems fashion, it doesn't matter if you scratch the paintwork a little as you scrape past your mates to take poll position.
Daniel Sturridge - One of England's greatest footballing prospects and the proud owner of one of the most recognizable goal celebrations in football is also a born Brummie. He's not been up to much since parting ways with strike partner Luis Suarez, but we get the impression that it's only a matter of time until we see the renaissance of the Sturridge 'wave'.
Richard Hammond - 'The Hamster' is one of the most famous personalities in British television history, and while we won't be seeing him on Top Gear any time soon (or Jeremy Clarkson and James May for that matter) that doesn't mean we can't enjoy Hammond's antics both on and off the road courtesy of everybody's favorite repeats channel, Dave. Absolute legend!
The Baggies - The mighty West Bromwich Albion ply their trade in the shadow of this awesome city - having secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2009-10, the club has since become a mainstay in the top flight. With fans like Frank Skinner, Adrian Chiles, Lenny Henry and Julie Walters, the baggies aren't short of support in this city either!
Chocolate - Birmingham has been the home of Cadbury's chocolate since 1879 - meaning that all your favorite chocolate bars probably have their origins in the wonderful city of Brum, be it the manly Crunchie, the classic Dairy Milk or the diminutive yet timeless Freddo.
30 of a kind - While our Brum is the original (and obviously the best), there are no fewer than 30 other Birmingham's all around the world, and there's even a crater on the moon named after the city - talk about trend setting!
Battle of Thrones - 'Winter is coming' in one of our most popular midlands activities. You can learn how to fight like the Kingslayer and fire arrows like a Wildling Archer in this epic Game of Thrones themed day of stag party action. Although we wouldn't try to take on the White Walkers any time soon...
Duran Duran - They were unstoppable in the 80s, and new-romantic pop group Duran Duran have since staged a comeback with brand new album Paper Gods and they're sounding better than ever. Simon Le Bon's crooning vocals have seen 14 of the band's singles into the UK top ten including top tracks such as Hungry Like the Wolf, Girls on Film and hit Bond theme A View to a Kill.
R2D2 - A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...well, not so far away as it turns out, as Kenny Baker, the man responsible for bringing the loveable, silent robot hero of the Star Wars saga to life is a born and bred Brummie. There's no knowing just how different the biggest sci-fi of all time might have been without Baker's contributions, but what we do know is that he deserves a massive salute for the lively character he breathed into that little dustbin-shaped droid.
Bodega Cantina - You won't find Star Wars' famed cantina band here, but you will find some of the best South American food in the midlands at this funky bar and restaurant. Wrap your laughing gear around Burritos, Quesadillas and delicious Halloumi Burgers. Feeling thirsty? Good. The Bodega also does a wide range of themed cocktails including the tequila-based Hot in Los Altos as well as the tantalizing Favela Fuel. Aaaaaariba!
Frank Skinner - One of the UK's funniest comedians and a Birmingham lad through and through, Frank's been a mainstay on the comedy circuit for over 20 years and he's received plenty of television credits along the way.
Three Lions - Frank's also responsible for England football fanfare 'Three Lions' along with his long time friend David Baddiel and 90s band The Lightning Seeds...'Football's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming...'
Lenny Henry - What would British comedy be without this man, seriously? He's an absolute legend, he single handedly started Comic Relief and his brand of no-nonsense, no-one-is-safe comedy is more admirable now than ever in the age of political correctness. Just see for yourselves.
Villains - Birmingham's biggest club, Aston Villa, has existed for over 150 years and it's been a home for a few big footballing names through that century and a half including Emile Heskey, Dion Dublin and Gareth Southgate. With celebrity fans like Tom Hanks, Ozzy Osbourne, David Cameron and even HRH Prince William cheering them on week in, week out, they ply their trade in the top flight of English football with a confident swagger in victory and a fighting spirit in defeat.
The Bullring - Birmingham's biggest shopping centre is definitely worth a look in on any visit to this epic city. It's packed with quality shops like Topman, Hollister, Superdry and more - so if you've forgotten your favorite shirt (that obviously transforms you into an absolute babe-magnet) you won't have to settle for less when it comes to dress on your big night out.
Pure Craft Bar and Kitchen - After a heavy night on the town, you could be in desperate need of some hangover conquering grub. That's exactly what Pure Craft specializes in - one of their epic steaks will banish the staunchest of alcoholic aches and pains and let's be honest, there's no greater man food to fuel your weekend of stag mayhem.
Inflatable Games - When you were kids, bouncy castles were joyous playgrounds of inflatable madness. You soared into the air, colliding with your best mates and eventually your own limbs as you ended up in a crying heap on the floor before mummy kissed the booboo better and you returned to your air-filled haven. The Inflatable Games are very much the same, except here, mummy won't be around to kiss you better, and any stags that end up in a crumpled heap will simply be the subject of endless banter. This is the Total Wipeout experience you've dreamed of, can you handle those angry red balls?!?!
Purnell's - Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell's restaurant may be a bit posh, but there's seriously tasty stuff here and lets be honest, the boys don't need much of an excuse to produce their slickest suits - after all, what lad doesn't want to be James Bond? Purnell's is the perfect place to enjoy high quality cuisine with the stag's best mates before you set off on your evening of nearly-wed celebrations.
X-Ray - The first X-Ray was taken in Brum, we don't know how many have been performed since, but here's to hoping that nobody adds to the number on your big weekend.
Tank Battles - Forget everything you know about Paintball, because it's about to get BIG. Our Tank Battles are truly immense - take on your mates in fully mechanized warfare and test your team of combat-hardened stags to the max as you work together to defeat the enemy and walk away with all the bragging rights...or you could leave the warzone with your heavy metal hulk having received a Dulux makeover...
Andy Low n' Slow - The boys can't run on an empty stomach, so fill the lads with the perfect stag petrol in the form of one of Andy's quality smoked meat-feasts. Whether its ribs, briskets, pulled-pork burgers or even a whole chicken, he's got some serious man-food for real men only. Handily, you can find Andy's Low n' Slow every Friday at half five as part of Brum's Digbeth Dining Club.
Gatecrasher - For a true party palace, Gatecrasher is the way to go. This is truly the city's biggest club with not one, not two, but four huge rooms each playing a different kind of music. Gatecrasher has the dirtiest discos and the most luxury of parties all under one roof that's raised every night with the cheers of happy party-goers. An evening in Gatecrasher is an absolute must on the grooms last weekend of freedom.
Football Pool - Do you possess the silky smooth passing of Bastian Schweinsteiger or do you have the heavy touch of Francis Jeffers? Football Pool is the ultimate test of one's skill on the ball, as you'll have to demonstrate pinpoint accuracy if you're going to tuck away your balls before your opponent beats you to the black!
The Wolf of Soho House - Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton managed to earn a fortune equivalent to TWICE that of Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates. You can go and visit his old lad pad, Soho House while you're here - although we aren't sure if the classic architecture will impart any pearls of wisdom as to how to build a fortune of your own...
6/8 Kafé - If you're feeling a little rough from an evening of alcohol fuelled antics, then really, it's your own fault - but that doesn't mean you should have to suffer on your big weekend. A decent coffee could be all that's needed to nurse the boys back to fighting stag fitness, and 6/8 Kafé do the best brews in the city. They also do a cracking breakfast if the caffeine rush fails to clear your aching heads - job done!
SWAT Experience - Birmingham is a big city, and as such, it needs brave defenders to keep the Brummie denizens safe from harm - are you up to the task? Learn realistic SWAT tactics as you take on the challenge of a Search and Rescue scenario where you'll need to squad up and watch each others backs if you're going to get the hostage out alive - or the bad buys might just walk away with the win...
Balti - That's right; you can thank Birmingham for pioneering an entirely new Indian dish in the form of the Balti. In fact, they're so dedicated to this new (ish) cuisine that they've named the city's hub of Asian culture the 'Balti Triangle' - come and have a go if you think you can handle the heat!
Christina Hendricks - Alright, we're pushing the boat out with this one, but the gorgeous Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame wouldn't be where she is today without Birmingham. Her dad, Robert Hendricks was born in Brum before moving back to the states - 'Well, go to the foot of our stairs!'
The Accent - It's everywhere, and if you don't keep up with the lingo, you could run into a real language barrier. What would we mean if we said you were 'clarting about'? And what the hell is a pikelet? This nifty guide should help you out.
Top Tweeters - Adil Ray's witticisms on modern life in Brum are absolutely hilarious and they make for the perfect quick read as you go about your day! The Villa Blog is the account to follow if you're looking for a real fan's daily opinion on the city's footy and Helen Flanagan is smart, sexy and a few snaps from her Instagram are sure to brighten up the glummest of mornings.
Facebook - Local comedian Joe Lycett provides guaranteed laughs that you'll want to share with all your mates - he's not too bad at stand-up either!
like its 1929!"
The Balti curry was invented in Birmingham.
Why: reasons to be cheerful, a Birmingham stag do
As stag destinations go they don’t come much bigger, bolder or better than the all-action party capital of the West Midlands. Week in week out the crowds are kept entertained with an unrivalled selection of activities on offer during the day and a massive party vibe to carry them through the night. With sport, music, culture and an international flavour at its core, a Birmingham stag do promises to be a truly spectacular event.
Birmingham is fresh. It’s innovative. It’s the 3rd most visited UK city by overseas guests and it’s easy to see why. From chocolate factory to curry house, Indoor Arena to NEC and Villa Park to the Alexander Stadium the city knows how to put on a good show. It’s home to some of the country’s top venues, has a fantastic night scene and a whole host of extreme action to get the adrenaline pumping. In short, if you’re planning an unforgettable stag do, Birmingham has the lot. And at StagWeb we’ve got the accommodation, expertise and exclusive offers to pull it all together for the ultimate stag experience.
When: the best time to visit Birmingham for the stag do
With such a huge range of activities and entertainment at your disposal, a Birmingham stag do is guaranteed to bring results any time of the year. Yes it can get busy, the city plays host to some major festivals and sporting fixtures, with a pretty solid calendar of events seeing you through from jazz at the height of summer to the legendary Beer Festival and Christmas market in winter, not to mention football season. But whether you choose to book around them or make the most of the big events, some careful planning will ensure a top weekend.
Tennis is a Brummie invention which started in Edgebaston.
How: travelling to Birmingham
The city is in a great central location and easily accessible by road, rail or air, with a host of transport links getting the bulk of Brits to its doors in 3 hours or less. Served by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 motorways, driving is a cinch and three major rail stations provide frequent speedy connections across the country. The city’s airport is well connected, with the M42 and main line alongside.
Where: on location, hanging out & bedding down
Birmingham is a truly modern metropolis with a great party spirit and healthy appetite for entertainment. Take a trip to the stylish Brindleyplace which boasts some of the city’s finest dining and best evening entertainment, or make your way to the vibrant Southside. Taking in Hurst Street, The Arcadian and Chinatown it has a thriving nightlife and is bursting with restaurants, bars and clubs and a truly international flavour to suit all tastes. Head down to the Jewellery Quarter, home to the vibrant nightlife of St Pauls Square, or for a traditional late night beer the Irish Quarter won’t disappoint. And of course there’s the famous Balti Triangle, which still houses some of the country’s oldest and finest Balti restaurants. We have a great selection of 2, 3 and 4 star accommodation available for your Birmingham stag do but the city is a hugely popular destination so it pays to plan ahead and book wisely.
Birmingham's "Balti Triangle" has some of the best curries in the UK.
What: Birmingham stag weekend action!
The city doesn’t just host the biggest events and bring you the best nightlife, it also arguably offers the greatest selection of quality stag activities around. For some white knuckle four-wheeled action our extreme motorsports include stock car racing, stunt driving and super buggies. The thrill seekers among you can take to the high ropes or ski slopes, or for something a little more relaxing why not try your hand at falconry or fly-fishing. Our activities also include some of the more unusual experiences, so for a truly unique weekend add some jousting, werewolf hunting or a trip to zombie boot camp to your itinerary!
How much: your Birmingham stag do budget
As with any popular destination prices can rise at peak times but Birmingham is a flexible host city accommodating short stays even in high season, and with such a huge range of choices available we’re confident we can offer a stag weekend to suit your pocket. So whether you’d like to use our bespoke services for a tailor-made weekend, or want to take advantage of our proven ready-made packages, we really do have a programme to suit every budget.
If you think Birmingham ticks all the boxes for a great stag weekend and you’d like a bit more information, have a browse of our website to view the kind of packages available. Then fill in the form and send us a brief for a no risk, no obligation quote. Our friendly team will start building you the ultimate stag weekend to suit your needs and budget.