A Guide To Your Dublin Stag Weekend
Dublin is a sports mad city and sports mad stags can liven up their weekend with a game of Bubble Football. It's like a footballing Riverdance as you can't move your arms, just with added carnage. But if you want even more intense competition try the Gaelic Games. It's a true test of every stags sporting ability and bloody hilarious too.
Best Bars in Dublin
Sinotts - Irish pubs are legendary the world over, Sinotts is one of the very best in a city full of fine drinking establishments and well worth a pint or two.
37 Dawson St - Madder than a night on the tiles with Terry Wogan and Roy Keane and twice as much fun. 37 Dawson Street is awesome!
The Grafton Lounge - Good food, good atmosphere, good times! A great way to start a Dublin night out.
March - St Patrick’s Day Be at the epicentre of what is possibly the world’s largest pub crawl!
May - Dockland Summer Festival Live music, DJ’s and big action watersports.
July - Longitude Ireland’s largest music festival.
July - Comedy Festival "A belly full of laughs" with the biggest names in comedy.
August - Holi One Thousands of people dressed in white come together to listen to great tunes and throw brightly coloured paint powders.
"I only take drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not."
- Brendan Behan
Where to Head...
Temple Bar is the legendary traditional drinking district. Locals tend to stay away from an area they now see as being over run by tourists but it is still well worth a visit. Be warned though, prices do tend to be a little high. Baggot Street and Merrion Square are other worthy traditional spots for a great night out in a city that is renowned for its drinking prowess. In fact it’s pretty much impossible to not have a good night out in Dublin, if you can’t have a great night here we’d suggest you check your pulse.
Guinness Storehouse - If you’re looking for an activity in the Emerald Isle then no trip to Dublin is complete without a "point aff da liffey water" and a trip to pay homage at the Guinness Brewery.
Across the world an average of 10,000,000 pints of Guinness are produced a day!!!
Dublin has one of the youngest populations in Europe with over 40% under the age of 35.
On St Patrick’s Day the River Liffey is dyed green to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint.
A Taste of Dublin
Eats - 777 is a Mexican restaurant with a difference. Not just the funky décor or great atmosphere but in particular the rather cheeky range of tequilas to try. However the food itself is top draw and a real "hotspot".
If you’re after more of a flavour of Ireland then Boxty House is THE place, the staff, food and atmosphere are all fantastic. A great place to get the troops fed ahead of your big night out while enjoying the real Dublin.
Drinks - While it is traditional to try a pint of the black stuff while in Ireland, real Irish drinkers are pouring a pint from The Porterhouse Brewing Co. A glass for every occasion and well worth hunting down. In particular get yourself around a pint of "Louder", you won’t regret it.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Dublin
As well as buses, the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is a rail network around the city and Trams (Luas). A nattily named "Leap Card" allows you to hop on and off public transport all round the city.
If you’re feeling a bit more energetic or want to freshen up your hangovers the you can always jump on a Dublin Bike which can be found dotted around Dublin.
"Ah, oi’ve a feckin’ thirst one me so I have." - Gosh, I really am jolly thirsty.
"Good man urself, pour uz a point aff da Liffey." - I’ll have a pint of Guinness please Landlord.
"A roight wagon, even the tide wouldn’t take her out" - She has a lovely personality I’m sure.
"Blow it out yur hole ye bollix!" - I’m sorry Sir but I beg to differ.
40 Reasons Why Dublin Rocks!
What's in a name? - Dublin, or as it used to be known, 'Dubh Linn' translates directly from old Gaelic as 'Black Pool'. Could it have been a premonition of the 10 million pints of Guinness produced daily!
Guinness Brewery Tour - It should probably be illegal to visit Dublin without paying your respects to one of the most beautiful beers in the world with a trip to the Guinness Brewery. See more...
Dubliners - The city's famous literary folk include playwright George Bernard Shaw, Roddy Doyle (The Commitments), James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
Friendly Locals - Dubliners are statistically more likely to buy you a drink than locals from anywhere else in Ireland - although we wouldn't push your luck with this...
Pub City - There's 666 licensed boozers in this city, meaning that there's an incredible choice of watering holes on your Dublin stag do. Let our knowledgeable guides take you straight to the best so that you can avoid the rest! Read more...
Vikings - Dublin originally began as a Viking settlement - the Nordic warriors called the area the 'Norse Kingdom of Dublin' way back in the 9th century - which explains some of the epic facial fuzz on display in the town.
The Big Smoke - Dublin is massive, covering a total land area of 44.5 square miles - it's a genuine treasure trove of pubs, bars and beery good times - the perfect destination for your stag party!
Rage Buggies - You've got the license to drive these buggies in anger - they treat rough terrain with virtually no respect and one ride in one of these bad boys will have you clamouring for more. Find out more...
Young Blood - Dublin has one of the most youthful populations in all of Europe - around 50 percent of the city is younger than 25 years of age, meaning that the bars are always packed and the nights are always rocking!
Croke Park - The largest sport stadium in Ireland is one of the biggest sports stadiums in Europe with a capacity of 84,500 - only the Nou Camp, Wembley Stadium and the Santiago Bernabeu can beat it for size.
Football - Dublin is home to no less than six League of Ireland association clubs. These are Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians F.C., St. Patrick's Athletic, University College Dublin, Shelbourne and Cabinteely F.C.
Dracula - Bram Stoker, the author and creator of the famous gothic villain graduated from Dublin's Trinity College. Where did the story's inspiration come from? Best not to take any chances and make the groom wear a necklace of garlic bulbs to keep "mummy's little soldier" safe.
Ireland Rugby - Dublin is also the home of Ireland's national rugby team. The boys in green have been pretty successful over the years, and some of their past players have become household names with Rugby legends like Brian O'Driscoll leading the line.
Greyhound Racing - This is big business - Dublin stag weekends at the track are properly electric and when the dogs are waiting to shoot out of their paddocks, you can cut the tension with a knife. Read more...
Peruke & Periwig - With so many pubs around Peruke & Periwig really does manage to stand out. It's an old fashioned speakeasy that comes across as being properly cool while retaining its quirky character from yesteryear - they also happen to do the best beef sandwiches in town. Find out more...
The Brazen Head - This is the oldest pub in Dublin, roughly 900 years young! Luckily, they've changed up the drinks menu in that time to include all the beers you know and love as well as some seriously tasty pub grub; The Brazen Head Burger is especially hunger-conquering. See more...
The Book of Kells - This is an Indiana Jones movie just waiting to be made - Ireland's national treasure is closely guarded in the Trinity College Library. The golden book was made by Celtic Monks in 800 AD, and who knows what might happen if you remove it from its resting place... (but please don't try).
U2 - One of the most successful bands in Irish history calls Dublin home. The charismatic group featuring Bono and The Edge have written countless hits including Beautiful Day, Vertigo, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and With or Without You.
Gaelic Games - Reconnect with any Gaelic ancestry you might have in this epic test of both strength and skill on your Dublin stag do. This is the only time 'Hurling' is acceptable on your big weekend. See more...
Colin Farrell - One of Dublin's favourite sons, Colin Farrell has achieved Hollywood box office success as well as plaudits for his superb performances in In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and more recently True Detective.
Brendan Gleeson - It seems if a drama needs a grumpy Irishman, than Brendan Gleeson is the man to choose. Having starred in countless films and stage productions, he's one of Ireland's greatest actors and the apple doesn't seem to fall far from the tree as his son Domnhall landed a starring role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
How Many Pints?!? - Dubliners collectively drink a mind-boggling 9800 pints an hour between the hours of 5.30pm on a Friday and 3.00am on a Monday. You really won't keep up so please drink responsibly.
Big Weekends - Dublin is Europe's most popular destination with travelling stag and hen parties, a whopping 600 groups head to the Irish capital every weekend - so you can guarantee you won't be the only group of lads in fancy dress when you hit the clubs.
Distillery Tour - It's not all about the black stuff in Dublin. Ireland is famous for its delicious whiskeys, and on your stag party you can discover how it's made and enjoy a tasty tipple while you do. Find out more...
The Wright Venue - This really is this city's party palace. On your Dublin stag weekend, The Wright Venue can provide you with a truly unforgettable night out with 7 bars, state-of-the-art sound systems and seriously stylish décor - plus the Irish beauties that party here are quite frankly mind-blowing. Read more...
O'Connell Bridge - Believe it or not, this Bridge used to be made of rope - thankfully these days it's been replaced with a concrete structure that's won the slightly odd title of being the only bridge in Europe that's as wide as it is long.
18 - That's the total number of cities going by the name of Dublin worldwide with twelve of those in the USA and six in Australia. Although none of them have come close to replicating the irreplaceable charm of the Irish original.
Buck Whaley - As a wealthy gambler during the 1700's, Buck Whaley managed to wrangle himself an income of £7000 a year, which is more like £7,000,000 a year in today's money.
Casino Nights - Although you'll find it hard to replicate Buck Whaley's amazing feats, you could get lucky in one of Dublin's premiere casinos. There's big banter to be had as you show off your poker faces while suited and booted like Bond. Read more...
Montgomery Street - Amsterdam's reputation for its saucy streets used to be practically miniscule when compared to this scandalous road. 1600 prostitutes used to frequent the area, making the 'Monto' Europe's biggest red light district.
Haunted Dublin - The Irish capital has its fair share of Ghost stories including wandering girls in hotel corridors, disappearing phantom pub regulars and the roaming spectre of one very loyal dog.
Thin Lizzy - Irelands greatest rock export were unstoppable in their day. Hits like Whiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back in Town solidified their place in the annals of rock history - and it all started in the mean streets of Dublin.
Krystle - This LED light-filled, multi-tiered venue is the club of choice for many a Dubliner, probably because you can enjoy spirited banter with the boys in the properly stylish penthouse bar before heading downstairs to mingle with the locals on the dance floor.
Vintage Cocktail Club - If you're going with a Blues Brothers fancy dress theme then a glass of Absinthe Minded or a Fernet Me Not in this 60's style speakeasy is an absolute must on your big night out before you head on to the city's best clubs. See more...
Robbie Keane - The former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool hitman is a born and bred Dubliner now playing alongside his former teammate Steven Gerrard at MLS club LA Galaxy. He's also the world's highest international goal scorer following the retirement of Miroslav Klose - sit down Ronaldo!
Conor McGregor - There's been a few fightin' Irishmen in Dublin over the years, but none as fearsome as Conor McGregor. His dynamic fighting style and his charismatic personality have led him to success after success in the UFC, the biggest MMA promotion in the world.
Ed Byrne - His satirical swipes at every day modern living are absolutely hilarious. Whether he's taking aim at wedding planning, video games or virtually anything else, Ed Byrne's observational humour is always on target with maximum wit.
Matt the Thresher - This fantastic restaurant specialises in man-size portions of the best seafood dishes available in Dublin. Wrap your laughing gear around a delicious fish burger or help yourselves to the stupendous seafood platter.
The Workmans Club - As a permanent fixture in Dublin's massive array of clubs and bars, The Workmans Club is dedicated to alternative music and up-and-coming artists. Gigs here are always atmospheric, largely because this 300 capacity venue is always packed out with real fans of real music who give as much as the band on stage during any performance. See more..,
The Accent - The Dublin accent is bouncy, light hearted and extraordinarily friendly. Don't believe us? Just buy an Irish lass a drink, her charming tones will have you swooning in no time!
Top Tweeters - Lovin Dublin will keep you up to date with the city's best live events, and they also provide some incredibly useful pointers as to where to grab some top grub - bonus! Overheard in Dublin is worth a follow simply for the hilarious and true things that people overhear from the city's quirky residents on a daily basis - it always makes us chuckle.
Facebook - Dublin Town have all the latest on entertainment in the city as well as any cultural events that might interest you during your stay, and Dublin Event Guide are your one-stop-shop for information on the best free events in the city.
10 million pints of Guinness are produced daily.
Dublin - StagWeb's guide to the world's friendliest stag city
One of the best choices anywhere in Europe and by starting your Dublin stag do research here you’re already a step ahead, we love this amazing city and have been sending groups across the Irish Sea for over a decade - you’re in good hands! If you know where to go and what to do Ireland's charming capital is a welcoming watering hole of generous hospitality and without doubt a legendary location for the stag weekend - prepare well and you can guarantee you’ll enjoy a trip to remember! The global rebirth of the city over the last few decades has seen Dublin comfortably transform into one of the greatest cities in the world and stand shoulder to shoulder with most European hotspots - you won’t be disappointed.
Historic streets & high action
You’ll find numerous historic and high quality venues throughout the city from some of the most charismatic pubs you'll ever visit to classy bars to award winning dining to casinos, comedy, music and top clubbing. Plus to keep you busy in the day a Dublin stag weekend provides an entertaining range of group pleasing action, some of it like the racing, the golf and the fishing is a bit special. A lot of good stuff seems to come together very well here making it a really memorable place to celebrate a big event in and with velvety Guinness at source, your Dublin stag do could be among the finest you ever go on - why not send a brief now?
Dublin has the youngest population in Europe with 50% under 25.
Why plan a stag do in Dublin?
Because it's Dublin, one of the greatest, most hospitable, friendliest cities on the planet; making it all the more appealing as a short stag weekend visit. Ireland's had a topsy-turvy time over the last few years but it remains ever popular with its unique capital's a shoe-in to a lot of "bucket lists" and certainly for a lot of stags. If you haven't been for a weekend you really should, it's enlivening, different but familiar and for a stag do, Dublin sets a friendly, easy going standard that's hard to beat. All of that's even before we've started on the activities and nightlife! Gents you're in for an amazing trip.
When to go - the best of times to visit Dublin
Plan well and you can expect to have a great time all year round - it's as reliable as a Riverdancer’s Rolex. The climate’s similar to our own and the seasons bringing different benefits to the city’s visitors. In winter holing up in the cosy, charming pubs and amazing bars is no hardship, neither is enjoying a huge choice of fantastic dining, getting jiggy with Irish dancing and taking on a few activities. Yuletide is also a fine time with a lit up Grafton Street and a busy waterside market. In January the new year party continues with the Temple Bar TradFest late in the month. Spring is big for rugby and of course the Six Nations, it also brings the arrival of arguably Ireland’s most famous festival - St Patrick’s Day (March 17), you won’t be surprised to read the party tends to spill over for a couple of days. Mid March celebrations, closely followed by the clocks going forward is the start of a long, fun summer, as a rule Spring through to Autumn is a great time to plan a stag weekend in Dublin and when most groups tend to go. Events and festivals run through the calendar year but a couple of the other big events you may be interested in are the Fringe Festival (September) and Oktoberfest (October). It’s safe to say Dublin’s got that extra special quality that makes it an exciting place to visit anytime, especially for a stag do, even when it rains it doesn’t dampen the spirits - or the Guinness or the Jamesons!
The oldest pub in Dublin dates back to 1198.
How to arrive - travelling to Dublin
The obvious and most cost efficient way is early booking via the budget airlines, RyanAir in particular have numerous flights daily but don't overlook Aer Lingus, Aer Arann and Flybe. (Check out our flight page for more info). It's very easy, literally up and down, so if you travel light and check in online in advance travelling should be over pretty quickly. The speed of travel to Dublin from the UK could be a welcome factor if you want to go international for the stag weekend but keep the travelling to a minimum. You could also consider the ferry and it could be cheaper with a hired minibus and a crossing fare but it takes a lot longer so we reckon it's only really a worthwhile option if you're up for a road trip.
The base is loaded - where to stay and hang out in Dublin
The city, split by the River Liffey into North and South, is a good size but it's easy to get around so as long as you're fairly central you'll be fine, however we reckon the best location to base yourselves for the Dublin stag weekend is close to world famous Temple Bar with its wealth of pubs, bars, clubs and more. Other top locations to look out for and consider are St Stephen's Green, Merrion Square, O'Connell Street, Capel Streetand Christchurch. In terms of pubs you'll do well to find a better collection, the Irish do pubs every bit as well as the UK and in many cases better, and Dublin's got a few world beaters. Like all modern European Capitals the bars and restaurants are excellent and there are more than enough stag friendly venues to enjoy during the weekend.
Irish adventure - Dublin's best action
In keeping with a mighty Capital you can choose from an impressive selection of activities. As mentioned above you’ve got some outstanding horse racing and massive fixtures, each of the five big courses (namely Curragh, Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Naas and Punchestown) offer some big events. It’s exciting to get up, head out for breakfast, a Guinness and a cheeky 9 holes and then get picked up for one of the best horse racing events you’ll ever go to - that gentlemen is a big stag day - even before a big evening. As you’d expect the golf can be outstanding so it’s well worth considering as part of a weekend itinerary, it acts as both a very welcome "freshener-upper" and an activity to drop a gear or two for at least a couple of hours that nobody's going to mind. A Sunday morning round is also a very agreeable way to finish off the trip, we'll even arrange your club hire if you need us to. Then of course you’ve got to make time for a stag pilgrimage to the Guinness Brewery or you could choose a whiskey distillery, why not do both! We’ve got close to 30 recommended activities listed but a couple of others worth special mention for an active group are the sea fishing and the ribbing, not least because the Irish Sea air should fix any hangovers! Gents rest assured the Dublin action is good, plan it well and you won’t be disappointed.
Banking on Dublin - The Dublin stag do costs
If you’re looking to save on your stag weekend then put StagWeb to the test. We’ve been sending stags to Dublin since 2002 and have built up a superb network of stag friendly hotels and activities across the city. During that time we’ve laid the foundations and built partnerships meaning we can offer you the best deals on everything you’ll need to give the groom a legendary send-off without breaking the bank.
Why not see what we can do for you, you'll get your own dedicated event team, top suggestions and soon realise that StagWeb's remarkable value and exceptional client benefits deliver way more for your budget. Call the Irish team now on +44 1225 474200 or send a brief or email.
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