The Balkans are basically the Wild West of the East, so there's no shortage of top drawer activities and mad capped capers to be enjoyed on your Bulgarian stag do. From gun toting action on the shooting range and wet and wild Whitewater Rafting to Brewery Tours and Football Spectating, Sofia will keep the lads pumped for every second of their epic stag party!
Best Bars in Sofia
By the Way - Specialising in cocktails and mixers, this ultra cool and very popular bar will have the boys hooked with its awesome interior and fully stocked bar.
Raketa Rakia Bar - As the name suggests, this Soviet styled retro bar specialises in rakia, a locally made fruit brandy known for its fiery kick.
Ale House - More of a traditional Bulgarian choice, this rustic pub has a unique selling point the stags will want to bring back home with them - beer on tap at your table!
Rhythm and Beer festival celebrates hundreds of craft beers from all over Southeast Europe and further afield with top DJs and live bands to boot.
This annual rock and metal festival set on a single night in the iconic Academic Stadium has drawn in some of the biggest bands in the world. The atmosphere is electric, the beer is cheap and the music is rocking, what's not to love?
An annual urban culture festival, Sofia Breathes is a great place to find locally made Bulgarian food and drinks.
"Grows, but does not age."
- Sofia's city motto
Where to Head...
If it's drinks, drinks and more drinks you're seeking on your night out in Sofia you'd be best served by frequenting one or two of the many bars along Vitosha Blvd. With the largest concentration of bars in the city, most of which are open beyond midnight, it's the perfect place to kick start a night out on the town.
Sofia is one of the greenest cities in Europe with plenty of huge, sprawling parks placed throughout the city that are ideal for walking off any lingering stag hangovers. Better still, many of these green parks have open air bars so you can enjoy a cold bevy in the sun.
Sofia's oldest building is the Church of St. George ... yes, our St. George.
Most of Sofia's streets are paved with yellow bricks.
Sofia is 7,000 years old.
Bulgarians invented the first car air bag, digital watch and electronic computer.
A Taste of Sofia
Eats - Shkembe chorba, a form of tripe soup, is widely believed to be an epic hangover cure. The Bulgarians swear by it so much that Sofia even has a number of 24/7 places that serve it to hungover partygoers and students.
Drinks - Rakia, a fiery fermented fruit liqueur of about 40%, is incredibly popular in Sofia where it was first made.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Sofia
Public transport in Sofia is efficient and well developed with trams, buses, trolleys, and subways operating until midnight. Fares are much cheaper than in Western Europe and day passes and multi-tickets can be purchased for most forms of transit. Taxis are the only way of getting around after midnight and are much cheaper than in the UK.
Cycling in the city is also a good way to get around thanks to slow traffic and the large number of parks. Bike rental shops are popular and prices are very reasonable.
"Zdravei" - Hello.
"Edna bira, moyla" - One beer, please.
"Oshte edna bira, moyla" - One more beer, please.
"Vsichki ot vashata bira, molya" - All of your beer, please.
"Kŭde e naĭ-blizkiya bar?" - Where is the nearest bar?
"Ha grrom shte plati za tezi" - The groom will pay for those.
"Bikhte iskali da tantsuvat s moya priyatel?" - Would you like to dance with my friend?
Average price of a lager ... 64p!
Sofia is among the most underrated travel destinations in Europe. Cheap booze, friendly locals, great food and enough adrenaline fuelled action on offer to keep any stag party busy, there's not much more you could ask for from your Balkan adventure!
You don't have to break the bank for an overseas stag party, and Sofia is proof of that. With the average price of a lager at 64p, you'd be hard pushed to find a better place to buy a round than the Bulgarian capital. It's cheap to stay, it's cheap to get there, it's cheap to get around and yet it's a total blast from the first pint to the last!
Sofia is a particular highlight when it comes to winter stag dos as it's only a 15 minute drive from the incredible ski resort at Mount Vitosha, which promises some of the best Snowboarding and Snowmobiling action in Europe. Sofia provides the perfect combination of all day action and epic nightlife.
How expensive is Sofia?
A stag do to suit any budget! You'll be richly rewarded upon choosing Sofia with cheap food and drinks, cheap transport, cheap accommodation and cheep drinks (did we mention that already?).
Bulgarians shake their heads to mean yes and nod for no.
Beer, Balkan beauties, a belting soundtrack and budget friendly... Welcome to Bulgaria gentlemen!
**Which reminds us... in Bulgaria nodding means ‘no’, a shake of the head means ‘yes’ - a bit of a challenge perhaps, especially when the boys have a shot or three of the local paint-stripper (sorry, Rakiya) in their systems but certainly worth remembering. Or at least trying to...**
Did someone say stripper?
Yes we did! And the Bulgarian capital certainly isn't short on supply, with quality clubs welcoming their guests until the early hours. But step outside for a look at the bigger picture to see just why the new kid on the block is rocketing up the charts to become one of the hottest stag destinations around.
Bulgaria's national instrument is the bagpipes (gaida).
- The capital is big enough to pack in an entire National Park (not to mention most of a mountain) and bags of sport, culture and after-hours entertainment but has a city centre compact enough that you won't have to travel far between watering holes (most of the top venues are conveniently located on a single street. We thank you Sofia!).
- Blinding nightlife and action-packed daytime activities are a mere stone's throw from your quality accommodation.
- And with few licensing laws in force, drinks are served any time of the day, meaning bars and restaurants stay open right through the night.
So there you have it, a Sofia stag weekend; rich in culture, and with a stunning backdrop, friendly locals, storming nightlife and action-adventure on tap. Stag heaven on earth?
And with StagWeb's expert team and exclusive deals at your disposal, you really are set for a truly monumental weekend, and possibly a fast-track into Best Man history to boot!
But the growing popularity of this stunning capital does mean it pays to book early, so be the man with the plan, Get in touch today and we'll set you up to sample the delights of this Balkan beauty before the rest of the world catches on.
How do we get there?
EasyJet and Wizz Air offer regular affordable flights from across the UK, with London to Sofia taking around a 3 hour flight. Sofia Airport is located roughly 10km from the city centre, with transfers available on request.
And when should we go?
The great news is that a Bulgaria stag do is golden pretty much any time of the year! Sofia is blessed with a Mediterranean like climate, so spring and autumn are pleasantly mild, and summer sees the mercury hitting anywhere from the cool 20's to a scorching 35 degrees. All perfect to indulge in the alfresco entertainment and adventure that hold court in this great city. And then of course with the depths of winter comes the rip-roaring ski season, which brings a whole new range of top flight adventure for the stag taking. So with great weather, festivals and events dotted throughout the year, from the Film and Jazz festivals to Dance Week, one of the finest winter playgrounds around and a town buzzing with 24 hour party people, Sofia leaves you in no doubt that you're on for a sure fire winner any time of the year.
Great! But where do we need to be?
Follow the yellow brick road (no, really, it's there!) to the city centre and Vitosha Boulevard, where you and the boys are likely to spend the bulk of your Bulgarian evenings traversing between the massive concentration of top pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants. The city is also the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the eclectic line-up of culture, sport, history and entertainment on offer, with Borisova gradina (Sofia's principal park and home to the Vasil Levski National Stadium), the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the National Palace just some of the hotspots within easy reach. The quality Vitosha ski slopes are a huge draw in the winter months, or for the ultimate in winter adventure, the nearby Borovets resort boasts top ski runs and some pretty fine nightlife to go with it.
What does a Sofia stag weekend offer for the thrill seeking stag?
"My round lads..." Drink prices start at 80p per pint.
Believe it or not, Sofia is pretty close by to one of the finest skiing resorts in the whole of Eastern Europe, meaning that you can afford to treat yourself and the lads to a cracking day or two out on the slopes! Borovets is just 73km from Sofia itself and is well known for having some really fantastic ‘apres-ski' going on, which is, let's be honest, almost more important than the sporty stuff itself... there are over 50 restaurants and bars in this ski paradise, so you'll be absolutely spoiled for choice. Ski resorts have a reputation for being a little on the snobby side but Borovets is totally different. With drink prices amongst the lowest in Europe, you'll be able to afford après and pre ski!
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