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The unofficial capital of the West Country, and officially one of the best cities in the UK for a stag weekend. Welcome to the Wild West.
Bristol is an eclectic and bohemian city in the West Country – its laid back atmosphere blended with a renowned nightlife scene makes it an ideal destination for your stag party. And with no fewer than 10 pubs per square mile, you’ll never be far from a top drinking spot.
Another thing that we really love about Bristol is the amazing range of classic stag do activities both in the city and in the surrounding countryside. Whatever your group’s up for, getting muddy in the outdoors, team sports or something a little more refined like Bourbon-Tasting, there’s plenty to inspire you.
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Alright me luvvers? Welcome to Bristol, one of our favourite destinations for a stag do in the UK. And it’s refreshingly easy to get to as well, just 90 minutes on the train from London, for example.
Driving to your Bristol stag do? There are lots of inexpensive public car parks in the city centre where you can leave your motors with confidence. The car park in Queen Square, right in the heart of Bristol has 160 spaces alone, and it costs just £5 to park overnight. It even has electric car charging!
Like all the best stag do destinations, Bristol is very walkable, and of course we aim to place you in a stag hotel no more than 10-20 minutes’ stroll from the nightlife. Prefer not to wear out your shoe leather? You can hail a blue Hackney carriage on the street, or book a private hire taxi. There are taxi ranks around the city close to key destinations such as Corn Street in the Old City.
Bristol is a famously bike-friendly city, with lots of cycle lanes. But at the time of writing it’s no longer possible to just pick up a rental bike with an app and go, as too many of them were being vandalised or stolen. However there are still lots of bike rental places if you want to explore the city on two wheels - you can even rent tandems.
One of the most enjoyable things to do on a Bristol stag weekend is a cruise along the river - there are regular ferry services between riverside attractions, and in the evenings you can take a private stag cruise in Bristol harbour - see our Bristol stag do Tips and Ideas section below for more detail.
If you’re searching for a stag do location that has a wide range of exciting activities combined with seriously buzzing nightlife, you won’t go wrong with Bristol. Let’s start with the activities.
You’ve got all your classic stag do experiences in Bristol, from a combined Blind Driving, Clay Pigeons & Off-Road Buggies Experience, to the ever-popular Paintballing - make sure the groom-to-be is wearing something nice and bright!
However, if you and the lads would like to try something a little different on your Bristol stag, then we’ve got you covered on that front too. You could try a hilarious West Country Themed Games afternoon - think drunk pub skittles, cider run (don’t drink beforehand is our advice), and the brilliant welly wanging. Alternatively, Bristol also has awesome Woodlands Survival Weekends available, where you can learn some useful bushcraft skills in case of zombie apocalypse. Essentially, whatever you and the guys are into, you’ll find Bristol will keep you satisfied.
But that’s far from all. We said this is a first-rate stag do venue, and we meant it. There’s no end of things to do in Bristol on a stag weekend before the sun goes down and the beers with it. For starters, what about joining a street art walking tour? There’s around 200 street artists and graffiti writers at work in Bristol, and of course the most famous is Banksy. Some of the mystery artist’s earliest works can still be seen around the city, including Mild, Mild West near The Canteen, and Grim Reaper, now housed at the M Shed museum.
Bristol has everything from high-rope courses to axe-throwing and even surf lessons for more active stag groups. We can also help you to arrange Archery, Footgolf, and Mud Buggy Driving, always a hit on Bristol stag weekends - we’ll make sure your transfers get you back to the hotel in time to get showered and changed before your evening starts.
This is also a major hub for craft brewing. There are 20 or so breweries in Bristol, and several have tap rooms where you can enjoy a tasting session. Moor Street Co., near Temple Meads train station, is a good option - it has vegan-friendly beers too. But at heart, Bristol remains a cider city, and you can find locally fermented cider in pubs all over the place. Cider Box has a tap room under an old Victorian railway arch - it’s not too much of a trek getting there, so if that’s your thing, have at it. And naturally, there are loads of great beer gardens around Bristol that are ideal for a spot of sunny day-drinking. The Arnolfine Harbourside Bar is always lively with ever-changing views of the river.
Taking a jaunt along the river between harbourside attractions is also popular in Bristol, with regular ferry tours. However, you can also opt for a private stag cruise in Bristol harbour, with onboard tipples ranging from craft beer to gin and rum. Not all at the same time though, have some decency.
Some of the best stag do areas in Bristol for pubs and bars include the Harbourside, the Clifton Triangle and the Old City, particularly Corn Street and King Street. Stokes Croft meanwhile is a hub of artistic culture. It has an edgier vibe to it than other areas, but some really cool bars such as the Bootlegger.
Bristol boasts a truly effervescent nightlife scene, from speakeasies and cocktail bars to restaurants and some of the most renowned clubs in the UK, so whatever your group is in the mood for, you can find it. We can arrange for you to begin your evening with a few laughs at a Comedy Club, or if gambling is more your thing, head on over to the Grosvenor Casino, where you can enjoy a drink or two whilst trying your luck on the roulette table. Then finish your night with a visit to one of Bristol’s most popular stag-friendly nightclubs. PRYZM comprises several luxurious and chic bars with state of the art interiors. We can even arrange a booth package so you and the guys can enjoy the last weekend of freedom in style.
Bristol has a fantastic live music scene. This was the birthplace of trip hop which gave us Tricky, Portishead and Massive Attack. Other highly regarded venues include The Canteen, Motion and Lakota.
We recommend getting a bite to eat at a stag-friendly restaurant before the night really gets going so you can line your stomachs. Pre-club bars in Bristol such as Walkabout and Revolution cater excellently to thirsty and hungry stag groups. We can reserve you a table. An alternative is a Guided Bar Crawl - handy for your first evenings if you’re newcomers to Bristol and want to get your bearings on the city and its best nightspots.
Lastly, if you want to treat the groom-to-be to a lap dance, make for Central Chambers. Here you can also book one of the latest crazes in stag weekends - a private life drawing class.