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Southampton stag do guide


Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire, and is still a major port, meaning there’s plenty of hustle and bustle at the weekend in this waterside hub. Stag weekends in Southampton normally correlate around the city centre where some of the best areas for nightlife in the city include the Polygon, the Cultural Quarter, and Westquay, all of which are within a short walk of each other, handily enough!

Alternatively, if you like a bar with a sea view, then the scenic Southampton Marina offers a stylish blend of sophisticated restaurants, clubs, pubs and bars - all set in beautiful surroundings. That’s your evenings taken care of. During the day, we can help you organise as much, or as little, as you want to do, with Southampton promising a superb range of classic stag activities that will have you and the boys fully entertained.

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Great if you are looking for

  • A lively city packed with awesome bars and clubs
  • Beer festivals, football and a stack of water sports
  • Easy to get around with no long journeys involved

Getting around

Southampton city centre, which is where you’ll be based for most of the time, is largely flat, and easily walkable. In the evenings most of the main nightlife areas such as the Polygon, Bedford Place and the Cultural Quarter are all within a few minutes’ walk of each other, while in the daytime if your activities are taking you out of town, we’ll be happy to arrange convenient door-to-door transfers for your group, so that no-one needs to bother driving. 

If you’re feeling lazy however, you can hop on a Voi e-scooter, which cost £1 to unlock and then just £0.14 per minute to use. Southampton also has an excellent public transport network - expect to pay around £3 for all-day bus travel around the city centre, while taxi ranks can be found at locations including the High Street and the railway station.

And rail is definitely the best way to get to your stag weekend in Southampton, with the city less than 90 minutes from London by train. It’s also just off the M3 and M7, and if you’re driving there are several public car parks available. We can also book Southampton stag hotels with car parking, if you think you might need to make a fast getaway.

Tips and ideas

You won’t go wrong with a Southampton stag do, and you definitely won’t run out of things to do either. All your favourite classic stag activities can be enjoyed here: Paintballing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, the zany fun of Bubble Football. And of course there’s no need to worry about getting to them, because we can sort out transfers for you if no-one in the group fancies driving. 

There are also lots of great activities here that you rarely find elsewhere. Unleash your inner Lewis Hamiltons, for instance, with a thrilling F1 Race Car Simulator, and see who comes out in pole position. Or take a spin out into the Solent, perhaps even as far as the Isle of Wight, on a RIB boat tour for some splashy fun.

The Woodmill Outdoor Activity Centre, just out of town, is also very popular with our Southampton stags. Here you can canoe or kayak between pubs, and generally arse about on the water, perhaps making the groom walk the plank. You can also try your hands at archery, and a high ropes course

With its strategic position on the south coast, and a storied past as a military and commercial port, Southampton is a fascinating city to wander around if you’re a history buff. If it’s a nice day, you can walk around the old city walls, which is about two miles in total, and will take you past one of the most famous buildings in Southampton, the medieval Bargate which was once the gateway to the city.

Southampton was also one of the final ports of call for the Titanic, and you can follow the Titanic Trail around the city, as well as see an exhibition to the ill-fated cruise ship at the SeaCity Museum. The Solent Sky is another interesting museum in Southampton, where you can see a Spitfire, a Tiger Moth and various other unique and historic aircraft.

Lastly - Southampton hosts several excellent beer festivals throughout the year, including the usually raucous Oktoberfest. If you and the fellas have a taste for the finer ales, then why not tie in the stag do with one of these always well-attended events.

Nightlife

Much of the action in Southampton takes place around a neighbourhood known as the Polygon, where you’ll find Bedford Place. Funky Flamingo is a cool lounge bar with a rooftop garden that’s perfect for a few drinks day or night, serving up bottomless brunches and sizzling Italian grub. You’ve also got CRIB here, where you and the boys can chow down on tasty pizza while competing against each other in a friendly game of shuffleboard. 

Also to be found around these parts: the Bedford, which offers cheap and decent grub, pool tables, and live sports on the telly; late-night cocktail bar and AWESOME brunch idea XOXO, and Beards & Boards, a stripped-down craft microbrewery with a punk rock ethos and a soundtrack to match. Don’t miss the Social either, a chilled lounge bar with open mic nights on Fridays. And then of course you’ve got Revolution, where there’s always a party atmosphere, stag groups are welcomed with open arms, and we’ll be happy to book you in for dinner.

Very close to the Polygon is another popular Southampton stag do nightlife area, what’s called the Cultural Quarter. Around here you’ll find reliable Irish bar O’Neills, as well as Grumpy Monkey, a stylish bar that shows sports, and whose kitchen turns out some of the best burgers in Southampton. Seriously. We’re also big fans of Belgium & Blues, where you can sup on a huge range of craft and Belgian beer, slow-cooked ribs, to a backdrop of Blues music spun by DJs. Definitely one of the coolest drinking holes in the city. 

Portswood is the student area, a fair way out from the city centre, and it’s unlikely that you’ll find yourselves in this neck of the woods. If you do, however, expect cheaply priced drinks and a lively atmosphere. The Brewhouse & Kitchen is a decent venue hereabouts, and we think it serves up some of the best Sunday roasts in Southampton.

Clubs-wise, Southampton is banging of course, as you would expect from a city with two universities and a busy port. Fever & Vibe is somewhere our groups rave about, playing commercial, dance and R&B in Bedford Place. We also love the Orange Rooms, an offbeat club with a Tiki Lounge, a snow chalet-inspired bar, Vespa scooters and an eclectic roster of guest DJs that in the past has included Mr Scruff, Russell Brand and De La Soul. Come dressed to impress, ready to boogie, and thirsty for cocktails. And if you’re after a mad one, Switch is an epic dance club with private tables and bottle service available for well-behaved stag groups. 

And last but not least, because we know that many of our stag groups do like to spend a little time throwing money at beautiful ladies, why not let us sort you out with Entry to one of Southampton’s top Lapdancing Clubs, where you can ensure the groom has a night to remember, or at the very least one he’ll find it difficult to forget!

FAQ

Is Southampton good for a stag do?

Southampton is a fantastic stag do destination, with plenty of cultural and historic attractions, an easily walkable city centre, great nightlife and a solid range of stag activities you’ll love. We’ve been sending stag groups to Southampton since 2002, and we know exactly what ingredients you need for a successful, and memorable, weekend away. So leave the arrangements in the hands of our expert stag planners, and prepare to give the groom-to-be a send-off he won’t forget in a hurry!

Where is your stag do accommodation in Southampton located?

We know how important it is for you to be close to the action, which is why the Southampton stag hotels we use are always located within a 10-20 minute walk of the city centre. That way there’s no long taxi journeys in, no exhausting journeys back at the end of the night. 

If there’s a particular area of Southampton that you’d like to stay in or close by, such as Bedford Place or the West Quay, just let us know and we can tell you what’s available.

What kind of stag do activities can we do in Southampton?

Southampton has a full range of classic stag do experiences available for you, including Paintballing, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Bubble Football. There’s also a number of other fun stag activities you can try here, including an F1 Race Car Simulator, action-packed RIB boat rides in the Solent, and relaxed watersports at the Woodmill Activity Centre which is just a 15-minute drive out of town. 

Our friendly Southampton stag planners will be happy to arrange all of your activities for your group, including convenient door-to-door transfers where necessary, saving you time and hassle.

Do you offer Southampton stag do packages?

We offer a number of great-value stag do packages for Southampton, which include your accommodation and one or two activities. Choose the one that fits your group’s interests best, and then you can add on extra activities as you see fit. Think of our Southampton stag packages as the foundations for your weekend away - you’ve got the essentials covered, now you can take your time browsing what else there is to do.

How do we book a Southampton stag weekend?

We make booking your Southampton stag do easy. It needs just a £50 deposit and a rough idea of numbers to secure the booking. Then, within the next 14 days, we need each member of the group to access our online payment system, the Party Hub, to make a minimum payment of £30 to secure their place. Full balance is due 42 days before the trip takes place. 

Since each group member can easily pay online, there’s no need for you at the organiser to chase them up for money, as we’ll remind them whenever a payment is due.

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