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Want to give the groom-to-be an unforgettable weekend before he ties the knot? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Famous for its world-class comedy festival and Hogmanay celebrations, this lively Scottish capital can throw one hell of an epic party, making it an ideal location for any stag do. If you’re whisky fans, you’ll be in heaven. Head to one of the many traditional pubs on the city's cobbled streets and sample a wee dram or two. We bet it’ll be some of the best whisky you’ll have ever tasted.
And it’s not just partying where an Edinburgh stag do stands out from the crowd. This vibrant and picturesque Scottish city has tons of fascinating history and culture that extends way past battered Mars Bars. It’s a UNESCO City of Literature after all. It also offers tons of eclectic activities. Whether you want to dance ‘til you drop, chill out or satisfy your need for speed, you’ll discover a whopping range of activities in Edinburgh that you and your mates will be raving about long afterwards!
Whatever it is that you’re into, you’ll find it here! We've got a brilliant array of activities that are ideal for both daytime and evening stag antics!
If you’re a group of guys who love a kickabout, then why not give Bubble Football in Edinburgh a whirl? But be warned, this isn't anything like the classic game! Each member of the group will be encased in giant, inflatable, one-man zorb balls that covers the entire upper body! Your group will then be split into teams and the games will begin. You’ll quickly discover that your arms being encased seriously affects your balance, but luckily your legs are still free to run around and kick the ball.
Perhaps the best part of this game will be the tackling. To steal the ball, you’re going to have to run at, bounce, barge and bump the opposing team members out of the way. As you can imagine, this will be a highly comical situation as you flail around on your backs! Just make sure you don't spend too much time down there, you’ve got a match to win after all!
For something a little less energetic for your stag weekend in Edinburgh, how about taking part in a Graffiti Art Masterclass? This unique experience will give you an in-depth crash course in everything street art. You’ll learn all about its New York routes back in the 1970s before unleashing your creative juices. Learn to create characters, paint beautiful lettering and discover stencilling techniques. Could you be the next Banksy?
When it comes to nightlife options for the stag do, then you’ll be spoiled for choice with the vast choice of restaurants, bars and clubs that the city has to offer. But before you let the evening celebrations commence in full flow, we’d suggest taking a look at some of our top recommendations to get your evening started the right way
First of all, a night on the beers doesn’t bode well without some food, so make sure you find a stag friendly restaurant that’s happy to accommodate a large group. We recommend Las Iguanas on Edinburgh’s George Street, where you’ll be able to enjoy a two-course meal and drink. This lively Latin American themed joint offers a fun and laid-back atmosphere, in addition to a vibrant choice of dishes to enjoy. Also, Las Iguanas are famed for their tasty cocktails, with many favourites available on the happy hour deal all day, every day!
Alternatively, you could enjoy a two-course meal with a gin tasting masterclass beforehand if you’d like to combine two great options. This experience is available at Revolution on Chambers street and here, you and your group will enjoy sampling a brilliant variety of gins and learning about the history of this spirit, before tucking into a two-course meal afterwards.
Edinburgh is a brilliant city and it’s a complete doddle to navigate your way around. If you’re flying into Edinburgh, then making your way into the city centre couldn’t be easier. There’s an efficient and frequent tram service, available from Edinburgh airport, providing a speedy journey into the heart of the city, in addition to trains and buses too. There’s also plenty of taxis at the airport, ready to ferry you and your luggage to your accommodation.
For those arriving by train, Waverley Train Station is situated right in the centre of Edinburgh, and when you arrive, you’ll be conveniently situated for everything that the city has to offer.
Edinburgh itself is considered to be a compact city, that’s easily accessible by foot. You can of course make use of the available public transport options to make your way around during the trip, but why not take in the sights of the traditional cobbled streets during your time here? In the early hours, once you’ve slunk out of the bars and clubs and finished the obligatory kebab, you’ll never be too far from a taxi, that’ll be on hand to whisk you and those tired feet back to your accommodation!
If you’re a bunch of thrill-seekers on an Edinburgh stag do, then why not embrace the local culture with a hilarious Highland Experience? You’ll play a great selection of brilliantly bonkers outdoor games, including Tossing the Caber, Hurling the Wellies, The Haggis Malt Challenge and Tyre Flip for the ultimate big day out! Get the groom-to-be to don fancy dress to properly embarrass him.
If adrenaline’s your thing, you’ll love a Paintballing session in Edinburgh - it's the quintessential stag do activity after all! But we get it, and it’s obvious why it’s so popular with groups of guys; you get to unleash your inner action hero and pelt your mates with loads of paint!
Get ready to split into teams, where you'll duck, cover and run! All whilst keeping your paintball gun to hand and aiming down the barrel to destroy your mates on the opposing team!
Looking for something active yet entirely silly? If so, we’ve got Beer Goggle Football for you and your stag group. This isn’t football as you know it, and as the name suggest, you’ll each be wearing a pair of beer goggles which massively impair what you see.
These goggles will make things appear a lot closer or much further away than they really are – it’s much harder than it sounds! Are you up for the challenge? Then get ready to slip those goggles on and see how many goals you can score. This activity promises plenty of laughs along the way and makes the perfect ice breaker for larger groups!
No stag party in Edinburgh can be all action and all partying 24/7. Give yourselves a little break and enjoy some quality time and laughs with each other over a more laid-back activity – we recommend a nude life drawing session!
This very cheeky art class is led by a professional art tutor who’ll teach you how to draw all the lines and curves of the naked female body. To give you plenty of inspiration, you’ll get your very own professional, nude, female model to draw. She’ll de-robe and pose for you. Reckon you’ll be brave enough to ask her to judge who’s done the best drawing at the end?
What stag do would be complete without a bit of booze? Enjoy some quality drinks and even learn to make them yourselves with a Cocktail Making class.
It’s probably not the first activity you think of when planning your stag do in Edinburgh, but why leave the ladies to have all the fun? With our cocktail making classes, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to whipping up your very own, professional drinks – even better, you’ll get to enjoy your creations as you go!
One for the golf (and mini golf) enthusiasts out there, Edinburgh’s Scrapheap Golf is brilliant fun and here, you’ll encounter some truly unique courses. Why not try the construction themed course, Scrappy Doo. Halfpipes, heavy machinery and hazardous materials lie between you and scrapheap supremacy!
Whether you want a wild night out that’s reminiscent of The Hangover or a few quiet pints with the lads, the eclectic night time scene in this Scottish city is just the ticket. But where’s best to head to first?
Head here for a right royal pub crawl! Royal Mile, located in the Old Town, refers to the different streets between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Place. If craft beer and traditional pubs are your bag, you’ll love this area. If you’re visiting during the famous comedy festival, you’ll find the streets jam packed with entertainers and buskers.
In the heart of New Town, you’ll find Edinburgh’s answer to Chelsea with sophisticated nightlife from swanky bars to decadent clubs where you can celebrate in style minus the London price tag. Even if you just swing by for a few drinks, it’s a great excuse to get suited and booted.
At this modern dockside, one of the city’s most up and coming areas, you’ll find a whole host of cool watering holes, traditionally Scottish pubs and chic bars. Kick your Edinburgh stag weekend off with a bar crawl in Leith that’ll get you good and warmed up for the big night ahead.
Get the party started in the Old Town in either of these two popular areas. Cowgate is one of the oldest roads in the city and boasts intimate venues for a few quiet pints and even a bit of live music. If you fancy something a bit different, nearby George IV Bridge is home to raucous and quirky venues.
When it comes to partying the night away on your stag do in Edinburgh, you really are spoilt for choice with something for every group at wallet-friendly prices. Here’s a quick lowdown on some of the hottest haunts:
26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN
This themed pub in Edinburgh’s Old Town boasts three bars over three levels plus games, quizzes, club nights, black and white movies on the big screens, live monster entertainment and bar top dancers. Downstairs, you’ll find Bier Keller, a Bavarian-themed bar with DJs, quality beer and German snacks.
15-17 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG
Located in Cowgate, Hive is spread over four different rooms where resident DJs spin a super eclectic selection of tunes from cheese to indie, R&B to nu-metal, chart to hip hop. It’s loud, proud and rowdy plus the drinks are cheap so it’s always popular with hen and stag groups looking to celebrate that last night of freedom hard!
ECA Main Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
The Wee Red Bar is a great option if you’d like to dip into Edinburgh’s alternative scene. It used to be a largely student crowd but has become increasingly popular with locals and visitors to the city. It’s famous for its live music and club nights with a roster of new and established bands and DJs playing indie, rock and reggae.
23 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ
Hoping to mingle with some hen parties on your stag night in Edinburgh? This club is a Mecca for them! Expect flashing dancefloors, Caribbean-themed décor, colourful cocktails and a range of 80s hits, commercial mash ups and party anthems. Yep, it’s cheesy but it’s irresistibly fun!
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