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Castles, clubs, kilts, whisky and the world’s best comedy festival, a stag do in Edinburgh is a dream come true for the groom-to-be!
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Why Edinburgh?

Want to give the groom-to-be a massive day and night out before he ties the knot? You’ve come to the right place! Famous for its world-class comedy festival and Hogmanay celebrations, you know the 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 cobbled streets and sample a wee dram or two (or three!). 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 stagtivities in Edinburgh that you and your mates will be raving about for ages after.

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Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here! If you’re a group of guys who love a kickabout, you’ve got to try Bubble Football in Edinburgh. But be warned, there’s one huge twist on the classic game; you’ll each be encased in a giant, inflatable, one-man zorb ball that covers your whole upper body! As you’re split into teams and start to play, 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. And we haven’t even told you how to tackle yet! This is the really funny part! To steal the ball, you’re going to have to run at, bounce, barge and bump the opposing team members out of the way. You’ll all be in hysterics as you flail around on your backs but don’t spend too much time down there, you’ve got a match to win! 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?

If you’re a bunch a thrill-seekers on a stag do in Edinburgh, embrace the local culture with a hilarious mini Highland Experince! You’ll play nine 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. Make sure to get lots of photo evidence, lads!

If adrenaline’s your thing, you’ll love Paintballing in Edinburgh, the quintessential stag do activity. 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! Split into teams, duck behind cover, keep your paintball gun to hand and aim down the barrel to destroy your mates on the opposing team!

Why not dish out a few forfeits to the losing team to really up the ante? The fun doesn’t end there, from Quad Biking to Clay Pigeon Shooting, Tree Top Challenge to Xtreme Archery, there’s so many ways to get your kicks in this Scottish party city.

No stag party in Edinburgh can be all action and all partying 24/7. Give yourselves a little break and enjoy a bit of quality time and banter with each other over one of our more laid-back activities. If it’s laughter you’re after, you’ve got to give stag do Life Drawing a go.

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 might not be the first activity you think of when planning your stag do in Edinburgh but why leave the ladies to have all the fun? At Las Iguanas, you’ll make at least two drinks each, enjoying two further drinks made by the bartender and even munching on some tasty tapas. What’s not to like?

The Best Bars and Pubs in Edinburgh for a Stag Do

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?

Royal Mile

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.

George Street

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.

Cowgate and George IV Bridge

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.

Edinburgh Nightlife

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:

Frankenstein Pub

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.

The Hive

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!

The Wee Red Bar

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.

Club Tropicana

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!

Fancy a Stag Do in Edinburgh?

Whether you’re culture vultures, thrill seekers, whisky lovers or all of the above, a stag do in Edinburgh will leave your whole group with amazing memories and loads of funny stories! Read through our full activity listings now for more inspiration.

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