York Stag Do

History, culture and banging nightlife collide to make your stag do in York legendary! What better send-off for the groom-to-be?
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Why is York Good for a Stag Do?

You and your fellow stags are bound to receive a warm welcome from this friendly and fun northern English city that’s full to the brim with pubs and bars. In fact, there’s more than 365 of them here. How many will you visit on your stag do in York?

One of the best stag do destinations in the UK, York is known for its history (it’s got the longest medieval walls in the UK, you know?), culture and ghostly goings on (apparently, more than 500 ghosts live here!) but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t know how to throw a party. Fun-loving locals will really show you up if you’re not ready to party hard here!

For the best nightlife, you’re going to want to head to the Old Quarter, surrounded by the historic city walls. Here you’ll find York’s best pubs, bars and clubs in a compact, pedestrianised area, perfect for a pub crawl down the winding streets or a few pints in a bar overlooking the River Ouse. But you’re not just going to be boozing on your stag do in York. Celebrate to the max with a range of top activities. Whether you want to chill or get that adrenaline pumping, there’s something for every kind of stag group here.

Top 10 Stag Do Activities in York

1) Bubble Football

If you’re a group that loves a kick about together, then it’s only natural that you’ll want to get something football orientated slotted into the upcoming stag weekend. But why not try a footie session with a difference? With bubble football, you’ll all sport giant, inflatable zorbs over your top halves, leaving your legs free to run around! You’ll play a whole variety of games, but remember, dribbling the ball and tackling are going to be completely different. You’ll be crashing into your mates and doing somersaults all over the place!

2) Bar Crawls

Ready for some quality nights out in York during the big stag weekend? Then make sure you do things the right way with one of these epic bar crawls. You and your group will discover some of this city’s best bars and pubs, where you’ll be able to sink some drinks and party ‘til the early hours. A bar crawl is a great way of becoming acquainted with a new city and saves you all the hard work of researching the best places to go! All bar crawls are hosted by a fun and friendly guide, who will escort you to some of the city’s top party bars.

3) Quad Bikes

Get that adrenaline flooding through your body with an octane fuelled quad biking experience in York! Feel the buzz as you tame these beastly quad bikes and drive them through a variety of tracks and terrain. Expect plenty of steep hills and muddy bogs, along with fast straights and technical corners. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro quad biker or have never tried it before, as you’ll receive a full safety briefing from an expert instructor before you’re let loose on these incredible vehicles!

4) Nightlife

When you’re on a stag do, you’ll want to ensure there’s a couple of decent nights out planned for you and the rest of the boys. But if you’ve not got the time to scope out the best bars and clubs in York or simply can’t be bothered (we get it) then why not choose from some of our top nightlife picks? We even offer a handy multi venue pass that you can purchase for either 1 or 2 nights, giving you and the rest of your group access to a great selection of bars and clubs in York. You’ll even be able to skip the queues with these passes, meaning more drinking and less time spent waiting in line!

5) Inflatable Knockout Games

Stag do’s are all about letting loose and having a laugh, so why not incorporate something completely bonkers and downright daft into the big stag weekend in York? With our range of inflatable knockout games, you and your mates will tackle inflatable games and challenges of all manners - from bungee sumo and football darts to giant sports day, inflatable tubes and much, much more! Look forward to a great array of different zones where you’ll find all kinds of challenges. Brilliant fun for all groups, this hilarious activity is one that’s not to be missed for the upcoming stag celebrations!

6) Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is the activity of the moment! We all know that planning a wedding can be stressful so why not blow off some stream on your York stag do by throwing axes at a range of targets, unleashing your inner Viking in the process? A professional instructor will show you the ropes before you get competitive with your mates and see who can hit the bullseye.

7) Escape Rooms

With a stag do in York, you can bet there’ll be plenty of partying as darkness falls, but if you’re looking for a daytime activity that will really get your brains in gear, then an escape room is for you! Here, you and your mates will be shut in a room and it’ll be up to you to solve a series of puzzles, clues and riddles in order to make your escape. But there’ll be no time to dilly dally, as the clock will be ticking! Prepare to work together as a team to complete the tasks and puzzles in hand, before it’s too late!

8) Air Rifle Shooting

Fancy testing your precision and accuracy skills? Then why not get an exhilarating session of air rifle shooting planned for your time in York? Ideal for stag groups, this top experience will see you head to the Yorkshire countryside and try your hand at shooting a whole range of targets. Led by a professional instructor, they’ll provide a safety briefing and teach you the basics before you get down to business. There will, of course, be plenty of friendly competition amongst your group during this brilliant activity!

9) Footgolf

If you’re a fan of both football and golf, then let us introduce you to footgolf! It’s a fusion of these two sports and plenty of fun for a stag do! You’ll play the game on a golf course that has specially adapted holes. But instead of a golf club and golf ball, you’ll use footballs and your feet to move the ball around the course. The aim, much like golf, is to get your footballs into the holes in as little moves as possible. Great for a bit of group bonding and copious amounts of banter.

10) Nude Life Drawing

There’s nothing quite like a bit of nude life drawing for a stag do in York, and luckily for you, we have a great selection of life drawing activities on offer in this top destination. Our nude life drawing with a female model adds a little cheekiness to your weekend in York, but if you’re looking to embarrass the stag, then we have just the thing; stag stitch up nude life drawing! Here, the tables have turned and the groom-to-be will be your model! Each class will be hosted by a professional art tutor, who will be able to provide advice on sketching techniques and tips to really capture your model’s best side!

Looking for Stag Do Ideas in York?

You lads are completely spoilt for choice on your stag weekend in York with tons of epic activities to choose from, sure to give the groom-to-be an awesome send-off they’ll never stop raving about!

Daytime Stag Do Ideas in York

Footie loving stags will have a blast with Bubble Football, providing a hilarious twist on the beautiful game. You’ll get a very quirky football kit for this game – big, inflatable, one-man zorb balls. You’ll climb into these with assistance from your dedicated event coordinator. They’ll then split you into teams and lead a lively warm up to get you a (a bit!) used to the zorbs. Then it’s time to get your game faces on for a York stag do to remember!

It’s not just the kit that’s different from a regular kick about, you’ll also get to be really rough with your tackles. Run at your enemies full pelt and try to knock them over or flying down the pitch as you try to steal the ball. You’ll all be in hysterics as you inevitably spend too much time stuck on your back and struggling to get up!

Fancy something less energetic that’ll still get your heart pounding? Head to Locked in Games on Museum Street to take on one of their escape rooms. You’ll get an hour on the clock to work as a team to crack codes, find clues, complete challenges and solve brain-teasing trivia. Reckon you and your mates are up to the challenge?

Night Time Stag Do Ideas in York

Come nightfall, it’s time to party hard on your York stag do. Start your night with a slap-up meal at one of the many top restaurants. You can line your stomachs, have a few pre-drinks and plan which pubs and clubs you’ll hit later. If you fancy an interactive drinking experience and are fans of Dutch courage, why not give gin tasting a go? You’ll be taught all about this delicious drink by a gin expert. They’ll share samples with you and even teach you how to make mouth-watering gin-based cocktails. Competitive games make sure the banter flows right away.

Getting Around During Your Stag Do in York

You can hop on a train directly to your York stag weekend from a number of mainline stations in the UK. If you’re driving, the city is around a 45-minute drive from Leeds, an hour and a half from Manchester and four hours from London. Once you’re there, the cobbled streets are begging to be explored by foot but it’s also easy to get a bus or taxi to where you want to go.

If you’re on the hunt for activities, Fizzbox has got all the York stag weekend classics to inject some friendly competition, banter and adrenaline into that last weekend of freedom.

Air Rifle Shooting

Why not try something a bit different that’ll really get your heart racing? Air rifle shooting is led by a professional shooting instructor who’ll help you get to grips with an 0.22 air rifle with telescopic sight. Get ready to show off your sharp shooting skills with unlimited shots. No experience is needed, just come ready to blow off some steam…literally!


Who doesn’t love paintballing for a stag do in York? This quintessential stag do activity is always a group pleaser as you get kitted out, split into teams and blast each other with paint across an epic outdoor area. There are a whopping eight immersive game zones for you to play in here with themes, Hollywood-style props and vehicles and obstacles where you can duck from incoming fire and formulate a plan.


Fancy a twist on paintball? Battlezone Archery works in a similar way but instead of firing paintballs from a gun, you’ll be shooting each other with bows and arrows. Yep, you read that right and it’s even funnier than it sounds! The arrows aren’t sharp so no one will get too hurt, but they still pack a satisfying punch. Why not dish out forfeits to the losing team to up the ante?


Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing game of golf? It’s a great activity for a stag do in York. But we know a way to make it even more fun and faster paced; combine it with football! Hear us out. Footgolf combines two of the world’s best sports, football and golf, and sees you and your stags kick a football around a golf course and into specially designed, larger holes. An event coordinator will set you extra challenges and dish out cheeky forfeits to the losers.

Cocktail Making

Cocktail making might not immediately come to mind when you’re brainstorming ideas for your stag do in York but it’s a great way to warm up for a big night out. You’ll learn how to create a range of top cocktails whilst getting merry on everything you make. There’s also loads of games included to unleash your competitive sides including tandem cocktail making races and blindfold buddies. Sounds good, right?

The Best Bars and Pubs in York for a Stag Do

Don’t make yourselves look daft by assuming that the nightlife in this historic city is a bit stale. You couldn’t be more wrong! York has a huge student population with not one but two universities, so you know the nightlife here’s going to good. This city is jam-packed with watering holes from traditional pubs to dance ‘til you drop clubs. In fact, there’s so many that you could visit more than one every day of the year. But where are the best places found?

The Quarter

The Quarter refers to the medieval streets that form York’s city centre including Swinegate, Back Swinegate, Little Stonegate and Grape Lane. This vibrant area is surrounded by the famous city walls and is full to the brim with fantastic attractions, pubs, bars and clubs that’ll make your stag do one for the history books.

Latin Quarter

Tucked inside The Quarter is the lively Latin Quarter. Here you’ll find an exciting range of bars and restaurants with a great atmosphere, live music, dance classes and some of the tastiest tapas the city has to offer.


Across the river is the noisy neighbour, Micklegate. This is hen and stag do central with loads of loud and proud bars and clubs. Including Micklegate Street, Ouse Bridge and Rougier Street, this area is where you’ll want to head if you want to party hard.


This area is most famous for being home to York Castle. It’s steeped in history and culture and a great place to grab a few quiet pints and make a plan for tonight with the lads before the carnage commences.

York Nightlife

Now you’re a bit familiar with the areas you should head to on your stag night in York, here’s our pick of the best clubs, pubs and bars:

Evil Eye Lounge

42 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

Take a break from the norm and lose yourself in this bar’s cool and quirky vibe. With hipster décor and quality cocktails, it makes a great change from all the traditional boozers you’ll find in York. If you’re a fan of gin, you’ll be in your element because this place has more than a thousand different gins on sale which is actually a Guinness World Record!


12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD

York’s biggest club spans three floors and boasts an eclectic atmosphere. Music-wise there’s something for everyone as top DJs spins a range of tunes from house to party classics. There’s even a tiki-themed bar with hula girls and cocktails to make it feel like you’ve been whisked away to a tropical island!


130-134 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX

There’s no doubt about it, this is one hell of a beer loving city! Indulge your love of the amber nectar at BrewDog, the perfect place for a quiet pint with the lads, where you can try more than 15 different craft beers from their own and other specially selected guest breweries.


1 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

With a non-stop party atmosphere and gorgeous waterside location, Revolution is one of the most popular bars in the city centre. From the buzzing main bar to the chilled-out garden terrace, there’s a spot for you here however you want to celebrate your stag do in York.

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