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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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
Paintballing - 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.
Archery - 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?
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.
Air Rifle Shooting - Want to enjoy the great outdoors with a traditional and very fun activity? 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!
Footgolf - 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.
Restaurants - Gather the guys round a table for a slap-up meal to line those stomachs and kick that last night of freedom off with a bang. Fancy the spicy flavours of Las Iguanas? This lively Latin American restaurant and bar is located on Back Swinegate in the city centre and always offers groups a warm welcome as you sit down to two filling courses and a beer each.
Choose either a starter and a main or a main course and a dessert from their big and tempting set menu. Whether you like your food super spicy or mild and creamy, there’s something for you here. A meal out is a great way to slow down the pace a bit. Sit back and relax over good grub and make your plan of action for the night or laugh about last night’s antics.
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?
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 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.
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.
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:
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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