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Live Like a Local

Local expert, Michaela Smiskova, shares the stag weekend secrets of one of Poland's liveliest cities, Poznan - including the best bars, strip clubs and the all important hangover food. It's going to be a once in a lifetime experience.

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Our Polish events coordinator, Michaela Smiskova, knows how to seriously live it up on your stag weekend in Poznan.

“Pacha is the rowdiest club in the city and has seen many celebrities, including Mick Jagger, walk through its doors”

1. What are the top activities for a stag do in Poznan?

Go karting is always a popular choice and it’s such a great laugh. However, I would definitely recommend Bobsleighing and Husky Sledging, as when are you ever going to be taking part in these activities again?

2. Where would you recommend staying in the city?

The Brovaria Hotel is the perfect choice – it’s slap-bang in the heart of the Old Town. I would always recommend staying around here, as this is where everything happens.

A close up of the Brovaria Hotel with people sitting outside in the restaurant
The popular Brovaria Hotel

3. Where should I eat?

You should definitely eat at Mexicana, it’s like a little slice of Mexico in the heart of Poznan. The food is traditional Mexican and there’s even a live Mariachi band singing as you eat – the atmosphere is amazing. And, Whisky in the Jar – by day it’s a mouthwatering steakhouse and, at night, filled with live music and people.

4. Where are the best places to celebrate?

Latin bar, Cuba Libre, and Club 22 are fantastic for partying, as well as Bee Jay’s. But, definitely Pacha – this is a huge venue. Mick Jagger even celebrated his 60th birthday at Pacha, so it’s is well worth a visit.

5. What are the best pubs / areas for a buzzing atmosphere?

I know I have mentioned it, but Whisky in the Jar has free gigs and such an infectious and lively atmosphere at the weekends. Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa is also always busy and packed with different types of people.

The interior of Whisky in the Jar bar / restaurant, Poznan
Celebrate in Whisky in the Jar

6. Are drinks cheap? And, are there any local favourites we should try?

The cheapest drink is about 4 PLN (which is exactly 67p) – so it’s very reasonable. Everyone should try ‘cytrynówka’ – a lemon flavoured vodka drink – it’s the best way to start a night out.

7. What time do the pubs close on average?

About 3 – 5am, so it’s quite late.

8. Any good lap dancing clubs to embarrass the Groom-to-Be?

Nefretete is a great place for stag groups. They have go-go dancers and the women are beautiful – you’ll definitely have fun celebrating in there.

9. What local dishes will cure a hangover?

Rosol, which is chicken soup, will really hit the spot after a night out. I would also recommend Pierogi, which are basically dumplings – jam-packed with a sweet or savoury filling. They are really stodgy and hearty - you won’t have a headache after trying these.

A close up of traditional dumplings in a pan, alongside a mushroom
Pierogi - the ultimate hangover cure

10. What should I see?

The Old Town is the centre of the party and the city’s main attraction, the Renaissance Town Hall (which has two mechanical goats that butt heads every noon), is right in the heart of it. If you want to get a bit of shopping in, make sure you visit ‘The Old Brewery’, which is absolutely full of fantastic stores.

11. Is it an easy city to get around?

Yes, there are trams dotted about all over the city centre. The trams run around every 10 minutes, so you won’t be waiting at a stop for long.

12. Any top tips for stag weekends?

If you’re going to nightclubs like Pacha, you do have to cover up visible tattoos and wear smart clothing.

The luxurious and white interior of Pacha nightclub, Poznan
Luxurious Pacha via gigster

13. How do I get to Poznan?

You can get to Poznan very easily thanks to Wizzair and Ryanair. Using Wizzair, you can book flights from London Luton, Glasgow, Doncaster and Sheffield. Ryanair has flights available from London Stansted, Liverpool, Bristol and Dublin.