Our Geordie homeland, Newcastle, remains firmly at the top – and it's not hard to see why (nope, we are not biased). Our resolutely cool and friendly city is jam-packed with iconic architecture, legendary clubs and gorgeous women (again, no bias here). It sees hundreds of stag groups every month, descend upon the city for their own Geordie Shore weekend. From the notorious Diamond Strip and the suave Quayside, to the rowdy Bigg Market and the happy hour-heavy haunt, Jesmond – The Toon has an unrivalled nightlife scene. For a proper stag weekend, make it a Geordie one.
2017 has also seen Prague maintain its spot at number two, smashing its Eastern European competitors, as far as bookings are concerned. The Czech capital is a postcard perfect city with aesthetic splendour and architectural style, but stags tend to be more attracted to the city's awesome nightlife, wealth of strip clubs and cheap beer (pints for less than a quid, anyone?). The cobbled streets around Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge are where the majority of stags tend to spend their nights; with the highest concentration of cheap and safe bars, it’s a stag do no-brainer.
Throughout 2017, Dublin has single-handedly knocked Budapest out of first and second place, sure. Hailed as ‘The Fair City’, the lively Irish capital is the birthplace of Jameson’s Whiskey and the world’s favourite stout, Guinness – so is it any wonder it attracts stag groups in their masses? The Temple Bar area, with its quaint, cobbled streets, bright coloured bars and live music at every turn, is like nowhere else in the world – and gets the stag do seal of approval year in, year out.
If we compare last year’s data, we see that Budapest has been knocked off the winner’s podium by Dublin. Still, forth position is not to be sniffed at, and actually, it’s a pretty close competition between Dublin and Budapest. They’ll be fighting it out throughout 2018 if they want to secure their place in the top three next year. Super cheap booze, beautiful, semi-naked women and a rowdy nightlife scene just keep those stags coming...
Amsterdam has climbed one place up this year, taking the Dutch capital of debauchery up to a worthy fifth position. With the notorious Red Light District, relaxed ‘cafe’ culture and stag stitch ups as far as the eye can see, we don’t expect Amsterdam to go anywhere quietly.
Combining culture, a huge variety of blood pumping activities and a seriously lively and cheap nightlife, Krakow holds its position in the top 10 for good reason. Crazy Krakow has soared three places up the ranks – meaning we expect big things for this Polish location in the coming years.
Rowdy Riga, with its heaving nightlife, Olympic bobsleigh track and seriously fit women everywhere you look, is a none-mover. Such a stag do classic, our MD even had his stag do here – the least said about that weekend, the better...
Berlin, along with Hamburg, are completely new entries making their debuts in our top 10. Passionate about the important things (beer, football and women, obviously), it's no surprise that Berlin is climbing up the ranks of stag do locations. Knocking popular UK locations such as Liverpool, Bournemouth and Nottingham out of the top 10 for the first time in years, we're expecting big things for our German locations in the coming years.
As we've already mentioned, our German locations are flying into the top 10 quicker than a sunbed can be bagsied by a towel before the pool’s even opened, and Hamburg is no exception. The annual Christmas Markets and Oktoberfest are all big events in the city’s social calendar, but regardless of what season you head to Hamburg, your stag do is going to be beer-filled and brilliant. Prost!
Interestingly, this is Benidorm’s first re-entry into the top 10 since its heyday back in 2013. Having swiped the likes of Nottingham, now at number 11, right out of its path, we’re noticing a trend for stag groups increasingly heading to the Costa Blanca for the palm-lined promenades, golden beaches and bars with reasonably priced booze.
If you know a stag who'd love to party in one of our top 10 locations, or want to take a look through our other 69 stag do destinations, take a look on our locations home page.