St. Pauli (Reeperbahn)
If you’re after a more PG stag do, stop reading now. Often referred to as ‘Hamburg’s most sinful mile’, what goes on tour, must stay on tour, when hitting St. Pauli. Home to Hamburg’s answer to The Red Light District (Reeperbahn), St. Pauli is a district of the city draws stag dos in their masses, for obvious reasons. The main thoroughfare is made up of the ‘Red Light’ strip, much like Amsterdam’s, with its sex shops, erotic shows and red-lit windows. Other adjoining off-shoot streets play host to cabaret theatres, bars with live music and trendy restaurants. It’s also the spot where The Beatles famously started their career, back in 1960, so watch out for tribute bands springing up in every bar. Luckily for you, everything is within 930m of each other (trust us, we measured it and everything), meaning you won’t have to waste your time trying to arrange a taxi in your finest butchered GCSE German. FC St. Pauli play just around the corner in their home games at Millerntorstadion, so, as you can imagine, this area gets pretty rowdy on match days – and the atmosphere is like nothing you’ll have ever experienced before.
With a totally different vibe to St. Pauli, Sternschanze has a much more laid-back, hipster and refined atmosphere. Popular with more sophisticated stag groups, who still like their fair share of booze, live music and attractive women, but don’t fancy quite such an unruly night, Sternschanze is a bohemian lad pad. Through the day, Sternschanze has plenty of cool restaurants and bars whose menus have seriously good food on offer (to soak up some of that beer). Come nightfall, the district seamlessly transforms into a late night bar-heavy paradise, with neon lights and flaming drinks luring you in off the streets. This area draws more of a mixed crowd, including tourists, locals and Erasmus students alike, all absorbing the culture and getting drunk together.