Need some help masterminding a memorable stag do?
When you only have one go at getting it right, you want to be able to guarantee a good time. To help you do this, the analysts at Booking.com used internal data to pinpoint the world’s best destinations for a fantastic stag party.*
No stag party is complete without live jazz and delicious food
New Orleans, USA
For festive spirit, a ground-breaking music scene and lip-smacking food, go to New Orleans. Bars pelt out jazz every night of the week and a joyful atmosphere buzzes through the lively neighbourhoods. Tuck into some gumbo, a spicy local stew, jambalaya, a Southern version of paella, or simply enjoy a hefty po’boy sandwich at the end of a night out.
Manila offers both city nightlife and beautiful nature
For a whirlwind, stand-out stag party, Manila won’t disappoint. This modern metropolis is a powerhouse of skyscrapers and lavish restaurants. Venture out of the city and take your pick from over 7,000 islands covered in lime-green rice paddies and lined with some of the most treasured tropical beaches on Earth.
A pint of Kilkenny cream ale is the perfect way to finish a day of taking the city's medevial highlights
Kilkenny has everything you’d expect or want from an Irish holiday. It’s technically an ancient city on account of its cathedral but it feels like a friendly and creative small town. Be sure to walk the Medieval Mile, a trail taking in all of the city’s historic relics, before patronizing a local pub and ordering a pint of Kilkenny cream ale.
Hvar is the perfect destination for those interested in spending their stag party on a chartered yacht
Though the Dalmatian coast is having something of a heyday, Hvar is still relatively novel as a stag party destination. Suitable for those looking for a more sophisticated stay, Hvar is a port town on Hvar Island, a potential base for those looking to charter a yacht for a day or two. After plenty of cruising over lucid, blue seas, the Old Town and harbour are a delight to explore, dotted with restaurants dishing up truffle-heavy local delicacies.
Creative nightlife options are endless in Melbourne
A city of hipsters and career mixologists, the creative competition on Melbourne’s entrepreneurial nightlife scene is stiff. Resulting in a disparate and intriguing array of bars, clubs and everything in between. Culture is its other strong suit, with the big galleries and museums all housed in the CBD’s Federation Square but a little further out you’ll find enthralling spaces like the Gertrude Contemporary, a giant converted warehouse in the boho suburb of Fitzroy.
Tropical sun, endless beaches, and a Caipirinha in hand is the perfect way to spend your last few days of singledom
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It doesn’t really matter when you choose to visit bright and beautiful Rio, the city always seems in celebratory mode. Reclining in the beating tropical sun after a swim on Copacabana beach, Caipirinha in hand, isn’t a bad way to spend the last few days of singledom.
Go big without breaking the bank with a stag party in Sofia
In addition to its collection of grand Balkan architecture, art and cuisine, the affordability alone of Sofia makes it a tempting stag destination. It has all the gloss and glory of its more popular European contemporaries but isn’t saturated by tourists. Make the most of your trip by seeking out atmospheric, local watering holes (often tucked away down obscure side streets).
*The data analysts combined ‘bar-hopping’, ‘nightlife’ and ‘entertainment’ endorsements to come up with a list of destinations that all met a certain criteria.