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A stag do is a rite of passage, and if the time has finally come for planning to commence, there’s no wedding-related event more exciting (other than your actual wedding day, of course!).

As the best man or groomsman, you have the crucial task of finding the perfect stag do location and planning a stag weekend for a pre-wedding blowout to remember. You don't need to opt for a whole weekend away, however. But it's definitely a fun option if the group can commit to a fully-blown stag weekend. 

It's no secret that a groom and his closest pals have probably been looking forward to each other's stag dos for as long as they can remember. But now that the time has come - getting it right can feel like a lot of pressure.

If you've been given the monumental job of planning the stag do, we're here to help! The Rock My Wedding Editors have compiled the 9 best stag do locations to suit every vibe. Whether you envision partying in the lively streets of Europe or living it up in a far-flung destination like Dubai or Las Vegas, we're here to help you plan the stag do of a lifetime.

9 best stag do locations for lively stag weekends

1. Best for nightlife: Benidorm

Best hotels in Benidorm

While Benidorm definitely isn't for everyone, it's a popular stag do location for grooms who love a party. With an abundance of bars, clubs and sunshine - you're sure to never get bored on a stag weekend in Benidorm. What better stag do destination to enjoy a big blowout with your mates before your special day? If a party destination is on the horizon, don't forget to prep your stag do party playlist in advance for pre-drinks done right! 

Our favourite stag do location in Benidorm: Smashed Guided Bar Crawl: Benidorm's most famous bar crawl

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2. Best for a lavish lifestyle: Dubai

Best things to do in Dubai

If your groom is the kind to enjoy a luxury lifestyle, the best stag do location to live it up in style is none other than Dubai! From visiting the iconic Burj Khalifa to helicopter tours, chartering a yacht, enjoying some retail therapy in the Dubai Mall, or experiencing thrilling activities like the Aquaventure Waterpark or Dubai Aquarium, Dubai offers unparalleled extravagance. While budget is often a subject that requires more than one discussion during hen and stag planning, those with a bit more cash to splash will love a Dubai stag weekend

Our favourite stag do location in Dubai: Get a taste of adventure during a Dubai Quad Safari 

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3. Best for craft beer fans: berlin, Germany

Best craft beer & brewery tours in Berlin

If you're the type of friendship group to enjoy a pint (or a few) in the pub, upgrade your beverage of choice by heading to the home of beer - Berlin! Germany makes for the ultimate stag do destination, and you won't find yourself at a loss for things to do! Boasting a lively nightlife scene and a rich history, full of art and culture - we promise - delicious craft beer isn't all you'll find! 

Our favourite stag do location in Berlin: See what German beer has to offer at the Berlin Craft Beer Experience

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4. Best for a sun-soaked stay: Costa Del Sol

Best villa rentals in Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol: the home of the ever-popular Marbella and Malaga, is the perfect stag do location. Translating to "Coast of the Sun", Costa Del Sol is ideal for stag dos all year round. Better yet, no matter what stag party vibe you're going for, from an abundance of art, culture and sightseeing in Malaga to a luxurious, lively nightlife and pristine beaches in Marbella - Costa Del Sol has it all! 

Our favourite stag do location in Costa Del Sol: Charter a Marbella Catamaran

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5. Best for beach parties: Ibiza

Best luxury villas in Ibiza

While Benidorm has a reputation for partying, Ibiza is a level-up! Stuck between which stag do party destination is right for you? While Benidorm is all about a classic strip of bars - perfect for a boozy bar crawl, in Ibiza, you'll find a more elevated nightlife scene: think huge clubs, renowned DJs and lavish beach parties. If that sounds like something your groom will love, Ibiza is the perfect stag do location for you. 

Our favourite stag do location in Ibiza: Day party at O Beach Ibiza

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6. Best for high-stakes entertainment: Las Vegas

Best Las Vegas shows & experiences 

We've all seen The Hangover - and while we hope your stag won't involve losing a tooth before the wedding or battling a rather angry tiger - Las Vegas is a popular stag do location that doesn't always need to get quite as wild. From hitting up the infamous casinos, like Caesars Palace, to exploring the Grand Canyon - Las Vegas needs no introduction! 

Our favourite stag do location in Las Vegas: See a Las Vegas residency show 

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7. Best for a Guinness getaway: Dublin, ireland

Best pubs & clubs in Dublin, Ireland

Wet your whistle all stag weekend long with authentic pints of Guinness you won't be able to find anywhere else in the world. If the iconic, full-bodied brew is typically your go-to, then what better way to spend your stag in the home of Guinness? The Storehouse - while a must, isn't the only way to spend your time in Dublin. You'll find traditional and raucous pubs like The Temple Bar, great restaurants, sights to see and a lively nightlife. 

Our favourite stag do location in Dublin: Try an authentic pint at the Guinness Storehouse

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8. best for beer & pub crawls: Prague

Best beer tasting & tours in Prague

While beer seems to be a common theme for this stag do location round-up, we can't get enough, and we're sure you're not complaining either. Next up is another lively city known and loved for its delicious beer that won't cost you an arm and a leg - Prague! Delve into a destination with a rich cultural tapestry full of awe-worthy Gothic architecture and a stunning old-town centre with heaps to keep you busy. So, if you decide the Czech capital is the stag do destination for you, it's a must to explore its beauty beyond just the beverages. Although, you will be happy to know that the beer tours are some of the best for stag parties in the world! So, in a sense, Prague really does have it all. 

Our favourite stag do location in Prague: Take a tour at Pilsner Urquell: The Original Beer Experience

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9. Best for city vibes: Barcelona

Best inner-city apartments in Barcelona

Last on the list is Barcelona - a stag do destination with something for every kind of groom-to-be. From soaking up the sun on the beach to eating your way through all the best Tapas restaurants, catching a football game at the iconic FC Barcelona stadium, seeing what the local museums and art galleries have to offer or hitting vibrant nightlife offerings along the beachfront - a stag weekend in Barcelona can never go wrong! 

Our favourite stag do location in Barcelona: See a football game at FC Barcelona

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Stag weekend planning made simple: Choose from the best stag do locations for a party to remember! 

Why not team up and share the love with the couple's maid of honour - an easy way to share planning tips and ensure the hen and stag aligns with the couple's interests and passions? We also have a roundup of the best hen do destinations that we're sure will prove handy for the bridesmaids. 

Otherwise, it's essential to note that your planning work doesn't stop at choosing the perfect stag location for your groom, as there's so much to think about in the lead-up to the event. To ensure you don't miss a thing, don't forget to consult our detailed stag planning checklist. And for even more ideas on what to do on the stag itself, take a look at our stag do ideas and activity suggestions

Shona Ezimogho-Moran

Written by Shona Ezimogho-Moran

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