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Leeds is a northern powerhouse where the buzzing nightlife is only matched by the number of fun activities you can do during the day.
We love Leeds. There, we said it. No regrets. This is one of our favourite stag destinations in northern England. The nightlife scene is absolutely wild, so diverse and friendly, it’s near-impossible not to find a few bars or pubs that your group will be happy to sink a few pints in.
And as for your stag activities during the day, you will definitely not be bored in Leeds. From your classics like Paintballing and Quad Biking to some more extreme stuff like Assault Courses and even Tank Driving (yes that’s right, you can drive a tank), you’ll be talking about a Leeds stag do for years to come
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Leeds is about 45 minutes on the train from Leeds Bradford Airport, but there’s no need to fly for a Leeds stag do. The city is just off the A1(M), and also very well-served by trains from both north and south. There are several public car parks around Leeds, with 24-hour parking available from around £14, so excellent value. If you’re looking for Leeds stag accommodation with car parking, we can also help - just let us know when you make your enquiry.
Leeds city centre itself is nice and compact, so you can get around on foot with ease. There is an excellent bus service though, and weekend tickets on the CityBus are well-priced.
A lot of our Leeds stag groups do want to know about taxis for their nights out. You can flag them down in the street, pre-book them, or queue up at one of the many ranks around the city centre. There’s one right outside the station if you’re coming by train. Or just grab yourselves an Uber of course.
And last but not least: don’t forget that we can always help you with convenient door-to-door transfers too, whether from the airport to the city, or to and from your activities. Cost-effective, no hanging around, and it means that everyone in the group can relax.
Leeds is fantastic for stag groups whether you’re after adventure, sports, music or a bit of culture. There are some really good action-packed stag activities here, including an amazing Dead Eye Dick Shooting Experience, where you’ll spend two hours shooting rifles and bow and arrows, and learning how to throw knives and axes. Live out all of your Rambo and Predator fantasies, under the watchful eyes of your expert instructors.
You can also work together to conquer a challenging Assault Course, or team up on a morning of Xtreme Archery (think archery combined with dodgeball and paintball). And you can even have a go at Driving a Mini Tank, where you’re roaming around the woodlands, pelting your friends with paintballs. Awesome fun.
Another of our most popular Leeds stag do activities is an Escape Room, which has become a really big thing in recent years. If you’ve somehow not heard of them yet, basically your group is locked in a room, and has to solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to get out within the allotted time.
Footie fans could take a trip over to Elland Road to watch Leeds United in action. However due to the stadium’s location you need a car to get there. Let us know if you need help with transfers and tickets as we’re always ready to save you hassle. Or you could have a kickabout yourselves over at the massive Roundhay Park, one of Leeds’ biggest attractions. There are loads of events here throughout the year including food and drink festivals, and open air cinema. But most of our groups just like to take along a football or a Frisbee and have a knockabout.
A good way to start things off for the evening is a Craft Brewery tour, where you can learn the masters’ magic secrets and sample their finest efforts, then have a few beers at the bar afterwards before continuing on. Another afternoon activity in Leeds for stag groups that we really like is a jaunt over to Wetherby Racecourse, with regular horse racing fixtures. If you and the guys are partial to a flutter on the nags, who knows, it could pay for your entire weekend!
Want to catch some live music on your Leeds stag weekend? The First Direct Arena, in the city centre, hosts many big names including Sean Paul and Snoop Dogg, as well as top stand-up comics. If rock’s your thing you could also tie the stag in with Leeds Festival, one of the UK’s biggest summer festivals, with day tickets available.
If you’re feeling like a bit of a chilled day, then you can visit the Henry Moore Institute, next to Leeds Art Gallery, which has regular exhibitions and events showcasing the work of some of the world’s finest sculpture artists. Or take a scenic stroll along the canal to clear your heads, and set you up for a night on the town in Leeds.
There’s no two ways about it: Leeds is a blisteringly great night out. You’ve got your chain places that are always popular with stag groups, loads of stylish and lively cocktail bars, beer gardens, snooker, and lots of themed bars where you can play everything from bingo to shuffleboard and darts. There are several main areas for going out, all of them within in brisk walk of each other, or a short taxi ride. Let us show you round with our stag do guide to Leeds nightlife.
Around Millennium Square, which is a massive open-air space where there’s always loads going on, you’ll find a cluster of stag-friendly bars including Revolution, Walkabout and O’Neills, as well as a Wetherspoons, and loads of independent places too. It’s a big favourite for our Leeds stag do’s as you know you’ll not have difficulty getting into places, and you can also get a bite to eat really easily.
There are more well-known chain bars such as a Slug & Lettuce, and Beckett’s Bank, which is a ‘Spoons, around Greek Street, along with many cool cocktail bars and restaurants. Not far away is Flight Club, which we love for our stag groups, bringing darts into the 21st century with a very sociable, buzzing atmosphere.
The Calls is a riverside neighbourhood, generally reckoned one of the best places to go out in Leeds. It has absolutely loads of stylish cocktail lounges, including the uber-cool Maven, occupying the first floor of a Victorian building, which also organises cocktail-making masterclasses. You’ve also got Wire, a murky basement club where the DJs spin alternative rock and Indie; Jake’s Bar & Still Room, which makes its own liqueurs for its delectable cocktails, and Neon Cactus, for tequila-laced drinks.
Also around The Calls, Oporto is a Leeds legend, with DJ sets and live music soundtracking a reliably rowdy ambience, and great beer to wash down their deadly vegan junk food, and the North Co. Brewery Tap, home to one of the best beer gardens in Leeds and ideal for craft beer fans and sunseekers alike. Lastly, we can’t not mention Red’s True BBQ, where meat lovers should make a pilgrimage. This is most definitely not a vegan-friendly restaurant.
Merrion Street, 10 minutes’ walk north of The Calls, is another Leeds nightlife hotspot. The Parkside Tavern has snooker and pool tables, and a rooftop terrace perfect for sunny days and warm evenings. The Mean Eyed Cat Bar is a funky drinking den that serves free handmade pizzas to enjoy with their cocktails and craft ales, and is on the go ‘til 4am. And then there is The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, one of the best sports bars in Leeds and a real mancave of a place with big screens, loads of beer choices and homemade pies.
Head west along Merrion Street and you’ll reach The Light, a leisure centre where you’ll find the Roxy Ballroom. A really fun place to spend a few hours at the start of the evening, it has games including shuffleboard, bowling and pool available, as well as live sports on the TV.
And then there’s New Briggate, a hive of traditional Northern pubs and independents, including Brew York, which has a huge roster of its own craft beers alongside those of guest breweries, beer cocktails and Asian street food. BrewDog on North Street is also one for beer-lovers, with 28 taps, vintage arcade machines and pinball, and a menu that features sourdough pizzas and buffalo wings. Another joint we like in the New Briggate area is Smokestack, a refined speakeasy-type place where you can get down to funk, soul, jazz and Blues.
If you want to hit the dancefloor later on in the evening, Leeds has loads of choice of course. But you can’t go wrong with PRYZM, just off Merrion Street. R&B and party anthems across two floors, and rare is the weekend night without at least one hen party in attendance. Fancy treating the groom-to-be to a late-night private dance from a buxom young lady? Allow us to arrange your entry to Liberte, one of Leeds' finest gentlemen's clubs.
Is Leeds good for a stag do?
Leeds is brilliant for a stag do, one of our most-requested destinations. The city’s bars and pubs are enormously diverse and a great night out is pretty much guaranteed. There’s also a huge amount of stag activities to be had, all the classics like Paintball and Bubble Football to some seriously fun stuff like Assault Courses and even Tank Driving! Our dedicated team of stag do organisers have the lowdown on Leeds stag do’s and are more than happy to share their knowledge.
Where is your Leeds stag accommodation located?
Our Leeds stag hotels are always located within 10-20 minutes’ walk of the city centre, so you’re never far from the bars, clubs and restaurants that make Leeds such a great night out. We recommend booking as far in advance as possible to ensure you have the most choice. And we have a superb range of accommodation to choose from, to suit every budget.
Do you offer Leeds stag do packages?
We offer a range of great-value Leeds stag do packages for convenience, and to ensure your weekend gets off to the best possible start. They include accommodation, and a selection of our top Leeds stag activities, and of course you can add activities on as you need them.
Can you recommend any stag do restaurants in Leeds?
Leeds has many excellent stag-friendly restaurants. We’d recommend somewhere like Slug & Lettuce, Las Iguanas or Revolution for a lively atmosphere. But our Leeds stag do planners are familiar with the city and have plenty more ideas if you’re after a specific type of food such as curryhouses, BBQ or steak joints.
Best Leeds bars for stag do’s?
Leeds has some fantastic bars and pubs that are perfect for stag groups. Most places in the city are happy to accept well-behaved groups of lads, though some will not want fancy dress. Much of the action in Leeds is around Millennium Square, the Calls, Greek Street and New Briggate. See our Nightlife section above for specifics. Whatever you want: live music, cocktails, beer gardens, sports - our stag planners will be full of great ideas for how to plan a brilliant stag weekend in Leeds.