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Leeds stag do guide

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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Great if you are looking for

  • Chance to learn how to drive a tank
  • Diverse and friendly nightlife scene
  • Easy to get to, easy to get around, hard to say goodbye

Getting around

Leeds is about 45 minutes on the bus 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 there are several public car parks around Leeds, with 24-hour parking available from around £14, so excellent value. Leeds is also very well-served by trains from both the north and south, so why not leave the car, grab a few beers for the journey and hop on a train with the rest of the group. However, 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, which circles the city centre 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 via a local taxi firm, or queue up at one of the many ranks around the city centre. There’s one right outside the train station if you’re coming by train. Or alternatively,  just grab yourselves an Uber of course.


Tips and ideas

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.

Leeds has a strong sporting focus, being home to some big teams within cricket, rugby and football. If Rugby or cricket is your thing, then you could head down to Headingley Stadium where both Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Cricket Club are based. Footie fans could take a trip over to Elland Road to watch Leeds United in action.To get there, you can just hop on a bus from the centre, which takes roughly 30 minutes. 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.

An afternoon activity in Leeds for stag groups which is a little different and encourages some healthy competition is Urban axe throwing. You’ll have exclusive use of one of the lanes which are located in the city centre, and with the option of adding beers and pizza too you’ll be ready to head straight out on the town after! Separate the boys from the men and start the night with a Whiskey Tasting session where your party will sample a variety of whiskies and appreciate the individual flavour profiles. After your class you also have the option to stick around at this venue and enjoy strip club too.  

Want to catch some live music on your Leeds stag weekend? The First Direct Arena, in the city centre, hosts many big names including Lewis Capaldi and Snoop Dogg, as well as top stand-up comics such as Peter Kay.  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 a 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. On a saturday the Greek Street area is filled with plenty of like minded stag and hen groups looking to have a good time.

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. There’s also North Co. Brewery Tap, the perfect day to night venue,  offering craft beers and street food and an exceptional outdoor seating area and in the summer it's a complete suntrap.  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, but just around the corner back on Call Lane is Doner Summer, offering tasty vegan junk food, so everyone is happy. 

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. In the summer months Merrion Street is pedestrianised making it the ideal place for bar hopping. 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.  Round the corner is 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. 

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 Briggate, a pedestrianised shopping street with a hive of traditional Northern pubs and independents hidden up the side streets. You’ll be sure to grab a pint for £3.50 in one of these pubs. Another joint we like in the Lower Briggate area is Smokestack, a refined speakeasy-type place where you can get down to funk, soul, jazz and Blue across three floors. 

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 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.

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