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Manchester Stag Do's

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One of the things we love most about Manchester stag do’s is that this is a city that’s constantly evolving, improving its appeal. Manchester has loads to offer you and your group, with a cool alternative nightlife scene, stacks of great drinking venues and all your classic stag activities.

Manchester stag do guide

Manchester is great if you are looking for

  • Football, football and more football

  • Hugely diverse nightlife with different ‘quarters’ to explore

  • Practically endless options for good places to eat

Being one of the UK’s largest cities, as well as home to two of the best-known football teams on the planet, Manchester has long been a popular destination for shopping, nights out, music, sport and more. It’s also a blast of a city to visit for a stag do, with plenty to keep you occupied both day and night.

Manchester once had an image that was grey, dull and grimy, but today it’s a bright, inviting city for visitors. It’s not far off London when it comes to nightlife and opportunities, and every area of the city, or ‘quarters’ as they’re known, has its own trendy eateries and things to do. Add to that the pocket-pleasing Northern prices, and it’s no surprise that Manchester is one of our top destinations for a lads’ weekend away.

Getting around

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Despite it being a large city, venturing around Manchester is a breeze. This is mainly due to the great tram network - simply buy a travelcard for the day at a stop, and the trams run until midnight when a night bus service starts to operate. Taxis can be a good alternative for the evenings, there are several dozen ranks around the city, some of them 24-hours, as well as Uber's being readily available.  


You can also easily get around the city centre by using the Metro shuttle bus. There’s a free ‘hop-on, hop-off’ service linking the main rail stations and shopping districts, with three routes all starting at Manchester Piccadilly. Which, if you come by train, is where you’ll arrive. Convenient, right?

Flying and Driving

If you’re flying up, it takes around 20 minutes to get from Manchester Airport to Piccadilly station by train. And if you’re driving, there are several secure public car parks in the centre, including one near to Manchester Piccadilly Plaza. Prefer to have your wheels closer to hand? We can help with Manchester stag hotels with parking too.


And for those among you that like to get around by pedal power, a bike hire scheme has been launched throughout Greater Manchester.  Take your pick from a classic pedal bike or if you need a little helping hand due to the antics of the night before, then opt for one of the electric bikes to get around.

Tips and ideas

When it comes to your stag activities, you won’t go wrong with Manchester. You’ve got all your classics here: Paintballing, Go-Karting, Bubble Football and Foot Darts among them. And speaking of footie-themed entertainment, why not try catch a match at the Etihad or Old Trafford. You may not support either team, but the atmosphere in the stadiums is superb, making for an entertaining day out whoever’s colours you normally wear. Here are some of our most popular activities: 

The Best Stag Do Ideas in Manchester

1. Go Karting

If you're after a stag do that's an absolute blast, get ready to rev your engines in Manchester. Go karting in this city is the ultimate choice for some high-octane hilarity. Feel the adrenaline pump through your veins as you zoom around the track, competing with your mates for that number one position on the podium. It's a paradise for any petrolheads out there, where you can show off your driving skills and engage in some friendly rivalry. Manchester go karting delivers an exhilarating experience, with lightning-fast straightaways perfect for overtaking, and hairpin bends that'll have you flaunting your top driving skills.

2. Bar Crawl

The party scene here is your oyster! This vibrant city is jam-packed with lively bars, traditional boozers and legendary venues. Get ready for an unforgettable night as you embark on a boozy exploration, guided by a seasoned professional. With your crew in tow, you'll dive headfirst into the local culture, savouring a range of delicious drinks along the way. Whether you opt for a rowdy public crawl or a more intimate private crawl, there's something for every kind of stag group. So raise those glasses high, let the banter and the beer flow and enjoy the best watering holes this city has to offer.

3. Strippers

Lads, when it comes to stag weekends Manchester, hitting a strip club is a must do! It's all about having a laugh, letting loose and enjoying the very cheeky entertainment that the city's top strip clubs bring to the table. Watch in amazement as the hottest performers light up the stage, creating an electric atmosphere you won't forget. These stunning professionals will tease and please you with stripteases and dance routines that’ll get you hot under the collar. You can even treat the groom-to-be to a private show that'll leave him blushing! What better way to celebrate his last night of freedom?

4. Bubble Football

Get ready to laugh your socks off with this quirky version of the beautiful game where your footie kit is a one-man, big, inflatable zorb! Once you’re looking like inflatable beach balls on legs, your event coordinator will split you into teams to go head to head. The rules are pretty similar to a regular football match except when it comes to tackling where you’ll have to barge, bounce and bump into your opponents. Try to knock them flying down the pitch as you steal the ball! You’ll all be in hysterics as you scramble to beat the opposing team and be crowned the winners.

5. Paintballing

Get ready for an all-out, larger-than-life showdown at your Manchester stag do with the adrenaline-pumping activity of paintballing! Suit up, and plunge into the ultimate battlefield, where you'll dodge flying paintballs and sneak up on your pals in heart-pounding skirmishes. It's an epic journey that transforms you into action heroes for a day, and the groom is the prime target for some side-splitting moments. The paintball arenas here promise endless laughs, tactical manoeuvres and friendly competition. So, what are you waiting for? Get locked and loaded for a legendary day of paintball.

6. Alcotraz

Get ready to dive into a wild prison-themed adventure with your mates. You'll all be transformed into jailbirds, rocking those flashy orange jumpsuits for some epic photos. You'll need to outsmart the crafty warden to sneak in your drinks and enjoy custom cocktails as you do time together. It's a hilarious, interactive story where you'll have to keep a straight face during surprise inspections. The talented actors really bring this world to life, making sure everyone embraces this fun theme. And of course, a pro mixologist will whip up bespoke cocktails just for your group, making this stag do one for the books!

7. Axe Throwing

Just imagine wielding awesome axes, gearing up to tackle big wooden bullseye targets. It's like unleashing your inner lumberjack or action star, giving you all the Viking warrior vibes. The pure thrill of nailing that bullseye is absolutely next level. Don’t worry if you're not hitting bullseyes left and right. This activity is all about the camaraderie, laughter and rivalry to determine the ultimate axe-slinging champion. No experience is needed. With a skilled guide to keep things safe, you can let loose, blow off some pre-wedding steam and enjoy this epic adventure. Get ready to hurl, holler and dominate those targets!

8. Quad Biking

Prepare for the ultimate adrenaline-fueled joyride on quad bikes that'll take your stag do to the next level! Imagine tearing through rough off-road terrain on these badass machines, leaving a trail of dust in your wake. You and your crew will become off-road daredevils, conquering challenging trails, slopes and muddy pits. Are you ready to get fast and furious? Whether you're a seasoned quad biking pro or a first-timer, get ready for a heart-pounding, mud-slinging experience. Full instruction will be given so that everyone can have a go. Hold on tight, embrace the dirt-splattering madness and let the race to determine the group's ultimate driving champ begin!

9. Shooting Range

Let loose and blow off some steam with an action-packed, gun-firing adventure that'll turn you into a mix of John McClane and James Bond! You’re in for a wild ride at the shooting range. It's the perfect stress-buster for the groom-to-be before his big day. Safety is the priority so you’ll have expert guidance throughout your session. Once the safety briefings are done, it's time to lock and load. Expect loads of banter and friendly competition as you take turns firing down the range. And if you're up for it, add some playful forfeits to raise the stakes because a memorable stag do is all about more than just bragging rights!

10. Nightclub Entry

Wrapping up your stag do with clubbing is non-negotiable! After the sun sets, the city's nightlife is like a treasure trove of possibilities, offering you the chance to dance, party and make memories in style. A stag do in Manchester is made even better with the shenanigans, drinks and dance floors that clubs provide. Whatever music you’re into, from pop to rock, house to R&B and everything in between, you’ll find it in the city. So gather your squad, rock your finest party clothes and prepare to dominate the dance floor. Trust us, this night is destined to go down in legend!

More Manchester Stag Do Tips

Manchester is also home to plenty of fun activities that we strongly recommend if your group don’t know each other too well, and you’re looking for an icebreaker. Take for example the awesome Crystal Maze experience, based on the TV show of course, where you’ll take part in a series of exciting team challenges against the clock. Or how about tackling some high rope obstacles on a Tree Top Adventure, getting your Tarzan vibes on? Another of the most popular stag do activities in Manchester is a few hours chilling at the Snow Park, where you can go down the pistes on skis, snowboards, sledges - even rubber rings. 

After a heavy night out, if you just want to have a laidback one the next day, why not mosey on over to the Castlefield area. It’s the most scenic and relaxed part of Manchester, with canals, patches of green space, and plenty of waterside bars where you can enjoy the hair of the dog that bit you. 

Manchester is well know for its music and home to some legendary bands such as Oasis, The Stone roses, The Smiths, and, well the list could go on! It therefore has a variety or large venues, as well as the more initmate spaces for those smaller gigs. Why not check out what's coming up and incorporate a gig into your stag weekend. 

Next - and for some groups, one of the most important parts of a Manchester stag weekend: where to eat. And boy have we got a lot of options for you. Manchester boasts the third-largest Chinatown in Europe, and here you can always find a delicious, reasonably priced feast. For some extra spice, head to the famous Curry Mile on Wilmslow Road, just outside the city centre. There are some 70 neon-lit restaurants along this stretch serving up Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine. Another place worth checking out to fill your bellies in style is the Mackie Mayor food court on the edge of the Northern Quarter. This handsome, historic and high-ceilinged building has a fantastic range of vendors under its impressive glass roof, with vegetarian and vegan options too. Most days it’s open in time for a late breakfast, and closes at 10pm.


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Whatever you get up to in the daytime, make sure you save some energy for the evenings, because Manchester’s nightlife scene plays an absolute blinder. There are craft beer pubs, live music venues, bars serving up cocktails and cabaret, and lairy joints perfect for stag groups looking for a party atmosphere. 

Northern Quarter

Let’s start with the Northern Quarter, or NQ, which has stacks of pubs, bars and clubs catering to every taste. Cafe Beermoth, on Brown Street, is a prestigious craft beer bar with a constantly rotating menu on draught, as well as in cans and bottles. They stock some of the finest brews from all over the world. Then there’s Mint Lounge on Oldham Street, home to the city’s longest-running club night, Funkademia, and a place to get your groove on ‘til the early hours.

If you'd prefer to break the night up a little and attempt a few hours where the sole focus isn't necking pints, then In this area you also find the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club.  On a Friday and Saturday night they host their 'Barrel of Laughs' shows with 3 top-flight national and international acts, so just let us know if you fancy booking this in for the group. 


Another popular quarter of Manchester for stag groups is Deansgate. Here you’ve got the brilliant Roxy Ball Room, where you can combine your drinking with ping pong, pool, beer pong and even shuffleboard. Definitely one to consider for midway through the evening. Also in Deansgate is one of Manchester’s four Revolution bars, which are stag heaven with good-value food, plenty of beer choices and a full-on party atmosphere. Let us book you a table to save waiting around. 

Deansgate Locks

Deansgate Locks is home to several excellent drinking spots, including the super-cool Ark, where you can sip your drinks overlooking the canal. And if you like your gin then don’t miss the Manchester icon that is Atlas Bar, in the railway arches, which has over 500 gins from around the world ready to mix into cocktails for your group. 

A very short walk from Deansgate brings you to what we think are some of Manchester’s best nightspots. The first is Whiskey Down, which pays homage to the type of private men’s clubs that James Bond might haunt. Choose from 100-odd whiskies while taking in a risque cabaret show. And then a little further on, you’ve got Flight Club, where amid an always-lively ambience you can step up to the oche and play a few rounds of arrows with the lads. Forget all your depressing preconceptions of darts in smoky back rooms, this is one of Manchester’s most entertaining nightspots.


Next, the Printworks - a buzzing complex right in the centre, where you can find two of the most stag-friendly bars in Manchester: Walkabout and the Bierkeller. This Bavarian-themed pub has four bars over two floors, as well as pool tables and shuffleboard. More shuffleboard? What’s going on in Manchester?


Lastly, but certainly not least, Chorlton. A little way out of the city centre, but hosting loads of cool independent pubs, bars and restaurants. Places of interest here include Electrik, which does a nice line in vegan pizzas, Proof, which serves some of the best cocktails in Manchester, and Bowling Green which has a spacious beer garden for sunny day-drinking, and turns out fantastic Sunday roasts.


What are the best things to do on a Manchester stag do?

Manchester is stacked with amazing activities for stag groups, with all your traditional favourites like Paintball, Quad Biking, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Indoor Go-Karting available. In the evenings, we can set you up with Casino entry, an evening at a Comedy Club, a Gin Tasting experience to set you up for the evening or maybe something more competitive such as 

On top of that, Manchester also has loads of more offbeat activities for stag groups. Think fun team challenges at the Crystal Maze Live Experience, indoor skiing at the Snow Park and High Ropes courses. Whatever your group is into, we're sure we'll be able to help. 

Where to go on a Manchester pub crawl?

You’re in luck with Manchester, because the city centre is very walkable, so you can get between the various quarters easily. You might start with bars such as Ark at Deansgate Lock, then head up for a few social games of darts at Flight Club, before finishing your night at the legendary Mint Lounge in the Northern Quarter. 

Other stag-friendly bars in Manchester include Revolution, and Bierkeller, where you and the fellas can enjoy a session and also grab a bite to eat. Our expert Manchester stag planners have up-to-date information on where’s hot right now, and will always be able to point you in the right direction. Just let us know what kind of night you want, and we’ll help you put it all together.

Do you offer stag do packages in Manchester?

Yes, we’ve got loads of brilliant Manchester stag packages to help your weekend get off to the best possible start. Take the stress out of organising by selecting one of our great-value deals, which include accommodation, and a selection of activities and meals. We can also put together bespoke packages depending on your group’s interests and budget. 

The Stag Company has been organising Manchester weekenders since 2002 - we know this city inside out, so whatever questions you’ve got, our team is ready to answer them. 

Can you arrange a football stag do in Manchester?

While we can’t get you onto the pitch at the Etihad we can definitely sort you out with some classic stag experiences like Bubble Football, Binocular Football or Foot Golf. 

Can you help with meals out?

Absolutely. Manchester has an amazing foodie scene, Chinatown, the Curry Mile and Mackie Mayor's have always been firm favourites with hungry groups of lads. But if you’d rather not take any chances, let us book you in for dinner at one of Manchester’s many stag-friendly restaurants like Revolution, Bierkeller or Walkabout, where you can grab pizzas, burgers and steaks as you like ‘em. If your hotel doesn't provide breakfast, fear not there are plenty of places around the city centre, but why not book an extra little treat with us and enjoy your full english with a topless waitress serving it up. 

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