If you’re planning a Barcelona stag do let me first off say congrats on picking the right city.
Whether you’re relaxing in the Spanish sun, overtaking a friend at 70 km/h on the final lap at Messi’s favourite go kart track, or having the steak of your life before an epic beach club night you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Gentlemen, here’s the only Barcelona stag do guide you’ll ever need.
Advice Before You Go
Locals love to complain of foreigners destroying the city – you won’t be doing yourselves any favours by being rowdy in public and may be denied entrance to some bars.
Practice common courtesy with bouncers and locals.
- Large groups in fancy dress may be turned away – always call/email ahead.
- Restaurant dinner hours are between 20:30 and 23:00 so plan accordingly.
- Get yourself a discount transport card to save money.
- The street beer sellers keep their cans in sewers – wipe them down or skip all together.
- Keep street noise down – locals have been known to dump water or throw vegetables!
- Most clubs don’t get bumping until after 2.
- Travel light because pickpockets are always on the prowl.
Finally, my best piece of advice: GET IN TOUCH WITH ME if you need any help.
Barcelona Stag Do Bars
When we talk of Barcelona stag do bars I can only say: the more touristy, studenty, and spacious the better. If you’re in a small group there’s also the option of hitting one of Barcelona’s best rooftop bars.
Area: Raval | Carrer de les Sitges 5 | Metro: Universitat (purple line L2, red line L1)
A classic student hangout with communal bench seating. If you need seating for 10+ in Barcelona it’s here. You’ll hardly go a minute without being spilled on by someone drinking cheap pints. Chow down on the free popcorn. Pool tables and foosball. It’s loud, obnoxious, and fun.
Try the 5 litre mini taps or panther milk (a secret recipe milk cocktail).
There’s a second location at Carrer de Zamora 78.
The George Payne
Area: Eixample | Plaça d’Urquinaona 5 | Metro: Urquinaona (red line L1, yellow line L4)
Yes, it’s an Irish pub. It may not be at the top of any self-respecting Barcelona itinerary but you’ve got to admire it for a couple of things, mainly the sheer size of the bar and the screens and the variety of sport. You’ll find all the big Premiership matches here.
Their most famous offering is the blackout tray… it’s like they read your mind, innit?
Area: Port Olimpic | Ramón Trías Fargas 2 | Metro: Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica (yellow line L4)
If you want something more memorable then hit an ice bar by the beach. Put on an arctic jacket and sip on your favourite drink at -5 °C with ice sculptures. If it’s too cold just hit the terrace and contemplate your mate’s doomed marriage while looking out to the Mediterranean.
With cocktails in the area pushing €12 why not buck up an extra fiver for the experience?
Area: El Gotico | Passeig de Colom 8 | Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line L4)
For those not in the know the word chupito is Spanish for shots. If you need to kick things up a notch in a hurry (and fall down just as quick) then head for the place with over 600 shots. Pick at random from the convenient wall menu and let the whipped cream flow and the fire ignite.
There’s a second location at Carrer d’Aribau 77.
Barcelona Stag Do Clubs
If you have something very specific in mind do check out my Barcelona club guide – the following clubs I find are the most suited to large groups from abroad.
Getting a Barcelona nightcard ensures free entry to 24 clubs over two days for only €10.
Area: Port Olimpic | Passeig Marítim 34 | Metro: Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica (yellow line L4)
What you get: class by the beach.
With a dance room chosen by world renown DJs like David Guetta, Avicii, and Jason Derulo it’s no wonder this fashionable club is the piece de resistance for international people looking to let loose. Multiple rooms with futuristic lighting. An all-out VIP room with pyrotechnics.
Included in the Barcelona nightcard.
Area: Raval | Carrer de l’Arc del Teatre 3 | Metro: Drassanes (green line L3)
What you get: local debauchery.
Just a stone’s throw from the famous Rambla is this cosy, unpretentious club filled with locals. House, drum n’ bass, trance, and techno. Perfect for smaller groups who could care less about “living it up” and just wanna get sloppy. The tiny upstairs room with indie music is a good respite.
Included in the Barcelona nightcard.
Area: Montjuic | Francesc Ferrer I Guardia 0 S N | Metro: Poble Sec (green line L3)
What you get: deep-house on a mountain.
This open-air club in the replica town of Poble Espanyol finds itself atop Barcelona’s ‘local mountain’ Montjuic. Dance to the latest electronic jams under the stars in another international environment. The club is only open from May to September.
Included in the Barcelona nightcard.
Barcelona Stag Do Activities
Of all the things to do on a stag do in Barcelona I would first recommend something more cultural: be sure to check out my list of 30 essential things to do in Barcelona.
Take a Tour of Camp Nou
Area: Les Corts | Carrer d’Aristides Maillol 12 | Metro: Les Corts (green line L3)
The second biggest association football stadium in the world and home to the impenetrable FC Barcelona is a must for football lovers. See the museum with the team’s 22 league trophies and 4 Champions League titles, Messi’s golden boots, and tour the locker rooms, bench, and field.
Read my article on Camp Nou or get more tour information clicking the button below:
Another option? Seeing Messi up close getting tickets to the matches.
Go Go Karting at Indoor Karting
Area: Sant Feliu | Carrer de Laureà Miró 434 | Metro: n/a
It’s a bit outside of town but the bridges, tunnels, and multiple levels of this epic go kart track are tough to beat. From the preparation class to the qualifying laps to the full-on championship race this is pure adrenaline.
It’s not just for stag weekends in Barcelona, Messi goes here and Pique and Shakira celebrated a birthday party here.
Get in contact with them in advance for hotel pickup.
For more information consult their website.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Area: Collserola | Plaça del Tibidabo 3-4 | Metro: n/a (bus from Plaça Catalunya)
Of the many hangover cures found in the city the fresh air up on Tibidabo Mountain may be the best – the problem is, you might lose your lunch all the same riding the Talaia, one of the world’s scariest amusement park rides. Some of the vintage rides here are really something.
Read my article on Tibidabo Amusement park or get tickets clicking below:
Getting Around Town
Barcelona is an extremely accessible city with affordable, efficient public transport.
It’s recommended to get a discount transport pass online to save money and avoid the hassle of constantly buying tickets.
The Hola BCN
Most tourists go for the super simple Hola Bcn.
The Hola BCN includes unlimited transport and return transport to the airport for around €6.00 a day. Pick between 48, 72, 96, and 120 hour validity. Sort everything with a few mouse clicks by buying online from Tourisme Barcelona – with a handy 10% discount.
Click below to get your Hola Bcn.
It wouldn’t be a stag do in Barcelona without VIP treatment. For this reason you may want to consider this fantastic limo option: you’ll get a one hour tour of the city plus a free bar in the limousine and a VIP-IN nightlife card, a €26.95 value.
You’ll also get to skip the queues at clubs: not a bad deal for about €45.00 per person (8 passengers).
Click the button to check out your limo tour via Ticketbar.
It’s almost a given for stag weekends in Barcelona: dressing up and embarrassing the groom.
I suggest you do your costume shopping local – not only will you skip expensive baggage fees on most airlines but the fancy dress is cheaper in Spain.
Area: Passeig de Gracia | Carrer del Consell de Cent 343 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia (multiple lines)
This super-central novelty shop has over 30 stag do costumes from bacon to babies. Throw in the customary blow up dolls, glow bracelets, and silly signs and you’ve got a one stop shop for all your ridiculousness needs.
There are two more locations: Pintor Fortuny 6 and at the L’illa Diagonal shopping centre.
Area: Passeig de Gracia | Carrer de Roger de Llúria 27 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia (multiple lines)
This second Barcelona costume shop has a local feel and is more of a Halloween and Carnival destination: the makeup and masks here are really something. Really central. Its Donald Trump masks are a big seller.
Where to Eat
Barcelona is a foodie town so you should have no problem finding some quality food.
I’ve compiled a list of Barcelona’s best restaurants to help you along, but here are a few recommendations that could be a great idea for a stag do.
Patagonia Beef and Wine
Area: Passeig de Gracia | Gran Via 660 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia (multiple lines)
Nothing says a stag do like a big hunk of quality meat. Here you get melt in your mouth Argentinian steaks for a fraction of London prices. Pair it with a great Malbec and grilled veg or chips. Simple, elegant. Legend has it the meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork.
Try the traditional empanadas for a starter and make sure you book in advance.
Area: Eixample | Carrer de Mallorca 236 | Metro: Diagonal (multiple lines)
This classic tapas and beer joint oozes culture. It’s a massive place that’s very accommodating to groups so get the sharing tapas platters to get a great taste of local Catalan cuisine. Exceptional service and fresh seafood, and did I mention local craft beer?
If you can’t get in try its sister restaurant Ciudad Condal.
Milk Bar and Bistro
Area: El Gotico | Calle Gignas 21 | Metro: Jaume I (yellow line L4)
When the hangover bells begin chiming you’ll be glad you’ve got this arrow in your quiver. The full English with chorizo hash is a great option but you’ll also find classic American pancakes. If you’re more leaning towards lunch they’ve got a great burger.
Try either of their top notch smoothies or bloody marys, or both!
Where to Stay
There’s no sense blowing the budget on taxis to get back home is there? The classic Barcelona stag do needs only one thing when considering where to stay: proximity.
Staying in the centre is a must for its vicinity to bars and clubs: go with El Gotico or El Born to allow yourselves the option to stumble home if necessary.
Check out my article on Barcelona’s best hostels for a good idea: make sure to stagger the bookings though because many won’t want to host stag dos.
You may also want to check out my article on the best area to stay in Barcelona.
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