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The Ultimate Guide To A Newcastle Stag Do

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Newcastle - The Perfect Place to Have Your Stag Do

Bursting with pubs, bars, clubs, and a reputation for incredible nightlife, Newcastle is perfect for a stag do to celebrate your best friend leaving the single life. Every year, hundreds of stags descend onto the northern party capital for their last night of freedom, and for good reason.

Getting the most out of your night on the Toon is relatively simple, once you know what to do, where to stay, and where to go. As the city welcomes thousands of clubbers and partiers every year, it’s a pretty good idea to have some sort of plan for the stag weekend. Luckily, we know all the secrets behind having a legendary night out in Newcastle, for the perfect occasion for any stag.


Where to Stay

Because of the sheer number of tourists who flock to the city every year, Newcastle is well-equipped to handle large groups of people ready to hit the bars. Whether you’re after the luxurious 4-star hotel treatment or prefer to stay in an apartment just for you and the lads, Newcastle has it, making it easy to find somewhere big enough for your group.

Of course, you’ll probably want to stay somewhere close to all the action, so you’re not left with a long trek back to bed at 4am. There are five main party districts in Newcastle so it’s probably best to do some research before you book your accommodation to figure out where you’ll be spending the majority of your nights, then deciding on your hotel from there.

  • The Quayside

    Set along the bank of The Tyne, Quayside is the arts and culture hub of Newcastle. With a fantastic view of the river and the Millennium Bridge, the bars here are perfect for giving your night a cool, hipster vibe. This area caters to everyone, but tends to draw a younger crowd who might be looking for that ‘Gram-worthy photo.

  • Grey & Dean Street

    Grey Street and Dean Street are iconic strips in Newcastle, perfect for a bar crawl with your mates. The stylish Grey Street has enough cocktail and wine bars to get you suitably ready for a big night, while Dean Street gives your stag some real-ale bars your choice of clubs. All you need to do is pick where to start and where you want to end up.

  • Diamond Strip

    Probably the most famous district in Newcastle, the Diamond Strip is for the exclusive and VIPs—most notably the Geordie Shore crew. Take your pick of the bars and clubs on offer and remember to really dress to impress. This is your chance to live the champagne-sipping, celeb-spotting high life.

  • Bigg Market

    The Bigg Market area is a firm favourite for stags, thanks to its reputation for being the loudest drinking district in the city. Crammed with bars and clubs where the music is live and the crowds are rowdy, you’re much more likely to get away with being as wild as you want here than in other areas. This is one district definitely for stags who really want to let loose.

  • Jesmond

    While this is more of a suburb than the main city, Jesmond still offers a decent night out for visitors. It pulls in a younger crowd, thanks to being a student district, but don’t let this deter you from visiting. Take advantage of the sheer number of bars available in such a small space, each offering happy hour prices you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Newcastle. If you’re staying nearby, this is the best place to kick off your evening with cheap and cheerful pre-drinks.

Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the city itself is relatively compact, with a metro line that makes it quick, easy, and affordable to get around Newcastle and Gateshead, as well as Sunderland if you’re up for a bit more of a journey. So if you have your heart set on staying in a particular area, don’t stress too much if it’s a bit further than your chosen bars.


What to See

Despite being the party capital of the North, it’s worth checking out some of the sights that Newcastle has to offer too.

  • St. James’ Park

    If the groom-to-be is a fan of the beautiful game, what could be better than a tour of the world-famous St James’ Park? Go behind the scenes at the stadium and learn more about Newcastle United’s home with your very own all-knowing tour guide. And don’t forget to take in the sights from the top with a rooftop tour of the 53,000 seater venue.

  • The Tyne Bridge

    This is perhaps the most famous landmark in Newcastle (and easily the most celebrated bridge crossing the River Tyne), linking the city with Gateshead. Officially opened by King George V in 1928, the bridge is beloved by the locals, and forms an iconic part of the Great North Run. Of course, if you’re keen on running across, you can always get a good view from any of the Quayside bars.

  • Angel Of The North

    Named after the British Prime Minister, Earl Grey — of tea fame — the monument offers a spectacular view of the Toon from above. You just need to tackle the 164 steps to the top. Beyond that, the monument serves as a central meeting point for your group, especially useful if you want to break away for your own activities before a night out.


Where to Drink in Newcastle

With a reputation as a party capital, you’re blessed with a huge range of bars, pubs, and clubs to choose from in Newcastle. There’s a watering hole to suit every need, you just need to decide what kind of night you’re up for.

  • The Strawberry Pub

    This is one of Newcastle’s oldest pubs and a firm favourite for Newcastle United fans. On match days, the pub is heaving with football fans looking for a pre-game pint, while on non-match days, you can get a good lunch with some delicious guest ales while soaking up that Newcastle culture.

  • Alvinos

    While looking deceptively small, Alvinos offers punters three floors and an outdoor terrace to choose from, with two bars to keep your thirst at bay. Known for its award-winning cocktails and a stellar craft beer menu, this is one of the best bars to start your night. The retro vibe is perfect for a more relaxed atmosphere, with foosball tables and pinball machines for you to try your hand at. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, guest DJs take over the decks to soundtrack your evening with every genre of music, perfect to kickstart your night on the Toon.

  • Filthy’s

    Nestled in the Bigg Market, Filthy’s is perfect for stag groups looking for a relaxed night out. The Irish pub is decorated with actual stag heads, and usually has a group of talented, yet undiscovered musicians taking to the mic, ready to get the party started. While it may start off as a quiet, cosy pub, it’s quickly consumed by chaotic energy, as both the punters and the music gets louder. And with a late-night license, you can enjoy the night up until 3am.

  • Madame Koo

    If you’re into feel-good music with absolutely no rules or restrictions, you have to head to Madame Koo. With a mysterious decor, don’t be afraid to get dressed up for this club, which features hidden dance floors and spiral staircases. And, of course, the bartenders are experts at serving up the Geordie favourite, a Zombie.

  • Bijoux

    A firm favourite of the Geordie Shore crew, Bijoux has made a fair few appearances in the show. With prices that can’t be beaten, and international DJs taking the decks, this is definitely a bar to start your night out — and it’s conveniently found at the top of the Diamond Strip.


What to Do in Newcastle

When you’re not hitting the Toon tiles, there are plenty of activities to choose from to keep the stag weekend moving smoothly.

  • Play Football

    As you probably know, Newcastle is footy-mad. And what better way to celebrate the beautiful game than playing a match yourself? Get involved with our 5-A-Side Football package and let us organise the field and equipment. All you need to do is show up and pick your teams. Or if you want something a little more special, why not check out our Football With A Legend deal? Everyone’s dreamt of playing with their favourite player, and at Maximise, we can make that dream a reality. We’ll set your team up with a footballing legend for your stag do for at least an hour’s game before you all head to the pub.

  • Go Drinks Tasting

    If there’s one thing you can count on during a Newcastle stag do, it’s that the booze will be good and plenty. Check out the local craft beer scene with a Craft Beer Tasting, session, giving you all the microbrewery knowledge you could ask for. Kick things up a notch with a Tequila Shooters Tastingsession, which gives you access to one of the hottest bars, where you’ll learn everything about tequila before sampling some of the finest shots you’ll ever have.

  • Visit A Lap Dance Club

    No stag do is complete without stunning girls in a club, and Newcastle has some of the finest. Head to one of the many strip clubs on offer and surround yourself with gorgeous babes. Let us sort you out with Lap Club Entry to the best clubs in town. All you need to do is relax, sip champagne, and enjoy the company of the Geordie stunners.


Where to Eat In Newcastle

Whatever cuisine you’re after, you can find it in Newcastle. From fancy dress events to posh eateries, we’re sure you’ll find something to tickle your fancy and your tastebuds.

  • Bierkeller

    Celebrate your stag do in true Bavarian style with our Bierkeller With Food package, which gives you everything you need — beer and a meal. Enjoy the sounds of the live German oom-pah band from your own reserved table, while everyone gets to relax with two steins on the house.

  • Blackfriars Restaurant

    This 13th-century friary lets you dine out like true medieval royalty on classic British food. Blackfriars is said to be the UK’s oldest restaurant and now offers a range of traditional meals to suit any appetite. We suggest eating your hangovers away with the best Sunday roasts in Newcastle. If you’re in a large group, it’s a good idea to reserve a table, so you’re guaranteed enough space to sit together.

  • House Of Tides

    For some proper posh nosh, head to this Michelin-starred eatery, set in a Grade I listed 16th-century townhouse on the Quayside. This is fine dining, the Newcastle way, and its sensational tasting menu uses local and seasonal ingredients, keeping it as fresh as possible. Headed by Kenny Atkinson, who won The Great British Menu twice, you know House Of Tides is going to be worth it.


How to Travel Around Newcastle

Thanks to the city’s compact structure, it’s incredibly easy to navigate Newcastle without getting too confused. And if you do get a bit lost, you can always check your phone! Newcastle isn’t too difficult to explore on foot and with so many party districts, all you need to do is pick where you want to stay, and head in that direction.

  • Public Transport

    This is the most affordable way to get around, besides walking. The public transport options in Newcastle are excellent, and the Metro system is easily the most efficient way of getting where you want to be. A single Metro ticket sets you back £3.60, or you can get the all-zone Metro Daysaver with unlimited travel for only a fiver. Just check the timetables of your trains and you’re good to go.

  • Taxis

    If you’re looking for convenience while bar hopping, just jump in a taxi. While this is more expensive than the train, it’s arguably less hassle. Just remember that Newcastle is a bustling city, so fares can hike up quickly depending on how busy the night is.