The laid-back West Country charm of Bristol is a major part of what makes it such a great stag destination. The miles of countryside around it mean you get the pick of outdoor pursuits to suit your group. And spending all night painting this party-town red won’t cost you as much, compared to London.Stag friendly, great nightlife and an abundance of daytime activities – what more could a stag want?
Bristol Temple Meads station is a 15 minute walk from the city centre and has regular train services from elsewhere in the UK. A budget service, called Megatrain, from London Waterloo to Bristol Temple Meads takes two and a half hours.
If you’re driving, you can reach Bristol via the M5 or M4. Following that the M32 will take you directly into the heart of the city centre.
Situated in the south of the country, Bristol is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the Britain. As with any other UK location, avoid autumn and winter if any kind of precipitation bothers you. Another reason to visit during the summer is its great line up of festivals and events.
With relatively modest rates, getting value for money on accommodation is not too much of a challenge in Bristol. Youth hostels are available from £14 per night or you can even hire a room in a budget hotel from £28 per night. Mid-range hotels are also fairly reasonable and start from £60 per night.
The prescribed lads’ activities are all up for grabs in Bristol, thanks to its abundant surrounding countryside.Or, if you’re looking for an alternative to paintballing and go karts, check out Go Ape in the Forest of Dean where epic zip wires and Tarzan yodels will be the order of the day.
You can also sign yourselves up for some West Country games for a guaranteed laugh at each other’s expense. The outdoor activities are an amalgamation of West Country ooh aar farmer stereotypes, which include welly wanging, pitchfork duel, Wurzel knockout, tractor tyre roll triumph and Vicky Pollard handbags!
When you want agood choice of budget options around Bristol city centre,St Nicholas Market is a good shout. The West End's Park Street and Whiteladies Road also offer a good choice of dining options, with bars and clubs nearby for later on. If you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe in a nice setting, the Harbourside has a tasteful mix of pubs, bars and restaurants as does the ‘old city’.
The Harbourside's Za Za Bazaar is UK's largest restaurant - with a capacity for 1,000 diners. The vast dining venue combines a lounge bar with a buffet restaurant offering a variety of global cuisines at a fixed price.
Drink & Party
Corn Street in the 'old city', Park Street / Whiteladies Road, and the Harbourside are the three main areas for nightlife in Bristol. The regenerated Harbourside area is home to the famous Old Duke jazz pub, the famous Lladngoer Trow and the Apple, a floating cider bar. Bristol's famous bar on a boat, the Thekla, is also worth a visit, while Canon Road offers an abundance of big chain and independent bars.
On and around Corn Street, you'll find several chain bars, including Wetherspoons, Slug & Lettuce and Vodka Revolution on St Nicholas Street, All Bar One and Walkabout on Corn Street and O'Neill's and Reflex on Baldwin Street. Start The Bus at the bottom of Corn Street, is an established indie pub-come-club; or you can head to Mr Wolf's on St Stephen's Street for live music.
Park Street, Park Row, Clifton Triangle and Whiteladies Road also offer hundreds of bars and clubs including: TheTube, TheWoods, Embargo, Brown's, The Jersey Lily and the Black Bear.
As with many other big cities in the UK, take common sense precautions while getting around at night. Drunken disorder can be expected near the waterfront area and city centre at the end of a Friday or Saturday night, though this is less of an occurrence thanks to a heavy police presence.