Bath's best stag do activity!
Your Bath stag weekend would not be complete without a visit to West Country Games.
Bath’s most popular stag do activity offers high octane competitive fun in the form of 9 hilariously themed games involving large inflatables, catapults, vicky pollard sumo suits and much more!
Bath stag weekend Ideas, kick off your Bath stag do in style
The Roman City of Bath is one of class, refinement, history and culture, nestled in the hills of the West Country. So how does a Bath stag weekend fit in here with the Bath stone buildings?
Look beyond the Georgian facades and there is plenty going on, although maybe marching your stag party through the Roman Baths in togas may not be too popular with the tourists!
With an abundance of self catering accommodation, some great pubs and a rugby ground in the city centre, you cannot really go wrong here. Dive in to our Bath stag do guide to make your own mind up if Bath is the stag city location for your group.
Bath Stag Party Essential Information
Bath Stag Guide
The renowned Bath Rugby Club is a great location for the stag party to watch some gladiatorial man games and have a relaxed drink amongst the friendly locals.
A short bus ride up the hill is Bath Racecourse. Okay so there’s no chariot racing but it’s a fine venue for stags to enjoy a flutter. Also not to miss is the sell-out Cider Festival race night, which features a live performance from the West Country Legends ‘The Wurzels’ on Friday 2nd August. Ooh Aar!
For the more genteel stag party, or those who like a bit of water, Bath Boating Station is where you can find a load of punts and great fun on the river. A fabulous recovery after a Saturday night out in town!
Bath Stag Do Ideas
Bath is not short of famous faces, as you wander about you may bump into Nicholas Cage, Anthony Head (Nescafe, Buffy and Little Britain), John Cleese or various recording artists using Peter Gabriel’s nearby studios. Kylie has stopped by as have Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Time for the stag to turn the tables and go hunting the famous!
A stag night in Bath has great giggle potential with comedy at Krater. Bath’s recent comedic offspring include Bill Bailey and Russell Howard.
For the stag who likes his music, Bath’s local favourite venue, Moles provides great opportunities to see up and coming bands. Over the years these have included some heavyweight names including Radiohead, The Cure, Blur, Oasis, The Killers and Mumford and Sons.
Why choose Bath for a stag party destination
Of course no Bath stag weekend is complete without the tour of bars, pubs and clubs. Now, luckily for you Bath has a university which means students.
So you’ll find your stag party well catered for with a variety of traditional and contemporary drinking establishments. Real ale to cocktails, jazz to big screens showing sports pretty much every taste is well catered for.
Where to stay on your Bath Weekend
Bath is a tourist hotpot for sure, but there is a great variety of stag friendly accommodation in Bath, you just need to get in there early and book ahead of the crowds. Here is our pick of some of the best accommodation to suit any Bath stag do accommodation budget.
The budget friendly no-frills hotel chain has three sites around Bath, so you can take your pick of where best to stay to suit your trip. Two hotels are in the town centre (Bath Central and Bath City Centre), and one slightly further out (Bath Waterside). All offer fantastic deals for both group and individual bookings if booked in advance, with even cheaper rates available online! Take advantage of Travelodge’s regular sales events to book rooms from £19 p/night.
The Z Hotel Bath
A luxurious destination hotel set within the historic Georgian building of the Royal Crescent, The Z Hotel Bath is instantly recognisable. 149-rooms set throughout the crescent offer a more upmarket stay for groups and parties, with all rooms offering tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi (still unusual for British hotels) and Samsung wide-screen TVs. The hotel has preferential rates at the Roman Baths just across the road.
Apex City Of Bath Hotel
Bang in the centre of Bath, the Apex City Of Bath Hotel is four-stars and there’s nothing they can’t (or won’t) offer for your stay to the spa town! The largest hotel in the area, you’ll find hundreds of rooms here as well as a beautiful bar and restaurant and full conferencing facilities. It’s not cheap, but for all the extras (a gym, a pool and spa!) it’s worth the cost if you’re looking to upgrade your Bath stag weekend.
Holiday Inn Express Bath
Holiday Inn Express is a well known and loved chain and is an easy, fuss-free option for your stag party to stay in for their trip to Bath. All rooms have USB charging ports and reading lights, and breakfast options and packages are available, as well as limited parking. This is a family hotel, so be aware that you’ll need a key-card to get back in late at night and may be asked to keep the noise to a minimum.
The Bear Bath
Snowy, a life-size polar bear, will greet you on your way into the Bear Hotel, and being a pub and restaurant with rooms, we think you’ll agree it’s the ideal venue for stag parties to stay in Bath! The bear is about a 15-min walk from the town centre and is independently owned by a local business. The Bear’s building is well recognised and unique, but there are only 8 rooms above the pub – so if you’re part of a big group, book in advance to avoid disappointment!
The best Stag Do Activities
With Bath being a city of "small & beautiful", this makes it easy to get about and explore the vast array of activities it has on offer for visiting stag parties. Also located close to bustling Bristol, all the activities there are only a stones throw away too!
West Country Games
The West Country Games are the novelty Olympics and make for an incredibly funny and active afternoon for groups of all shapes and sizes. A competitive round of themed games that can be adapted for all appetites, ages and abilities, there’s no need to train athletically and no minimum requirement for entry. Run by a group events company in the countryside near Bath, everything can be chopped and changed as required to best suit your occasion or trip. The West Country Games need to be booked in advance and transfers from Bath town centre can be included.
For groups of a reasonable fitness level, bubble football is a hilarious activity for a stag weekend in Bath. Participants literally insert themselves into a giant inflatable bubble that fits from about the thighs upward and then play a game of football wearing said bubbles! It’s not as easy as it looks but is sure to end in some laughs and will keep everyone entertained; even if they’re just spectating. Bubble football can be played at a range of venues throughout the wider Bath area but should be played on grass or rubber in order to avoid injury.
Forget middle aged men standing around firing arrow at targets – combat archery is so much more than that! Also known as archery tag, combat archery is ideal for a rowdy Bath stag do. Not dissimilar to paintball or dodgeball, players aim at each other with foam-tipped arrows in teams of five. It can be a seriously rawkus mock-sport to play and usually takes place in a specifically allocated arena.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Not many people would consider shooting real birds these days so the clay alternative is always preferred! Challenge your party guests to a technique and target contest and see who’s truly the most accurate. A classic masculine activity that’s been appreciated by Bath stag dos for decades, it’s a crowd pleaser and is something most people will be willing to have a crack at.
As with any town, Bath is home to several escape rooms: the latest phenomenon in tourist attractions! Choose from a selection of themed rooms and take on the puzzles in small groups. Some escape room facilities have more than one room that can be completed in tandem, so big parties can be split to compete against each other, and most offer a spectator option for those who don’t fancy giving their brain a workout. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Some Great Bath Stag Friendly Eatery's
Bath, THE CITY of style and refinement! Well it's eatery's are certainly something to behold, there is so much choice that any starving stag party will not hungry for long, whatever you all fancy.
A specialist Spanish restaurant and bar, Tapas Revolution is the perfect place to enjoy the classic Mediterranean sharing snacks. Ideal for fussy eaters, everyone can try everything and eat what they fancy. Grazing over shared dishes offers a more social experience than sitting down a full meal… and Tapas Revolution has you covered for cocktails and Spanish beers too! Groups planning a stag do in Bath should definitely pay this place a visit.
The cider loving pizza lovers of Bath, Stable Pizza is a local institution for those in the area. Sourdough pizza dough is made in-house and there’s not a topping combination the chefs here haven’t tried! Over 50 ciders are available behind the bar and the expert staff can talk you through everything. Book ahead for a bespoke party and private area.
MeatBusters Burger Bar
Warning: not suitable for vegetarian! Bath’s MeatBusters Burger Bar is home to beautiful locally sourced burgers but also to the food challenge that’s a MUST for stag dos in Bath: the Hulk Challenge. 2kg of burger is to be consumed within half an hour, and if you can do it… it’s free! Over 150 people have taken on the Hulk Challenge and only three have successfully completed it – so if you have any big guys in your group, put them to the test.
The Circus Restaurant
A fancier sit-down option for Bath stag weekend dining, The Circus Restaurant serves a varied menu of European cuisine alongside an impressive wine menu. If you’re planning one main meal for your stag group, make it at The Circus and you’re guaranteed a dinner to remember. All food is available seasonally only and local ingredients are used where they can be; so this is a real taste of Bath.
It’s the classic male meal: steak and chips! The Hudson Steakhouse is Bath’s unrivalled steakhouse favourite and with a strong traditional menu of red meat varieties, you’re guaranteed to cater for even the fussiest and most conformist of eaters. You’ll need to book your table ahead, and for larger groups, may be asked to pre-order – but who doesn’t love a good steak?
Baths best Pubs And Bars
As we all know, you could be anywhere in the world on a stag do, but if the pubs and bars are crap, then the weekend is looking bleak! Well Bath ticks all the boxes on the pubs and bars front, you're spoilt for choice!
The Canary Gin Bar
Keeping it local with the street-level bar of The Bath Gin Company, The Canary Gin Bar is THE place to pick up a G&T – from traditional to a taste of something more exotic. The Canary only hires the most qualified of mixologists and is home to the infamous ‘Gin Austen’ cocktail which you must try while in the town. Sharing options are available to be drunk straight out of teapots… because we’re English, of course! If you’re planning a stag do in Bath, visiting The Canary makes for a nice local touch.
The Circo Cellar
The Circo Bar and Lounge is a specialist cocktail bar and perfectly combines old and new in its architecture; blending the brick of the aged building with minimalist modernist interiors. Over 60 rums are on offer at the bar and a comprehensive champagne and wine menu is managed by expert staff. It’s a destination bar and not somewhere to get rowdy, but worth a visit while in town.
Belushi’s bars are a chain of bars across Europe offering burgers and bar snacks alongside a brilliant bar menu. Service standards are high and prices are reasonable, making Belushi’s a favourite with those attending a stag weekend in Bath. There’s no need to book a table and you’ll usually be able to walk in off the street.
A boutique watering hole unlike anywhere else, Opium bar is a must-visit during your stag weekend in Bath. The drinks menu here is huge but for something really special, hire out the Secret Room. It can hold up to 25 people for drinks and karaoke all night long and even has its own entrance away from the riff raff in the rest of the bar… but of course, you can invite them in if you’d like to!
Be At One
The classic cocktail chain, Be At One is an easy informal dance party destination that never requires booking or pre-ordering. There’s a variety of happy hours and event discounts on offer and if you let bar staff now you’re enjoying a Bath stag party, they’ll do their utmost to accommodate you and make the experience extra special.
Great Nightclubs In Bath
Bath has historically never been big on nightclubs, but in recent years things have changed and now there are some great choices if you and the boys make it that far!
Po Na Na
There used to be a Po Na Na in almost every city of the UK, but now Bath is one of just a handful of places with this Moroccan-themed party place present. An alternative club specialising in indie and rock music, Po Na Na is an informal and completely unpretentious place to dance the night away; no matter what you’re into, what you’re drinking or what you’re wearing – and that’s why it’s so popular with stag weekend in Bath groups!
Moles isn’t a traditional nightclub, but rather a live music venue. Small, niche and underground, Moles has bands playing 6 days a week of all types and genres. The dancefloor gets packed out and is hot and sweaty, so not ideal for a night when you’re in smart dress or are looking to relax. It’s a great venue with no dress code for a stag do in Bath group.
A nightlife hotspot in the town, Zero Zero is an upmarket club and VIP space that’s frequented by locals and visitors to Bath alike. The door staff here don’t love Bath stag weekend groups as a rule, but if you’re well behaved and polite, you’ll still be able to gain entry and dance the night away. Book a booth for a private space – and somewhere to rest your feet in between songs!
The Second Bridge
Think reality TV club, think Second Bridge. The town’s second busiest nightclub, The Second Bridge is a two-storey venue under vaulted ceilings and neon lights. Dance classics grace the speakers and lots of bottles of fizz across the tables. Bath stag dos will find they attract lots of attention here and there’s events on almost every night.
Bath’s nightclubs are conveniently placed for stags to stagger between them into the small hours as they party away their freedom!
For a great stag weekend get yourselves to West Country Games and Bath, we look forward to being part of the best party you’ll ever have!