Plan the Perfect Barcelona Stag Do in a Pint’s Time
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.
Barcelona Stag Do Advice
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 one of Barcelona’s best discount transport cards 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 2:00 am.
- 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
Forget about Gracia’s picturesque squares or the bumping beer bars of Raval.
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?
Cocovail Beer Hall
Area: Eixample | Carrer d’Aragó 284 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia (L2/L3/L4)
Americans lusting for home? This one is for you.
What was once an old textile factory just around the corner from Casa Batllo got a face lift in 2016 – in the form of a pacific surfing concept American beer hall.
Here you’ll sup up 24 craft beers and accompany them with the best wings in Barcelona. It’s also a great place to watch NFL, all sorts of American sports, and European football.
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 €12.00 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Barcelona Card.
The Hola BCN includes unlimited transport and return transport to the airport for around €7.00 a day. Pick between 48, 72, 96, and 120 hour validity.
You can buy them with a 10% discount in my new integrated web shop clicking the button below.
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 Tiqets.
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.
Looking for a big house for the whole group? Airbnb is the only place.
Need More Barcelona Stag Do Info? Comment Below
If this wasn’t enough info to get your Barcelona stag do off the ground then make sure you harass me senseless in the comments below – there’s no question too ridiculous!
Also, I am constantly trying to improve this resource so know that any comments or criticisms will be welcomed 😉
June 3, 2019 at 9:48 pmHi Ash brilliant website! I'm taking 17 lads on a stag july 5-7, for the friday afternoon I need a decent larg cheap bar that will let us do a couple of stag drinking games in, nothing too out of order but we dont want to be thrown out either. judging by your page I'm thinking TAVERN L’OVELLA NEGRA?? also to feed a big group of lads on friday evening around 9pm where would you recommend? cheap is always welcome! we are staying near the beach in a hostel but willing to travel for the right place to start the nigh any help and advice welcome. thanks Adam
June 4, 2019 at 10:31 amHi Adam, Thanks for the kind words :) Indeed, I would always recommend the Ovella Negra as it's one of the biggest spaces and they tend to let you get a bit rowdy as it's a very young crowd. The second option would be the George Payne pub which even has some drinking games like beer pong on occasion. Big space and a good place to get a bit out of order, but within reason! For food I can think of a few places like Xiringuito Escriba or Bodega Joan... these are quality tapas places that can accommodate groups if booked in advance. That said, the bars mentioned above do also have food and this may be the best bet in such a big group. Cheers, Ash
May 15, 2019 at 4:57 pmHi there, Thanks for the article! Any recommendation for any kind of restaurant/bar club Actually any kind of restaurant where we could eventually stay after dinner for a few drinks with some nice music before moving to a club? Let me know! Thanks
May 15, 2019 at 5:51 pmHi GG, Thanks so much for the kind words :) It's a tough one to comment on without knowing the size of the group... I've seen small stag dos of 6-7 people get into some really good restaurants and keep it low key. But if you're a bigger group and looking to get charged up for a night out there are less options because you need a big space and kind of a bar/restaurant type vibe. If you're in a big group I would start off looking at places like Guzzo or Ocaña for something fairly nice and modern with space and music. If you're just looking for an old fashioned Spanish joint where you can get some sangria in you and be in an upbeat atmosphere I'd look at Bodega Joan. I've even got a reservation system so you can ensure you get enough space. There's also Opium which is along the beach... it starts out the afternoon as a chill restaurant by the beach then slowly adds music and turns into a full on club by late evening. Just keep in mind that by the time you arrive all these clubs along the beach may be closed due to a new city noise ordinance. They're fighting it but I'm not sure they'll win! Please let me know if you have any more questions :) Ash
April 24, 2019 at 10:05 amHi Ash We’re just about to head out to Barcelona today. I was wondering which club you would recommend on Friday night? Somewhere busy, but would let 12 lads in - not too expensive!
April 24, 2019 at 12:20 pmHi Craig, What comes to mind off the top of my head are either Razzmatazz or Apolo because they're massive, reasonably cheap (compared to the tourist trap clubs along the beach), and almost always packed. If you've got a need for anything specific related to music, vibe, location though please let me know and I'll try and give some more custom advice. Ash
April 13, 2019 at 6:11 amHi!! Loving your siteit has everything we need to enjoy our first trip to Barcelona and have been reading each and every article.Needed a little info...We wanted to enjoy pub crawl.Any reviews about that would be a great help indeed. Also we are there in July end 24-26,2019..can u tell us which clubs can be visited on a Wednesday or Thursday??? Thanks a lot
April 13, 2019 at 1:58 pmHi Ramita, I've only been on one pub crawl and it was with these guys here: https://www.barcrawlbarcelona.com/ and I can say that it was solid and everything you can imagine from such a party ;) About clubs I recommend Razzmatazz on Wednesdays because it's probably the biggest thing going in the middle of the week. For Thursday you're probably better of going down to the Port Olimpic and seeing what's on at the 'big three' which are Pacha, Opium, and Catwalk. :) Ash
January 31, 2019 at 9:59 pmGreat article. Any advice regarding an apartment for 14 people?
February 1, 2019 at 10:59 amThanks Sam! I've taken a look on Booking and it doesn't look like there's anything close to 14 people... it offers any combination of doubles, tripes, and quadruples. If you want a hotel I would click the button above and search in the Gothic Quarter. The other option is going through an Airbnb and I see there are entire massive apartments catering to 14 people or more. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for but if you can check out the options... if you've liked the article and find the site useful I'd kindly ask you to view the apartments and sign up using my link so that I can get some credit for my work. If not I understand and you're free to visit it manually :) Please let me know how you get on! Any other questions I'd be glad to help. Ash