11 Great Bars in Edinburgh for Stag do's
A stag get together is a special occasion that deserves a special city to throw it in, and Edinburgh fits the bill very nicely.
Thankfully, Edinburgh managed to escape the worst of the WW1 air raids, so loads of historic buildings are still intact. This creates an awesomely unique look and city that is packed with stag do ideas. Edinburgh boasts some of the best bars in the country, making it perfect for the grooms last night of freedom. It’s a big city with a whole lot of bars to choose from, so to help you make the most of your time in the ‘Athens of the North’, here’s a quick list of the best stag bars in Edinburgh.
1. Bar Tonic
Bar Tonic is a well renowned cocktail bar which serves a wide array of the finest cocktails Scotland has to offer. It’s low lighting gives it a cool atmosphere that’s moody but in a good way. Things start out chilled but really pick up as the night goes on. As soon as you get a few of those award winning cocktails in you, you’re bound to up on the dance floor, making a fool of yourself and having a blast doing it.
34A N Castle St | Website
2. The Devil’s Advocate
The Devil’s Advocate is an atmospheric bar and restaurant based within Edinburgh's Old Town area that will certainly give you a night to remember. As soon as you step foot in this old Victorian pump house you will come across a hefty range of cocktails, beers, wines and whiskeys. If you want to drink like a proper Scotsman, then make sure you try one of the many Scottish whiskeys behind the bar.
9 Advocate's Cl | Website
The next contestant for the best stag bars in Edinburgh goes by the name of Eastside. A stylish bar, with a huge dance floor and colourful lighting, giving the place a great party vibe. Eastside hosts great daily events which spice up the night in different ways. Some days are dedicated to specific genres such as ‘Clique’, which is all about hip hop and RnB, or ‘Mansion’ where special guest DJ’s turn up to make some noise. An incredible and refreshing clubbing experience that will fuel your night with booze and beats until the early hours, not forgetting free pool!
51a George St
Everybody knows, or has at least heard of BrewDog, even if there isn’t one in your local city. It’s the perfect place for you and your group to head to for pre drinks before a proper night on the town, especially for larger groups. The atmosphere is completely unique and welcoming, like no other in Edinburgh. Here you will come across the best craft beer options from all over the world, so if you’re a lover of beer you will adore this bar!
143 Cowgate | Website
5. Lulu Bar
Then there’s a Lulu, a snazzy joint with a stylish look. It’s nice to see throwback to the classic days of clubbing with a multi-coloured dance floor. The suave VIP area makes Lulu a classy place to party while the drinks remain affordable. Like Opal Lounge, it has its own unique daily events that change up the vibe a little, ensuring no two nights are ever the same.
125b George St
6. Panda & Sons
Open since 2013, this family run business is the perfect place for those who are after a unique and unusual venue to celebrate in. Set up like a barber shop in a prohibition style, this venue has an extensive drinks menu that suits any taste, ranging from deliciously creative cocktails, to plenty craft beers, all the way to wines. They have previously been awarded as one of the top 100 best bars in the world, so why wouldn’t you want to give it a go?
79 Queen St | Website
7. The Cabaret Volataire
Finally, we have The Cabaret Volataire. As well as being one of the best bars in Edinburgh, it’s also one of the most unique. There’s so many things to do there, things you’d never expect to find in a bar or club. You’ve still got the traditional necessities of drinks and music of course, both of which Volataire does very well, but it goes way further than that. The Cabaret Volataire also hosts live gigs featuring up and coming bands. It also does life drawing. It also does Deep House Yoga. It also does sewing. Yep, sewing. Simply put, there is a LOT going on here. Variety is the spice of life and Volataire has it in spades.
36-38 Blair St | Website
8. The Voodoo Rooms
If you’re after award winning cocktails, then The Voodoo Rooms is certainly where you will find some. This centrally located bar is known for their delicious drinks and have won a number of awards because of them and their dedicated team. You won’t find yourself twiddling your thumbs here as there’s always amazing entertainment ranging from live music, DJ’s and cabarets going on every day. So, prepare to sit back and relax in an exotic venue whilst you treat your taste buds to tasty drinks.
19a W Register St | Website
Only a short distance from BrewDog, Ox184 offers everything you could possibly need for an amazing night out in Edinburgh, especially a bar crawl! Tuck into a delicious steak and grill before drinking the night away with pints of craft beer, whiskey from all over the world and plenty spirits. So, gather your group together and head to this one of a kind late night venue for an unforgettable night on the town, well, depending how much you end up drinking.
10. Cameo Cinema
A laid back cinema with a fully stocked and licensed bar sound good to you? Then head to Cameo Cinema, a large movie screening venue which gives you the chance to knock back plenty alcoholic drinks whilst watching a hit film. The bar itself has a variety of wines, beers, whiskies and much more, so you won’t struggle to find something you fancy.
38 Home St | Website
11. Heads & Tales Gin Bar
One of Edinburgh’s hidden gems, Heads & Tales Gin Bar is the place to go if you enjoy experimenting with your drinks. Using only the best beets, wines and spirits to mix together their drinks, they are most known for their wide selection of weird and wonderful gin, making this an ideal place for some laid back drinks with the lads.
1a Rutland Place | Website
So, get your kilt on for a weekend packed with stag do ideas that will put a massive smile on your best pals face. Don’t forget the daytime too, and throw some stag activities into the mix to keep all the guys busy.