How to plan the best Dublin stag activities

The Temple Bar

Last Updated: 03/01/24 | Read Time : 8 Minutes

Dublin, the best spot in the world for you and the lads to go for a Stag do. The Hendrick is a hip hotel, with a laid back atmosphere. Our place is perfect as a base for your boys trip to the Irish capital. We know a lot about stag weekends, and Hen dos too for that matter. Our streamlined rooms have everything you need for a weekend in the city centre. We’re also within walking distance to lots of Dublin Stag Activities.

But let’s discover some of the best Dublin stag events, and we will also look at the pubs and clubs for your list when you stay at the Hendrick.

Stag ideas for dublin in 2024

As much as we try, you can’t spend a full stag weekend in a Dublin pub. You have to go out and experience the city centre and the wide variety of stag activities in Dublin. The city and its surroundings has plenty of things to do for stag party and those just on a lads holiday to the city.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness factory tour

Number one on the list for stags, hens, couples, families and friends visiting Dublin has to be the Guinness Storehouse. The Storehouse, fondly known as the “Home of the Black Stuff” amongst Dubliners, is a visitor experience like no other. St. James’ Gate is just 15 minute walk from the Hendrick.

Choose from the standard tour, where you start at the ground floor and discover exactly what goes into the great brand that is Guinness. Join the academy and learn how to pull the perfect pour, and test your mates to the best pint. If you are true stouties, then get the full experience and explore the working brewery with your very own vip guest group and tour guide.

Indoor karting

Strap in and race your mates in the ultimate grand prix event at Kylemore Karting. Compete in a head to head practice session before putting pedal to the metal in an F1 style qualifying event. As the race beckons, get into the zone and speed past your pals to the finish line.

Get into the sports side of things at footee

Footee is a outdoor games experience in Tallaght, south Dublin. This fantastic activity is perfect for groups that don’t want to stay in the pub all day. You can get to Tallaght by the Luas from Smithfield. However, they also offer a return minibus from their grounds to the Hendrick! They have special Dublin stag do packages which can include transport, BYOB, delicious food options and more.

Bubble football

You and your pals all wear a big inflatable football, while trying to chase a smaller football around the park. There’s lots of bumps, tumbles and falls, all part of the game of course. Bubble Football is the perfect Dublin stag party activity for groups of lads who like to run about and play football.

Battle zone archery

Team up with your pals in a 5 v 5 game where Robin Hood meets Dodgeball. Similar to paintball, each player is armed with a bow and arrow in this Warzone style match. Have your aim, agility and reactions tested until one team are crowned champions.

Comedy club

Dublin is host to a range of comedy club nights, and a slight coincidence the Stag’s Head comedy night is a great Dublin stag event for groups who love to laugh. If you couldn’t make it out of bed for a daytime activity, then maybe this popular destination for locals would suit you better.

The amazing stags head is an institution amongst Dublin bars and must be fit into even the most action packed days. There has been a tavern at this site in the capital city since 1770, and it won’t change soon. The comedy crunch is held every Sunday and Monday night downstairs in the Stags Head.

Croke park

Our guests in Dublin who come from abroad may not be familiar with Croke Park, or indeed Gaelic Football or Hurling. Take a tour of the Dublin skyline and learn the history of this famous Irish sport. Go into the museum and try out the interactive games zone.

Check your reactions, try out passing the ball and discover how to take the ball down from the sky in the high ball challenge. Croke Park is easily accessible through public transport, or you can walk there and explore the city as you get there.

Where to go for a pint on a stag do in dublin

There are lots of Pubs in Dublin, and it wouldn’t be possible to go to every one of them. However, we wouldn’t recommend them all. In Smithfield, you have a good selection of traditional bars like the Cobblestone to more nouvelle stylish Fidelity.

Temple bar

Couple at The Temple BarIf you’re coming to Dublin for a stag weekend, then there is a good chance you may not have visited the

Temple Bar before. The area itself has winding cobbled streets, performers, restaurants, musicians and of course, pubs.

The Temple Bar Pub is probably the most famous of the lot. It’s very busy, but it’s a brilliant place to start in the cultural quarter of the city centre. The lively atmosphere will have all the gang ready for a night on the err… cobbles.

Bad bobs

The start of one of those unforgettable nights is upon us. One of the popular activities for a stag do in Dublin is a bar crawl. However, quality over quantity is the mantra in Temple Bar, and there are some whopper places to grab a drink.

Bad Bobs is well known as venue for a stag party to stop into. Offering exclusive packages, food and a number of bars spread across three floors. The venue is in the heart of Temple Bar, so make sure you book in your Dublin stag party with the venue before arriving.


The last stop on the Temple Bar route is Buskers on Fleet Street. Known for its tasty traditional food, pitchers of beer and pool tables for all to enjoy. The Temple Bar Venue has a number of deals for groups visiting.

There is an exclusive reserved seating area available, when you book the “Hangover” package which includes platters, pitchers, and free pool & table tennis.

Wexford / harcourt / camden street area

Leaving Temple Bar, and up Grafton street, you soon arrive at the Harcourt street area. Between here, Wexford street & Camden street you will find a number of bars that double up as music venues.


In this quaint tavern, you will see an interior that hasn’t changed much since it was opened in 1872. Ryans of Camden street is a meeting place for all. It’s not the biggest of venues, so this won’t be on every Dublin stag do list of stops.

The Camden

Next to Ryans is a self proclaimed “Superbar” consisting of Europe’s largest 4k screen, and they can show up to 40 live matches at once. This really is what you call a sports bar.

The Camden is also home to the five lamps brewery, you can organise a tour for an adventurous stag activity. The tour includes a walk through, a short film, delicious drink samples and a Q&A with the brewers themselves.

You will also find Jimmy Rabbite’s side car bar, a speakeasy up above, a late night disco bar and a few more hidden treats within the Camden. It’s a brilliant spot, but arrive in small groups!

Copper face jacks

Home to the Police, Nurses and country folk of Ireland. Copper Face Jacks even has it’s own musical about the carry on that happens inside this Harcourt street venue. It’s iconic nightclub entry queue is a testament of patience but once inside, you sure of a good Dublin night out.

Usually the last stop in the pub crawl around Dublin city centre, this nightclub may be a little different to what you are used to. There are lots of rooms to try out, and bars too.

Dublin stag do accommodation

The Hendrick, Smithfield, is the idea location in Dublin City for your last night of freedom as a Stag, or Hen or anything in between. With tonnes of Dublin Stag Activities within a 15 minute walk, and just 2 minutes from public transport connections to Dublin Airport. You’re sure to find a great stay at the Hendrick.

  • A great bed (King Koil 6ft mattress beds available in double, twin, and bunk (double with overhead single)
  • A great shower – perfect temperature power shower with the best RITUALS products
  • A funky bar to start the party (and a happy team to give you the recommendations you need and Dublin’s best kept secrets
  • Easy to get to (cab, train – Heuston Station 10-minute walk, bus, Dublin airport transport)
  • Central location to the best bars and clubs in town (9-minute walk to Temple Bar, 4 minutes on the LUAS to O’Connell Street and the Luas stop is located 2 mins from the hotel)
  • A selection of quick and easy hangover food – We are surrounded by a range of amazing cafes and restaurants, most will offer a special discount for our guests

Book your stay now!

Hendrick Sign

The wrap up

Stay at the Hendrick for your Stag Party Weekend and discover the brilliant Dublin stag activities on offer in our neighbourhood. We offer excellent deals for groups and you can message our reservations desk directly.

We look forward to welcoming you and the stag party gang, whether it’s a Dublin bar crawl or just a stop by in one of Dublin’s beer gardens just know that our city is packed with disco music, great bars and late night clubs.

However, it isn’t just a drinking destination. We’ve also got a long history, just look at Dublin Castle or the GPO. You can read about things to do in Dublin on a long weekend instead of our stag recommendations.

Frequently asked questions about Stag Weekends

Here are some of the most frequently added questions by our guests for when they land in Dublin.

Q. Where to go for a stag Night in Dublin?

We recommend starting with a fun activity in the day time, then freshening up in your room at the Hendrick. At night, take a trip into the famous Temple Bar before heading up to Hardcourt st.

Q. The Best Time to Go for a Dublin Stag Do

Dublin never rests, the city always has something going on from Tradfest in January, St. Patrick’s Day in March, Forbidden Fruit in June, Culture Night, Christmas Craic and so so much more!

Q. How Many Pubs Does Dublin Have?

As of 2018, Dublin had 722 pubs. However after the previous few years, it’s expected this number may have lowered

Q. How Many Nights Should I Stay in Dublin for a stag Do?

We’ve never left Dublin and always find something new to do, be it sip on sweet nectar in the Cobblestone or have a delicious meal in Bonobo. You will certainly need three days in Dublin. We have found out favourite way to spend 48 hours in Dublin 7 too.