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10 Essentials to pack for a Stag Party Weekend

10 Essentials to pack for a Stag Party Weekend The lads involved in organising the stag do are usually preoccupied trying to plan the best pranks to pull on the groom and often forget the necessities that they need in order to survive a stag weekend. So we have come up with a little survival guide that includes some of the items that we believe will get you through the stag party weekend. 1. Clothes Always pack more than you need! Only bringing what is required is never a good option as things tend to get pretty messy on a stag party. Drinks will be spilled and clothes may be taken as an act of kindness from your friends who like to play stag party pranks. So pack up the suitcase with extra clothes so you are prepared for whatever the stag party throws at you! 2. Mobile  This is essential as you will need to contact the other members of the stag, especially if you get lost and need to regroup with the rest of the lads. Have a reliable person on call just in case someone has decided to stick you to a lampost and you need to be rescued. It's happened... be aware, be very aware! 3. Map This is a necessity for a stag trip if you decide to have it abroad or in a different county and you have no idea where you are going. Mobile coverage is not always guaranteed for internet access if you are thinking of relying on google maps. Nobody enjoys being made fun of for being the guy that carries around the map but trust me on this.. the lads will thank you for it when they're drunk and have no idea where they are going! It may also work in your favour because they will obviously owe you several drinks for being their personal tour guide for the day! Cha ching! 4. Fancy Dress  This is a must! Especially if the stag party are holding a themed night. However, if like me, you are really unorganised and find that you have no outfit ready by the time the day arrives then then just slap on some face paint like Heath here! Sorted! 5. Hangover Cure Ahh the age old question! Whatever works for you bring it! Bring lots of it! As of yet we still do not have a cure for this but Berocca will definitely ease the pain, so make sure to pack them with you. If you are travelling abroad you can pop them in your travel luggage as they are a convenient size. Hangover be gone! 6. Duct Tape For those of you that are mischievous and want to wreak havoc on the stag weekend (and rightly so!) you will probably want to bring some duct tape with you so you can pull it out and attack the unknown suspect when the time seems fitting. In the words of Mr.Burns... Excellent! 7. Money  Always a must! A credit card will not be sufficient as some places may not always accept this! Cash is always handy to have, especially small change for taxis. 8. Itinerary Okay! okay! nobody wants to be that guy but just as the map guy will reap the rewards through extra drinks, you too will be rewarded for having the itinerary and making sure the gang know what is happening at all times. It also saves time which is invaluable on a stag weekend! Less time spent wondering what's happening next = more time for drink and stag party shenanigans! 9. Extra Underwear This is always something for those 'just in case' moments, but it is particularly important on a stag do, especially if your mates decide to pull the mars bar trick on you. That will not be a pleasant sight for anyone to behold so do as your mam once said and pack a few spare ones! 10. A sense of humour! So there you have it! some of the essentials that you need to bring for a stag weekend away. Now that you're ready, all that's left to do is go out on your stag, have fun, bring a sense of humour and embrace the drunken antics and all that comes with it! For information about Stag Party Packages contact info@stagparty.ie

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10 Tips To Nail The Best Man Speech

10 Tips To Nail The Best Man Speech It can be hard enough to stand up in front of a large group and speak, let alone relying solely on the words you have written to describe the love we see before us, what the couple mean to you, how good a best friend he is etc etc...all the while making sure the families are entertained and that they want to buy you a drink after the speech than throw one in your face. It's tough work, so here's 10 tips to nail the best man speech to cover all bases, get some laughs and maybe a few tears. 1. Don't Get Stupid Drunk I know, I know, this seems pretty straight forward but let's think about it for a second. It's an Irish wedding so the chances are the best man might be having a few drinks before the actual wedding with the groom...to emm...help with the nerves. He'll probably have one at the reception to keep himself hydrated while he has to take the obligatory wedding photos. Then there's the mingling before the meal and having one with the lads before sitting down to dinner which will have a bottle of wine on the table. So try not to go mad on the beer as you may all of a sudden dispatch with your cue cards and speech and try and come up with it of your head. This will only be drunk rambling and won't sound as good in your head as it does out loud. 2. Start the Speech Off Right There will be plenty of time to roast the groom good and proper but get the formalities out of the way first. Thank everyone for coming, celebrating the day, and reading any messages from friends abroad. Diving head first into mocking and an embarrassing story may leave people thinking you have a vendetta against the groom and probably shouldn't have been the best man in the first place. 3. What Not To Say In The Speech Do not mention his ex's name...ever Do not mention anything from the stag weekend that could land him in the doghouse just hours into his marriage. Do not mention any story that you wouldn't want told about yourself Do not mock the bride...ever...you are playing with fire if you do and you will get burnt 4. Language of Choice I like most Irishmen cursing is a big part of my vocabulary and we have a fantastic ability to drop in a curse word into a sentence that gives it a certain grace. But this is a time to really stay as tight lipped as possible. Certain families and especially parents aren't to fond of certain words. I know it will be tough but it's something to keep in mind. 5. Choice of Jokes This is a tricky one as most people feel that when they tell a joke in a speech that they will come across as a stand up comedian. I'm here to say you don't! Your jokes might not be that funny, so choose wisely and be so careful not go ridiculously inappropriate. 6. Humour Throughout This is key to any good best man speech. Humour keeps any the speech rolling along smoothly with a nice gentle hum of laughter. An idea would be to poke fun at some of the groom’s traits or his poor golf game, inability to dance, bad sense of direction, bad taste in music and similar. Avoid calling him a dumbass as his parents will probably be in the room and paid for his education. Also if any of his work colleagues are the may need to rethink any negative things you might be planning on saying about his work. My tip, always keep them smiling. 7. Complimenting the Bride Do not just give a token compliment to the bride. That's almost worse than no compliments. Talk about the great attributes she has, that she's kind, witty, beautiful and that she's looking stunning on the day. Give this part of the speech some time and thought for your best friend if nothing else. You don't want the bride to be giving out to him about the speech you did on the honeymoon. 8. Talk About Your Friendship This is a major part of the best man speech. It really cements the reason for you being the best man in the first place. This is were you show your true bromance and just how much you cherish his friendship, how he's been there for you and vice versa. Make it short sharp and to the point, a few lines about his great qualities and you're done. You don't want to make it awkward. 9. The Couple's Relationship This is the point in the speech where you just unload every wedding and happy couple cliché you were trying not to use earlier in the speech. Time to go proper Hallmark here with things like 'there love is enduring', 'they're perfect for each other', 'it was love at first sight', 'they've found their soul mate in each other'. Good god that was a bit hard to even write. The reality is that they might have met while drunk one night in a club, got the score, texted each other the following day, cinema or a date a few days later and that's where it started. This is the sort of stuff you don't say of course. Also avoid saying that they found the only person to put up with each others annoying habits and bad jokes. 10. The Toast Alright just don't go straight with "raise your glasses..", get everyone to stand up, thank everyone for coming, congratulate the happy couple and wish the well into the future. Congrats you have just delivered a great speech. And don't worry, if you're still struggling for a best man speech, just take the one from Sherlock. Finally, contact us today for more information on booking a fantastic Stag Party weekend!

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11 Reasons To Pick StagParty.ie

11 Reasons To Pick StagParty.ie There are 100's of reasons to pick StagParty.ie to organise your stag party. Besides the fact we're a great bunch of lads, our experience in organising stag parties comes through personal experience. That means knowing where to go, what to do and where to party. It also comes from knowing where not to go too. So with that in mind here are 11 Reasons To Pick StagParty.ie 1. We'll Save You Money Booking your stag party through StagParty.ie will save you money, which instead can be used for the first round in the pub. How are we able to do this you ask? Well besides our suppliers taking pleasure in scaring the be-jaysus out of us on adrenaline pumping activities, we've negotiated fantastic discounts so that they can show their passion for their company. This is how we feel when we save you money! 2. Only The Best Will Do We know only the best will do for your stag party. That's why we only work with the best suppliers, activity centres and organise only the best accommodation for you to recover from a night on the sauce. Basically if we wouldn't do the activity or stay in the accommodation we don't expect you to. 3. We're Stag Party Planning Guru's When we say we got this! We mean it. We've organised loads of stag parties and have heard every special request under the sun. We've organised parties for all sizes of groups, that were into loads of different stuff and helped to ensure they had a truly great night or weekend away. 4. Destination Kings Wherever you want to have your stag party across Ireland we have you covered. Also if you feel like hoping across the pond or further a field and introduce people to the Irish culture and craic. We can sort that to! 5. Customer Service Like No Other We've filled our customer support agents full of coffee and now they're bursting full of energy. They'll be more than happy to guide you through the process and respond to any amount of emails you send. They want you to make sure you have a good time. 6. Our Parties Love Us Being typically Irish we do find it hard to take praise, but we believe our testimonials speak for themselves at how much the lads enjoyed themselves. We put the same effort into each and every stag party to make it a fantastic send off for the bachelor and hearing about their antics always brings a smile to our face. I promised myself I wouldn't get emotional. 7. If We Plan It, The Lads Will Come. We know that not all stag parties are the same. So if a package doesn't suit you or you want a custom one, just get onto us and we'll be like 'no bother' lads. Planning stag parties is what we do best. You'll be partying in no time. 8. Pranks, Games and Ideas Another great service we have is providing you with all the information you'll need to pull off a great stag party prank, pick the best stag party costume and also some of the best drinking games to play on your stag party weekend. All we ask if you do get the stag for a beauty you share it with us. 9. We've Tested All The Activities C'mon we're not going to lie here. It's a perk of the job and industry we are in and If your boss asks you to go paintballing, karting or even jump off a cliff while coasteering, you do what your told. In all seriousness we've tried all the activities and can answer any question you might have on any activity. This is also helps us build a package to suit your needs and that of the rest of the stag party group. 10. Easy Payment Options We know it can be difficult to organise everyone for the stag party, who's going and who's not going and there will always be a maybe. One thing that won't be difficult is the payment. We'll make sure it's as smooth as possible and that you'll be heading off on your stag party safe in the knowledge everything has been paid for. Don't worry we won't be like Jerry Maguire shouting down the phone. 11. We're A Great Bunch Of Lads We love Stag parties and if we could go on more we would. We care about your stag weekend being the best it can be regardless of the budget and we'll work with you right up to the weekend to make sure it's a success. Also we love a good Father Ted quote like anyone.

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12 Days Of A Stag Party Christmas

12 Days Of A Stag Party Christmas Tis the season to be jolly... Who am I kidding here lads. Tis the season for session after session with family, friends, randomers, New Years and if you can lob a stag party weekend into the mix, you're golden. This time of the year is about settling into a pub with good mates and pint on until you're dragged home. So, it got me thinking of what a stag party would be over Christmas. So, here's the 12 Days Of A Stag Party Christmas! Our true love here is clearly our best mate and the Best Man. On The First Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me...One hell of a Stag Party(eee)! On The Second Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me...2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party(eee)! On The Third Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me...3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Fourth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me...4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Fifth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me...5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Sixth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me...6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Seventh Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me... 7 Stag Party Pranks, 6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Eighth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me... 8 Bar Maids Pouring Pints, 7 Stag Party Pranks, 6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Ninth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me... 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Bar Maids Pouring Pints, 7 Stag Party Pranks, 6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Tenth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me... 10 Lads Trying To Dance, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Bar Maids Pouring Pints, 7 Stag Party Pranks, 6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Eleventh Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me... 11 DJ's Piping beats, 10 Lads Trying To Dance, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Bar Maids Pouring Pints, 7 Stag Party Pranks, 6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! On The Twelfth Day Of A Stag Party Christmas... My true love gave to me... 12 Snack Boxes After The Club, 11 DJ's Piping beats, 10 Lads Trying To Dance, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Bar Maids Pouring Pints, 7 Stag Party Pranks, 6 Lads A Laughing, 5 Onion Rings (for soakage like), 4 Lads Calling Rounds, 3 French Coffee's, 2 Tequila Shots and One hell of a stag party! Happy Christmas from us all here from StagParty.ie!

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12 Pubs of Christmas Rules

12 Pubs of Christmas Rules Ho, Ho, Ho and all that jazz! It's that time of the year again lads. That time when your drinking skills get truly tested along with your bank balance that has to last until pay day in January. The fear already. No doubt wherever you are in the country there is a 12 pubs of Christmas. And if you don't have 12 pubs in your town, (highly doubtful in Ireland), just have 12 drinks in one pub. For all those planning 12 pubs here are the 12 pubs of Christmas rules pub by pub: Nobody is allowed use their phone. Easier said then done. Swap shoes with someone in the group before ordering your next drink. Bad hand to drink. No speaking. So order your drink without words and no talking to friends either. Just neck the pint and move on. Can't touch your own food or drink. Someone has to feed you your pint. Be lucky this is not at pub 12. You must speak in a foreign accent. Shot (The moment the night takes a turn)! The short arse in the group has to stand up, on something high so we can see him, and do a roll call. If he forgets a name. He has to do a shot. This will also help to see if you've lost anyone. The barman's name is Guinness. ie Can I have a pint of Bud please Guinness? If the barman serves you a Guinness, you have to neck it. Not allowed rest your drink anywhere. No putting it on a table. Might not be that hard when the pubs are rammed anyway. Pretend you don't know each other as you drink pints Has to hug a stranger, do a shot with them and finish their pint before they can leave the pub. Should make for an interesting night lads. Like on any stag party don't leave any man behind. Finally, If someone gets a little worse for wear make sure they take a round out and drink plenty of water. Merry Christmas lads!

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12 things every Best Man Needs To Know

12 things every Best Man Needs To Know It's such an honour to be asked to be the best man so it's only natural that you want to do a really good job and with that comes great responsibilities! Don't freak out though because here at StagParty.ie we have you covered and we know all the tips and tricks to make sure that you fulfill your Best Man duties to a top notch standard. 1. The Stag Plan the stag do! Maybe get a few of the groomsmen in on this one as well to help out with the organising! Visit the StagParty.ie website or Facebook page for some ideas on what to do for a stag weekend from the locations to go to, the pranks to play and the best activities to do! 2. Organise! Organise! Organise! There is a lot that needs to be done so it is important that you are extremely organised for the months ahead. Pick up a diary so that you can make notes and keep track of important dates or telephone numbers such as the photographers and videographers that will be attending. 3. Inform Make sure that the groom and all the groomsmen know of any changes that you are making to the schedule, especially with regards to rehearsals or tux fittings. 4. Support Be a constant support for the groom as this is a nerve wracking time for him and he could do with moral support and advice to make him feel at ease. On the day of the wedding why not stand by the grooms side when he is waiting for the ceremony to commence and offer some words of encouragement before the bride walks down the aisle. As a nice gesture you can organise a gift for the groom and give it to him on the morning of the wedding which will make him feel more relaxed and calm about the day ahead. 5. Rehearsal It's important that all members attend rehearsals so that they know what the plan is for the day of the wedding. This can include the church rehearsals but also speech rehearsals. This will eliminate any confusion. 6. Tux Help the groom choose the tux. It's always nice to get a second opinion on what it looks like and what suits him best. Organise the tux fittings and double check that everyone can attend them as this is a very important part of the whole process. If everyone attends the tux fitting at the same time it will alleviate any issues with different tux's being bought or any issues with incorrect sizes. It also means that you can tick another item off the to-do list! On the day of the wedding you should help the groom get ready. This includes fixing the tie and making any last minute adjustments to the tux. You can also help him put the cufflinks on his suit. 7.  The Ring If you only do one thing right on the day at least make sure that you remember the ring! Also, if there is a ring bearer, the child should know what they are doing. It may be wise to attach the rings to the pillow. Of course if there is no ring bearer then you can hand the rings to the groom himself. 8. The Car Organise the departure from the home the morning of the wedding. Help decorate the car with banners but make sure to keep it classy. 9. Head Count When you arrive at the church do a quick headcount before going in just to make sure that all the groomsmen are there. 10. Mingle When you get to the hotel reception be friendly with the guests. Don't be shy! Offer food and drinks and mingle with the guests and make everyone feel welcome on the day. It might also help settle some of the pre speech jitters! 11. Round Up the Troops Once everyone has arrived at the hotel from the church, gather the groomsmen together and get prepared for professional photographs. 12. The Speech Make sure to organise who will be giving speeches at the wedding and know what order each person is speaking. And that's it! These are just the most popular things that we think you should know about. I'm sure there are a few more that you can also add to the list. You will have worked so hard in the lead up to the big day so make sure that you relax too and have a great day!

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15 Drunk Stag Personalities – Which one are you?

15 Drunk Stag Personalities - Which one are you? We obviously do not condone excessive drinking at a stag but most stag parties will always involve drinking games of some sort which more often than not results in a few different personalities emerging. Here's some that we have come across at stag parties! 1. Happy  This lad is having the best night of his life. He is unstoppable and nothing or nobody will get in the way of his good mood! He is always active in every conversation, laughing and telling jokes all night! I'm pretty sure the hangover the following day will wipe the smile off his face pretty soon! 2. Sloppy  This guy can never handle his drink. His sentences are never fully formed and are more of a slur followed by a face plant to the floor. You'll have to carry this dude around for the night, almost as if he has been wounded in some sort of battlefield mayhem. 3. Sentimental The reminiscing chap! He loves to take the opportunity to tell you that he loves you every second he gets. It gets a bit much after the first 10 times... Half the stuff he talks about never even happened! 4. The Banter Panther  This is the guy that takes any opportunity to wreak havoc on the night. He's usually quite disheveled looking and often the one that you will hear shouting ''down it! down it! down it!''. He also takes random items from places for 'the lols'. He always looks for any excuse to stay out a little longer! 5. The One In Denial Constantly maintaining that 'I'm not drunk I swear'. They always want another drink because they are 'sober', even though they cannot walk in a straight line for 2 consecutive seconds. 6. Sad The one who spends the night talking about how much he is missing his ex girlfriend. Okay dude we get it but that was 3 years ago, you need to leave it in the past! Did we mention it's the stag night? No women talk, we're here to have fun with the lads! 7. The Wanderer There's always one! He manages to stray from every conversation, every bit of craic and every pub without fail. Never intentionally mind you, it just sort of happens! 8. Angry This is the one that just gets on everyone's nerves at the end of the night. He is  aggressive and always looking for any excuse to start a fight with someone to show how incredibly macho he is. 9. The Professional It must be a hobby.. surely? how does one consume that much alcohol and still manage to be perfectly stable.. he must be some sort of superhero! 10. The New Bestie He's the one that the stag organiser invited mistakenly - the fiances brother in law. Tries so hard to fit in. Very clingy. Needy. Has a habit of making plans that will never actually happen. 11. The Stripper This is the guy that will use any excuse to get his kit off. It starts off with getting rid of his shirt 30 minutes into drinking but by the end of the night he will be running around like a loose canon waving his pants in his hands like a mad man! 12. The Infantile This is the guy that gets more childlike as the night progresses. His words never makes sense, he has trouble standing and may vomit at any given moment. Warning: Needs to be accompanied by an adult at all times. 13. Reckless He's only in the club and before we know it he's swinging from the lights and sliding down the banisters! Chaos ensued! 14. Sleazy The one that never misses out on a chance to chat up every girl in the place, yet always manages to leave alone. Surprise surprise! 15. The Foodie And last but not least is of course the food lover! Nothing else comes into this guys mind except for the food that will be consumed at the end of the night. He spends most of the night making comments such as 'when are we going for food' or 'all this drink would make you hungry'. Dropping subtle hints never seems to work so he usually decides to head for a few sly slices of pizza half way through the night to keep him going until round 2 at the end of the night. And that's it! A round up of some of the personalities that you will more than likely come across on your stag night out! Study this list, know it inside out and and be prepared for the signs to watch out for on the stag so you know which lads to avoid like the plague!

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4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 1

4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 1 It had been on my bucket list of places to visit for a long time. So when I was asked would I like to spend 4 days in Edinburgh for research purposes I responded with 'Eh...Does a bear shit in the woods? Of Course!'. Finally I was going to Scotland a country that I've always wanted to visit, had gotten brilliant reviews from my friends and of course our stag parties. I booked myself on a stupid o'clock flight from Dublin. This was to enjoy as much time in the city as possible. The Late Late Toy Show was on the night before. I enjoyed it thoroughly with a few drinks before making my way to Dublin airport. A nice beer induced nap and before I knew it we had touched down. I arrived in Edinburgh city centre just after 9 in the morning. Already the city was in the full hustle and bustle which was to be expected with Christmas only around the corner. I made my way to my accommodation which was a hostel centrally located in the Old Town area of the city. It was just off the Royal Mile. Few things you should know firstly if you're thinking of having an Edinburgh stag party. The city is split into the Old Town and New Town. Old Town is where the majority of the sights are, hideaway bars and cheaper drink deals as the University is situated on that side of town. Also the Royal Mile tends to be the go to place for any excursions, tours, meeting points or landmark to find pubs and clubs. The New Town is exactly what you'd think it to be. It has all the high street shops, brands, etc located here. Another thing you should know is that everything is in walking distance in Edinburgh. No need really for a taxi unless a few to many beers have left you paralysed from the waist down. So if you fancy going from a cocktail bar in New Town to an underground pub in Old Town it shouldn't take you more then 10 mins. That's a fact to keep in mind on a pub crawl in Edinburgh. After munching into a huge highland breakfast complete with haggis, when in Scotland, I went exploring the city. Sure what else could I do until the pubs opened up and I could test out the bars for potential stag parties. I started by taking a short walk up Carlton Hill to take in the stunning views of Edinburgh city. It takes no more than 5 mins to walk up lads. The views are brilliant and it's definitely somewhere I'd suggest having a sneaky toast with the lads on the stag party! It was back down the hill past some pretty impressive hotels and into the main shopping area of Edinburgh. This is where the famous Edinburgh Christmas markets had set up. I won't lie lads, I'm not the most Christmassy person but this market was pretty impressive. Maybe it had something to do with the Rekordilig and Baileys tents beside a BBQ. The Christmas market even had it's own pub should you fancy having a pint inside. But I braved the elements to enjoy a few warm Plum ciders while listening to some bag pipes. I felt very Scottish...well except for the plum cider which was savage lads. After rehydrating, I strolled back up into Old Town to take a glimpse of Edinburgh Castle, taking in some history of the city and the obligatory selfie. Ireland isn't short on castles to be fair lads. So it takes something pretty spectacular to impress and this does so. Amongst the hive of activity and tourists stands this magnificent castle perched on top of an extinct volcano called Castle Rock. So take a stroll up to the castle and tick 'Standing on a Volcano' off your bucket list too. It was back then to the hostel where I bumped into a few others visiting the city. Guys and girls from all corners off the world enjoying this great city. I enjoyed a few cans of beer with them before strolling into the New Town area to see what Saturday Night in Edinburgh is all about. Firstly, it is winter after all, it was bloody cold. My level of admiration reached a new level for the women who were wearing short skirts that night. Every bar I seemed to go into was rocking. At the same time the pubs weren't crazy busy. So you won't be waiting ages for a drink. Happy days! The locals are great craic in all honesty and I'm not just saying that. You'll be chatting with them at the bar, at your table or wherever and they'll be up for a mad night as much as you are. The ideal situation should you be arriving on for a weekend of stag party shenanigans. Beer wise there is some much on offer in Edinburgh. A lot of bars will do drink deals which is always a good thing on a stag party weekend. Another thing to know lads is that there is a host of local beers in different pubs that are a little cheaper. Handy for an all day session. After drinking long into the night it was time to head to the leaba. Sunday would consist of another day of exploring, sightseeing, activities and drinking my body weight in beer and scotch. Finally, make sure you join me for 4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 2!

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4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 2

4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 2 A late night on Saturday was followed by a proper lie in on Sunday. Luckily for me there was no one planning a stag party prank to wake me up. A warm shower was my idea of a wake up call. That was followed by another fry up. Because I needed something to soak up the drink from last night and add a bit of soakage for what I had planned. Whiskey Tasting As I was in Edinburgh I was always going to experience a stag party activity that is always a hit with our stags. That stag party activity was a Whiskey Tasting. Because the Scot's know how to make a damn good Scotch! I made my way swiftly towards the Scotch Whisky Experience which is just off the Royal Mile. There are a variety of different whiskey tasting options in Edinburgh and even day excursions to the distilleries if you fancied it. The beginning of the Scotch whisky experience runs through the process in how Whisky is made. Oh just in case you think I can't spell. In Scotland it's spelled Whisky. After a brief explanation on the history and process of making whisky it's off to the Blender's Room. In the Blender's Room you will learn how to differentiate the whisky's. There are four main areas that produce Scotch whisky. The Highlands, the Lowlands, Speyside and Islay. Each whisky area has a distinctive aroma and bouquet. It won't take you long to pick out which whisky's come from where in the tasting. After the Blender's Room it's onto the largest collection of Scotch Whisky's. It's simply staggering how many there are and all from Scotland. Some of these whisky's cost thousands of pounds and even a measure from one bottle would probably set you back a couple of hundred euro. They even have 2 bottles of Scotch Whiskey that date back to 1897 and 1904! Take a quick look at them below and the little video tour I did. To complete the Scotch Whiskey experience is a selection of 4 different types of Whisky's. There is also a guide of what notes and flavours to look out for. They also number them 1 to 4 so that you don't over power any of the other whisky's with a stronger flavour. The Islay whisky is the main culprit as it has a heavily smoked taste. After the Whisky tasting it was off to you guessed it a pub. I was told about a great little pub in Old Town that I had to visit. It was a short walk from the Royal Mile and I found it. The Brass Monkey. When you walk in it looks like any other local bar. However, just off the bar was one of the coolest lounge areas I've ever had the pleasure of having a pint. The room was all beds! Big massive beds with plenty of areas to rest your pints. This lounge also had a big screen and when I arrived they were showing the Big Lebowski one of my all time favourite movies. This would be the perfect pub for those cure pints after a big night out. Because, let's be honest lads you'll need them. It was then off to grab a bit of food. I'll need the energy for what I had planned for later that night. So on route for food a lovely little pub caught my eye. So I had to pop in for one of their own brews because it would be rude not to. The World's End pub served up a delicious pint and it had been a while since I've seen beer served in a glass like this. Pub Crawl After a quick bite to eat, a shower and a splash of aftershave it was back to the royal mile to begin the pub crawl. Because a stag isn't really a stag party without a pub crawl. And there are plenty of organised pub crawls in Edinburgh lads. You'll see the signs dotted along the Royal Mile and across the city. The prices vary from about £7-£12. They include shots in every bar, drink deals and entry into a club. You'll meet loads of people from different countries that are all up for a mad night out. Definitely worth doing one of the nights that you're in Edinburgh lads. So, we finished up in a club that loved their smoke machine. We probably left the place around 3am. All the pints and whisky's from earlier in the day were catching up on me. Now it was time to find some munch. There is not shortage of food after the club lads. So whatever your post club munch is, you can rest easy knowing Edinburgh has it and it will fuel your short walk back to the accommodation. Finally, join me on my 3rd Day in Edinburgh where I find one of the cities best pubs, explore graveyards, museums, dungeons, vaults and find out a wagon load about Harry Potter. Because no doubt there is a few secret Potter fans reading.

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4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 3

4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 3 So after a late night I woke to the sight of a half eaten kebab. I dragged myself into the shower in the hope of finding my 3rd or even 4th wind at this stage. The Pub Crawl the previous night was brilliant but my liver didn't quiet appreciate my commitment to the cause when I went for the Scotch behind the bar! I do love history. Mind you I was crap at it in school. But I do love taking in the history of cities and finding out some interesting facts you might not get in books or on the History channel. So with that I strolled up to the Royal Mile to join a free walking tour. They leave at 10am, 11am and 2pm daily if my memory is correct. The idea is that at the end of the tour you tip the guide what you think the tour was worth. Lads if you have about 2 and half hours to spare before lashing back into the pints I'd suggest doing it. Our tour guide was a small little man by the name of Wray from Middlesborough. He visited Edinburgh and never left. After the previous 2 days I can see why. He brought us along the Royal Mile and explained all the history of the city, monuments, statues, government buildings, the castle and even a place where Hearts and Hibs Fans spit on before derby games. Honestly this is an actual place and do not walk over it. You could slip into a pile of phlegm. Wray took us down the side streets, closes and regaled us of how the buildings became to be. He also told a story how the term 'Shit-Faced' came about. The people of Edinburgh late at night would empty there chamber pots from their windows. They'd let out a call for passers by. Gardyloo! Which meant mind the water. However, the Scots love to drink and a few guys would be walking home from the pub, not hear the call and end up with, well shit on their face. Not sure if this is true but I thought it was a great story either way. As we meandered through the closes and side streets Wray showed us a great little pub called the Jolly Judge. It's a basement bar not far from the castle and it's a brilliant place for pints and hot ports. Definitely worth checking out on your Edinburgh stag party lads. The guys working there are bang on too. We then made are way past the castle, taking in views of Castle Rock and the history about who lived in there. We then made are way gingerly down some steps to Grassmarket. The drink from last night was still not out of my system, so I took the steps slowly. Grassmarket is a street lined with pubs. An ideal location for a pub crawl or a round of pub golf even. Grassmarket is also the area where the gallows used to reside. The pub called the Last Drop was where the criminals of the time would have their last dinner and drink. To be fair it was a tasty pint in there. At night time this street is hopping lads. The sheer amount of pubs makes it so and if you're looking for somewhere to watch the sport this is your go to area. Only around the corner is a place called Greyfriars cemetary. It has close to 50,000 buried in it's grounds. The Scots however treat it like a public park, have picnics there and even a kick around. Now I'm not a Harry Potter fan at all, but if you so happen to be you'll love this area of the city. This graveyard is located next to the school that inspired JK Rowling to create Hogwarts. The place looks exactly like  the school in the movies, has 4 houses and all the school children wear the scarfs of their houses. The tombstones in this graveyard is also where JK Rowling got the inspiration for characters such as Prof MacGonagall, Sirius Black and Tom Riddle aka Voldemort. Thousands come to view that tombstone, take pictures and even some people right stuff on it telling Voldemort to not come back. After the graveyard with heard the story of Grayfriars Bobby. A dog that guarded his owners grave for years after he passed away. They loved this dog so much he has his own shrine in the graveyard. He also got awarded a title in the city which actually allowed him to vote. This was years before women were allowed to vote. Crazy stuff. The tour ended by the National Museum of Scotland. We tipped Wray accordingly as I thought it was one of the best tours I had been on in years. Seeing as we were at the Museum I decided to pop inside for a look. It's free entry lads and if you have a free hour or so it's well worth it. The museum is packed full of pictures & art both new and old. Inventions from down through the years as well as an impressive dinosaur and animal display. It also has a modern area which is interactive and brilliant craic. You'll feel like a big kid trust me. They even have Dolly the sheep, the first cloned sheep, in the museum. I really can't do the place justice so here's a sneak peak of what you're in store for once you walk through the door. I had certainly worked up a thirst so I popped back into the Jolly Judge to rest my legs, lash back more pints and hot ports. After a quick change back in the hostel I made my to Broughton Street down by the playhouse to enjoy some of the finer things in life. I enjoyed a bottle of red and a meat and cheese platter. I don't care what ye think lads, it was savage. After my fancy pitstop it was off for a late night walk around the dungeons and vaults that Edinburgh is famous for. Just make you aware lads that there are tours you can go on with actors. These actors will be hiding along the route and in the vaults waiting to scare the be-jesus out of you. So if that's not your thing double check before going. That or bring a spare pair of trousers. These vaults are creepy and it's a strange feeling when you're down there. You can hear the footsteps above but I won't lie a part of you will be tense down there. Not one for those who suffer from claustrophobia. After the vaults it was back up onto the streets to settle in for another night of some great pints and live music. This city seems to have something happening every night. No chance of you getting bored lads! Join me on my final day in Edinburgh where I visited the Queens residence and set about spending every last bit of sterling I had to knock me out for the flight home.

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4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 4

4 Days In Edinburgh: Day 4 As the sun began to heat up the streets of Edinburgh on my final day I set about planning what I'll do with my final few hours in this great city. As I'm not much of a shopper I couldn't be bothered trying to do some Christmas shopping or anything like that. Plus that money could be used for more important things like pints and scotch. My flight was a late night flight home to maximize my time in Scotland's capital. After checking out of my accommodation I set my sights on a proper feed for breakfast. Lads you'll be spoiled for choice and you'll be able to load up on food to last well into the afternoon for less than £10. I decided to take a quick stroll town the other end of the Royal Mile. At other end is the Queen's residence when she stays in Scotland. Very modest I must say. After I had pleased the inner tourist in me I made my way back up the Royal Mile stopping off in one of the most unique pubs you'll come across. A swift pint in this great pub was followed by indulging my inner fat kid with buying some fudge. I honestly felt like Uter from the Simpsons. After briefly satisfying my hunger and thirst I made my way back up Royal Mile and over into New Town to experience the Christmas markets one last time. As every man always has room for dessert I lashed into a few waffles covered in Nutella. For soakage purposes of course because I planned on planting myself firmly in the pub shortly until it was time to get the plane home. Not before I decided to enjoy Edinburgh by one of the most unique ways possible. By being spun 360 degrees high above the city. Not for everyone but sure it was my last day. Plus it made the hot toddys afterwards even better as I was frozen. Off with me then to chill out and enjoy a few beers that are hard to come by back in Ireland. Especially on tap. As the Jolly judge was on route I popped in for one, as it would be rude not too. Then onwards to the Brass Monkey to chill out by the fire and take in all I had experience in the wonderful Edinburgh. I can't but recommend this city to anyone looking at having a stag party abroad. I barely scratched the surface of activities that are on offer in this city. There's history around every corner which is swiftly followed by a brilliant little pub or tavern. Perfect for a stag party pub crawl. The accommodation is in walking distance of everything and it's only a 20-30 min bus trip from the airport. The Edinburgh locals are brilliant fun. They know how to drink. And with all the people visiting you're bound to meet some characters along the way. So, all in all I came back a broken man from the sheer amount of drink I had. But I wanted to experience the city as a stag would of course. Lads you're in for a brilliant stag party weekend should you decide on an Edinburgh stag. I'm already planning my next visit back! Finally, if you're interested in a Edinburgh stag party. Email us on info@stagparty.ie or call us on 051390383 for more details and to book now!

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5 New Events added to the Olympics

5 New Events added to the Olympics The Olympics are just around the corner and we can't wait to see what Rio has in store for us, especially now that there are 5 new events added to the Olympics. See if you can incorporate any of the new Olympic events into your stag party with the lads! Drinking without pulling a face This is an Olympic event that we are very eager to get on board with! Every lad going to a stag must attempt this. Once you have finished downing a drink it's important to hold all your emotions back, even though you might want to squint your eyes or cough! Any facial movements as a result of the drink are deemed unacceptable and are against the rules, you will be disqualified! So keep your game face on and down your drink like a man. A gold medal will only be awarded to the guy who doesn't flinch! Beard Challenge Only the toughest men compete in the beard game. This Olympic game brings with it a test of character and a surprising journey of self discovery so you need to be 100% sure that you and the lads at the stag have what it takes to be a part of it. As with any Olympic event, preparation is key and it is an essential part to winning gold at Rio. Just keep picturing yourself in first place on top of the podium at Rio. The gold medal goes to the lad whose beard is superior to his competitors in terms of its condition, length, texture and thickness. Making Pizza like a Pro Making pizza like a pro is not a surprising addition to the Olympics considering every man loves pizza! What could be better than eating a pizza that you have made with your own hands! This will go down especially well after drinking copious amounts of alcohol during the stag party. A gold medal will be awarded to the guy who has a pizza that is like no other. You need to delight the judges taste buds and gives them a pizza that they won't forget. Extra points go to the guy who can toss the dough like a pro! Bag Lifting This is one of the more challenging Olympic events in Rio this year. Athletes must race against the clock to see how many bags of groceries they can lift for the longest time using both hands. Competitors are prohibited from using any additional objects of their choice to aid in the bag carrying process. Any lads who use help from another guy at the stag will be penalised. The winner is the guy who can hold the bags for the longest time. The Art of Avoidance  To become the avoidance champion, athletes need to use a variety of different techniques like speed, precision and agility in order to remain hidden and out of sight. This is when your inner ninja comes in to play and you can dodge people to an expert level (like the time at your friends stag party when the grooms ex girlfriend showed up and he avoided her like the plague)! The gold medal is awarded to the lad who goes undetected in a variety of different situations given to him by the judges. For more information on any of the new events added to this years Olympics email its_all_lies@gmail.com

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