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Where to get a Proper Pint on a Stag Weekend in Nottingham

So you and the lads are all excited about Dave’s stag weekend, it’s in Nottingham so we all know it’s going to be legendary. But one thing that can make or break a stag do is knowing where to go. We don’t mean what castles and museums to visit, we mean where to get yourself a decent pint. It’s not going to go down well if you strut into some sticky floored, stale smelling chain of ‘public house’. (Unless that’s what you are into of course!) So we want to recommend some the top 5 places that are sure to pull you a pint of the finest as well as being rather awesome places to hang out in too! 

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 

An obvious choice, but no lad’s weekend in Nottingham is complete without a ‘trip to the trip!’  You can’t be accused of not taking in some history and culture if you give this boozer a visit. Said to be England’s oldest inn, it certainly has some character being built into the castle rock itself. Because of this, it houses some quirky nooks, cosy crannies and windy staircases. The resident ghost ‘Yorky’ might even pay the lucky stag a visit!  

The Junk Yard 

Hidden down one of many of Nottingham’s city alleyways, The Junk Yard is a self-certified ‘hidden back yard oasis’. This intimate venue channels the Californian laid back attitude in both its décor and atmosphere. Hundreds of beers are available by bottle or cans as well as their 15 bar taps dispensing specialist brews from Britain, America and Europe. You could easily ‘waste’ your afternoon here sampling their extensive menu. 


OK, so BrewDog isn’t specific to Nottingham alone. But we assure you each BrewDog venue is worth a visit for its individual characteristics. This one, whose home is an abandoned 100 year old factory, see’s exposed brick work and metal piping which encompass Nottingham’s industrial heritage. 14 draught beers and hundreds of bottles available. You’ll find their classics alongside wacky limited editions – perfect for a stag do! 

The Hand and Heart 

When we first stepped foot in this Victorian Brewhouse…. we thought we had literally gone back in time. Not in a working men’s club, woodchip walls and toilet smell sort of way – a rather traditional, charming preservation sort of way. In other words, we very much enjoyed it. The cellar seating areas towards the back feel like they are straight out of Game of Thrones (we could just imagine Tyrion strutting through the doorway and demanding a flagon of wine!) Offering local real ales, cider and importantly good pub grub!

The Crafty Crow 

Neighbouring Nottingham castle, The Crafty Crow is right on up there with the best craft beer establishments in the city. Their aim is to bring the very best independent food and drink to the people of Nottingham – and its visitors of course. Home to the Magpie Brewery but championing its own and other local breweries alike. Hundreds of bottles and 10 taps – with very knowledgeable staff in order to help you choose the perfect pint. 

The Malt Cross

As you have probably gathered from the others on this list, Nottingham is not short of pubs soaked in character and quirk. The Malt Cross is no exception. Tucked away off Market Square, this grade ii listed building was originally a music hall (hence the awesome balconies and architecture) and also been a warehouse, live music venue and even a Christian café. Now the Malt Cross is drenched in a traditional pub feel but with a bright atmosphere. Their bottled beer menu is extensive, as well as offering numerous craft brews on tap. Failing all this impressing you, you can also buy massive salted pretzels to go with your pint! 

So don’t hesitate, do take a look at our Nottingham stag weekend pages to see what activities are available to accompany your pints at the best pubs in the city! 

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