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Shindig on the Solent: A stag do in Southampton

Red7 , June 26, 2013

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Southampton might not have the biggest reputation for partying but you better believe there is fun to be had in this lovely coastal town.

Situated on the southern banks of the Solent, the channel of water between the Isle of Wight and mainland Britain, Southampton is an ancient naval town and spa, and it welcomes many of visitors per year to its boat shows and SeaCity heritage centre.

There are many reasons why Southampton is good for stag parties and yet it has been somewhat overlooked by most as an ‘old’ town. Hopefully, this short guide will persuade you otherwise!

Firstly, Southampton is a port town and everyone knows what that means – sailors. Who better than a sailor to promote a stag do? The typical night of a sailor so much resembles a stag do that they could be twins, or at least first cousins, spending the night together in a shambolic state, partying and drinking into the small hours.

Secondly, there are plenty of activities inside and outside of the centre. When inside the city’s venerable walls, there are some great bars and restaurants, casinos, theatres and nightclubs, including the obligatory gentleman’s clubs. Outside of the city there is paintball, clay pigeon shooting, and of course, racing round a go-kart track at breakneck speeds. Also, because the city is situated so close to the water there are loads of opportunities to sail and windsurf, or if you prefer something less taxing, why not take a pleasure cruise along the river solent?

Southampton’s evening entertainment is varied and split into several different areas. One main area being the Ocean Village Marina where you’ll find great bars and restaurants buzzing from early afternoon into the night. In the summer months, don’t miss out on the fantastic restaurants dotted along Oxford street for that Mediterranean ‘al fresco’ dining experience, where you can eat, and sup a few beers with the lads. Also not to be missed is The Grapes public house, famous as one of the backdrops to the iconic film Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, where you will be pleasantly surprised by the range of ales, food and welcoming atmosphere.

After the pubs, it is time to hit the town, check out Bedford Square and the Old Town for the more lively clubs, especially the trendsetting Junk, who host big name artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Zane Lowe. For the more old school raver, why not try the aptly named Bliss which has a great dance floor and is sure to get very busy at the weekend. What more could you you want? There are plenty of clubs throughout Southampton, and because it is a university town, you will see loads of young clubbers raring to go, be it dancing to house, hip hop, reggae or pop.

In all Southampton’s reputation as a quiet place is off the mark and it is up to you stags find out yourselves. Go and sink some battleships!

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