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Las Vegas Stag Do and Bachelor Party Guide…

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Stag or bachelor parties used to be held the night before the wedding at the local pub. The groom ran the risk of being left abandoned, possibly naked, and certainly humiliated by his friends the night before the biggest day of his life. Generally, things have moved on over the years.

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A quiet pre-wedding meal has become the new norm. The actual stag party, however, has moved to a major event several weeks, or even months, before the big day. Las Vegas has become a major destination for bachelor parties. 

So, how exactly do you “do” a Las Vegas stag do?  Our guide will take you through what you need to know. But, remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Well, at least until you plaster the photos all over your social media, and brag about it as soon as you get home.  

How to get to Las Vegas

From the UK British Airways and Virgin fly several times a day, as well as FinnAir, Iberia and American Airlines.  We flew with BA from Heathrow. If you fly direct, it’s a 10 hour 45-minute flight from the UK, but only 9 hours 50mins on the return. Whilst we are sure you’ll be itching to get checked into your hotel and out on the town, US immigration can take up to 2 hours at busy times, so factor that into your timings.  Fortunately, McCarran airport is only a short cab/Uber from the Vegas strip, so you’ll be in the bar in no time.

Where to Stay in Vegas

Las Vegas is famed for its choice of hotels. Expedia will give you the full range and best price. We stayed at Park MGM, the newly renovated Monte Carlo.  In 2016 MGM announced that the property was receiving a complete rebrand, aimed at the younger, millennial visitor to Las Vegas and therefore a great choice for a hen or stag do. A major part of this rebrand was the Park MGM ball room, which books some of the biggest acts around, with residencies including Lady Gaga and Cher.  Park MGM is relatively small by Vegas standards, with less than 3,000 rooms, with room options including some suites. Our King Room was nicely furnished, with a great view of the T-Mobile Arena.  

Park_MGM_LobbyParkMGM has a variety of eating options, including Primrose which serves French-style food, where we ate the first morning. Also worth investigating is Best Friend a Korean BBQ restaurant from chef Roy Choi. One of the resorts stand out features is Eataly, an Italian marketplace that was very busy whenever we passed by.

For an even more upscale Las Vegas stag do, NoMad is a different hotel on the top 4 floors of Park MGM with a separate entrance.  Priced accordingly, NoMad has some fine dining options that are sure to make a good impression.

What To Do in the Evening

ParkMGM is positioned centre strip, next door to the T-Mobile Arena, so we were ideally placed to watch the Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL team play ice hockey.

Las Vegas Stag Do Ice Hockey.

The atmosphere of an ice hockey game makes it a great marquee event for your stag or bachelor party. There’s a lively pre-game tailgate party outside the T-Mobile Arena, and inside the stadium as face-off approached, the atmosphere rivalled a Premier League football match.  

Las Vegas has an incredible array of nightlife. Clubbers should head to Tao at the Venetian which hosts a huge line up of world famous DJs. You’ll need to dress to impress to get into any club in Las Vegas, but particularly if your stag party group is large. Expect a mix of celebs and party people, amazing sound and light shows, and the opportunity to max out your credit cards with champagne parades.  

Group Activities

The Linq Las Vegas targets a younger crowd so is a great choice for any stag do, and is definitely a good option for groups of all sizes. Located centre strip on the site of the old Imperial Palace hotel, it’s always buzzing and has some great food and drink options. For the adventurous, the Fly Linq zip line got our adrenaline pumping. We followed this up with the High Roller, Las Vegas’s version of the London Eye, with incredible views of the strip. For groups, the open bar version is a great upgrade for the 30-minute ride. 

Maverick Helicopters - StripEarlier in the day, we had booked Maverick helicopters for a night time flight down the strip.  To help make sure the helicopter is loaded correctly you’ll need to give Maverick your weight. In hindsight, we should have added an extra stone on due to all the Vegas-style eating and drinking we’d done. The incredible views of the strip and downtown on this 45-minute excursion was one of the highlights of our trip. Maverick will also take you to the Grand Canyon – it’s certainly the quickest way to get there. 

A Change of Pace in Vegas

A great way to start a day is with a long brunch washed down with great drinks and cocktails. The boozy brunch at the Aria covered three superb restaurants at Aria (Bardot , Herringbone and Lemongrass) and to say we were full afterwards is an understatement. Donald was a great host, providing not only information on the food, but also a wealth of Las Vegas news and history. The Lip Smacking Foodie Tours company also do evening and lunch tours, perfect for all kinds of groups. See more here 

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