You might have to explain to the bride-to-be that Sofia's not another woman when all the guys come back from your stag weekend talking about how much they love her. If not for the amazing array of stag do activities, Sofia is becoming ever popular amongst those looking for a good time. The beer is awesome, the local spirit (Rakia) is cheap as dirt and tastes oh-so-much better, and the red wines are delicious - and so eye-poppingly inexpensive that even if you're not a wine-drinker, you will be by the end of your trip/ Drinking is totally de rigueur here: there's no reason to ever stop, and the friendly locals wouldn't want it any other way! Keep in mind- Bulgaria's kind of a crazy place, so shaking your head means "yes" and nodding means "no"!
So..wait...where is this? Sofia! You know, Sofia? The capital city of Bulgaria - and Europe's most affordable capital city for tourists - is often overlooked by all but those in the know. It sits at the base of a huge mountain that's perfect for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, and the city itself is a fascinating mix of clashing histories - Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, and Soviets have all left criss-crossing marks across the architecture, art, and culture of Sofia. It's a burgeoning city just coming into its own, so get there for your Sofia stag do before everyone else figures out how low the prices are - and before licenses to sell alcohol become a thing!
Flying is easiest from London or Manchester, and comes in at under £40 with EasyJet and Wizz Air. Flight time is just about 3 hours, so you can relax a bit before the crazy gets going. Once in, the city centre is compact enough that you'll be able to get wherever you're going on foot. Taxis are incredibly cheap, even for daytrips out of the city, but there are some scammers around, so your best bet is to call taxis from a hotel or restaurant. Don't rent a car unless you're crazy, because otherwise you won't fit in with the other drivers in Sofia.
There are some great sights to see when you celebrate your stag weekend in Sofia, from the ruins of the Roman baths to the Turkish mineral baths (they have a thing about baths here) to the gorgeous Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky. And in between every stop, thanks to the absence of liquor licences, you can grab a drink to keep the stag weekend going.
If wandering the town and lounging with bottles and bottles of wine aren't your style, then opt for the action-packed avenue and go up the stunning Mount Vitosha for hiking in the winter or skiing in the summer. You can go white-water rafting, quad biking,paintballing, shooting, or go-karting with your mates to get amped up for the evening, because night-time is when Sofia really wakes up. It's not uncommon for people to take their sunglasses out with them so that the sun doesn't get in their eyes come the morning. It's not uncommon for people to take their sunglasses out with them so that the sun doesn't get in their eyes come the morning when they emerge from the basement venues. Head out on an epic bar crawl, guided by a hot local lass on your Sofia stag weekend, until midnight when the bars shut their doors (don't worry, they open again at 6am) and the clubs burst open. Yalta Club and Escape host internationally renowned DJs and are the places to see and be seen (did we mention how spectacular Bulgarian women are?). There's no better way to end the stag do night than with guest-list entry to one of Sofia's prime lap dancing clubs. Sexuality is pretty relaxed in Bulgaria, so drink it all in on the Sofia stag night you'll be dreaming about for years to come.