Stag parties for every budget, style and personality
Getting married, or have a best mate who’s tying the knot, and struggling to pinpoint the perfect bachelor party? Have no fear, Cape Town Magazine is here with all you need to know to throw yourself or even the pickiest of men an unrivalled bash on the proverbial last night of freedom (or weekend even, if you can bribe the fiancée). From your quintessential strippers-and-sports evening to your laidback braai day, this overview of stag party ideas will suit any personality type, any budget and any time frame out there.
And while we’ve designed a loose plan of action for each theme, the possibilities are endless when you pick and choose from any of the rip-roaring, adrenaline-filled or swanky options below. And if you and the gang are in desperate need of a quick (non-alcoholic, high-caffeine) pick-me-up that won’t land on your face faster than you can say ‘marriage’, be sure to make your first stag-stop at one of the many trendy Mother City coffee shops that house ‘the strongest coffee in the world’, Black Insomnia Coffee Company for the ideal caffeine-infused party-starter coffee, cocktail or energy drink to-go.
So dress up, grab all the guys and let us help you say hello to your last single hurrah!
CAPE TOWN BACHELOR PARTY IDEAS
Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag
Crank up the testosterone levels to 11 prior to a sentimental wedding ceremony with an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled laser tag game. Battlefield Live SA is a military simulation skirmish that gives you and the boys a chance to enact all your Call of Duty fantasies thanks to state-of-the-art infrared weaponry, war paint for camouflage and daring martial missions. Though strikingly similar to real military exercises, the games are a less painful alternative to paintballing (so no unsightly welts for the groom before the big day) and they offer the same blood-pumping good time; so, everyone from the tough guy to the nerdiest member of the group is bound to have an absolute jol. Typical missions include ‘capture the flag’, ‘VIP escort’ and ‘sniper’, and the bachelor parties can be hosted at Wynberg Park in the Southern Suburbs or at outdoor sites in Paarl or Stellenbosch. Alternatively, if you have a venue that’s just right for a bit of battling, Battlefield Live will bring the fun to you. No matter where the gaming takes place, the guys will dig it because, honestly, how many men haven’t dreamt about being Rambo?
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HintHunt Escape Gam
What better way to celebrate your last few days of liberty than with an escape game that challenges you to secure your freedom? HintHunt, located at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, is an exhilarating test of mental strength that serves as an exciting male-bonding exercise. During the hour-long game, groups of three to five or six people (depending on the room you opt for) are locked up in a tiny and unfamiliar room where they must decode riddles, unravel puzzles, search for mystery clues and solve various conundrums in order to break out of the space before 60 minutes is up. If the party is quite large, it’s also possible to book out more than one room at a time (there are six rooms in total, two John Monroe’s Offices, two Zen rooms and HintHunt latest additions – two Submarine rooms – which comprises two different missions) and compete to see which team manages to escape first. What’s more, after a recent expansion HintHunt now too houses a well-stocked bar as well as a comfortable seating area, so make sure to stay for a couple drinks after the game to chat about the exhilarating activity. Either way, it’s pulse-raising, it’s unique, it appeals to men’s inner boys and it’s good, clean fun, so the future missus won’t have any complaints.
Third Floor | Main Courtyard | The Old Biscuit Mill | 373 – 375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 448 9864
The Loose Goose
No bachelor party would be complete without some illicit fun, and luckily, The Loose Goose has a few tricks up its sleeve. This esteemed gentleman’s club goes out if its way to help grooms mourn the death of their single life good and proper. Bachelor party organisers can book one of our 4 bachelor packages, depending on the size of the group. “The Punishment Package” sees our bachelor stripped by one of our ladies, he then gets whipped 6 of the best and then has to down a drink in under 10 seconds… but, if he takes longer than 10 seconds, he has to jump into to our shower and has to show-off the damage to his friends. He then gets a free T-shirt to remember this evening by
Our Goose Juice is there to cater for everyone’s taste and our menu offers a variety of platters to choose from.
Pub dinner and pool
For those getting married for the second time or who just can’t be bothered with all the fuss of a planned bachelor party, the pub dinner and pool option may be the ideal laidback, no-fuss alternative to a raucous night on the town. In this light, Cape Town’s long-standing traditional British pubs become the perfect setting for a casual supper and a few pints of frothy beer. There are countless drinking holes to choose from, but our recommendations are the Southern Suburb’s Forries, Table View’s The Royal Oak or the city centre’s The Fireman’s Arms. Afterwards, treat yourself to another male-bonding staple: the pool bar. There are more than enough dingy halls and swanky tables to suit any group, including The Shack or one of the many Stones. Queue up that shiny eight ball and enjoy your night.
Foresters Arms: 52 Newlands Avenue | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 5949
The Royal Oak: Marine Circle | Tableview | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 557 0354
The Fireman’s Arms: Cnr Buitengracht & Mechau streets | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 1513
Camping is always a classic, and somewhere deep in the woods or out in the mountains you are sure to find the ultimate location for an outdoorsy guy’s bachelor bash. The Western Cape’s many natural wonders afford any lover of the great outdoors a variety of camping options, but if you really want to leave the hustle and bustle of town behind we recommend you make a beeline for the dramatic scenery of Tankwa Karoo National Park. Grab the tent and sleeping bags, pack the cooler full of ice-cold beer and braai-ready meals and head out onto the open road; the park is at it’s most vibrant during spring. Sitting around an open fire, your best mates all around and the stars glittering above, you’ll realize that the craziness of a bachelor’s party is insane. Hearty food, old friends and lively conversation are all that’s necessary for a great time away from the city.
Tankwa Karoo National Park: Tankwa Karoo National Park | Calvinia and Sutherland | Western Cape | +27 (0)27 341 1927
Beer tasting and the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship
For all the silly boys out there (we know there’s a man-child in every group), why spend your last days of singledom trying to act like adults? You’ll have to shape up for marriage soon enough, so let that last evening be the most foolhardy of all. Start the afternoon sipping and swirling at the famous Newlands Brewery; let your guide walk you through the hint of ‘delicate banana’ flavours in Black Label or the ‘dark, sweet caramel undertones’ in Castle Milk Stout. It’s alright if you happen to snicker; we know you’ve drank your fair share and never tasted the banana and caramel! Afterwards, pick up a few six-packs and hop on the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat at the Waterfront for a night on the high seas (it’s free to bring your own alcohol onboard during winter, but during the high season, a corkage fee may apply). The minimum charter time is two hours, but if your budget allows, sail until the early hours of the morning. If you are still up for a party after, head to the infamous Long Street for an end-of-the-night round. Tours of the Newlands Brewery cost R80pp and run from Tuesdays to Fridays at 10am, 12pm and 2pm and on Saturdays at 10am and 12pm. The price includes beer tastings and two free drinks. Prices to charter the pirate boat on a night cruise begin at R4000. Bring your own DJ or other entertainment, and book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Newlands Brewery: 3 Main Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 658 7511
Pirate Boat: Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront Harbour | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 0909
Wine tasting and golf weekend
For all those sophisticated men out there, why not treat yourself to a weekend in the Winelands, designated driver at your service? Give François and the guys at Wine Flies Tours a call, and they’ll pick you up anywhere in Cape Town and deliver you to five different estates. Thanks to their knowledgeable guidance, you’ll sip, savour and chew (cheese and chocolate tastings are included!) your way through three Cape vineyard regions before being dropped off at one of our top hotel picks, Kleine Zalze Lodge, at the end of the afternoon. After that jam-packed Saturday, why not spend Sunday dusting off the old nine-irons on the championship De Zalze golf course next door? Compete to see who has the best swing and grab a fancy bite to eat at the famed wine estate’s on-site Terroir restaurant. We’d say that’s a hole-in-one. Wine Flies’s wine tour is priced at R595pp, which includes all transport, all tastings and lunch.
Wine Flies: Call ahead to book and organise pick-ups/drop-offs: +27 (0)21 423 2444
Kleine Zalze: Strand (R44) | Stellenbosch| +27(0) 21 880 0740
If the thrill of silver adrenaline pumping through the veins rivals any subsequent notion of a good time, an adventure-filled bachelor party may be just the thing for you or your soon-to-be-married mate. Consider heading down to Imhoff Farm for a fast-paced game of paintball. The spirit of competition that comes with ducking and dodging colourful faux-bullets makes for perfect bonding with pals. Alternatively, if your group size is at least 15 people, give ATV rentals a shot. If of this activitiy does not quite provide the thrill you crave, take a leap—literally—with skydiving. Racing towards the ground at a breakneck speed is one easy way to guarantee that every second of waning singledom will be savoured. Skydiving in tandem with Skydive Cape Town costs R2300pp, but groups of 10 or more may request a discount.
Skydive Cape Town: Delta 200 Airfield | Off R27 | Melkbosstrand | Western Cape | +27 (0)82 800 6290
Whiskey, steak and cigars
For those who may not be inclined to golf and wine estates, yet another classy option comes in the form of fine whiskey, five-star food and smoky Cuban cigars. If this sounds like something you or your mate would enjoy, then start the night off at whiskey-wonderland Bascule Bar. The Cape Grace hotel’s ritzy drinking hole boasts the largest selection of top-shelf whiskeys in the Southern Hemisphere, making it the must-visit location for any appreciative fan hoping to do a tutored tasting of rare and mature malts. Afterwards, head into the city centre to grab a juicy steak at the Mother City’s most famous single-concept brasserie, HQ. This favourite dining spot minces neither words nor meat and offers only one meal option: sirloin, chips and salad (mushroom alternative available). Booking is essential, as this popular venue often fills up.
Bascule Bar: West Quay Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | + 27 (021) 410 7082
HQ: Heritage Square | 100 Shortmarket Street | +27 (0) 21 424 6373
Getaway on a houseboat
Hint hint: we think this stag party idea may become one of the most exciting options out there! If you’ve got a little extra money and a weekend to spend, consider renting a houseboat atop the azure waters in the SANParks West Coast National Park. While there are cheaper chalet rentals on offer in the reserve, a bachelor weekend mandates a bit of a splurge. Accordingly, take your pick of the Larus houseboat (accommodates up to six people) or the Nirvana houseboat (up to 24 people) for a truly wow-weekend. With on-board braai facilities, an open dining area and stunning views aplenty, the stage is set for the ultimate getaway vacation right in the Mother City’s own backyard. There is also plenty of water activities available in the area like kayaking, swimming and kitesurfing. Fore more information on rates, call the West Coast National Park.
West Coast National Park: West Coast National Park | Off R27 | Just past Yzerfontein | Western Cape | +27 (0)22 772 2144
Pub golf nostalgia
Remember those varsity years of drinking—ok, and studying, maybe? Along with all of those raucous nights out came drinking games to get the debauchery rolling. To this day, a wildly popular challenge remains: pub golf. While there are several variations of this infinitely taxing competition, the simplest is as follows: Each bar is a hole, and each hole has a designated par based on a designated drink and the number of gulps it takes to finish the drink. Just like the real game, each player’s score is the number of strokes (think gulps) it takes to down the drink. Therefore, if you play a 9-hole game (go to nine bars), you may put a shot on the first hole with a par of one and a glass of red wine on the second hole with a par of two. You might put a pint of beer at hole four with a par of four and a Jäger bomb at hole five with a par of five. The drinks you choose and the par you set will determine how brutal the drinking becomes, so the challenge is whatever you make of it! Although not a rule of the game, dressing up the groom-to-be in anything pink, fluffy or lacy is sure to make this night even more spectacular. The guidelines are simple to remember; though, your night won’t be.
Indoor rock climbing
Nothing gets a bachelor party going like a healthy dose of adrenaline. Round up the boys and head straight to HangTime Gym, Cape Town’s latest addition to the indoor rock climbing scene. Challenge each other to climbing routes of varying difficulty and see who comes out on top. Then, if you’re feeling a bit brave you can try the 13m monster wall, the highest of its kind in Cape Town. This epic climbing experience will only set you back R175pp for parties and this includes entry, all the gear and dedicated instructers. Or, you can go on a Tuesday (Two’s Day special) and every second person pays half price. Every 21st of the month you can also capitalise on the 2 for 1 special. So get to HangTime Gym and start separating the men from the mice.
Sunrise Park (Entrance next to Tops) | Pinelands | Cape Town | +27 (0)84 444 5466
Last but not least (although, this option is obviously weather permitting), a budget-friendly braai may be the perfect outing for the no-frills-attached almost-married man. Invite a few friends, buy a few kilograms of meat and simply choose the braai spot of your dreams; even if neither you nor your mates have a sizeable outdoor area, the Mother City can step in and provide countless options with unbeatable views. As you reminisce about the single life, flip steaks over the open fire, slurp down ice-cold beers and watch the sun set over the ocean, you’ll think those other bachelors partying at strip clubs and pounding down shots at pub golf seem crazy. With all the beautiful views of Cape Town, who needs wild nights or any additional eye candy? And if you’re not the most seasoned braai master in town, check out some tips from Jan Braai.
CAPE TOWN BACHELOR TRANSPORT IDEAS
MLT Shuttle and Chauffer Services
Everyone knows ‘Designated Dave’ is a buzz-kill. And thanks to MLT Car Hire and Tours’ professional and tailor-made shuttle and chauffer services, Dave never has to be invited to your stag party! Providing clients with reliable and convenient bespoke shuttle and chauffer services – the boys (minus Dave) will be safely transported wherever they want to go all night long. With a wide range of modern vehicles to choose from – from economy two-doors to luxury sedans and large people carriers – whatever you needs, MLT will strive to provide it (and more!)
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