We caught up with a young man who’d just been to Prague for a stag weekend. We spoke to him the morning he’d returned and he was quite hungover. We were impressed that he could string enough words together to answer. Fair play…
You've just got back from a stag do, where did you go?
We went to Prague in the Czech Republic.
What activity did the group enjoy most?
I don't know if it counts as a proper activity, but we did a pub crawl which was great, as we got to get to know the area a bit and didn't really have to worry about where we were going, so we could just concentrate on having a good time.
Did you eat anywhere that'd you'd recommend to other stag groups?
I can't remember the name of it, but opposite St. Clement's Cathedral there's a really prominent pub that does proper Czech food and beer for next to nothing.
Did you drink anywhere you'd recommend to other stag groups?
In terms of pubs, there's a tiny bar called the 'Zombie Bar' which is just off Wenceslas Square. It has karaoke and a decent drinks selection, which was enough to keep us happy. In terms of clubs, there's a place called Nebe that had cheap drinks and a great atmosphere.
What was the funniest moment?
On our first night we managed to get lost despite only living five minutes away from town, and someone had the bright idea of letting the stag, who was easily the most drunk of all of us, and who was still working his way through a bottle of spirits, lead us home. It took us about an hour before we even noticed we were lost, and by then we were too drunk to be that bothered.
What was the worst moment?
Waiting around at the airport with a hangover is never fun.
Did anyone do anything really embarrassing?
On one of the nights when we went clubbing, one of us got separated from the group, and when we eventually found him he had been cornered by two women who were aggressively dancing at him while he looked absolutely terrified, bless him.
Did you prank the stag?
We didn't prank him, but we made sure he was way more drunk than the rest of us… at all times. I think he may still be drunk now.
You did an underground shooting range experience? Tell us about it.
We weren't sure what to make of it going in, but it ended up being a right laugh. We were basically ushered into this underground bunker by an eccentric Russian guy, and got to take turns in his target range, after (and only after) which we were rewarded with beers. We then all took pictures of ourselves with the guns, like a bunch of hard men.
What guns did you fire?
We fired an AK 47 and a Shotgun of some description.
How did it make you feel?
It was crazy. I assumed it would be like an air rifle, but heavier, but its way more powerful than that. You become pretty safety conscious early on, as you realise how much damage you could do with something like that. I can definitely see why people go to shooting ranges as a hobby, though, you feel like a boss for the rest of the day.
What's the best thing about Prague?
Probably just the fact that there's always something to do, day or night. Whether you feel like going out to eat in the day, seeing some touristy stuff or pulling an all-nighter, the city's pretty accommodating and everything is so cheap.
What's the worst thing about Prague?
I think part of this comes with being a stag party heavy city, but at night you can't walk down the street without guys trying to persuade you to visit their strip club. It’s alright but it’s a little jarring having people trying to get you to spend your money all the time, you have to ignore them because if you say ‘maybe later, mate’ they don’t give up!
How much money did you take and was it enough?
I took £200 in CZK, and ended up bringing back nearly half of that after being there for four nights, despite eating out every day and going out every night
How much is beer?
Beer tends to be just over a pound, however they also sell beer by the litre in many pubs at similarly cheap prices so it's often better to buy in bulk. Beer is actually cheaper than water in Prague, so fill your boots.
If you could do anything differently what would it be?
I didn't need to bring as much money as I thought, we all definitely underestimated how cheap everything is in Prague.
Would you have packed differently in retrospect?
I forgot to bring a plug adapter. If you're travelling from the UK, you need one which converts to a two pronged plug, like you get in most European countries.
How was your stag party received?
Prague is very welcoming to stag parties and tourists in general. English is widely spoken, and people seem happy to help you with anything you're unsure about.
If you could only do one thing that you did what would it be?
We had a couple of days where we would have a pub crawl throughout the day, and that was really good but the guns in the bunker were just amazing. Either one of those I can’t really choose!
Give us 3 tips for traveling in Prague?
1- You will never eat or drink this cheaply ever again, make the most of it.
2- The rules around tipping after a meal are more or less the same as in the UK, so don't panic.
3- See if there's anything going on in any of the parks when you're there. A lot of them will have huge beer gardens which show sport or live music, and they have an awesome atmosphere.
What will you take from Prague?
Not all of the group knew one another, so I've definitely made some friends that I didn't have before.
What will you leave in Prague?
I think we left a sizeable contribution to the Czech beer industry.