Vilnius. The perfect option for stag groups looking to get a little bit off the beaten track; groups looking to experience real, authentic local culture, sample some exquisite traditional delicacies, enjoy a surprisingly eclectic and vibrant emerging nightlife scene and make friends with some seriously lovely locals. And all this at an extremely affordable price range, in a destination which still hasn’t been overrun by tourists and lad’s night stag groups! Sounds perfect? Welcome to Vilnius.
- Currency: Lithuanian Litas
- Official Language: Lithuanian
- Dialling Code: +370
- Emergency Number: 112
Top Things to Do
- Vilnius Cathedral: Iconic symbols of the city of Vilnius, the cathedral and the adjascent Bell Tower and Square are not to be missed during a stag weekend away in the Lithuanian capital. The architecture is stunning and the cathedrals interiors are beautiful, plus the square is a perfect spot for people watching on a sunny afternoon!
- Pay a visit to the Museum of Genocide Victims: A museum dedicated to the thousands of Lithuanians murdered, inprisoned or deported by the Soviet Union might not sound like the most fun day out, but the Museum of Genocide Victims is an incredibly interesting and poignant look into Vilnius’ deep dark history and sad past – plus its house in a former KGB headquarters
- Take a stroll around the Republic of Uzupis: Formerly one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in town, Uzupis is now a self-proclaimed republic and this funky little boho quarter is now the local hang-out of artists and free-thinkers, with cool cafes, bars, shops and restaurants lining the streets
- Go for a tour on a Beer Bike: What better way to tour around the city in the warm sunshine, than on the back of a beer bike. This iconic new way to travel is the stuff that stag dreams were made of, with 30lts fresh, cold beer on tap on board and your own personal waitress to serve it to you as you ride!
Top Stag Activities in Vilnius
- Tank Driving: When travelling abroad for your stag do, its always good to partake in activities that cannot be done or experienced elsewhere, which is why we recommend Tank Driving in Vilnius for an authentic stag experience like no other. You and the boys will get the unique opportunity to try your hands at driving a fully-fledged military tank; which not only means you’ll be living a piece of Lithuania’s fascinating history, you’ll also get to tick off one of those once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list experiences. Two birds, one stone!
- Mad Motors: What’s every boy’s childhood dream job? Driving giant excavators, tractors, bulldozers or cranes of course! And your stag do in Vilnius is the perfect opportunity to live out that boyhood fantasy, getting behind the wheel of one of these monster machines and seeing how you’d fare on a construction site. The activity includes a monster machine race, a complicated obstacle course to navigate, crushing other vehicles and professional photos to remember your day forever
- Ice Curling: Its not every day that you get to try out one of the world’s weirdest and most unique Winter Olympic sports, so seize the opportunity during your epic stag do weekend in Vilnius, with a game of Ice Curling! It may not look like it needs that much strength, speed, skill or endurance, but just wait until you are sliding around on the ice, attempting to get a heavy granite stone into the centre of the circle as possible using a broom, all the while trying not to fall over
What to Eat
Cepelinai, fried bread, beetroot soup, Grybukai mushroom cookies, fried curd cakes, potato pancakes
What to Drink
Local Beers: Švyturus, Utenos and Kalnapilis
Local Spirits: Lithuanian Mead, Krupnik, Stumbras AB
Although most of the Old Town of Vilnius is closed to traffic and is therefore not served by public transport, the rest of the city has a convenient and efficient trolley bus and bus service which start running at 5am and finish at midnight. Bus timetables can be found at www.stops.lt. Tickets for a single-trip on these buses cost €1 if you buy them on the bus from the driver, or €0.64 if you have a Vilniečio Kortelė ticket which can be bought at the designated kiosks around the city. The Old Town of the city is small and easy to navigate on foot and for any longer distances outside the Old Town centre, there are also plenty of affordable taxis and minibuses available.
Vilnius is a northern Baltic country and the climate is strongly influenced by the Baltic Sea. This means that the summers are cool, and the winters are relatively mild. Summer in Vilnius lasts from mid-May until the end of August and stag groups can expect good weather with pleasant average temperatures. The warmest month is usually July, when the temperatures can reach around 18°C. July is also the wettest month, so if you are planning a summer stag do in the Lithuanian capital, then make sure you bring some waterproofs! Spring can also be rainy and is also relatively unpredictable rain and weather wise. Luckily this season doesn’t last very long. Winter starts in December and lasts until February, with the driest month being February and the coldest month being January. Winter stag groups should be warned that the average temperature in January is -5°C. Autumn is mild, relatively dry and runs from September until November.
Cost of a meal in an inexpensive restaurant: 7.70 Euro pp
Cost of a 3-course meal in a mid-range restaurant: 15 Euro pp
Cost of a Domestic Beer: 3 Euro
Cost of a cocktail in a club: 7 Euro
Cost of a bottle of water: 0.90 Euro
Cost of a spirit mixer in a club: 5-10 lv (€2.50- €5)
Cost of a bottle of water: 0.6 lv (€0.30)
Cost of a one-way ticket on the bus: 1 Euro
Starting cost of Taxi: 1 Euro
Did You Know?
- Vilnius is the only capital city in the whole world that you can fly a hot air balloon over. Sounds like a stag dream made in heaven
- The self-proclaimed “Republic of Užupis” is Vilnius’ bohemian, artistic quarter and has its own flag, currency, president, cabinet of ministers, anthem, constitution and 12-man army
- While in Vilnius on your stag do, keep an eye out for pop-up swings installed in random locations. This is the work of the Anonymous Swing Foundation – a group of swing fanatics who go around the city building swinging seats in various – and often changing – locations
- Vilnius is still a relatively young capital city, having only declared itself the capital of a sovereign Lithuania in March 1990
- Today, the population of the Lithuanian capital is made up of approximately 60% local Lithuanians, 19% Poles and 14% Russians