Whether you’re throwing a no-holds-barred night out, going for a boozy weekend abroad, or planning a stag do that's a little more civilised, stag do games have to play a part in the agenda.
No matter what kind of night out or weekend you're planning, we'd always recommend playing some stag games - not only are they fun and entertaining, but they're a great way to bridge the gap between daytime activities and big night plans.
Planning an alcohol-free stag do? Hosting a week-long party in Ibiza? Heading to Brighton for a few nights on the town? Whether it's booze-free games for a stag do you're after, or fun stag do drinking games, you're guaranteed to find something fitting in this edit.
30 Stag Do Games & How to Play Them
As well as giving you dozens of stag party games and ideas, this guide will also provide you with tips on how to make the most of your stag do games, some dos and don'ts for playing them and a handful of spicy stag do challenges for more daring groups.
And if you're not much of a planner or organiser, fear not, as many of these stag night games require little-to-no props and equipment. You're welcome!
In a hurry? Skip to the section you need below and be on your way with games for a stag do that'll get the whole group involved.
- Fun Stag Do Games & Ideas
- Stag Games You Can Buy Online
- Stag Do Dares & Challenges
- Dos & Don'ts for Playing Stag Do Games
Fun Stag Do Games & Ideas
These stag do games provide you with a great mix of classic and unusual, giving you ideas for games for a stag do no matter the theme or type of group. What's more, most of them are totally budget friendly, too, with many of these ideas giving you hours of cheap, or even free fun.
1. The Couples Quiz
There's a reason why the couples quiz is one of the most popular stag games - it's a classic!
It’s a fan-favourite for a reason and definitely not just one for hen dos.
You will need: A list of Mr and Mrs questions (or Mr and Mr) and a willing spouse-to-be.
How to play: Ask the groom’s partner to answer a series of questions about them in advance of the stag party, and keep their answers safe (bonus points if you get them to record their responses on video as this usually makes for an even funnier second half).
On the stag do, it’s time to put the groom to the test with the same questions, and a penalty for each one he gets wrong. A shot is usually the order of the day, with the rest of the party having to take a shot for every answer he gets right.
If you're having an alcohol free or light stag do, you could always have an alternative penalty like a chilli or spicy chicken wing roulette, or bushtucker trial style drink to down. Maggots anyone?
2. Beer Pong
Much like many of the stag do games in this edit, beer pong can be tweaked to become Prosecco pong, if the stag prefers fizz, or something non-alcoholic if they're not a big drinker. We love the idea of milkshake pong - yum!
You will need: 20 cups, a long table, at least two ping pong balls, and drinks of your choice.
How to play: The group splits into two teams. The cups should be arranged in a pyramid shape at either end of the table, and then filled about halfway up with drink (keep a couple of cans on hand to top up, as spillages are fairly likely).
Each team then takes it in turns to throw a ping pong ball into the cups at the opposite end of the table – every time they get one in, the other team must remove the cup and drink the beer in it (an honour which will usually be bestowed upon the groom). The winners are the team that still has cups left at the end of the game.
3. Wizard’s Staff
Stag night games like this are perfect if the stag is a fan of Harry Potter or wizardly fiction.
You will need: Tape and access to cans of beer or a drink of your choice.
How to play: A wizard’s wisdom comes from - you guessed it - beer! So you need to get drinking. Every time a member of the party finishes their drink, they keep the can and use it to build their staff – with every can you drink, you can add a level to your status, so four cans means you can refer to yourself as a ‘level four wizard’.
The aim of the game is to get the biggest staff, but there are lots of hilarious variations you can add to make it more exciting, such as rules like not being allowed to put the staff down, or having to face a ‘boss’ (think Jack Daniels, or Johnnie Walker) at certain intervals.
You could even have wizard names and different levels to work towards.
Oh, and obviously you can’t discard your finished staff without having a duel.
4. Toy Soldiers
Another of our stag games and challenges which can be linked to films - take Toy Story as the inspiration for this one.
You will need: Toy soldiers (the clue is in the name) and green army outfits which are optional.
How to play: At the beginning of the party, every stag is given a toy soldier. Then the best man is in charge: any time he shouts ‘assume the position!’, everyone must snap into action and freeze in the same shape as their given soldier.
The slowest member of the group is given a forfeit – you can make it as gentle or as brutal as you wish, but remember, it might end up happening to you...
Take it to the next level with army outfits and green face paint. Going the whole hog with this one can make for a seriously funny night out.
This is one of those stag games which requires a lot of attention from the others. It's the kind of game which everyone will be great at at the start, and as the drinks flow, gets harder and harder to nail.
You will need: Enough space, but no equipment.
How to play: A similar concept to toy soldiers, but slightly more subtle: as the stag ensues, the best man randomly stops and holds his position, then waits for the rest of the group to notice what he’s done.
Everyone else must then freeze frame in the same way, with the last person to notice and join in deemed the loser.
Make them by the next round, or get them to complete a dare of your choice.
6. Send to All
Ever watched Michael McIntyre's Big Show where he takes a celebrity's phone and plays send to all and thought about how fun it'd be to do this on one of your friends? Well, here's a stag night game which will turn your dreams into reality.
You will need: The stag's phone and a lot of nerve.
How to play: Another simple yet effective game, the rule for this one is that the stag can't use their phone on the stag do when the whole group is together, and if they do, there’s a pretty steep price to pay.
If the stag is caught on their phone, the best man and ushers get to take the phone and do a send-to-all text message to their contacts, or better yet, tailor one specifically for their parents or partner.
If you want to take this game to the next level, open it up to the entire group and make the rules so that if anyone is seen on their phone when the group is together, they get a carnage send-to-all message sent from their phone.
7. Heavyweight Champion of the World
If you're got a bunch of competitive lads on the stag do, it's stag games like this that'll really get their adrenaline pumping.
You will need: A wrestling championship belt - it doesn't have to be real, of course.
How to play: The stag is the person of the hour, so it’s only fair that they start with the belt in their possession. However, a champion is only ever as good as their last win, so throughout the stag do, any member of the party can throw their hat in the ring and try to earn it for themselves.
It could be anything from drinking a few shots in a row to running down the street the fastest – to be honest, the more ridiculous the challenge, the better. The person left with the belt at the end of the night or stag is the ultimate champ.
8. Team Sipping
For groups who are really into their stag do drinking games, this is one of the best.
You will need: A drink of your choice, but the game works best when everyone has the same drink and drink size.
How to play: Split the group into two teams and give everyone their drink; this is essentially a relay race with alcohol, so stand in a line in the order you plan to drink.
Once the race begins, the first person starts drinking, and the next isn’t allowed to begin until their glass is empty - you can go for turning glasses upside down on heads as proof, if you like, and have each person run to the back of the line when they're finished.
This carries on until every member of the team has downed their drink – the boat race victory goes to the group who got through theirs the quickest. If you’re a slow sipper, we do not recommend that you go last, unless you perform well under absolutely red-hot pressure.
9. Flip Cup
If you want stag party games which take you back to being at school and mucking around in the dinner hall, this one is just the ticket.
You will need: Plastic cups and a long table .
How to play: Divide the group into two teams and lay out cups along each side of the table, half filled with a drink of your choice. This is another relay approach, with two opponents facing off at any one time.
The first player drinks the beer and then sets about flipping the empty plastic cup over from the edge of the table, upside-down to standing.
We know what you’re thinking – flipping a cup can’t be that hard, surely? Come back to us when you’ve actually played it, and we’ll talk.
10. Drunk Jenga
Another of the stag do games that have you feeling like a child again (aside from the alcohol!), who doesn't love a bit of Jenga?!
You will need: A game of Jenga and a marker pen.
How to play: It’s the iconic game of childhood, but not as you know it. Before the night begins, write a series of stag do dares on the bricks that make up the Jenga tower (get the others to pitch in if you need inspiration, but don’t tell the VIP what’s in store).
When you play, every time someone pulls a block, they have to complete the task that’s written on it, no matter where you are or how difficult it might be. If you knock over the tower, you have to down your drink, which could actually be a blessing in disguise, depending on how savage you’ve gone with the forfeits on the bricks.
11. Scavenger Hunt
Would it even be a guide to stag do games without a scavenger hunt? We think not!
You will need: A list of desired items - as nice or naughty as you like.
How to play: Come up with a list of things that must be collected throughout the stag: it might be physical items, like someone else’s underwear, or it could be more experience led, like a selfie with someone with the same name as the stag or their partner.
It’s up to you whether you give the job solely to the VIP, or work in two teams to complete the hunt the fastest.
If the stag's done all the hard work on their own, source a prize for them, or if it’s one group against another, come up with a good consequence for the losers.
12. Ring of Fire
Quite possibly the stag do drinking game to end all stag do drinking games, it's the Ring of Fire. We all remember this from university, right?
You will need: A deck of cards, a glass and a strong stomach.
How to play: You probably have hazy memories of this from your teenage days and a stag is the perfect time to revive them.
Lay out the cards in a circle around an empty glass (your ‘king cup’), then take it in turns to draw. Each card has a meaning attached to it – for instance, if it’s a two, you pick someone else to take a sip of their drink, or if it’s an eight, you get to choose a drinking mate (there’s a comprehensive breakdown of the laws of the ring here).
Every group of friends plays slightly different variations, so pick one authority and stick to it to avoid arguments (you could even print it out as a master list). Keep playing and drinking until there are no more cards left. If you can still stand at this point, we salute you.
13. The Human Doodle
Creative groups (or ones who just love stitching each other up) will love this stag do game.
You will need: An all-white outfit and marker pens.
How to play: Get the stag to ditch the outfit they had planned and replace it with a white one – anything from a reasonably stylish tee and trousers combo to a second-hand white suit or even a onesie, depending on how humiliating you’d like the whole exercise to be.
This outfit then becomes the equivalent of your last day of school polo shirt, with the goal to cover it completely in messages and drawings (the lewder, the better) from the other stags and random passers-by. Whether they keep it as a souvenir or toss it at the end of the night, you’ll always have the pictures.
14. Who Are Ya?
The ultimate guess who stag do game, this is fun and can be as innocent or as crazy as you like.
You will need: A pen, paper and an empty glass.
How to play: Rip the paper into strips and on each one write the name of an object, animal or famous person, then add them to the glass and mix them up.
At random, have each stag member draw a slip and keep it for the rest of the stag. From then onwards, anytime the best man shouts ‘Who are ya?!’, they must instantly snap into formation and adopt the pose of their assigned being. For the best results, go as obscure as or cringe-worthy as you can.
15. God Save the King
We love stag do drinking games that have very few rules and cost pennies, and this one fits both of those down to a tee.
You will need: A penny.
How to play: Drop a penny (which naturally features either the late Queen or the current King's face on it) into the nearest available glass. The unsuspecting owner of this drink then has to down it as fast as possible – i.e. saving the King or Queen.
Once they hit the bottom and retrieve the penny, this person gets to keep the coin, and it’s their job to drop it into someone else’s drink, and so on and so forth. There are no real winners, but you’ll all get a good buzz in double quick time.
16. Shot Roulette
Another game for the big drinkers, this drinking game isn't for the faint-hearted.
You will need: Shot glasses, water and vodka.
How to play: Shot roulette is simple yet effective: you line up as many shots as you like per person, but fill half with water and half with vodka (or other clear spirit of your choice).
Aside from potentially having to down a number of shots of alcohol, the real challenge lies in maintaining your best poker face: as you each drink your row of shots, the other members of the group have to try and tell what you just swallowed. If it’s alcohol and they get it right, then sorry, but that's another shot for you.
17. Mr Prime Minister
Does the stag fancy himself a bit of a political VIP? If so, no stag do games will suit more than this one.
You will need: A fake ear piece, if you really want to commit.
How to play: Your mission, if you choose to accept it? Protect the stag at all costs. Every time the best man raises his hand to listen to his ear piece (real or imaginary, up to you), the group must shout ‘Get down, Mr Prime Minister!’ and launch themselves in front of or on top of the stag to keep him safe from incoming attacks.
Is this basically bundles for grown-ups? Yes. Is it also a hell of a lot of fun? Also yes.
Change to Mr President if you'd prefer.
Stag do drinking games that revolve around confidence (or arrogance, as the name suggests) can be dangerous. How daring will you be with your drink?
You will need: A coin and a spare glass.
How to play: As the name suggests, this stag do game is all about confidence. Pour as much of your drink as you dare into the empty glass – this is the measure of your ‘arrogance’ – and then flip and call a coin. If you guess heads or tails correctly, it moves on to the next player.
The process is repeated until the prediction for the coin is wrong: whoever makes this error then has to chug the entire mixture that everyone else has been contributing to as the game went round (a particularly awful fate if everyone has a different drink on the go).
19. The No Name Game
Especially difficult for groups where everyone knows each other well, this game sounds a lot easier than it actually is.
You will need: Your wits about you...
How to play: Another simple yet effective option that everyone can get involved with: you’re not allowed to use anyone else’s name. This includes nicknames and the names of people you’re referring to who aren’t there – you have to come up with a new way to describe them.
It sounds easy, but it’s actually incredibly tricky, especially once everyone’s finished their first pint. The penalty for failure is up to you, but let’s be honest with each other, unless the groom is teetotal it’ll probably involve booze.
20. Question Master
This game may start off fairly easy, as you have your concentration face on, but this game gets harder the more drinks you have, and the longer it goes on.
You will need: Final-year-exam levels of concentration.
How to play: If the other verbal stag do games didn’t appeal, how about this one where words are your worst enemy?
The rules are, you elect one person as the question master, and anyone who answers a question they ask must polish off their drink.
The only way to avoid this? Answering the question with another question, at which point you inherit the title of question master and try to catch everyone else out. The more drinks you have, the harder it gets.
21. Badge of Honour
Drawing inspiration from scouts and guides, this is a stag do game that everyone can get involved with.
You will need: A selection of pin badges and a sash for each stag.
How to play: Hand out sashes at the beginning of the celebrations and lay out the duties that must be completed to earn each badge: for instance, the construction badge could be the best structure made from beer mats, or the fitness badge might be awarded to the winner of a push-up challenge.
The winner is the person with the most badges at the end of the night.
If you're after activities that will keep the group busy for a while, games for a stag do like this one are perfect. They double up as stag do activities and are so fun for everyone.
22. Pub Golf
If you're hosting a stag do in a city centre, playing a good old fashioned game of pub golf is an absolute must.
You will need: Scorecards and pencils - golf-themed outfits optional.
How to play: Visors and Pringle jumpers at the ready! Every pub you visit on the stag night represents a hole – in each hole, the number of mouthfuls you take to finish your drink is your par.
There’s an element of trust involved as you’re relying on each participant to keep track of their own scores, but by the end, you’ll probably know who the winners and losers are without even looking.
Stag Games You Can Buy Online
Need a minimal effort, maximum reward approach? Here you can browse our favourite games for a stag do you can buy online. Not only do you have all the instructions and props included in these stag games sets, but you also get to keep the bits for future celebrations. That's a win-win in our eyes!
23. Bucket of Doom - Zatu
This storytelling game works best with a big group of players, making it ideal for a stag do crowd. It’s also a good one if you don’t drink as it requires a little more focus. We don't want to give too much away, but this game works best when you have brilliant imaginations. Prepare to come up with your wildest stories ever and blow each other's minds.
24. Drunk Toss Drinking Game – Etsy
Planning a barbecue stag do, or party in the park? This ring toss game will add an extra element of fun – you could even lend it to the couple as a lawn game for the wedding if you stick to these penalties.
However, if you want to spice things up, for just £3 extra, you can personalise the text on each hook to tailor it to the group and of course, the stag.
25. Bar Games Beer Mats - Amazon
For pub-based stag dos, these beer mat cards are an easy win. They require very little planning and effort from you as an organiser, and with a selection of 30 different games included, will keep the group occupied for hours - days even!
26. KLASK - Amazon
Think table football and air hockey with magnets and you’ll get an idea of how maddeningly brilliant this competitive game is. It’s an investment, but trust us, the stag night won’t be the only time you’ll want to play. It's a great way to have a gaming stag do and bring the arcade to the hotel room, bar or wherever else you find yourselves.
Do we see a tournament on its way?
27. Trunk of Drunk - Amazon
When learning the rules to new drinking games sounds like too much hassle, this trunk has eight of them ready to go inside.
That means no arguing and bickering because Joe used to play it like this with his housemates and Frankie actually has a bonus rule he likes. Nope - the rules are there in black and white for everyone to follow - how dreamy is that?
Stag Do Dares & Challenges
Taking it further than just games, what about including some stag do dares and challenges into your night? These challenge cards and dare ideas are perfect to use for stag games on their own, but they can also be used alongside the above games as forfeits and penalties.
28. Would You Rather Challenges - Etsy
Who doesn't love a good game of would you rather? We reckon this game is a brilliant tool to pair with some stag do challenges. Play would you rather, with each stag taking it in turns to choose a card and read it to the group. Each person has to vote on what they would rather do, and anyone who's in the minority has to down their drink.
The challenge? Are you to be honest, or go with what you think the rest of the group will go for?
29. Stag Do T-Shirt Dares - Etsy
What better way to remind everyone of the dares they need to complete on the big night out than having them printed onto a t-shirt like this one? You can add your own personal dares to the t-shirt and have them batch printed, or if you really want to go all out, print each t-shirt with different dares so all the stags have different challenges to complete.
30. Scratch Off Stag Do Dares - Etsy
Surprise each of the stags with a hidden dare printed on a scratch card. We love this idea because you can mix them up and ensure no one knows what stag do challenges and dares they're going to get. Let the fun begin!
Dos & Don'ts for Playing Stag Do Games
Stag do games are all fun and good when played properly and timed well, but there are a few things we encourage you to remember when planning stag games for a group of friends.
Consider Everyone Attending: It's difficult to please everyone and plan stag do games that each and every person will love, but it's important to think about anyone who may feel uncomfortable with certain topics or games. For example, if there's one person who doesn't drink alcohol, ensure there's alcohol-free options in your stag games so they can be involved as well.
Don't Break the Seal Too Early: Timing is everything with games. If the games are more about getting to know each other, like would you rather and things like that, the middle of the day can work, but if you're planning on playing lots of stag do drinking games with shots and downing things, be careful not to start too early. You could run the risk of spoiling the rest of the night.
No is a Full Sentence: It's all fun and games until someone isn't having fun anymore. If anyone isn't keen on downing a drink or doing a shot, give them a pass. There's plenty of ways people can get involved in stag night games aside from doing things they aren't super comfortable with, so if someone wants to sit a round out, we say let them.
Bespoke is Best: The best way to make the stag feel extra special is to feel like one of the games or challenges has been designed with them in mind. Perhaps they're a huge James Bond fan, so instead of shouting 'Down Mr Prime Minister', you shout 'Duck James Bond'. It's little touches like that that will mean the world to the VIP.
Less is More: Despite the fact that we've given you loads of options and ideas, less is more when it comes to planning stag night games. Don't try and pack too much into the itinerary and always assume games will take twice as long as you think they will. It's much better to have one game that people can get really into, than rush through several.
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