Are you planning an epic lads' holiday exploring the best beer cities in Europe? Well, whether you're on a stag do, having a friends reunion or simply seeking a getaway with your mates, Europe has heaps of fantastic beer destinations. In this blog, we'll dive into Europe's best cities for beer lovers where you can indulge in the finest brews, experience local culture and, most importantly, have a laugh with the lads. So grab a pint and let's get cracking.

What is a lads holiday?

A lads' holiday is a fun trip where a group of men head on an adventure together. It's a chance for them to relax, enjoy each other's company, and create new memories. Whether it's a stag do, a long-awaited reunion, or simply a getaway with close friends, a lads' holiday is all about fun, exploration, and building unforgettable experiences.

How much does the average lads holiday cost?

According to the stats, your average lad will spend £327 on their lads holiday with the majority going on booze (as you could probably have guessed). Naturally, you can go on a lads holiday for fairly cheap if you stay in affordable accommodation, swap fancy restaurants for supermarket food and walk instead of take public transport.

How long do you need for a lads holiday?

The ideal length of a lads' holiday can vary from a quick weekend getaway lasting 2-4 days to a full week or more. It totally depends on your chosen destination, the planned activities, and everyone's availability. Whether it's a short and action-packed adventure or an extended holiday, what truly matters is making the most of every moment spent with the lads.

The Best Beer Cities in Europe

1. Prague, Czech Republic - A Haven for Beer Lovers

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When it comes to beer, Prague reigns supreme. The Czech Republic boasts a rich brewing heritage with historians actually reporting that they first discovered a brewery all the way back in 993 at the Břevnov Monastery. This makes Prague the perfect starting point for your lads holiday. Dive into the legendary Czech lagers, such as Pilsner Urquell and Budvar, while enjoying the city's stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife. Don't miss the chance to visit traditional beer halls, microbreweries, and beer gardens, where you can savour the flavours of world-famous Czech beers. Get prepared for the large heads on Czech beer though, as it's tradition to drink your beers with a lot of foam on top.

2. Munich, Germany - Raise Your Steins

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If you're seeking a legendary beer experience, Munich's Oktoberfest is the mecca for all beer lovers. But if you're not planning your lads holiday in October, Munich is amazing to visit all year round. The city is renowned for its beer gardens and historic breweries, offering a wide variety of German beers to suit every taste. We recommend sampling the best beer Munich has to offer at taverns like the iconic Hofbräuhaus and the charming beer gardens of Englischer Garten, Munich promises an unforgettable lads holiday filled with laughter, camaraderie, and, of course, steins of delicious beer. The local's favourite beer in Munich has to be Münchner Hell so make sure you order a stein.

3. Dublin, Ireland - Where the Craic Never Ends

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A beer-centric adventure would be incomplete without a trip to Dublin, the heart and soul of Ireland's brewing culture. Dublin is home to iconic breweries like Guinness, where you can learn about the brewing process and enjoy a perfectly poured pint. Explore the lively Temple Bar area, with its bustling pubs and live music, and immerse yourself in the warmth of Irish hospitality. Cheers with your mates, sing along to traditional Irish tunes, and create memories that will make your lads holiday truly special. A lads holiday to Dublin promises a quick and convenient trip from the UK that's only a stone's throw away.

4. Brussels, Belgium - Brews and Beyond

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Belgium, the land of exquisite chocolate and world-class beer, is a hidden gem for lads seeking a unique beer experience. In Brussels, you'll discover a plethora of local breweries, Trappist beers, and refreshing fruit beers. Don't miss the chance to visit the iconic Delirium Café, boasting an extensive beer menu with over 2,000 different options! As you explore Brussels' charming streets and stunning architecture, you'll find yourself immersed in a beer lover's paradise.

5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Beyond the Coffee Shops

While Amsterdam is famous for its coffee shops, the city is also a fantastic destination for beer enthusiasts. Hop aboard a beer bike and explore the city's vibrant beer scene, stopping by local breweries and traditional Dutch bars known as "brown cafés." Sip on refreshing craft beers, enjoy canal-side views, and discover the dynamic and lively atmosphere that Amsterdam has to offer. Our standout brewers include the Proeflokaal Arendsnest thanks to its extensive beer selection and the famous Brouwerij De Molen that lets you sample every beer it makes.

6. Barcelona, Spain - Tapas and Cerveza

Next on our list of the best beer cities in Europe is Barcelona, which is not only famous for its stunning architecture and vibrant culture but also for its craft beer scene. While you explore the wonders of Gaudí's masterpieces, take some time to visit local craft breweries and tapas bars. Taste your way through a variety of Spanish beers and enjoy the perfect combination of tapas and cerveza.

7. Edinburgh, Scotland - A Wee Dram of Whisky

While Scotland is renowned for its whisky, Edinburgh also has a burgeoning craft beer scene. Discover hidden gems in the city's old town as you sample unique Scottish ales and brews. Pair your beers with some fried haggis balls or explore the historic whisky distilleries nearby for a truly Scottish beer experience. Our top picks of Edinburgh craft beer breweries include:

After you've filled your bellies with Edinburgh's finest craft beer, head to the Cowgate where you and the lads can enjoy Edinburgh's vibrant nightlife.

8. Krakow, Poland - Brews and History

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Next on our list of Europe's best beer holiday destinations is Krawkow. Krakow, with its rich history and picturesque Old Town, is also a fantastic destination for beer enthusiasts. Explore local breweries and pubs, and taste a wide range of Polish beers. While you're not sipping on brews, immerse yourself in the city's fascinating history and culture, making it a well-rounded experience for your lads' holiday.

9. Pilsen, Czech Republic - Where Pilsner Was Born

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If you're a true beer aficionado, then a visit to Pilsen in the Czech Republic is an absolute must. Why, you ask? Well, this is where the world-famous Pilsner lager was born, and it doesn't get more beer-centric than that! Take a brewery tour to learn all about the history and brewing process of this iconic beer. Of course, you'll get to taste the freshest Pilsner straight from the source. Explore the charming streets of Pilsen, soak in the beer culture, and enjoy a lads' holiday that's all about the golden nectar.

10. Strasbourg, France - A Blend of Culture and Craft Beer

Strasbourg, famous for its stunning architecture and rich history, might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of beer, but it's certainly worth exploring for beer enthusiasts. This charming French city offers a unique blend of culture and craft beer. Head to local microbreweries and pubs to sample some of the region's best brews. Whether you're strolling along the picturesque canals or enjoying a pint in a traditional Alsatian setting, Strasbourg's beer scene adds a delightful twist to your European lads' holiday.

11. Rome, Italy - Sip and Sightsee in the Eternal City

When you think of Rome, you might envision ancient history, stunning architecture, and mouthwatering cuisine. However, Rome also offers a growing craft beer scene that's perfect for lads looking to sip and sightsee. Explore the city's historic streets and landmarks during the day, and as the sun sets, venture into local pubs and breweries to discover a diverse range of Italian craft beers. From hoppy ales to rich stouts, Rome's beer selection is as diverse as its cultural heritage. So why not raise a toast to your Roman holiday and say "Salute" with a cold one?

12. Bamberg, Germany - A Beer Lover's Paradise

Bamberg, nestled in the heart of Bavaria, Germany, is a true paradise for beer lovers. This picturesque town is renowned for its historic breweries and traditional beer culture. With a beer brewing history dating back a thousand years, Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its beer heritage is well-preserved. The town boasts a variety of unique beer styles, including the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer). Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets, visit historic breweries, and enjoy the distinct flavours of Bamberg's brews like Mahrs, Brauerei Keesmann and Klosterbraeu.

Travel to the Best Beer Cities in Europe with a Hotel Voucher

Are you looking to surprise someone special with an unforgettable lads holiday? Look no further than hotel vouchers! With a hotel gift certificate, your mate can choose from a huge range of accommodations across Europe. Meaning they can plan the perfect beer holiday or explore other exciting destinations. Whether they dream of a weekend in Prague, a pub crawl in Dublin, or a beer pilgrimage to Belgium, the flexibility of a hotel gift voucher ensures they'll have a blast wherever they go!

Where will you go on your European Lads Holiday?

Lads, it's time to raise your glasses and embark on an unforgettable journey through Europe's best beer cities. From Prague's lagers to Munich's steins, these cities promise an epic lads holiday filled. But if you're looking for somewhere a bit more exotic, how about Zante? And if you're looking to surprise someone special with the gift of an epic lads holiday, consider a hotel gift certificate, giving them the freedom to choose their ultimate holiday. So gather your mates, pack your bags, and get ready for a beer-filled adventure of a lifetime. Cheers, lads!