THERE are places that have become synonymous with the stag do: Amsterdam, Prague, Blackpool, writes MATT TILLER
But if you don't fancy following the crowds sporting comedy breasts, take your merry band of men to Barcelona where you can have just as much fun, minus the fuss.
I've been on countless stag dos and wasted hours staggering the streets aimlessly trying to find a decent bar or club that would let in a big group of blokes.
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But go with stag and hen specialists Redseven Leisure and they create a bespoke, stressfree trip packed with activities. Don't tell the groom, but they make it look like the best man is a genius.
Beer Another tricky side of the stag do is the blokes. You might have a mixture of booze monsters, squarepants and geeks.
I am all of these things and our stag jaunt to the Spanish hotspot struck the right balance of beer, fun and sightseeing to make it a holiday to remember.
We booked a King Of The Castle-themed trip that was a whirlwind fiesta of food, drink, activities and involved an actual castle in the hills on the edge of the city where stags can chill, play poker and be merry.
The weekend started with a friendly welcome which included hostesses (all very proper and above board) to serve food and drinks.
There was also a barbecue fit for kings, with chorizo, langoustines, steak, squid and roasted vegetables, all washed down with Estrella beer on tap.
Then it was time to mount our steeds (get in the people carrier with a driver who ferried us everywhere, including to and from the airport) and head into town where we were already on the guest list for top club Shoko.
The fact that we were taken straight through to the VIP area for drinks meant we were all in good spirits.
Later we were safely delivered home, tucked up in our secure castle base and able to get some decent kip ready for the next bout of fun. After a hearty, very late, breakfast in the castle courtyard we were driven into the city centre for a tour of Barcelona in GoCars.
These are little yellow two-person self-drive cars with a motorbike-style throttle which give you a GPS guided tour. This was a great way to take in the city, admire the architecture and see the 1992 Olympic sights.
They were great fun to drive and ideal for taking the mick out of your mates as they made basic errors, like driving on the wrong side of the road. Thankfully there were no casualties, just a few bruised egos.
A tour of the famous Nou Camp, Barcelona FC's iconic stadium, dium, is an optional extra, but a must-see for football fans. As well as the impressive trophy cabinets, the behind-the-scenes access is great.
You get to see everything from the changing rooms and press area to the tunnel from which players enter the stadium. Plus there's a small chapel to pray for victory - or forgiveness if you get sent off.
Like any modern city, Barcelona is full of top-notch bars and we were guided through some of the best and most varied spots.
Craft brewing has taken off worldwide and Spain is no exception.
In the various bars we visited there was all manner of ale on tap, and bottles I'd never seen before.
Next up was Espit Chupitos, a shot bar to end all shot bars, with the entire back wall being a menu of shots.
The Antorcha involves half an orange hollowed out and I've no idea what else, but there are flames, a tasty drop of alcohol, then you squeeze the orange and get a bit more juicy boozy goodness to slurp.
Then it was on to the kitsch surroundings of the Hook pirate bar which is like drinking on the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean - if it was made in the 1970s.
Finally we were whisked ahead of the queue into Catwalk, another nightspot. The recovery process from all this alcohol was aided the next day by a private yacht trip along the shoreline of the city.
The sandy beachfront, impressive architecture, which includes the Sagrada Cathedral, the marina, industrial port and 18th Century hill fort, is a sight to behold, even with the hangover from hell.
So if you're a best man in charge of whisking up a weekend abroad for the stags, Barcelona is a great city, and an organised trip ensures everyone is amused.
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It'll be a stag do to remember, even if some of the memories are a little hazy.
REDSEVEN offer hen and stag weekends in the UK and worldwide.
A three-night Barcelona King Of The Castle stag weekend starts from £328 per person.
This includes castle accommodation, an afternoon on a private yacht, 24-hour minibus service, guest list nightclub entry and city and airport transfers.
Book online at redsevenleisure.co.uk or call 0800 970 2744.
Redseven has just released a range of value stag and hen weekends from £101 per person, including the Brighton Ultimate Party package, Marrakech Camel Trek, Barcelona Pamper and Party, and Madrid Running with the Bulls.