12 Places to celebrate your Graduation in Manchester

Hurrah to the class of 2023!

By Manchester's Finest | 11 July 2023

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July marks the start of graduation season and, in recognition of the accomplishments of the class of 2023, we’ve rounded up offers from some of the city centre’s swankiest places to help you celebrate in style.

There’s a free fizz and cocktails and exclusive set menus from some of the city’s best chefs. Cheers to those graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, and The University of Salford – we raise a glass to your achievements and wish you much future success!

The Alan

The Alan

Stunningly designed and centrally located on Princess Street, The Alan hotel is the perfect setting to celebrate the transition from student to graduate. Extending a warm welcome to celebrate your achievements they’re offering a 50% discount on a bottle of Telmont Champagne or Prosecco when dining in their restaurant. To receive the offer a valid university ID card must be shown.

Albert's Schloss

Albert’s Schloss

If you book a graduation celebration at Alberts Schloss this month you can enjoy a complimentary round of Prosecco on the Haus. The offer is available for groups of up to eight people, all day Monday to Friday throughout the whole of July. It’s exclusive to dining bookings in the Cook Haus, where you can enjoy the best of their Alpine-inspired dishes, including brand new menu additions such as Fish Frites, Tyrolean Schnitzel, or the updated Cook Haus and Veggie Cook Haus breakfasts for a pre-graduation ceremony celebration.

Visit in the evening and you can also experience one of their famous live performance and music events including Back to Mein, Kunst Kabaret, Baby Grand Slam, Homegrown/Back to Bertie’s or Friday Frolich. To redeem the offer, you need to book in advance here http://bitly.ws/Hy9D 

La Bandera

Felicidades to any graduates in Spanish – and look no further than the award-winning La Bandera for a chance to put those language skills into practice when ordering from their extensive menu of classic tapas dishes. They’re offering a free glass of cava and a free dessert for all graduates. To get the offer you just need to quote ‘Graduation’ when pre-booking.

Ducie Street Warehouse

In a toast to your academic conquests, Ducie Street Warehouse are providing free glasses of bubbly to graduates dining in with them. Cling cling baby.

Embankment Kitchen

For a modern British cuisine offer at Embankment Kitchen, quote’ Graduation’ in the special requests box when you book a table. You can choose from their set menu of two courses for £25 or three courses for £30 and receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco for your table. 


Exhibition’s half-price champagne offer has returned for Summer. Perfect to celebrate your graduation (or just to rejoice getting through the week.) Raise a glass (or more fittingly, a bottle) as bottles of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne are now 50% off, 12-7pm, every Friday. You can either book in advance or just swing by from midday.

Midland Hotel

The Midland

If you’re looking for a sophisticated afternoon celebration with family or friends, then The Midland’s Tea Room has a ‘Graduation Afternoon Tea’ option. Available to book online from 18th – 28th July, there are a few packages to choose from, including Afternoon Tea with a bottle of Pommery (£125 for two), Afternoon Tea for two with a G&T (£70), or Afternoon Tea with Mimosas (£80 for two). Each tea includes a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and an assortment of homemade cakes.

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter gem, Sicilian NQ, is an Italian bistro and bar serving traditional Sicilian food and drink, cocktails, desserts, and gelatos. Choose from their award winning arancino ‘Mr Mount Etna’, classic pasta mains like puttanesca, ragu, or fresh pesto, and finish with cannolichi. They’re offering a free bottle of prosecco for your party when dining in – to redeem you must quote ‘Graduation’ on booking.

20 Stories

Manchester’s popular skyline restaurant, 20 Stories, invites local graduates to raise a glass in celebration whilst enjoying their gorgeous cityscape views.   

20 Stories are offering a specially curated set-priced graduation menu of three-courses accompanied by a glass of fizz for £35 per person. The menu includes potato, spinach & lovage soup, seared salmon fillet with courgette peas & basil, and vanilla panna cotta for those with a sweet tooth. Available exclusively between 12pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday, throughout the month of July 2023.  


Enjoy a complimentary ‘Good Fortune’ graduation cocktail (with prosecco, rum, elderflower, and berry flavours) and raise a glass to your future amongst Tattu’s infamous cherry blossom trees – a symbol of luck in Chinese culture. 

The renowned restaurant, known for its stylish interiors and innovative approach to modern Chinese cuisine, is offering all graduates a free cocktail when dining from the ‘Moon Stand’ lunch (£28 per person, with 14 dishes to choose from) or any of their à la carte sharing menus (from £74.50 for two). To make a reservation and claim your complimentary Graduation cocktail, visit tattu.co.uk and quote ‘Graduation’ in the booking notes.


Graduates can enjoy another refined dining experience at Wood with a specially created four-course menu for graduation parties, priced at £40 per person. Dishes include mushroom Koji tea, garlic Kyiv, or truffled egg on toast, French onion, Tunworth tater, and lamb with buttered leeks, cabbage, and bacon obsidian, with Yorkshire rhubarb and custard. You can also add a cheese board or paired wines for an additional cost. The offer is available Wednesday to Friday evening, and Friday and Saturday lunchtimes. You must quote ‘Graduation’ at the time of booking.


Throughout July there’s a special Graduation set menu on offer at Zouk that includes a complimentary welcome drink and a choice of two ‘Graduation Platters’. You can choose the standard platter with chicken tikka, lamb chops, tandoori king prawns, seekh kebab, mango and kachumber salads for £28 per person, or upgrade to the Lobster Platter which includes lobster thermador, spicy salmon pakoras, dynamite shrimp, and crispy calamari for £40 per person.

Both platters come with appetisers and sides, and there’s also an option to add-on a cute graduation themed dessert – a creamy chocolate fondant adorned with rich dark chocolate, styled as a mortar board, and decorated with a rainbow belt sweet and a Smartie button. To book for the set menu include the word ‘Graduation’ when booking.