The hard part’s over. Now it’s time for the good stuff. After months of stress and cramming, you’re finally emerging from your student study hole, leaving behind the piles of notes and empty Nutella jars for something much better.

This is the start of post-grad life, and the best bit is here now: the bit where your parents take you out to dinner, tell you how clever you are, how proud they are, and spoil you rotten with lots of bubbly and tasty, tasty food.

The Living Ventures group are renowned in Manchester for raising the standards of our city’s hospitality industry and, as such, are a team you can trust with a celebration as important as graduation. After all, most of us only do it once, so we want it to be a top-notch day.

If you’re celebrating a graduation and find yourself on the hunt for a good place to take the family this July, read on for our top picks.

What’s more, each venue has a brilliant offer this month with free big brand champagnes ready to toast new grads. And that’s certainly worth raising a glass to.

Artisan

Set in a vast semi-industrial space on the first floor of Spinningfields’ Avenue North, Artisan takes cooking back to basics with a focus on fire, serving up delicious flatbreads, meat, fish and salads alongside handcrafted cocktails, cherry-picked beers, wines and spirits. The restaurant’s feel blends that of an artist’s studio with a concrete warehouse, giving that perfect Manchester industrial aesthetic: stripped back and raw, with paintings, prints, sculptures and other installations by contemporary artists lining the walls. Head in between 9th-26th July to celebrate, quoting ‘graduation offer’ to receive a bottle of Moët & Chandon to share with your party.

{Available from 9th – 26th July, all day Sunday – Thursday, and Friday before 6.15pm.
Offer: Book a party of 4-6 and receive a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon.
Booking info: Book below or call 0161 832 4181 and quote ‘graduation offer’

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Australasia

If you’re looking for a swanky night out, then you need to get down to Australasia in your finest glad rags sharpish. Inside the kitchen, European cooking tradition meets with a blend of Indonesian and Southeast Asian and Japanese influences whilst the bar boasts a wine list of impressive proportions (alongside some expertly crafted, exclusive cocktail options). Every graduate can enjoy a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot when dining throughout July.

Throughout July, excludes Friday and Saturday evenings after 6pm.
Offer: Complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot for each graduate when they dine.
Booking info: Book below or call 0161 831 0288 and quote ‘graduation offer’.

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Grand Pacific

Housed inside the historic Manchester Reform Club, Grand Pacific is a stunning-looking venue for a graduation celebration. The grade II listed space was originally founded as a gentleman’s club for Liberal politicians, opened by then Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1871, and it was here that he and other famous politicos such as Churchill and Lloyd-George addressed the people from the balustraded balcony.

Styled on the old grand colonial hotels of South East Asia, the bar and restaurant has undergone a refurb since reopening as Grand Pacific last year, serving up cocktails with a tropical twist and an experimental Pan-Asian menu. As a new graduate, you can enjoy a celebratory glass of Veuve Clicquot when dining from the a la carte menu throughout July.

Throughout July, excludes Friday and Saturday evenings after 6pm.
Offer: Complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot for each graduate when they dine from the a la carte menu.
Booking info: Book below or call 0161 839 9365 and quote ‘graduation offer’.

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Manchester House

This 4 AA Rosette restaurant first became well-known as Aiden Byrne’s restaurant but is equally esteemed under the stewardship of new head chef Nathaniel Tofan. Head in to dine in style and enjoy a complimentary glass of Verve Clicquot, or take your parents up to the level 12 lounge bar to sip champagne as you enjoy a special graduate afternoon tea in style from one of four private roof terraces overlooking the city.

Tuesday to Saturday, throughout July. Lunch is available from 12pm to 2.30pm. Dinner is available 7 pm – 9.30pm.
Offer: Complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot for each graduate when they dine.
Booking info: Book below and quote ‘graduation’ in request, or call 0161 835 2557 and quote ‘graduation offer’.

Afternoon tea is available Tuesday to Saturday throughout July, 12pm to 5pm.
Offer: Graduation with a view – champagne afternoon tea for £30 per person.
Booking info: Book below and quote ‘graduation’ in request, or call 0161 835 2557 and quote ‘graduation offer’.
*Special* Go all out and celebrate by booking one of their private terraces. Call 0161 835 2557 to enquire.

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Grill on the Alley / New York Street

If you’re a lover of great steak and seafood, or simply have a bit of a fussy family and want somewhere that’s going to please the whole crowd, Grill on the Alley is the joint for you. There are two sites in Manchester to choose from: the first just off John Dalton street, the other situated just behind Piccadilly Gardens. Book a party of 4-6 between 9th-26th July and receive a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon to toast your success with.

Available from 9th – 26th July, all day Monday – Thursday and Friday before 6.15pm.
Offer: Book a party of 4-6 and receive a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon.
Booking info: Book below or call 0161 833 3465 and quote ‘conGRADulations graduation offer’.

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