How to celebrate Graduation 2023 in Manchester

The huge student population is part of what makes Manchester such a special place. Here’s how to celebrate your graduation in style…

The Lowry Hotel
The Graduation package includes two rooms, a Full English breakfast for three adults, and discounts in the restaurant and spa
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Make the most of your achievements with a complimentary glass of fizz for all graduates when dining.
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Celebrate your crowning achievements with 2-4-1 Zombies and free entry
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The Fitzgerald
Grab 2 cocktails for £12 on Fridays and Saturdays before 10pm
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TGI Fridays
Fridays-style Bottomless Brunch from £29.95 per person for sharing platters and unlimited drinks
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Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Gala graduations balls from just £35 per person for anything up to 550 people, including a 3-course meal and event staging.
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The Lowry
All bookings at Pier Eight during Graduation season receive a complimentary glass of fizz
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Ziya Asian Grill
Graduates dining at Ziya Asian Grill are treated to a complimentary mocktail.
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Atlas Bar
Over 500 gins to try in Manchester's gin palace, or book for their unmissable Bottomless Brunch
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Places to celebrate Graduation

From first thing in the morning until the end of the day, there is no better way to enjoy your Graduation than at The Lowry.

The Tower Coffee Shop will be offering breakfast sandwiches, pies, pasties, cakes and hot beverages from 7am until after the last ceremony of the day.

Pier Eight Bar will open from 9am for hot beverages, with full alcohol and champagne service from 11am. They’ll also be open right through until after the last ceremony each day.

Pier Eight Restaurant will be serving a special Graduation Menu, which will be available from 11:30am. 

  • Book in advance and everyone dining will get a complimentary glass of fizz or non-alcoholic punch on arrival.
  • Bookings can be made online or by calling our team on 0161 876 2121.
  • Graduation ceremonies take place at The Lowry from 18th to 22nd July 2022

No matter how big or small, the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is the perfect venue for you. With two amazing suites to choose from (International Suite & Park Suite), they have it covered.

The International Suite hold up to 550 people for your gala graduation ball and has full use of their staging and presentation facilities to make your evening a grand event.

If you’re after a smaller event, The Park Suite can hold up to 80 people but by no means a lesser occasion.

Gala dinners are priced from £35 per person and include:

  • A Glass of bubbly upon arrival
  • 3 course meal
  • Private Bar
  • DJ & Dance floor until 2am
  • Red carpet entrance
  • Simple Table centrepieces

The Lowry Hotel have put together the perfect package to help you share your pre and post-ceremony excitement with the people who matter most.

Book any of the iconic rooms in July or August and receive 50% off a second room, perfect for a luxury stay for both the Graduate and their families wanting to celebrate this major milestone.

The Graduation package includes two rooms, a Full English breakfast for three adults, and the option to add on discounted drinks (15%), dinner (15%) or Spa packages (£20%). Each booking will receive a bottle of Champagne on arrival and the Graduate will receive a congratulatory amenity from the hotel.

  • Prices starting from £190
  • Valid for stays between 1st July – 31st August 2022
  • Discounted add-ons (drinks, dinner and spa) must be pre booked

Gaucho are delighted to be celebrating Graduation season!

All graduates celebrating their ceremony between 11th and 28th July will be able to receive a complimentary glass of Chandon at Gaucho Manchester.

To redeem your glass of bubbles, simply bring your graduation ticket along to the restaurant.

Available for bookings and walk ins.

Ziya Asian Grill will provide an authentic Indian street food extravaganza for your graduation celebrations.

All graduates can get a free mocktail when dining, choose from the extensive selection including a Punjab Pango, Jaipur Juice or a traditional Virgin Mojito.

Bookings recommended, quote ‘Graduation Free Mocktail Offer’ when making a reservation.

Where better to celebrate the achievements of graduation than at Rosso Ristorante E Bar?

Offering a wide-ranging and diverse menu comprised of traditional Italian favourites, pizzas, pastas, fresh daily-delivered fish and meats to contemporary Italian cuisine. It’s time to indulge.

Open every day until late, take the family, take your friends or just take that special person and make the most of your graduation in a stylish venue like no other.

Get down to the Northern Quarter’s cool drinking den with the best atmosphere around.

The Fitzgerald wants to help celebrate your graduation. Grab 2 cocktails for £12 all weekend.

Available Friday and Saturday before 10pm

Hula know how to celebrate your academic achievements!

Get down to the home of Tiki mayhem and the longest parties in Manchester to get your hands on 2-4-1 Zombies and a cool Free Entry to boot.

Offer applies Sunday to Thursday all night and Friday & Saturdays before 10 pm

If you want somewhere to celebrate, why not try the new Bottomless Brunch Fridays style at TGI Fridays in The Royal Exchange

Pair iconic cocktails, prosecco or beer with the Manhattan Sharer featuring everyone’s favourite; Fridays Sesame Chicken Strips, classic Mozzarella Dippers and the Fridays Corndog.

From £29.95 per person, enjoy one sharing platter for two and a choice of unlimited Prosecco, Fridays American Pilsner, less than 0.5% ABV CleanCo Gin & Tonic or orange juice

Celebrating your years of hard work doesn’t have to stop you having fun. BAB NQ has everything you’ve come to know and love during your years as a student.

Located in the creative Northern Quarter of Manchester, the independent restaurant offers our unique babs and meze every day. What better way to celebrate than at Bottomless Wednesdays; 2 courses plus bottomless drinks for £29.95 per person.

If that’s not your thing, BAB NQ also have great deals on at lunchtimes and an early bird special priced at £15.95 for 2 courses from 3pm-6pm. Get in early before you carry on your celebrations!

Booking recommended, selected drinks applicable to the offer. Subject to availability.

Manchester’s Gin Palace Atlas Bar is an amazing place to celebrate your graduation with lots on offer and so much to try.

The iconic bar on the corner of Deansgate has over 570 gins to try and a dining menu worth booking for.

Gather your ginfriends for an amazing bottomless brunch; enjoy anything from the Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch Menu, excluding the 3 for £15 snack offer. Alongside this, you can choose from Brunch cocktails, Prosecco, Atlas G&T, Defiance V&T, Wine, Beer, Cider, or an array of non-alcoholic options.

Your Brunch session is for 90 minutes, and must be pre-booked, in advance. Available Friday-Sunday, at 12pm or 2pm

Take your graduation gang to The Pen & Pencil once all the ceremonies are over and dive into their monthly Bottomless Brunch.

The last Saturday of every month is where you’ll find it, 3 hours of unlimited food and drink for just £45 per person.

Get down between 10am and 5pm with your friends and family to carry on the academic partying!

If you’re after something of a liquid celebration, then Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm with offers on cocktails, Modelo and bottles of Prosecco and wine.

Selected drinks available, one drink and plate of food per person at a time. Subject to availlability

Best In Class Stays

Book one of The Alan design rooms and enjoy £50 F&B credit to spend on breakfast, lunch, or dinner during your stay.

Graduates will also receive a bottle of champagne in the room on arrival.

Graduation Dining

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with dinner at The Alan. Available from 5pm every day.

Both offers applicable on bookings up to Thursday 28th July 2022.

Celebrate with the whole gang at Namii Kitchen and Cocktails.

Your whole group will get a free glass of fizz when you’re dining!

Only available on dining reservations. 1 glass of fizz per person dining. Valid on all table sizes. Promotion valid between 11 July – 29 July 2022. Promotion not to be used in conjunction with other offers.

Put some colour into your graduation celebrations at the oldest Italian restaurant in Manchester.

Don Giovanni is offering a complimentary Bellini for every graduate that dines with them.

Available to walk in or pre booked.

More inspiration for Graduates

Look your best for the graduation ceremony and the celebrations that follow, head down to Stitches for those last minute alterations.

They offer a range of alteration and repair services to garments and household items across all of our stores. Their fantastic reputation is built on their level of customer service, high quality in their workmanship and turnaround times.

Amaranth natural health & beauty in the The Royal Exchange is celebrating the graduates with some amazing deals:

  • A 30 minute makeover using the natural and vegan makeup brands INIKA and Zao for a booking fee of £20. The booking fee can be redeemed against the purchase of any makeup products (excluding
    sale items)
  • £10 off a massage or facial of 1 hour or more on Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August 
    Discount off the first visit only, quote Graduation on booking.
To book call 0161 518 1334 or email [email protected]

If you’re looking for the best gift for that special graduate in your life, The Royal Exchange is the place to shop.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? You’ll be spoilt for choice for graduation gifts in Hotel Chocolat, help them to celebrate with a box of the famous chocolatiers chocolates presented in a ‘You Did It’ sleeve

Or how about treating them to one of Hotel Chocolat’s many delicious spirits, including the scrumptious Cacao Gin.

Cacao Gin is priced from £4.00 and sleeve presentation boxes are priced from £8.50