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Where to celebrate graduation in Liverpool and Manchester

8 months ago

Congratulations – you’ve finally done it. All those gruelling all-nighters you pulled in the uni library have paid off.

Now all that’s left is for you to celebrate your hard earned degree in style with a swanky meal (courtesy of the bank of mum and dad, of course).

Go on, send them this list. After all, for making your family proud, you deserve something more satisfying than the beans on toast and plain pasta that has fuelled you for the past three years. Hint hint.

Looking to milk the graduation celebrations for as long as you can? We don’t blame you. Check out more top spots for dining out.

  • Book Now Bootle

    14 Bar & Grill

    Bars

    Sometimes, the clue is in the name and in the case of 14 Bar & Grill, the number refers to the top floor of Daniel House – an unassuming apartment block in Bootle – where you’ll find the restaurant, along with 360º views of Liverpool and across the water to the Wirral. 

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  • The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    20 Stories

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    Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the opening of 2018. Floor to ceiling windows (and a huge, outdoor terrace, the same size as the entire restaurant floor), afford breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside, while the menu offers modern British, seasonal dishes. 

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  • The Alan Breakfast
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Alan

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    With its neutral hues and natural foliage, stripped-back bricks and leather booths, The Alan is a tranquil space in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner – the open-plan kitchen serves all day from first thing till late evening – or indeed coffee and cocktails in the bar.

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  • Menu at The Alchemist New York Street Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    The Alchemist Manchester New York Street

    Restaurant - Global

    The Alchemist on New York Street is the second of three Manchester venues and nicely turned out, with bags of space and plenty of gold. And while base metals don’t magically become that precious commodity here, theatre is promised at The Alchemist.

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  • Inside the Art School, a recommended date night restaurant in Liverpool.
    Georgian Quarter

    The Art School

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Art School delivers upmarket, regionally-inspired cooking from local legend, Paul Askew. Opening in late 2014, this fancy contemporary British restaurant is a place for that special occasion.

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  • Sunset at Australasia in Manchester city centre
    Spinningfields

    Australasia

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    Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and the craft of the food make any occasion feel like a million dollars at Australasia.

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  • The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Black Friar

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    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • Book Now Liverpool City Centre

    Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

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    The sixth Bread Street (not counting Dubai, China and Singapore) has arrived in Liverpool, but it’s not all sandwiches and sourdough – we’re talking classic Gordon Ramsay dishes, from beef wellington and traditional fish and chips to rare-breed steaks and seasonal salads.

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  • The private dining space at Churrasco
    Aigburth

    Churrasco Steakhouse

    Restaurant - South American

    At the point Lark Lane tips out onto busy Aigburth Road, you’ll find one of Liverpool’s best churrascaria, the cosy Churrasco Steakhouse, where top-notch British meat and homemade recipes are given the unique lava steak stone treatment, seeing you cook your own tea.

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  • Oysters from Climat, Manchester.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Climat

    Restaurant - Modern British

    On the rooftop of Blackfriars House, Climat is a simply exceptional dining experience owned and operated by the team behind Covino in Chester, who have established a reputation as a wine-led restaurant with a focus on changing menus and a passion for wine.

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  • Book Now Ropewalks

    Cowshed

    Restaurant - British

    If you don’t like being told what to do, then Cowshed is probably not for you. The self-described beefhouse (as opposed to steakhouse) offers four types of steak, each served how they want to serve it, not how you ask them to serve it – “trust us”, they implore on the menu.

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  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Dakota Grill Manchester

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    Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as the successful boutique hotel chain. It’s an inviting place with flickering candlelight, very retro-sexy – sure to be the setting for many a first date.

    The focus at Dakota is on steaks which are very good – all grass-fed, 28 day-aged, hand-cut Aberdeenshire beef cooked over hot coals.

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  • The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Dishoom

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve up top-notch Indian dishes in grand surroundings; there’s a story behind the menu too. But when the food is this good it doesn’t need to hide behind tall tales.

    And the food is this good.

    The menu is bursting with small plates arriving at the table as and when, plus biriyani, curry and grilled gubbins as well as all sorts of sides and sundries. If you’re part of a big group (or obscenely greedy) it’s possible and even preferable to order something from each section.

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  • A dish at EastZEast Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    EastZEast Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Located on Blackfriars Street with views of the River Irwell, EastZEast is known for its authentic Punjabi dishes and glamorous, fine-dining setting.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Fountain House

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    The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its modern old-fashioned surrounds and plentiful portions of proper pub grub – mostly British but with a little European inspiration – do the imposing building proud.

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  • Cocktails at Frederiks in Liverpool
    Georgian Quarter

    Frederiks

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    One of the buzziest spots in the Georgian Quarter, Frederiks models itself on the neighbourhood bars of Brooklyn. Think casual eats, coffee and lounging, with live music and quality cocktails as the day turns into night.

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  • Steak at Gaucho
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gaucho Manchester

    Restaurant - South American

    For many people, Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Manchester is the destination in the city for very good steak paired with very good wine. Housed in a converted Methodist church on Deansgate, with an open kitchen, and the original church organ still in-situ, it’s also known as one of Manchester’s best-looking spaces for dining.

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  • Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Grand Pacific

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    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

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  • Kids making pizza at Gusto
    Albert Dock

    Gusto Italian Liverpool

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    With views of the water and a menu that should have something for pretty much everyone, Gusto Liverpool is a busy spot, day and night.

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  • Cocktails at Hawksmoor in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    Hawksmoor Liverpool

    Restaurant - British

    Located in the beautiful Grade II-listed India Buildings, just a stone’s throw away from Castle Street Hawksmoor Liverpool opened to much excitement in late 2022.

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  • Chinatown (Manchester)

    Higher Ground

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Exciting news for foodies in Manchester as Higher Ground, the permanent restaurant from the team behind Flawd, opened its doors in February 2023.

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  • One of the private dining rooms at The Ivy
    Book Now Spinningfields

    The Ivy Manchester

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    The Ivy Manchester is an exuberant over-the-top place that’s perfect for glamming up and going out. The décor is wild yet smart and service is smooth and professional. The roof garden is a must.

    There’s an abundance about The Ivy with the costumed doorman, and the levels and levels of fun: The Ivy Asia; The Brasserie; The Ivy Roof Garden; the lurid floors; the lacquered screens; the mirrored central bar. It all adds up to a sense of occasion, a place where dining out is something special, something to dress up for.

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  • Sushi from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

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    Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is the first restaurant that the famed TV chef has decided to open in the city of Manchester, despite already having opened Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in Liverpool last year. 

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  • Book Now Baltic Triangle

    Manifest

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The manifesto at industrial-chic restaurant and “dine-at-wine-bar” Manifest is “seasonal plates and famous Liverpool hospitality”, with the Modern British menus regularly changing to reflect both local produce availability and the wines that will be matched to the food.

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  • One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester
    Book Now Spinningfields

    MUSU

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    The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be infinite they are certainly unique for Manchester at least. With a combination of Japanese and more locally-sourced ingredients, the guest is invited to choose the way they prefer to dine at MUSU.

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  • A cocktail at Panoramic 34 in Liverpool city centre.
    Business District (Liverpool)

    Panoramic 34

    Bars

    Panoramic 34 was the UK’s highest restaurant when it opened in 2008, and although others have since taken that title, it still offers an impressive vantage point with a 360-degree view of Liverpool, the Mersey, and beyond to Wales. 

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  • Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

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    With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room, an open kitchen, and an oyster bar, Piccolino Caffé Grande Manchester is a real destination restaurant. (And, notably, it’s one that doesn’t price people out of the experience.)

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  • Manchester City Centre

    The Refuge

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    Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester’s iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back to 1858, this DJ-run restaurant and bar is large and sassy.

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  • Book Now Cavern Quarter

    San Carlo Liverpool

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    Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional ingredients, artfully prepared, served in super chic surroundings. At San Carlo Liverpool, you’ll also find opulent dining booths and a stylish bar for drinks before or after your meal.

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  • Book Now Deansgate

    San Carlo Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and you’ll sometimes see a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.

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  • A table set for dinner at Instagrammer's paradise Tattu restaurant in Manchester, Spinningfields
    Spinningfields

    Tattu Manchester

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    Located in the heart of the Spinningfields business district, Tattu Manchester is an Instagrammer’s dream. Think penumbral lighting, body art-inspired cocktails and a full-size cherry blossom tree with hand-sewn silk petals. You’d be forgiven for expecting such opulent surroundings to outshine the food. Not so.

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  • Book Now Aigburth

    The Watering Can

    Restaurant - Global

    At the entrance to Greenbank Park, with its lake and leafy vistas, The Watering Can offers both inside and outside space, and also a bit of inside-outside space with a dining area partially covered by a conservatory-style glass roof and open panels looking out onto the green space.

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  • One of the dishes served at Wreckfish, a recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre
    Ropewalks

    Wreck Bistro

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Liverpool seems like an appropriate place for a restaurant funded by the people. Wreck Bistro was financed by 1,522 enthusiasts who raised the record-breaking £200,000 required, via a crowdfunding campaign from Elite Bistros’ Gary Usher. Accordingly, it has the feel of a place for the many, not the few.

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