Graduating from university is an incredible achievement that deserves a memorable celebration. If you're graduating in Newcastle, you're in luck! This vibrant city is home to two universities, and a massive amount to do to when celebrating graduation.
The city has a wide range of exciting venues and activities to make your graduation celebration truly unforgettable. Whether you're looking for a classy dinner, a lively night out, or something more unique, Newcastle has something to suit every taste.
Read on to explore some fantastic options to help you plan the perfect graduation celebration.
Graduation is a special occasion, and what better way to celebrate your enormous achievement than dining out in style in the city. Head to Gaucho and indulge in some well deserved fine dining. Set in a timeless Grade II listed building on Pilgrim Street and serving carbon neutral steak, fine wines and classic cocktails, the Argentinian steak restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate your academic excellence. Gaucho are celebrating recent graduates by offering a free glass of bubbles on arrival when dining at the restaurant.
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SIX restaurant can be found on the top floor of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and is known for its dramatic panoramic views of the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside and beyond, as well as its delicious modern British cuisine. The rooftop restaurant designs its evening menus around sustainable and locally sourced produce, supporting local artisan producers. It is the ideal spot to treat yourself and celebrate a graduation. Why not stop off on the viewing platform in BALTIC and get some unforgettable graduation snaps?
Head to Blackfriars, the award-winning restaurant located in a 13th-century medieval friary in the heart of Newcastle. The menu features gutsy, traditional British food using seasonal produce from local farms and producers. Take your pick from the exceptional value lunch and early evening set menus or dine in the evening from the award-winning set and à la carte menus which change regularly to capitalise on seasonal produce. If the sun is shining on your special day, head to the all new Cloister Garden to enjoy a glass of champagne or two!
Want to celebrate in the heart of the city? Banyan is situated beside Grey's Monument and is a stylish bar serving beautiful cocktails and delicious food. Heading out for a big night out after the ceremony?The instragammable interiors make it a perfect destination to take some post graduation snaps and enjoy 2 for 1 cocktails every evening after 6pm.
Hotel du Vin & Bistro is in close proximity to the banks of the River Tyne, commanding outstanding views of the Newcastle Quayside and its iconic bridges. The stylish hotel is the perfect stop to celebrate after graduation as they have a bistro that is filled with natural daylight, reclaimed dark-stained floorboards, renewed fireplaces, art and gentle lighting, offering the perfect ambiance to celebrate with friends and family. The French style menu will delight even the fussiest of eaters and the extensive wine list will quench your thirst.
Want to celebrate away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre? Head to the leafy suburb of Jesmond Dene and discover the elegance of Jesmond Dene House. Dine at Fern, the restaurant inside the beautiful Jesmond Dene House. The restaurant offers understated luxury, contemporary style and award-winning food. The venue has an emphasis on creating fine, flavoursome food and is a perfect place to commemorate your time in Newcastle. If you have family visiting for graduation, Jesmond Dene House has rooms available to accommodate them during their stay in Newcastle.
Dobson & Parnell on Newcastle Quayside specialises in refined British and European cuisine and is featured in the Michelin Guide 2023. Set within a Victorian Grade II listed building, the interior blends modern elegance with key Victorian features, including traditional pendant track lighting, original brickwork, cast-iron columns, high ceilings, banquette seating with glass partitions, rich dark timber flooring, a brass bar top and decorative tiled counter fronts. Are you wanting something extra special to celebrate the day? Opt for a 5 or 7-course Tasting Menu. Be sure to download the Geordie Street App here for a complimentary glass of fizz!
Want to do something a bit different and celebrate in a more intimate setting? Head to Tyneside Cinema and start the celebrations in Vicolo with a hand crafted cocktail or a delightfully strong coffee. Then head next door to the Tyneside Bar and Cafe for a bite to eat and if any of the days screenings catch your eye, head into a transformative cinematic experience in the heart of independent cinema.
Need to capture the perfect picture to remember your time in Newcastle? Why not head to the many iconic landmarks in the city to get the perfect graduation snaps. Head to the Quayside and take your pick of the glorious backgrounds on offer. Why not pose in front of the Tyne Bridge to commemorate your time in the toon or stand proudly in front of the wonderous architecture of The Glasshouse International Centre for Music. Hop on the Toon Tour and treat your guests to a whistle stop tour of the sites of Newcastle and Gateshead, all the while snapping pictures of memories that will last a lifetime!
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