Graduation season in Bristol is upon us! If you’re one of the graduates-to-be collecting their degrees this year, it’s time to mark the end of an era and raise a glass or two with your friends and family. Here are some of the top ways to celebrate and make it an occasion you never forget. 

Make it last

After three or more years of hard work, you deserve to make the graduation celebrations last as long as possible. So rather than rushing through a day in the city for your ceremony and then heading home, book an overnight stay.

Brooks Guesthouse is one central spot (it's right next to St Nick's Market), with comfortable and stylish rooms or even the option to bed down in a rooftop caravan if you and your loved ones fancy something quirkier. Graduates get one of their award-winning breakfasts for free when your family members stay here. 

Breakfast at Brooks Guesthouse

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Pop the prosecco

What’s a celebration without some bubbles? Say cheers to spending your student years in the world’s best city (in our completely unbiased opinion) with not just a glass of prosecco, but a free one.

Restaurants across the city are ready and waiting with free fizz deals to keep your glass full throughout graduation season and accompany some mouth-watering menus:

Dining table in the Playroom at Racks Bar and Kitchen

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Afternoon tea

For an indulgent graduation day treat, how about an afternoon tea? There are places serving everything from quaint cream teas to full on teatime feasts dotted around the city. So wherever you're staying or having your ceremony, you'll be able to find a delightful spread nearby and many are served with fizz, if you want to dial up the celebratory vibes. 

As a taster, you could tuck into pastries, finger sandwiches and deliciously creamy scones with infusions served by an expert tea sommelier at Hotel du Vin & Bistro, or enjoy a vintage-style afternoon tea on retro crockery with a view of the harbour at The Bristol

Sweet treats from Hotel du Vin's afternoon tea

Image - Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Hit the dancefloor

Plan a farewell drink and dance to the city (that's if you haven't caught the Bristol bug and are staying put, of course) with your uni mates. We're certain you have a long list of favourite bars and clubs by now, but you can always check out our guide to Bristol's student nightlife and see if there are any you're yet to experience. 

Apex club night at Lakota

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Brooks Guesthouse Bristol
Guest House
Double Bedroom, Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

The stunning Brooks Guest House Bristol is a boutique guesthouse in central Bristol.


Located in an iconic grade 1 listed building composed of a glamorous restaurant, bar, event spaces and outdoor terraces.

Racks Bar & Kitchen
Racks Bar & Kitchen

Racks Bar and Kitchen, one of Clifton’s best venues, is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a restaurant with excellent table service and a delicious array of breakfast, lunch and evening meals.

No.4 Clifton Village
Steak and chips

No.4 is located in the heart of Clifton, a beautiful and historic location of Georgian buildings, and the perfect place to relax in Bristol.

The Square Kitchen
The Square Kitchen

Located in Clifton, The Square Kitchen is a fantastic fine-dining restaurant using locally sourced ingredients. Come for the food, stay for the lower-deck cocktail bar, where the bartenders will wow you with their vast repertoire of cocktails!

Pizza on the Park
Pizza on the Park

Pizza on the Park is a true community restaurant; they have been working with a wide range of incredible Bristolian talent – food suppliers, brewers, artists and crafts people.

Caffe Clifton
Caffe Clifton

Caffe Clifton is a unique garden café in the Clifton Hotel. Serving exotic teas and coffees and truly indulgent cakes!

Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro

Critically-acclaimed bistro restaurant, serving fine European cuisine