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Located under the railway arches and decked out in reclaimed school furniture, this city centre bar is as hip as they come

Gorilla occupies the space in the railway arches of Whitworth Street that was formally Manchester's most experimental performance venue, the Green Room. For experimental, read a man playing the piano with his penis.

Ripping out the café-bar area and refurbishing it using reclaimed school furniture (the arched ceiling is made out of old school floorboards, you eat from tin plates, you sit on school chairs), the clever folks behind Gorilla had an immediate hit on their hands; a much-needed Northern Quarter-style bar on the other side of town.

Spread over two floors (gin parlour upstairs, standard bar down), Gorilla works as a place to drink or a place to eat, offering a simple but delicious menu that includes burgers, salads and full English breakfasts. Veggies take note – the meat-free Sunday roast is the best in town. On top of this, the staff of hipster beardy boys and cool-as-all hell girls really couldn't be friendlier, happy to chat about the menu, what's on, or their chosen brand of beard cream (the boys, not the girls).

But that's not all. Once the bar was established, the performance space re-opened, making Gorilla a great, mid-sized venue for gigs, book readings, club nights and everything in between. The line-up suggests a desire to mix established artists with those still emerging or trying to break through, so it's good to see that some of the old Green Room ethic still remains.

By: Rob Martin


Venue name: Gorilla
Address: 54-56 Whitworth Street West
M1 5WW
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  • Rock and indie Thursday March 23 2017
  • Rock and indie Friday March 24 2017 - Wednesday August 30 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Sunday March 26 2017
  • Rock and indie Tuesday March 28 2017
  • Rock and indie Thursday March 30 2017
  • Pop Friday March 31 2017
  • House, disco and techno Friday March 31 2017 - Saturday April 1 2017
  • Rock and indie Monday April 3 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Thursday April 6 2017
  • Funk, soul and disco Friday April 7 2017
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Just back from Gorilla after one of the worst breakfasts ever.  My full English came with bland bacon that looked as though it had been boiled, the sausage was the same, anaemic, and bland and a fried egg with the smallest yolk I'd ever seen that had been cooked akin to a bullet!  Friends with me didn't fare much better, having cold cardboard like waffles, with streaky bacon that was so small it took some finding.  All in all this 'hipster' restaurant, seems like a place to be seen in rather than to eat in!!

Staff Writer

Love this place! Great cocktails and breakfasts are lovely too.