Describing itself as an ‘industrial chic bar’, Gorilla sits in one of Manchester’s many railway arches in an area which is undergoing something of a redevelopment kick. Of all the venues along this strip, Gorilla is staking an early claim for the boldest and best.
The main bar is surprisingly spacious although it can fill up quick on gig nights, so seek out the Studio space around the back if you need a bit more elbow room. The mezzanine above holds a rather classy parlour area which boasts a fine range of fancy gins, if that happens to be your particular tipple. The food is great too, for veggies as well as meat-eaters, and they serve all day from breakfast to dinner and beyond until the small twilight hours, with a full compliments of roasts for all on Sundays.
But it’s not just eating and drinking: Gorilla has firmly established itself as a top notch gig venue, hosting a whole raft of rising stars from an eclectic range of genres. Hidden away beyond the bar is a properly decent-sized space for intimate gigs and sweaty club nights. It does get damn hot in there, and quite dark, but the industrial chic only adds to the experience if you put yourself in the right mood. The stage has a unique and intriguing backdrop (I won’t spoil it) and is set close up to the dancefloor for that feel of proper intimacy. Smart design and great attention to detail, this monkey has done good.