Gorilla, Manchester: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks

With a looming work trip to Manchester, I started digging around on the internet for somewhere interesting to have a casual dinner with an old friend.  Gorilla holds the award for Best Burger in Manchester, so booking a table there was a no-brainer.
Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
It was absolutely pouring with rain when Kirsten and I dashed into Gorilla, under the railway tracks on Whitworth Street West.  Gorilla multitasks as a bar, restaurant, live music venue and club.
The interior is amazing, utilising the bunker-like railway arch to its full potential, keeping the original brickwork, alongside rustic and industrial touches and plush booths overlooking the main bar below.
Gin Parlour @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Gin Parlour @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
It was a Friday night and the place was buzzing, with drinkers filling the ground floor bar, and groups of girls and guys, dressed up to the nines, dining.
Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Our table was in the Gin Parlour, located on the mezzanine, and stocked with the top gins from around the world – small batch, hand-crafted distillations and a huge variety of styles – alongside other top spirits, to create an interesting and lengthy cocktail menu.
Gin Parlour @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Gin Parlour @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Gin Parlour @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Kirsten’s G&T-with-a-twist was complemented by a homemade tonic syrup and fresh grapefruit to make it a pretty special tipple.  My New York Sour was a bourbon-based cocktail on the rocks, with a red wine float – a novel addition to my favourite style of drink that somehow (oddly) worked.
Gin Parlour @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
The food menu is broad and award-winning, and includes hearty salads, chargrilled burgers, roast chicken, kebabs and steaks.  If visiting for brunch (which I would suggest you do), the in-house bakery provides the freshest sourdough, brioche, muffins and cakes, served alongside shakes and Fair Trade coffees.
Main bar @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Main bar @ Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
We chowed down on chicken kebabs and hot dogs before dashing back out into the vile weather to catch a train home.
Gorilla is a real find – it’s one of those all-rounders which would work for a date, a big group of friends or even colleagues, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or dancing – and I would certainly go back.
Gorilla: Restaurant & bar under the railway tracks in Manchester | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Gorilla
54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW
Reservations: info@thisisgorilla.com / 0161 407 0301