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Part of the popular Trof family of Manchester bars and venues, this former theatre is one of the finest multi-purpose spaces in Manchester. Bar, restaurant, live venue and nightclub in one, this Whitworth Street gem has fast become one of the coolest hangouts in the city.

Housed in a railway arch underneath Oxford Road Station close to the other Oxford Road bars, the main bar boasts full height windows, minimal sixties inspired decor and a mezzanine area with its own Gin Parlour, offering a great range of gin cocktails and tonic mixes.

Great for after work drinks, Gorilla's excellent cocktails cost just £5 between 5pm and 8pm every day (carafes of wine also only £9). They offer draught, canned and bottled beer as well as a great range of the finest spirits. Gorilla also excels in the food department. With an all-day menu that is home to ‘The Best Burger in Manchester’ (no joke), Gorilla can hit the spot with anything from their in-house baked pastries to a good old Sunday roast. Oh, and don't leave without trying the Deluxe Fries seasoned with parmesan and truffle oil. You can thank us later.

Behind all this sits a 600 capacity live music and club space which hosts regular gigs and top drawer club nights in a uniquely decorated arena. If you’re looking for top night out in Manchester, then look no further than Gorilla. Book your table for food now or hire the mezzanine for your special event using the form above.

Photos: Sebastian Matthes

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Varies based on events and nights.
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
11:30 00:00
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11:30 01:00
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54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW

Central Manchester

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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.80
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.50
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.00
Cocktail £6.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £4.25
Bottle of House Wine £16.50
Bottle of Champagne £35.00


This venue serves Bar Snacks, American and International food.

A word from the chef:
Breakfast is served until 4pm. All other food is served 12pm until late. Choose from royal breakfasts and Sunday roasts, chargrilled burgers and fancy sandwiches. There’s a grilled selection too; choices include steak on the rib (think juicy cuts to share) spatchcocked chicken with lemon and fresh herbs, halloumi and chicken kebabs.

Our Review

Gorilla - Bar Review

Gorilla - Bar Review

As the new Big Daddy of Trof's family of Manchester bars, clubs, diners and gig venues, Gorilla combines all of these various functions in one well thought-out railway arch. Located on the burgeoning Manchester nightlife hotspot of Whitworth Street,...

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Great service, friendly very helpful staff, lovely food and amazing cocktails !! Thank you we will be back ! visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Great food and very helpful staff! visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Outstanding venue excellent staff would recommend to anyone visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Absolutely amazing as per usual visited Gorilla on 12 Oct 2016
14 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Good friendly service, delicious food and decent music. visited Gorilla on 09 Oct 2016
11 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Lovely Sunday roast served by friendly, attentive staff. visited Gorilla on 09 Oct 2016
11 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Sarah and her team at Gorilla hosted our post show party for the premiere of Giselle at the Palace Theatre - Manchester International Festival were very happy with the service and level of detail the team put in to making the party such a wonderful one for the Company of the English National Ballet. Everyone had a ball!
11 Oct 2016 by gemma35

Hi, A group of 10 of us went to Gorilla for lunch before the theatre on Saturday and had a splendid time. As always the service was exceptional from the person who greeted us at the door to the lovely staff who waited on our table with such warmth, courtesy and efficiency. The food was great and everyone enjoyed it. Thank you very much. wendymac visited Gorilla on 24 Sep 2016
26 Sep 2016 by wendymac

Walked past lots of times and decided to try after evening at HOME. A really pleasant surprise. Had one of the specials and didn't expect food this good from this venue. Would definitely recommend. clairebridgeman visited Gorilla on 15 Jun 2016
17 Jun 2016 by clairebridgeman

Brilliant place had our meal there before a gig. Amazing food great place the staff in the restaurant very friendly. Staff at the gig helpfull and friendly . had an amazing night highly recommend. Alan visited Gorilla on 15 Jun 2016
17 Jun 2016 by Alan

Great food, menu choice, service and cocktails to die for.... especially the espresso martinis!!! And for a fiver each, even better! Definitely will be making a return visit in the near future! samdhal visited Gorilla on 27 May 2016
30 May 2016 by samdhal

We booked in at the Gin Parlour recently with all our staff. The food was amazing, especially the Gorilla Dog and the Halloumi Burgers. Excellent cocktails and really friendly staff. I would definitely recommend the space for a staff do. thebinarybox visited Gorilla on 19 May 2016
24 May 2016 by thebinarybox

Gorilla great as always, staff always helpful and friendly food hot, well prepared, presented and tasty. Great selection of starters and mains. Lamb burger very nice indeed as was the Tuna special. stb4jab visited Gorilla on 11 May 2016
13 May 2016 by stb4jab

Booked Gorilla's Gin Parlour for a 50 person work social. Was a great location for the event; good atmosphere and our own bar. Sarah, the lady I booked with was great and very accommodating considering we had to change the date of the event at short notice! We benefitted from the £5 cocktails at happy hour, and bar staff were good, We didn't see much of other staff, but that was because we had booked in advance and it was a private function. The room comfortable fit our party, but would be a squeeze for anymore. We ordered the £20 buffet which had a good variety and came out hot. The only thing I would say is we didn't feel the amount of food was worth what we paid, however that being said we were all full and didn't finish everything. I would definitely recommend for a private function and will be visiting again!
21 Apr 2016 by becksandog

First time at gorilla for food. We regularly go for drinks and decided to invite two of our friend along for food on Saturday night. Love the atmosphere of gorilla and really enjoy the food. However the staff were hard to get hold of and very forgetful, I had to ask twice for a rose and lemonde to recieve lemonade and then to ask again to recieve lemonade and lime to finally recieve my drink third time. Tasha0518 visited Gorilla on 02 Apr 2016
05 Apr 2016 by Tasha0518

We had dinner for 7 at 7pm it was lovely! Great menu and tasty cocktails. My only complaint was I asked for my lamb burger medium rare and it was well done. The house rose is definitely to be avoided. Megan88 visited Gorilla on 24 Mar 2016
26 Mar 2016 by Megan88

Here on Thursday at 5ish,quiet before then but then became busier due to cocktail offers no doubt. Food great and piping hot, pudding with custard to die for. Great start to the night!! stb4jab visited Gorilla on 24 Mar 2016
26 Mar 2016 by stb4jab

Are here on Sunday, It wasn't very busy so the atmosphere was relaxing. The service was fast and friendly. The food arrived at a good time, presented well and tasted delicious!! The chocolate brownie was amazing, still craving it now! Would definitely recommend and will be returning!! chelseaharwood visited Gorilla on 17 Jan 2016
19 Jan 2016 by chelseaharwood

Me and 3 friends went for Sunday dinner on the 6th Dec and it was the best I have had in Manchester. We then had dessert and this also was amazing, 2 of my friends have already booked again for next week. Staff cannot do enough for you and the atmosphere was great, cosy and relaxed. Definitely be coming again. Thanks. kelly_cakes visited Gorilla on 06 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015 by kelly_cakes

The food was amazing (the half chicken was actually the best chicken I've ever had), the service was fine (but not brilliant, hence the 4 stars not 5) and the atmosphere was fab. Great location too, directly opposite The Ritz where we were going later. allisonellaway visited Gorilla on 31 Oct 2015
04 Nov 2015 by allisonellaway

I was late but my friends were seated at a lovely table and the service / food were great. One star lost because I don't think you could come here for 3 courses...the menu choice is eclectic 😀 anniefrosty visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2015
16 Oct 2015 by anniefrosty

Food awesome as ever - particularly the cheeseburger! We had made a booking, but our table wasn't ready when we arrived. First time something like this happens; and we got a table not 2 min later... Love it there! pau_dmn1 visited Gorilla on 17 Sep 2015
19 Sep 2015 by pau_dmn1

Well I made a online booking request and no one got back to me....I have today received an email asking if I wanted to write about my experience..... sorry didn't even get chance to experience anything!!!! made another booking at another restaurant instead
14 Sep 2015 by cathm123
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Thanks Gorilla for a great birthday party. We love your service, cocktails and delicious food so it was a joy to share it all that Gorilla goodness with our best friends
07 Sep 2015 by new2manchester

Love, love, love this place. Perfect place for a bite to eat at lunch with friends. The Bacon butty is immense - the best ever and is huge like a door step!. Staff always really helpful. Would eat here every day if I could! :)
21 Aug 2015 by kazza79

Gorilla is one of the best places I have ever been to for Brunch and that is no exaggeration. The staff are fantastic, the food is unbelievably good and there is just a great atmosphere. Plus a bloody Mary Spice option of 1-10? Hell yeah! Can't recommend it enough.
11 Aug 2015 by Martha

Excellent service and food for twenty of us for a birthday. Only flaw was that there was no vegetarian roast dinner by 4pm. Shame. They did a slight alternative which was greatly received. Kids were looked after too. Nothing too much trouble. Would highly recommend.
28 Jul 2015 by Matt
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We booked to have food at Gorilla. The bar is nice and the drinks are good. However, we were really looking forward to the steak. Neither steaks were available that night. You would think on a Saturday night that they would be prepared. We then asked for the pork. They told us this would take 30 minutes to cook. So we were limited to the burgers. They were okay but were not steak.
20 Jul 2015 by lmac1981

We booked the Gin Parlour for our wedding reception,we wanted a busy party atmosphere and that's exactly what we got!All the staff and managers we're amazing can't rate highly enough!
21 Jun 2015 by twolittlepigs

I booked you for my boyfriends 30th birthday on Saturday and you were absolutely brilliant, so much so we came back on the Sunday for a drink and a snack! We couldn't have been more impressed with you your establishment, your staff are friendly & helpful and the service was fantastic. Food and drinks are the best we have had (we would like to steal the chef who is responsible for your chocolate chip brownie ha) & there is a great atmosphere, you certainly helped make his birthday meal a success, so thank you! We will definitely be back to see you :) Many thanks Becky
22 Dec 2014 by becx1989
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I organised the events well in advance. I found the organisation, communication with Gorilla very disappointing in the later stages. I was contacted on the wrong date to say that I had a reservation and they were waiting for me! On the day of our Christmas party, the service was very slow and the payment of the bill was a nightmare. They had forgotten to take of deposit off the bill. We were over charged for items we did not order. The manner in which it was dealt with was not the way I would expect the establishment to behave in. However, I have to compliment the catering staff for the great food. I have had great experiences at Gorilla but this soured things as it was our xmas team meal.
22 Dec 2014 by asdaz

Food at Gorilla were amazing! Especially the Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale. Besides that, staff were friendly and patient too. Always a great place to come for brunch. Definitely would recommend anyone who comes to Manchester.
15 Dec 2014 by kimberly_ziqian

Hired out the Studio for our works Christmas party. It was a great night, staff were in and out and we never felt ignored. We had drinks pre-ordered and they were brought in as and when we wanted them. We never had to ask where anything was and everything went without a hitch. I would definitely recommend it for a party and would go again.(You can also play your own music and hook it up to the speakers which I feel is a nice touch for the end of the night) Cheers Gorilla : )
15 Dec 2014 by stix

I had the most fabulous night celebrating my 30th Birthday at Gorilla with 20 of my good friends. Great food, catering for dietary requirements with ease and fabulous cocktails. Everyone commented on how cool the venue was, without feeling pretentious or try hard. The night was topped off with some fun dancing under the shiny ceilinged bar. Best night out in a v long time! Thanks Gorilla!
08 Dec 2014 by clucas

I hired the Gin Parlour for a private party and not only did we have 5 star service from all the staff, (especially Steve who looked after us at the bar all night) But the buffet was also outstanding and well worth the money. I would highly recommend the gin parlour for any parties... the Monkey 47 gin went down a treat all night! Thank you all so much.
01 Dec 2014 by moo_stewart

Hired out the Studio for a party and ordered the buffet. While it was not the cheapest option available it was definitely a case of getting what I paid for. The management were efficient and helpful at sorting out my booking and were always able to answer any questions I had. On the night the staff were really helpful, directing people to the side room as they arrived, answering my technical questions and ensuring we were having a good time. The buffet was really good, well worth what we paid for it - everyone was very complimentary about the food. The Studio was the perfect size and the sound system was great. I would highly recommend this place for parties and other events.
03 Nov 2014 by hollyzone

Great night, lovely atmosphere and delicious food. The offer on cocktails was brilliant especially given it was a Saturday night. Our waitress was fantastic, really friendly and helpful. Great service.
13 Oct 2014 by karuby

Always great "posh bar food" and really friendly service, one of mannchester a truly great bars! Dining upstairs is a delight, the decor brilliant and the food is great. The deluxe chips divide opinion but I absolutely love them, the beef shin, lamb burger, chicken kebab and the gorilla dog are all fantastic for meat lovers; while there's enough on the menu to keep vegans and veggies occupied for many visits. Sarah the booking manager is also worth mention, very helpful and accommodating! :)
07 Oct 2014 by jmayor

Brilliant as ever. Lovely atmosphere – especially in upstairs seating area, very good food, excellent cocktails and great service from the hostess/waitress who looks after everyone upstairs. Thanks for another great night!
04 Oct 2014 by jackpolite

Great place! Food was amazing! Deluxe chips were delish! Cocktails too. Think they need more staff making cocktails as we had to wait ages. I will definitely return, maybe try out the club? You won't be disappointed with this place, book a table now
04 Oct 2014 by dawnus

Love the food here. Great choice for veggies / vegans as well. Can be a bit of a nightmare if you can't find anywhere to sit so worth getting in early at the weekends. Perfect that they have a club attached as well if you decide to put on your dancing shoes :)
24 Dec 2013 by Hannah

Love this place! Amazing food - the burger is the best! The bar looks like the sort of place you'd find in New York. Go here for cocktails & raucus fun after work. its packed whenever i've been. espresso martinis all the way!
16 Aug 2013 by poppy

one of the sickest venues manchester has to offer at the moment.. main room bangin, food hall bangin, club vibe BANGIN!... defiantly something worth check out.. x
10 Jun 2013 by lukemanchester

Food is seriously good. Just wanna live here so I can eat their burgers over and over again!
09 May 2013 by JSmith

Went to a club night for a mate's 21st; had never been before so wasn't sure but fab once we got in. Cheap drinks prices. Great music and a huge space. Definitely recommended!
22 Feb 2013 by m_willis
1 person people found this helpful

I absolutely love Gorilla. Great variety of drinks and their Gin Parlour is amazing. Came on a club night and it was such a good crowd. Had to que for a little bit but wasnt too long and worth it!
18 Feb 2013 by jsmith87

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