El Gorila located in the youthful and fashionable neighborhood of Malasaña, was created by the hand of an Argentine illustrator Tato Repetto. Tato decided to put together his passion for illustration, urban art, and bar tending knowledge he had acquired while working as a waiter on a cruise ship in the Bahamas to open this amazing bar with the designing help of Jose Maria Aguilar. They partnered to create El Gorila: a bar that focuses on urban art, a simple menu with natural products and competitive prices on the drinks.
If you go to The Gorilla at 10am to see young people working with their laptops taking advantage of the free wifi and electrical outlets which is something valued highly for those of us who usually work or study in bars and cafes while having breakfast. On the early morning menu you will find fresh juices, delicious coffee (which is also available with soy milk), which is appreciated in these times of food-intolerance, and various types of toast made with natural products. We recommend you try the rye bread and turkey. In the afternoon, he frequently gets crowded with patrons requesting strawberry smoothies or any of the bagels they offer, such as salmon, cream cheese and capers or pizza. You are also likely to find dogs of different sizes and colors, as the bar is dog friendly, with fresh water for your furry friend and also ample space to put your bicycle. Through the afternoon the action continues with a happy hour as well as a selection of frozen daiquiris.
Another attraction of this place is the furniture-which, incidentally, is for sale, designed by Tato, Mr. Hazelnut in his role as illustrator-designer. The bar is made with fruit boxes from the 50s, with tables and wrought iron pallets with the help of Ivan, the blacksmith of the neighborhood, etc. And this place is committed to objects “with soul” and the corners with personality. On the walls you will find murals made by Tato and other emerging artists, as well as temporary exhibitions of painting and photography. A place where your chef promotes teamwork and mixing artistic disciplines.
Approx: 5 to 10 euros.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 to 1:00
Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 to 2:30
Sunday 10:00 to 1:00
Text: Barbara Santa-Cruz
Photos: Mar del Hoyo
Translation: Brett Piron