Newcastle’s new Gorilla bar and bowling alley opens with gifts for the family this Saturday

Free bowling and drinks are on offer for families this Saturday as a new entertainment venue opens inside Eldon Square.

Gorilla Bar and Bowling will open on the top floor of the Newcastle Mall to reveal a host of attractions – including big-screen sport, My Delhi street food and Anachy Brew Co. beers – as well as a vibrant graffiti art look. This is a complete transformation of the old bowling alley with the aim of accommodating more of an evening crowd as well as daytime guests.

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To show off its massive renovation, it invites families to enjoy free bowling and soft drinks on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. As it prepared for its launch, manager Lucy Barrett showed ChronicleLive on Friday as finishing touches were made to the main space.

The Gorilla Bar and Bowling is next to the Jungle Jack children’s play area which, like the previous bowling alley, closed before the lockdown. It reopened in February and Friday was in full swing.

The new Gorilla Bar and Bowling on the upper level of the Eldon Square Food District

Together the venues breathe new life into the upstairs, which once housed a gym and is accessible by lifts from behind the food court in Eldon Square. Early Gorilla customers will find eight bowling alleys waiting for action as well as four pool tables, arcade games, ping pong tables and darts.

There’s a large screen to show BT sport and the walkway walls are covered in graffiti – colorful scenes capturing the Tyne Bridge and the Angel of the North – created by local talent Mark shields who on Friday was busy completing the next stage of his work. The graphic designer and mural artist used neon and UV paint, which means that when the lights go down above the bowling alley in the evening, the artwork glows off the walls.

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Artist Mark Shields who painted the mural for the new bowling alley.
Artist Mark Shields who painted the mural for the new bowling alley.

Food and drink will be a big part of the attraction at the venue which has pulled off a bang with its vendors. Newcastle-based Anachy Brew Co. has signed on to supply the beer, and award-winning company My Delhi has created an Indian street food menu that will be unique to Gorilla.

The town favorite came up with ideas such as naanza – an Indian pizza made with naan bread and its own sauce – which will be easy to hold and eat while bowling. Also on the menu are options such as curry bowls, tandoori grills and Indian burgers.

The Gorilla Bar will serve a selection of drinks, including Anarchy Brew Co.
The Gorilla Bar will serve a selection of drinks, including Anarchy Brew Co.

On the beverage side, the newly-appointed bar will serve beers such as Anarchy’s Blonde Star and Citra Star as well as other beers on tap as well as in bottles and cans. There will also be spirits as well as a selection of wines, including prosecco and champagne. For more on Gorilla Bar and Bowling, check out their Instagram page here.

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