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2 Old Bank Street | Just off St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7PF, England
+44 161 832 9955
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Ranked #112 of 1,784 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Cuisines: Latin, South American, Spanish, Tapas, Central American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Inspired by a love for music, food, drinks and Latin culturewith the maxim ‘nuestra casa es tu casa’ – our home is your home.And as the Eagles sang...“you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” MusicMusic is our passion and Joe Strummer is at our heart. The Clash inspired us to name our bar after their 4th album ‘Sandinista’. We play an eclectic mix that covers rock, indie, funk, soul, reggae, 80’s and more. Central American CultureSandinista!s revolutionary theme is influenced by the political movement in Nicaragua - The Sandinista National Liberation Front . They liberated Nicaragua with an oppressive right-wing regime in 1979 to 1990. The Central American influence is carried throughout the Latin inspired food and drink menu as well as the décor. Rock ‘n’ Roll and Food For the SoulIt's more fun to eat in a bar than drink in a restaurant!Our menu focuses on Spanish Tapas. Our dishes embody Sandinista!’s Latin inspired food ethos: simple great tasting cuisine that reflects the culture it was born out of. Drinks (open every day till 3am)Why did the Mexican push his wife off the cliff?...............Tequila!!!!Sandinista!'s impressively stocked bar offers an impressive range of cocktails from the four corners of the globe, our top sellers being fruity, tangy twists on Mojitos, Daiquiris, Mai Tais, Margaritas and Juleps. Our back bar boasts an array of quality tequilas, rums and spirits with a fine selection of beers.
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited Sandinista as a birthday treat for my mum, and were delighted with the service - big smiles, great welcome - and the quality of the dishes we chose. Delicious scallops, and a fabulous chicken and pineapple dish. We had a cocktail each, and even got 20% discount as we were going to a show. Next time I'm in... More 

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Roz D, What a fantastic review of our bar! I'm thrilled you had such a positive experience. Great service and food are the two qualities we are most passionate about delivering! Let us know when you're in the area next time (t.parker-smith@sandinista.co.uk) and we'll get you a cocktail on us! Thanks again, Thimara More 

Wigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Went to Sandinista on Saturday evening and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The waitress was very helpful and knew her stuff for both food and drinks and went the extra mile to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves.The atmosphere inside the place was lively with an eclectic mix of music and seemed to be being enjoyed by people of all ages.The food was... More 

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi StuartBWigan, Thanks for a fantastic 5 star review of Sandinista! Our team get such fantastic feedback from customer such as yourself, and I'm so pleased to know there was no exception in this case, and they went that extra mile for you! We are rolling out a new menu in the next couple of weeks, so next time you're... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I had my 30th birthday party in the downstairs bar at Sandinista on 10th January. I had booked it months ago as January can be a difficult time to get all your friends together! Erica, the event organiser, was brilliant and dealt with all my questions, requests etc brilliantly and this made the booking and organisation of my party really... More 

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Ruthietruthie, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are really proud of our team over at Manchester and it's great to know that they took care of your every need for you party. I will feed back your lovely comments to the whole team, and particularly Emma and Erica for giving you such a... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Awesome bar! The only place I've seen outside of Cuba that sells cristal beer. Nice relaxed atmosphere, we didn't eat but we will definitely try the food next time.

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Matthew P, Thanks for the review and 5 stars you gave us! We are really proud of our team at Sandinista and all they do. Next time you're popping in to try our tapas, let us know (info@sandinista.co.uk) and we'll get you a drink on the house! Thanks again, Thimara More 

Heathfield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I was here for a work’s Xmas do. The atmosphere and service was good and tapas for a large group was a great idea. But the food was a bit hit and miss. We loved the chilli and rice and the nachos and goose fat potatoes were good. But nobody liked the chorizo with cheese or the croquets and the... More 

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Lincolnshire,England
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Found this restaurant on tripadvisor- its down a side street off Deansgate so no way would have chanced upon it. Good atmosphere, music a bit random with no real theme of songs. Half the place is booths for eating, half is tables and chairs for drinking and a bar. Kitchen is open plan so clear view of the chef cooking.... More 

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Redmin, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Glad you enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Our tapas is served as it is in Spain, which is as & when it is ready. As the dishes are small, this ensures the food is eaten at it best, while it is still nice and hot as oppose to some... More 

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Our 2nd visit, and unfortunately a great experience. Staff were freindly, that was not an issue, just the food & service. Despite being Tapas and you should expect timing of dishes to vary as we were told, serving 1/2 your main with your Starter I would say is pushing the concept too far. Having some party member wiating for their... More 

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi David B, I'm sorry to hear you feel you had a bad experience at Sandinista. Please could you be so kind as to get in touch (info@sandinista.co.uk) as I'd love to get some more information form you so I can look into this incident. Thanks, Katy More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Friends had recommended Sandinista as a place with good music, a good atmosphere and good booze. Four of us headed there for a belated birthday meal. We didn't book, but arrived early enough to bag a table. While we waited to be seated we tried out some of the ales at the bar. If you're not sure what to go... More 

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Jan H, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely, detailed review of Sandinista. It's great to hear you had such a good experience! Please let me know (info@sandinista.co.uk) next time your are coming down & I will get you a drink on the house. Many thanks, Katy More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Was expecting a real authentic tapas experience after reading the reviews on here. We walked in and had to wait at the bar whilst a man behind the bar stood and stared at us as did the chef. No acknowledgement or smile or anything to welcome us. We were finally greeted by another man behind the bar who asked us... More 

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Lj_Mckelvey, I'm sorry to hear you feel you've not had a great experience at Sandinista. As you can see from our reviews, our guests are usually extremely happy with the food, drinks and service. Please can you get in touch with me directly (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) as I'd love to know a bit more information RE the date & time of... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Love this place, it's a proper hidden gem in Manchester! Food is delicious as well as being well priced and good sized portions. Staff are incredibly friendly and service is quick. Also love the general atmosphere and feel of the place, and the music is class too. A must for food and/or a drink in Manchester!

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Additional Information about Sandinista

Address: 2 Old Bank Street | Just off St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7PF, England
Phone Number: +44 161 832 9955
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: Latin, South American, Spanish, Tapas, Central American

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