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Sandinista

2 Old Bank Street | Just off St Ann's Square, Manchester, England
+44 161 832 9955
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Ranked #129 of 1,654 restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Latin, South American, Spanish, Central American
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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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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

So happy to find this "hidde " tapas bar. Great food and athmosphere. Music is very good. Great value for money.

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Espen V, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I see this is your 2nd review for Sandinista and it's great to see our guests returning. Please let me know (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) when you plan to come back again and I'll get you a beer on the house! Thanks, Katy More

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

On walking in I experienced a sense of déjà vu - I'd been here before! It was the night we couldn't decide on tapas, asked the brilliant waiter to just give us a random selection, plates of gorgeous food and cocktails kept coming and it was a great night. So I was expecting, if not a repeat, then a night... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi thebluestofwhales, I'm sorry to hear you feel you had a bad experience at Sandinista. I'm very surprised to hear you weren't happy with the food or the service as we always get such great feedback on these and we pride ourselves on quality food and friendly service. I take all feedback very seriously and I would like to look... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Such a great place to hang out with friends - so central, a perfect meeting place. Drinks always come with great service. Cocktails are really tasty and the bar staff have often been preparing for competitions when I have been in, so are obviously well informed and care about what they are producing. The food is great too. There is... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Sam C, What a great review, thank you! Always great to see returning customers on Trip Advisor. Our staff love a good cocktail competition and have been doing very well in them recently! I'll make sure they see your comments and of course our kitchen staff too. Thank you for the great feedback and let me know when you... More

Manchester
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place has gone from strength to strength. Popped in last Thurs and the service was brilliant. Such a unique gem to the city so shame on me for not coming back sooner. Yum is the word I'd describe the scallops & livers. The atmosphere, the staff on the floor & even the guardians of the door all made a... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi ManchesterWillH, Thank you again for coming back to Sandinista! We are very flattered that you taken the time to review us for a 2nd time! I'll pass on your compliments to our chef, floor team & door staff! Please get in touch (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) next time your heading down and I'll get you a drink on the house plus the... More

manchester
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I and my husband popped in for few drinks after shopping. I must say what fantastic service we received. We ended up staying there for over 2 hours. We were served by Alex and Jim who gave us the best customer service had in a long time. The French martinilla cocktail is a must and by far the best cocktail... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Kathryn and Chris, Thank you so much for this lovely review. We really do pride ourselves on our friendly service. I'll make sure Alex & Jim get to see this review! The French Martinilla is an old favourite of ours too and has remained on our menu for some time due to it's popularity. Its and a great twist... More

Rochdale, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Dropped in on saturday night fairly late and was not dissapointed. A round of drinks came in at just under eleven quid for three beers / ciders. The dj was fantastic and kept great tunes coming all night. What more do you need really? Not eaten here yet but going off some of these reviews its only a matter of... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Adamjae, Thank you so much for this great review! Sounds like you got a good taste of our party atmosphere? This is the beauty of Sandinista - food by day, party by night - why leave? ;) Please let me know (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) when you plan to come in to sample our tapas menu and I'll make sure there is... More

Dingwall, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. We had a light bite, the scallops and a cheese board, beautiful. The staff were really friendly, we took advantage of the 20% for having gig tickets with us (great idea), we returned after our gig, the place was jumping with a brilliant eclectic selection of music. It was so... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Lisabulbs, Thank you so much for this great review! So great to hear that we came recommended too. We pride ourselves on customer service and our staff really are a pleasure. Great to hear you took advantage of our gig offer! FYI that offer is on any tickets - gig's, theatre, comedy..etc. So if you're ever in town for... More

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Go in for my lunch quite often to make the most out of the 3 for £10 tapas deal. More then enough food for the money and always good quality. Good selection of craft beers to accompany and really friendly staff to chat with when quiet. Cheers guys!

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Thomas K, Thank you for your great review! Always lovely to hear such positive feedback and to hear that you are a regular of ours too. Let me know when you're coming in next (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) and i'll get you a craft beer of choice on the house! Thanks, katy More

Hodnet, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited the Sandinista for lunch on a Saturday. We were the only people there (a few other couples came in whilst we were there). There is a very good selection of dishes to select from (as long as you are not a veggie) and the idea of selecting a mix of dishes to share for a set price is... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Ossiesmum, Thank you for taking the time to review us here on Trip Advisor. It's great to see you really enjoyed the food and the service, i'll make sure the staff see your feedback. We have a couple of set menus; one is a 3-4-£10 tapas deal midweek and the other is our party pack that we offer to... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I have been trying to find a good tapas bar in Manchester for a while. This is a great find! Food is excellent, the atmosphere is chilled and relaxed with great music playing. Prices are average around £4 a tapas dish. Definitely worth a visit!

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Natc01, Thank you so much for reviewing us on Trip Adviser - and what a great review it is. I'm so glad you enjoyed the food and the music. Please let me know (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) next time you plan to come back & I'll get you a drink on us! Many thanks, Katy More

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