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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 #112 of 1,647 restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Latin, South American, Spanish, Central American
Dining options: 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: 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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manchester
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
Contributor
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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were in manchester for hubby's 40th and after walking round the shops was looking for somewhere to have lunch when we stumbled over Sandinista. Wow so glad we did, beautiful atmosphere, spotlessly clean, and the food well were do I start, we love tapas as we both like to drink and pick so was right up our street, the... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Mike1-Sharon1, Thank you so much for reviewing Sandinista. It's always great to see such positive comments. This is exactly how we want our guests to feel when they leave, so thank you for sharing your thoughts. Let me know when your coming back (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) and I'll get you a cols Sol on the house! Thanks, Katy More

Huddersfield
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Hadn't been to Sandinista before so gave it a go. Had a great evening of good food, drink and music. We shared six tapas dishes from the many on offer. They were all delicious but liked the scallops best. Had a bottle of white rioja to wash it down with, (excellent value at £17) all to really good, eclectic background... More

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi AleksHuddersfield, Thank you so much for reviewing Sandinista. It's always great to see such positive comments. This is exactly how we want our guests to feel when they leave, so thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'll make sure Amy see's your review! Let me know when your coming back (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) and I'll get you a glass of white... More

USA
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is my favorite place to be for drinks, food, and a good time with some really good people/staff! I'm here all the time! Great staff, Great atmosphere! Would definitely recommend you try it here! The decent music they play is a bonus!

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Karis C, Thanks for taking the time to review us here. What great feedback! It's always great to see such lovely comments. So glad you've enjoyed your visits. Let me know next time your heading down (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) & I'll get you a beer on us! Many thanks, Katy More

Manchester, England
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Great menu, great service and delicious food. Our waitress was attentive, friendly and fun. The menu had a good varied choice of tapas and the food arrived quickly and was delicious! The decor was warm and fun. The music was great! Really enjoyed everything! I would definitely recommend this place.

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Sandinista_manager, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi lmt032, Thanks for taking the time to review us here. What great feedback! It's always great to see such lovely comments. So glad you've enjoyed your visits. Let me know next time your heading down (k.johnson@sandinista.co.uk) & I'll get you a beer on us! Many thanks, Katy More

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