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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 #139 of 1,757 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
Heathfield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 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
1 review
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
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Have now eaten here on two occasions in the last few months and taken drinks here on a few more occasions. We love it. Great food, good portions, very tasty, great music and very reasonably priced drinks for a central Manchester bar. No one rushes you, the music is not too loud you cant hear yourself think and it has... More 

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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend decided to branch out from our usual preference of american style restaurants and try out some where new. We came across Sandinista online and thought we'd check it out based purely on how cool the decor looks. Within twenty seconds of walking through the door we were seated, with drinks and menus. At first impression the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

First time visit and will certainly be going back. Lovely food and atmosphere friendly and helpful staff.

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Oldham, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My husband and I chose to come here for our late Anniversary meal and we really weren't disappointed at all. The welcome was lovely and we were seated straight away. Drinks promptly followed and the waitress talked us through the menu. We decided to share the cheese and meat platter and then chose 2 tapas dishes each. The garlic prawns,... More 

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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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