We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sandinista

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Latin, South American, Spanish, Tapas, Central American
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
2 Old Bank Street | Just off St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7PF, England
+44 161 832 9955
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Inspired by a love for music, food, drinks and Latin culturewith the maxim...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 112 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Friendly staff, brilliant music and great night out! welcoming and a great night out

I had a great night at Sandinistas. The door staff looked out for me when I was going to get cash out and were friendly and welcoming. The bar staff were brilliant and entertaining. The music was excellent and there was a vibrant atmosphere. The food was really good and the prices are reasonable. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
MarianneStevens
,
London
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Norwegian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had a great night at Sandinistas. The door staff looked out for me when I was going to get cash out and were friendly and welcoming. The bar staff were brilliant and entertaining. The music was excellent and there was a vibrant atmosphere. The food was really good and the prices are reasonable. I couldn't recommend it enough and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I've never been and had tapas, so I cannot judge Sandinista's food, however we tried and head there for a few drinks and were greeted by unprofessional bouncers. Music was great and we would have loved to all manage to have a good night, but unfortunately this wasn't the case

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We were a very large group of international young professionals and unfortunately our Spanish friends were not allowed in. The irony...as Sandinista is meant to be famous for its Latin American influence and delicious tapas. Unfortunately we didn't experience any of that, just extremely rude bouncers and an unhelpful bar manager. We had to quickly leave and go somewhere else.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Music was great, unfortunately not all of our friends were allowed in and some were not allowed back in, which was very upsetting and ended up with all of us having to all leave. Won't be back

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Ended up ruining our night. Very selective and extremely rude. Would not listen or let us in. Worst Friday night in Manchester in a long time

Was this review helpful? Yes
Valencia
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

One of our best mates was leaving to go back to Madrid, we therefore tried to organise a great send off and we were hoping to have this at Sandinista. When we got there we were 'welcomed' by quite harsh bouncers that ended up deciding not to let one of our best friends in as he was 'gesticulating'. As he... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mold, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Saturday night in Manchester..... where to eat? Husband, daughter and I wanted something before going to The Royal Exchange. Daughter suggested trying a restaurant around the corner, which served Tapas, something I had only had once before and my husband, never. She suggested Sandinista, as it was literally 1 minute's walk from the theatre but because she had never been... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for taking the time to review our Tapas bar! Our team put in such a tremendous effort and to receive such lovely feedback really does make it all so worthwhile! Please come back and see us again, as I'd love to buy you a drink to say thank you. Let me... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I decided to take my family to Sandinista on Thursday (Chinese new year) after watching the celebrations, and reading the endless good reviews on trip advisor. we booked a table knowing this time would be busy, and was we right, we arrived at peak time around 7 o clock and was greeted at the door by a lovely friendly waitress... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thank you Darren for taking the time to write this review and commend our hard-working staff on a job well done. Thank you also for you patience by bearing with us on such a busy evening. I've passed your lovely feedback on to the team who don't always get the praise they deserve, so thanks so much for your kind... More 

Manchester
Top Contributor
359 reviews 359 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Although Sandinista was possibly the worst album by the best ever band, this eponymously named bar is tremendous. From the moment you walk in the staff make you feel really welcome and seem to care a good deal about you having a great time. The range of drinks is wide, prices good and the posters on the walls make a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thanks for such a great review and recommendation. We really appreciate you taking some time out to give us such glowing feedback. Next time you're popping in let me know (t.parker-smith@sandinista.co.uk) and I'll get you a beer on the house. Thanks again, Thimara More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We visited sandinista on a Monday lunch time so it was very quiet. We stumbled across it as tourists and liked the look of the menu and the decor. We were served by a really friendly and helpful lady who advised us to order a few dishes at a time. We started with a selection from the 3 for £10... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us such a great review! I'll pass your feedback and comments on to our teams! Many thanks and we hope to see you again soon, Thimara. More 

Travelers who viewed Sandinista also viewed

Manchester, Greater Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester
 
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester
 

Been to Sandinista? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Old Bank Street | Just off St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7PF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 832 9955

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Latin, South American, Spanish, Tapas, Central American

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.
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Sandinista staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?