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Sandinista

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Latin, Spanish, Tapas, South American, Central American
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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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12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations
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.
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    Very good
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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
Very nice tapas in a good bar!

The meat tapas were very good. Very nice albondigas, chorizo dishes and, despite the pork belly being a little over cooked, the creamy sauce was delicious and more than made up for it. Ms Geben was less impressed with the vegetarian tapas, however, with disappointing tortilla and the aubergine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Two weeks in a row I and my friends have been turned away because I have been singled out, first week I just accepted it and proceeded to gain entry with out issue. so we try again I intentionally limit my drinking prior to going there and me again get singled out when I had drank the least out of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Been here a few times with my husband and with friends. I just love this place! Amazing atmosphere , amazing food and amazing cocktails! Love it .

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The meat tapas were very good. Very nice albondigas, chorizo dishes and, despite the pork belly being a little over cooked, the creamy sauce was delicious and more than made up for it. Ms Geben was less impressed with the vegetarian tapas, however, with disappointing tortilla and the aubergine dish. The salt cod croquettes were lovely though. But I'm the... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed tapas here before going to Royal exchange. Waitress gave us 15% reduction. Tempranillo complimented tabla variada, albondigas, pan catalan & chicken livers. Delicious!

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Call in for lunch to have some tapas. Ordered Patatas Bravas and Albondigas and was told I could have a third one for a total of £10. Choses Jalapino Poppers and all three were excellent. Certainly a place to go back to!

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Superb tapas bar on Old Bank St. Great service and a good selection of tapas. The place needs a bit of finding but well worth the effort. Close to the Arndale Centre so convenient for a good lunch. Excellent value for money, menu is changing next month, will definitely return the next time I'm back from Spain.

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to feedback on your visit to Sandinista! Our new Head Chef Pablo is putting some fantastic new dishes on the menu - so watch this space and come visit again soon. Sandinista Management Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Came after a gig. Great place. Great staff, amazing DJ and friendly door staff. Open late, no idiots in. Nice selection of drinks, not too expensive and didn't wait long to be served at any point in the night.

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Claire! Hope to see you soon, Sandinista Management Team More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I found the staff very accommodating and helpful, it was my first time eating here and the assistance I was given was first class. They recommended that I only choose 2 dishes from the menu to start, and that proved enough. I had the Patatas bravas and Bacalau, both as I would have expected.

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We're pleased you enjoyed your yummy tapas Paul! We're adding some more dishes to our food menu next week so be sure to pop by again soon. Thanks, Black Swan Management Team More 

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Recently visited Sandinista on a Sunday trip to Manchester with my partner, she fancied tapas. We visited another tapas place before settling on here, as soon as we walked in it felt to have the right kind of atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was very good, a nice wide variety of dishes. And a good deal... More 

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a lovely little review for us! I see you're from Huddersfield - did you know we have a Sandinista bar in Leeds, as well as sister-bars Smokestack, Blind Tyger and Black Swan? For more info you can visit www.sandinista.co.uk Hope to see you soon! Sandinista Management Team More 

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

SHOPS SHOPS SHOPS....... too much take a seat, enjoy a sip of something exotic, nibble on tremendous tapas..... share a sharer cocktail or enjoy a carveza... A menu with something for all and a warm welcome from the accomodating staff... Search this one out, worth an hour or two. Sizzling wings and nacho fantastico.... yum yum

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Sandinista_Ltd, Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us! We're launching brand new tapas and cocktail menus on 28th July, so please come back and let us know your thoughts. Sandinista Management Team 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, Spanish, Tapas, South American, Central American

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Latin, Spanish, Tapas, South American, 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

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