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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome place for a couple of beers and some delicious tapas! They are also great with allergies - the waiter checked with the chef for me and I was surprised to find I could eat all the dishes (egg allergy). We had a selection between 3 of us including the meat/cheese sharing boards, lentil and goats cheese stew, steak with... More 

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1 Thank Katie H
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Katie, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. We are so delighted you enjoyed our food and overall atmosphere! Our tapas menu is fairly new so it makes us really happy to hear such great feedback. We certainly look forward to seeing you again :) Kindest Regards Erica & The Sandinista Team More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best tapas I've had for a very long time, dishes came at a nice speed! Lovely tomato sauce with patatas Bravas! Would recommend. Plus staff were amazing and down to earth!

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1 Thank Sean A
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hello Sean, Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased you had such a great time in our little bar! I will be passing on your lovely comments to the staff who were working, it will make their day! We hope to see you soon! Kindest Regards Erica & The Sandinista Team More 

WEST YORKS
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801 reviews
543 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a reasonable Tapas bar with the early evening offer of selected tapas of 3 for £12 an added bonus. We had the meatballs, Nachos and Ham and Cheese croquettes and all were fine. The real star was the Carmenere Red wine which was very good and well priced. Service was good and the food is prepared from an... More 

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1 Thank ANDY K
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Andy, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We're so thrilled you you enjoyed our food.Those ham croquettes are our favourites! Next time you are close by don't hesitate to pop back in and have some more of that delicious wine! Regards Erica & The Sandinista Team More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nothing awful but nothing special . I suspect most of it is pre prepared. Bread was stale and dip was inedible.

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Thank Gwillam t
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Gwillam, Thank you for leaving us your feedback. Firstly I would like to apologise for the bread board you received as there is no reason why it should have been served stale. I will speak to our head Chef regarding this matter and ensure every bread board we serve is up to standard. I have spoken to the waitress... More 

Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great - not the best tapas I've ever had but great for what we paid - sangria good. Great customer service and lively (but not overbearing) atmosphere. Will recommend to others!

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Thank Anne-Marie C
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Anne-Marie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are very happy the food was to your liking and should you ever have any suggestions we are more than happy to hear it as we're always looking to improve our dishes. Your kind comments will be passed on to the staff working on the day... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great bar that you like more the longer you stay. Well chosen keg selection and some very fancy bottles, pleasant staff that will chat if you want but leave you alone if you want that. I had a pre theatre drink and decided to pop back at the interval, only sorry I couldn't make it back after the play! A... More 

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Thank dry_riser
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi dry_riser, Thank you for your feedback! We are so happy you had a great time in our little bar; next time you are off to the theatre just show us your ticket and you will get 20% off your bill (food or drinks). We look forward to seeing you again! Kindest Regards Erica & the Sandinista Team More 

oldham
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called in here for the first time on a quiet early Sunday evening. Received a warm cheery but unintrusive welcome, our waitress helpfully talked us through the menu explaining the specials etc. They have a selection of tapas available at three for £12, we placed our order all four of us chose 3 each off the £12 menu and ordered... More 

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Thank Guisseppe1957
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Giusseppe, Thank you for revieweing us! We're so happy yourself and your group had a great time at sandinista and that you found us to be very welcoming! What your waitress probably meant was that we have 4 types of red to choose from, all at the same price so you are able to make your choice based on... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Please bare in mind my review is for drinks, service and overall atmosphere and not food. Sandinista offers a great, chilled environment to enjoy a few drinks. For me they have one of the best selections of pale ales in Manchester. They have a limited number on draught but a huge selection of cans and bottles. The decor is slightly... More 

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Thank Dan_Clews90
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Dan, Thank you for taking the time to review us. It's always great to hear when our guests have a great time at our bar! We are very passionate about Beer and we're glad you have enjoyed the selection we currently have available. Our draught lines change on a weekly basis so whenever you are around pop on down... More 

Bergen, Norway
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We went there for a late lunch. The menu had many tempting dishes, and we ordered 6 different types, which were enough for two hungry adults. The food was good. The place is casual, but not shabby. It looks nice, and the bar is great with a good beer selection. The music they play in this place is also excellent!... More 

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Thank Kjersti B
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Kjersti B, Thank you very much for your feedback, we are delighted you had a great overall experience at Sandinista! I will pass on your kind words to the team working on the day. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kindest Regards Erica & the Sandinista Team More 

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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Tapas were really good, we shared six different dishes, each one was tasty and well made. We came up from Birmingham and found you guys via tripadvisor. Would definitely visit again. Maybe you could open a branch a little closer to Birmingham ;) Staff were super friendly and helpful, this is always important for us when choosing where to eat... More 

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Thank Katie Y
Sandinista_Ltd, Guest Relations Manager at Sandinista, responded to this review

Hi Katie, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are over the moon you had such a great first time experience with us. I wll pass your lovely comments to the staff working on the day of your visit. Next time you are in Manchester don't hesitate to pop over and say hello! Kindest Regards Erica & The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
Spanish, Latin, Bar, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
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
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
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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