5/5a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 305 0372
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-3am, Thu-Sun noon-3am
Door: Go early
Style: Cafe bar
Recommended for: Fun/atmosphere
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Owned by: Si Ord
Images By: diffordsguide.com
What is basically a double-fronted shop site, which looks out onto parked cars, some council kept shrubbery and the motorway-like A58 may not sound the most promising location for a bar but read on.
The fact that Sandinista is run by the gorgeous Hannah and her friendly team is reason enough to venture to this part of town. Add to that a bohemian atmosphere, a cafe-style setting, great live bands and tasty tapas and you can see why Sandinista is such a hit with its regulars.
With its mural covered mustard yellow walls Sandinista’s interior has something of a Tex-Mex restaurant feel. The central bar groans with bottles, including the house ‘grog rum mix’ which is used in some of the bars Grog Punch. There is a grown-up beer selection which includes Negro Modello, Brooklyn Lager and Duval. However, should you see Si Ord, Sandinista’s charismatic owner then I urge you to order a “Bacardi Natural Daiquiri” and be sure to say Difford sent you.