The Soda Factory is an appealing slice of Americana hidden away in Sydney's Surrey Hills, a location that legitimately might take some finding. The sign outside advertises Bobby's Boss Dogs, which serves a tantalizing array of handcrafted hot dogs that straddle the line between comfort food and gastronomic cuisine. Pull on the handle of a fake antique Coke machine and you've found the secret entrance to The Soda Factory. The cocktail bar is the focus here and offers a unique blend of entertaining elements and custom treats. Authentic soda fountain selections and ice cream desserts will satisfy any sweet tooth. Alcohol and spirits emphasize familiar classics, prepared with a little extra zing that fits the overall theme. The menu is American diner food favorites, including the aforementioned hot dogs from Bobby's. Fried chicken, mac & cheese, chili cheese fries: it's easy to forget you're down under, and not in a rocking Midwest diner circa 1958.
Who needs a time machine when there's The Soda Factory, Sydney's one and only paean to the best that 1950s America has to offer: lively entertainment, tasty soda fountain treats, and strong drinks in large amounts.
Entertainment is provided by an eclectic mix of live performers, bands, and DJs, with an emphasis on funk, R&B, and period classics. The crowd is lively and young, with a definite affinity for social media. There's plenty of room on the dance floor to find out just what a real sock hop was like.