Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published May 11th 2013
Juicy, Flavourful Bang for your Buck
$1 Hotdogs at Soda Factory.
The new small bar that has everyone in a buzz is Soda Factory on Surry Hills' Wentworth Avenue. Situated through a fluorescent lit pink & white entranceway labeled as 'Bobby's Boss Dogs' is a dimly lit retro-chic room filled with wooden and leather vintage furniture, tea-light candles ensconced in old jam-jars and shabby-chic paintwork surrounding an island bar in the centre of the room.
Soda Factory's menu has taken its cue from the latest wave of Americana dining. Hot dogs of all flavors and styles pepper the menu (and yes there is a gluten free alternative of your dog served with lettuce if you are dietary challenged like myself). Drink prices are reasonable as are the prices for side orders, featuring the likes of a massive portion of cheesy chilli fries for only $7. Click here for the full menu.
$1 on Tuesdays, $5 on Mondays
Now onto the good stuff. Targeting the budget conscious young adults and young-adults-at-heart are Monday and Tuesday nights. Mondays see food and drinks for a fiver accompanying a big-screen movie, where Tuesdays has developed a phenomenal following due to the $1 hotdog offering. Yes you read that right – hotdogs for $1. Now, arriving at 6.30pm my friend and I were lucky to score a table straight away. However, as with any good deal, as the hours wore on the result was a bit of dash-and-grab for tables. However, very cool, might I add, were the staff who allowed those who were mid-feast to hold make-shift picnics on the floor between tables. Not many bars allow you to grab a seat wherever. Granted, patrons were asked to stand after finishing eating; but the acceptance that people need somewhere to put their drinks whilst eating their food and allowing them to do so led to us giving the bar some serious street cred.
A live band came on from about 7.30pm sending out fantastic tunes to the crowd – perhaps a tad loud if you came for the conversation but the mood was eclectic and buzzing. We will definitely be back, particularly when your main costs less than a cup of coffee. A word from the wise however – not all hotdogs are available for $1 on Tuesdays; there are about 6 to choose from off the list of 20. Check the paper menus at the bar for the nightly specials (they weren't on the tables) as you don't want to be caught out handing over $20 for 2 hotdogs when you thought it would only be $2.
For other cheap dining options on a Tuesday take a look at this list.