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by Anna Rose (subscribe)
I'm a music enthusiast and foodie looking for new places and experiences.
Published June 22nd 2016
$1 gourmet hot dogs should seal the deal
The Soda Factory is one of Sydney's most popular speakeasy bars, located beside the heart of the CBD.

Upon my first visit, to my surprise, I was confronted by the facade which clearly displayed the sign "Bobby's Dogs". For a few moments, I questioned whether or not Google had provided me with the right address for The Soda Factory. Suppressing her laughter, my friend informed me that it was in fact in the style of an American speakeasy bar which are hidden bars that prevailed in the Prohibition era.

Pulling open a Coca Cola vending machine, we entered the bar.

Speakeasy, Bar, Soda Factory
Interior Decor


It was a dim-lit bar with hanging lights and a variety of seating arrangements. The bar is great for both small and big groups and also a casual gathering between a few friends.

As we had a large group of 6, we had reserved a booth with a small round table. One of the many reasons The Soda Factory has remained in the list of popular bars is because it offers specials throughout the week.

The most popular special is perhaps the $1 gourmet hotdogs offered every Tuesday given any drink purchase.

Gourmet hotdogs
$1 Gourmet Hotdogs


I chose The Yoko Ono hotdog which was a vegetarian option, with avocado, vegetarian sausage, pickled sauerkraut and tomatoes. It was surprisingly delicious with a pleasant crunchy side. Hearing from my friend's reviews, The Buffalo Bill and The Al Capone were also very delectable.

The Al Capone, Hot Dog
The Al Capone Hot Dog


On another occasion, several friends and I popped by after a stressful exam for a casual gathering. We shared the Chicken and Waffles which were deemed as a "Heart Attack" dish.

Chicken, Waffle, Soda Factory
"Heart Attack


The crispy chicken was very well done with a strong crunch and soft chicken fillet.

We also had 3 Mac and Cheese spring rolls which were full of stringy cheese.

Mac and Cheese, Spring rolls
Mac and Cheese spring rolls


Overall, my experiences at The Soda Factory have been extremely pleasant and I think that it is a great location to de-stress, celebrate and have good food!
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Why? For good times, good people and good food
When: Anytime
Where: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Cost: Around $10
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