After two days of near cyclonic conditions weathering the battering winds and rain, following a trail of umbrella carnage at every turn; it was a welcome change that it was only drizzling for the launch night of Soda Open Stage, Soda Factory's new weekly Wednesday jam night.
The inviting bright entrance way decked out in green candy striped with a kitschy neon "Bobby's Boss Dog" emblazoned across announces that you are at the right place. On your right is Bobby's Coke machine aka the doorway into The Soda Factory.
Two steps in and you walk right into a boisterous after work crowd, a mix of young and old, suits and hipsters. Circumnavigating the dimly lit industrial space lined with inviting booths on one side and comfy mid-century sofas on the other. There's a retro American feel to this bar, the coke cola paraphernalia, oversized black and white photos and the action is of course at the bar and everyone else who has the same idea.
Served by one of the bearded hipster, our hands are full with the house cocktail, NY beer and order number for our $1 spicy buffalo wings in blue cheese sauce. Yes I hear you, you heard right, it's $1 for a tasty snack. It's all about timing as we managed to score seats at the bar soaking up the atmosphere of the place watching flow and ebb of the crowd. We also tried Frank Sinatra, the classic New York street dog complete with fried onion rings. Delicious.
It was a somewhat tardy start with the house band and Michelle Martine, the guest singer performing on stage at 8.32pm. Michelle kicked off proceedings with a few originals and covers. The covers including Cee Lo Green more controversial number, Amy Winehouse's Rehab, Macklemore's $20 in my pocket; had the patrons singing along and grooving to the beat and her beautiful soulful voice. It only took 2 songs before the feet was tapping, hips were swinging and heads were bopping along. You know as soon as the feet start tapping, you're drawn into the music and urge to dance is next.
Soda Open Stage is about having Sydney's most talented musicians performing alongside the inhouse band. Each Wednesday night, a new artist will take to the stage and unveil their vocal talents. Soda Factory is the perfect space to grab some friends, enjoy a jug of beer or two, armed with an American hot-dog listening to these emerging artists. When do you ask? From 5pm with the performers starting from 8pm.