The Soda Factory
The Soda Factory is an elegantly packaged late-night hangout spot that took residence in the place of old Surry Hills Tone nightclub.
Pull the handle of the old-time Coke machine and you're inside the one-room venue. The bar's front and centre and surrounding it are exposed brick walls, a market's worth of antique and homemade furniture, a lovely old timber ceiling, a small stage for gigs and a scattering of vintage pin-up pics.
To drink, there's a long wine and beer list amidst a roll-call of classics. Then there's the soda siphons. The Candy Apple Seltzer (rum, caramel syrup, apple juice and lime juice) comes in a vintage siphon and makes for a lot of fun. The spiked spiders, like the Raspberry Float (vodka ice cream, raspberry lemonade and vodka), make for even sillier fun.
Eats are hot dogs like the Texas Redneck (Bratwurst sausage, smoked chilli, cheese and barbecue sauce) and the Fats Domino (pork sausage, crab gumbo and cheese), while sides include chilli cheese fries and mac and cheese.
Whatever the day, it's worth checking out The Soda Factory. Expect movies shows on Monday nights, acoustic sessions on Wednesday nights, and bands and DJ sets going until morning the weekend.