Happy Days are here again with the retro-styled entrance to this venue hiding behind a take-away hot dog joint.
I was almost fooled into thinking it was a new twist on fast food until the fridge door revealed a very cool bar in the old Mars Lounge site.
The Soda Factory takes on the incognito chic of Stitch, Button and Pocket to create a venue...
...that’s already causing queues on weekends – so much so management send out containers of...
...the rather excellent Mac and Cheese ($6) to stop the queue rioting.
The hot dogs won’t win any awards, but seem to have been designed by drunk people for drunk people as highly absorbent alcohol blotters.
The Johnny Drama ($10) boasting beef frankfurter, bacon, sour cream, avocado and tomato salsa; and The Buffalo Bill Chicken Dog ($10) with a battered chicken frank, buffalo chicken sauce and cheese, rated most highly for me.
Coleslaw ($5) also proved tasty. I loaded up on cocktails from the tequila-based Golden Sanchez ($19) to an even better Gin Jennings ($20) while my companions demolished an Old Fashion Lemonade Syphon ($35) aka the theme-appropriate replacement for jugs.
When push comes to shove, your best doggy companion is beer - the Australian Brewery’s The Pilsner ($9) to be precise.
The Soda Factory
16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 8096 9120