I'm not a Sydney-sider myself, but if I lived in Sydney I know where I would be.. Just sayin'

Who loves a birthday party? What about one you don’t have to take a present to, and instead get presents yourself for celebrating someone else birthday?!.. I know  I am not the only one. Everyone get your party hats and dancing shoes on, not forgetting about the party poppers… Oh and bring an empty belly. 
The Soda Factory Turns 1!
1st Birthday Party Weekend – 21st & 22nd February

Hey sweetheart, where did that year go… still ‘member that night. It was a swingin’ new joint… ‘member we shared a damn good hot dog, we danced… We shared a raspberry float… Whaddaya say sweetheart, fancy a dance?   

In February last year, Sydney met its new favourite hidden bar. And behind a retro coke machine in Surry Hills, there she was, The Soda Factory. She’s been giving Sydneysiders in the know some darn good nights out for a whole year now. Happy Birthday darlin’.

As well as serving up their now-legendary gourmet Hotdogs, the team at The Soda Factory clearly also know how to turn out a good party once the lights go down - having hosted after-parties and surprise shows from the likes of Jason Mraz, Bloc Party, The Rubens, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Grandmaster Flash.  

To mark an amazing first year, there will be a whole weekend of festivities on Friday and Saturday night, the 21st & 22nd Feb.  It’ll be all the usual elements that make up an evening at The Soda Factory - delicious munchables served alongside killer cocktails & entertainment, but on this fabulous weekend there’s also a bit more in store.

If that doesn’t float your boat then I am sure knowing that DJ Grandmaster Flash - one of hip-hop's first and most ground-breaking turntablists –will be jetting down all the way from New York City especially for Soda’s Saturday night party (Feb 22nd).  “It was an amazing night when Grandmaster Flash performed with us last year, it’s rare for him to perform in such an intimate space, which meant that the atmosphere was electric - it seems only fitting to have him back for the 1st Birthday weekend” said bar owner Graham Cordery.
 And that is where your dancing shoes come into play, because if your caught standing there like concrete feet when DJ Grandmaster Flash is playing there is something wrong with you..

As they blow out the candles, The Soda Factory will also unveil a couple of additions to their successful formula….

Following the huge success of their hotdog menu, co-owner and Executive Chef Michael Chase will launch a full diner menu from Monday 17th February, 2014. The lit-up vintage American diner sign now hanging by the bar’s new diner section won’t let you forget it. Long tables have been fitted, accommodating larger groups to enjoy the expanded menu. With the full diner menu being available 5pm-10pm daily, & a late-night menu operating 10pm-late… Shall we talk food already?

You thought their dogs were dreamy, get a load of this menu folks… Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls, Kick Ass Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings (with a blue cheese dipping sauce!), Texas BBQ Bite Size Pork Ribs… and we’re just talkin’ starters and share snacks.  As you wipe the drool off your chin, try to listen to these mains… Pulled Pork Burger with Slaw, Fried Chicken & Waffles with Maple Syrup, Long Island Fish and Chips, The Big Luck Veggie Burger & Doctor Claw’s Lobster Roll.  There’s a selection of salads and sides on offer, or for those with a sweet tooth - try a range of alcoholic thickshakes or Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. Of course The Soda Factory’s famous dogs such as the Johnny Drama and Fats Domino are also here to stay!

Michael Chase commented “After the enormous popularity of our Gourmet Hotdogs, we wanted to truly bring an authentic taste of Americana to Surry Hills, with our take on the diner classics - along with some special Soda surprises like the Cheeseburger spring rolls & Popcorn Shrimp.” 

To get a special taste test of some of these new dishes, pop down for Friday night’s party (Feb 21st) where bite-sized portions will be served up from 5-8pm, compliments of The Soda Factory, plus a free welcome drink on arrival from 5-7pm.

Graham Cordery summed up the year “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the success of The Soda Factory in the first year, and we’re looking forward expanding the concept this year and keep things interesting by launching our new full dinner menu and diner section of the bar.  In true Soda Factory style there’ll also be some special guests dropping in over the next few months for intimate late-night performances – and you’ll never pay a cover charge”.


·         Friday 21st February – Complimentary welcome drink on arrival from 5-7pm, new menu taster dishes complimentary from 5-8pm, Live performance from The Syphons + guest DJs
·         Saturday 22nd February – DJ Grandmaster Flash (USA) 
(Both 5pm – very late, entry is always FREE)

I'm not a Sydney-sider myself, but if I lived in Sydney I know where I would be.. Just sayin'