Following the demise of Riff Raff, the notorious Berlin-inspired dance bar, hipsters throughout the city bemoaned yet another casualty in the alternative scene’s fight for survival. Assuaging the cries for a venue that is not defined merely as ‘neighborhood pub’, owner Boogie Ben opened the anxiously awaited Soda-Bar this past year.
Drawing from a direct link to East Berlin, the exterior at Menachem Begin 16 reveals no clue as to the bar found inside. Once past the front doors, the House music soundtrack by the DJ to your right will blend well with the smoky interior, setting a familiar Tel Avivian mode. The venue is divided to a dance floor area lined to the left by a simple wooden bar, and a lounge room off to the left of the main entrance.
The location for Soda-Bar is quit off the beaten hedonistic track, a conscious decision made by the owners in order to prevent noise complaints and drastically increasing rent. Yet Tel Aviv is a walking city, and it is a manner of a few minutes from the nearest point of interest on Allenby Street. For those wishing to explore the unique link between the two hedonistic global cities, Soda-Bar is an ideal case study.