Old Doc’s Soda Shop, at the Dublin Bottling Works bottling plant in Dublin Texas, is the home of a great old fashioned soda fountain. Although this soda shop is not particularly old, the fact that it’s contained within the oldest soda bottling facility in the State of Texas makes it a good stand in for an authentic old soda shop.
The soda fountain at Dublin Bottling Works was added in 1995. The counter, cabinets and fixtures appear to be a combination of both old and new equipment. The dark wood back counter, cabinets and mirrors have an authentic old time look to them. The white Formica front counter with it’s gleaming chrome and stainless fixtures look too good to be very old. There are no stools at the counter. Seating is at quaint little tables throughout the room.
Old Doc’s soda Shop is just one of several attractions at the Dublin Bottling Works. They also conduct tours of the plant and have a museum located at the bottling plant. The business has a unique history that’s presented by knowledgeable guides during plant tours. They also have a Web site that tells the history of this business.
Bottom line: fun and upbeat place with an eclectic mix of Dr Pepper history and other old stuff. Be sure to try the Dr Pepper Float.
Dublin Bottling Works and Old Doc’s Soda Shop
105 E. Elm
Dublin, TX 76446
http://www.dublinbottlingworks.com/ and read the “DUBLIN NEWS” section for an understanding of the history of this business.
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