Seattle, Washington

Mystery Soda Machine

An old vending machine without a past serves up beverages from its seemingly magical insides

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A contraption out of time, Seattle's Mystery Soda Machine dispenses cans of sugary pop for just 75 cents, and while no one knows who stocks this aging landmark, the real question is what it will spit out when the "Mystery" button is pressed.

On the corner of John Street and 10th Avenue East, in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood lies the world's most mysterious soda vending machine. Nobody knows the true history of the rusting machine, which looks like it was spat straight out of the Seventies, but locals continue to plunk down their change and the machine never seems to run out of stock. Who first installed the outdoor machine, who stocks it, and who collects the money are all a mystery. 

The modern antique offers a comparatively limited selection of drinks with yellowed plastic buttons offering Coke, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, and Barq's, but the intriguing button marked "Mystery" generally produces none of these. According to one report, after spending five dollars in change on the mystery button, the machine produced six different brand of soda, none of which had their own button on the machine.

Given the air of the unknown that surrounds the vending relic, many locals have tried to divine the origins of the machine and its endless wellspring of name-brand soda, but so far no answers have been forthcoming, no matter how many times the "Mystery" button is pressed.  

 

 

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  • Address
    John Street and 11th Avenue East, Seattle, Washington, 98102, United States
  • Cost
    75 Cents a soda
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