The Edison

(213) 631-2211 | Email | View Website

108 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA | Directions   90012

34.051007 -118.245015

Open Hours

Wed-Fri 5pm-2am

Sat 8pm-2am

 
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Neighborhoods: Downtown, Historic Core, Central LA

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The Edison
The Edison
The Edison
The Edison

From The Owners of The Edison

Downtown's lounge-life evolution continues in a historically refurbished, turn-of-the-century boiler room.


About The Edison

  • Hand-crafted Cocktails
  • Selected Wines
  • Live Music

With the opening of Andrew Meieran's new industrial cathedral, Downtown is once again the place to be in Los Angeles. The Edison presents a marriage of refined industrial architecture and art deco chic - a world class lounge that retains the mechanical artifacts from its history as downtown LA's first private power plant. The grand staircase spectacularly descends into the depths of the historic Higgins Building. The Edison revitalizes the art of the classic, hand crafted cocktail with house specialties designed just for the space old-school bourbons luxuriously transformed with a house made lavender & honey infusion. A small, upscale menu of food and drinks. The Edison offers a respectful nod to LA's famed nightlife that haunts Ciros & Coconut Grove and continues to punctuate billiards. You can also enjoy an early evening retro juke box for nightly Cocktail Hours.


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Recommends

One of the first LA bars to master the steampunk vintage look, this back-alley hideaway is a hit for mellow after-work drinks and livens up later in the night.

The Edison
Recommends

1920's feel type of place with happy hour from 5pm-7pm on a weeknight. I love their sliders because it comes with arugula and their truffle mac and cheese is outstanding.

Recommends

One of the best bars in LA, located in the historic first power plant in Downtown. Delicious cocktails and a unique fun setting make for the perfect night. They also have regular live entertainment. For Valentine's Day enjoy the Queen of Hearts Ball!

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Aerialists, burlesque, silent films, history, the 1st approved "Disney" drink ever, and the newly hired Chef Saito is why I love the Edison. Pork belly pizza. Let's start there ...

Recommends
5.0

Possibly the best bar in LA period – I've been to a lot of bars in this city--and all over the world--and this has to be one of the most gorgeous I've ever seen. I like that it's real, not showy with whistles and bells (or more likely lights that change colors and fun on the walls). It's just classic, refurbished old machinery from what used to be (i think) LA's first water and power plant. I love the secret alley entrance. The happy hour offers 40% off drinks. Nighttime shows are more flapper-y than burlesque but that's the basic idea. And they are short and sweet, more of a converstaion piece than conversation stopper. Drinks are interesting. I only wish they had more of a wine list --- I don't think they have one at all! On weekends, it is packed and you must make reservations, but the good thing is that there's no bottle service or table minimums. The food is pretty good if you are hungry. I wouldn't say it's destination dining, but it's not bad if you want a nibble while you enjoy your cocktail. Crowd is mixed and cool and it doesn't get overly crowded. Nice smoking patio up top.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Crap Service -- Don't waste your $$$$!!! – "Horrible, Horrible, HORRIBLE!"

Great ambiance, horrible service for what you pay --

They don't care about service, just $$$

Got a table and paid over $700 -- they still wouldn't let my two beautiful girl friends in because "no one told them in advance" yet they were letting people in left and right.... powertrip??

Took 30 minutes from drink order to drink service and half the time WE NEVER GOT DRINKS!!! So then we went to the bar instead and STILL NO DRINKS. I walked away after 25 minutes because, really??? C'mon people, you are not THAT busy. You have plenty of time to wait on the same person 5 times because waiting on me once.

Servers thanked us for being patient while they screwed up (basically everything) and then when I asked for them to help get my two friends in, they turned 180 degrees and said they couldn't help..... definitely will NEVER go here again, you shouldn't waste your money either!!!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Coolest Bar in L.A. – I love this place! The decor is amazing as is the vibe. Definitely the place to dress up 20s style and go for a few drinks. Lots of excellent choices of Absinthe as well. Would recommend getting a table, that way you avoid the hollywood types at the bar and can enjoy the music and appetizers in peace. Book a week or more in advance and pay attention to the dress code.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Still the go-to bar downtown – Bouncers here can sometimes be rude regarding the dress code, so be forewarned. That said, it's nice that guys and gals look good inside the bar. Thugs stay outside. Very beautiful decor inside. Great looking crowd, although financial types have sort of ruined it a bit lately.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Overrated – you are welcome to this phony hangout. overpriced and unwelcoming, I was not surprised to see plenty of poor saps lining up to pay inflated prices. got poor service at bar and was glad to leave.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

good place, good music, nicely-dressed crowd – Interesting, unique decor, very cool music, especially Willie' McNeil's band is fun and entertaining. Once you're in, you're pretty much on you own. Nobody will hound you for drinks, although the "absinthe fairies" carting the classic absinthe service around are appealing, even if the absinthe itself is not.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Burlesque Wednesdays – I've been a fan of the Edison since it first opened, but its appeal faded after a year or so. I recently went back for the burlesque circus on Wednesday nights and... DAMN. Entertainment is incredible, the crowd dresses up and the drinks never miss, although you may wait for quite a while. If you're looking for a refreshed sense of the Edison - go on Wednesday nights.

over a year ago

cool - will check it out!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great place for a date – The food here is eclectic and absolutely amazing. It's good for a romantic date or even meet friends at the bar. I particularly enjoyed the belly dancer show she had a python in her act. The service was amazing well worth the prices.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Ruined evening – I just got turned away from this stupid club because of my attire. I'm supposed to be there for a birthday party. My knit shirt from Nordstroms "doesn't have a collar" and the bouncer didn't like my shoes either.

Do ya think I'll ever go back there?

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Classicism – I've been told this place is full of rude staff and ridiculous costumers and now I can confirm this, spend you money where you will be treated like a person, there much better places nearer by.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

How to be a bouncer, stand by door, be rude – At 7:10pm I arrived at the Edison for my friends birthday get together, I had sneakers on (I had just come from work) And had missed the dress code cut off by 10min so I left but because my friends are better people than the management and door man at the Edison they finished there drinks and left as well, most never to return.

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