The Edison

(213) 631-2211 | Email | View Website

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

34.051007 -118.245015

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Wed-Fri 5pm-2am

Sat 8pm-2am

 
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Neighborhoods: Central LA, Historic Core, Downtown

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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!

The Edison
Recommends

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.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

how to get in – If you would like to make a table reservation at ANY Hollywood venue simply email hollywood VIP access @ gmail . com

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

sux – dont know what these pro reviewers have been smoking but they couldnt have been at the same club. Rudest punks at the door I have ever seen. Food poor, drinks poor- overpriced with abysmally slow service.

Better to sit at home and pour yourself drinks while listening to Xm radio than to waste time and money here

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Shameful!

Went last night to try and enjoy the festivities. We were with a very large group of people..one of which was told at the door that he couldn't come in because his arms weren't covered. (mind you, he was wearing a badassed outfit resplendent in "edison-esque attire" a very nice vest and shirt underneath that happened to be cut at the shoulders. He looked better than most of the men patronizing this joint. I had to lend him my sweater (leaving me bare-armed, spaghetti-strapped and braless, but, hey I'm a girl and they had no problem with me)

Wow. I should have looked for a sexual discrimination lawyer while i was in there....

So, this set our party of 20 or so in a disdainful mood right off the bat. At a $10 cover, there went 200 bux.....and, unfortunately, my friend was so hot inside wearing that mandatory sweater i had lent him and chose to leave instead sweat to death. Funny enough, as he was leaving ANOTHER EMPLOYEE stopped him to chastise him for his "sleavelessness".

My advice to the bad apple employees that run rampant in this club is to take the attitude down a few notches.

So, after 17 of our party left, fairly immediately (and will never return), i stayed with my two girlfriends, ate some WAY overpriced mac and cheese and downed some absyinthe...not the best.

We must have lucked out, because our bartender , Aidan D was terrific, as were the barbacks and busboy. Nice guys. The waitress, on the other hand (don't know what dr-g she was on) literally tripped across my feet FOUR different times...no exaggeration. No apology, just a glassy-eyed freakish demeanor wrapped up in a black flapper dress.

Also, let me point out that the DJ was pretty awesome, except, once again, FOR HER ATTITUDE! No smile, never, just a vacant, vapid expression of "I'm too good for this place" "worship me".

Boring.

Go for the decor once, but never go back. Unless they cut out 9/10's of their bitchy insouciant employees.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible service – I just came back from this place and I am certainly not going there ever again. My friend had a birthday reservation for a large group of people at 9.30 pm; however guests arrived (me included) at 10pm simply because parking there is a nightmare. We were told that since we were not there on time at 9.30 all guests have to wait in the regular line. The security treated us like we were criminals. Needless to say, we didn't want to wait 1 1/2 to get in and just left without even seeing the birthday girl.

I don't know how 'happening' or cool is this place inside but just from the service outside, I was pretty sure that I am not going there again.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Cool place, rude staff – This is a cool venue with a steampunk theme. However, the staff is rude rude rude. It doesn't matter how often you come here or how much money you spend, the staff will pretend like they do not recognize you and will even possibly school you. Service is slow for drinks and food. Worth visiting once for the decor and the venue itself, but I doubt I'll be back ever again.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Decor!! – I love going to the edison in downtown. Finding street parking is a problem around there BUT the place is great if you want to get a few drinks at night. I like the music there and its a nice place to be after a long day at work!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

"WARNING...BAD SERVICE, AND HORRIBLE MANAGEMENT" – The Edison needs all new personnel, including the on site managers. This type of business needs excellent customer service...right you go to hang out with friends to have a good time. I mean you want to enjoy your self and spend your hard working money at this place but not when security is breathing down your neck and calling more security to our table to watch our every move. The Edison`s personnel were VERY NASTY, not once did I see the security harass any other party while I was there. They did not want to give my husband his credit card back so that we can pay...so they decided to kick my husband out on my birthday party because they thought he was getting out of hand. That is so unacceptable for just a prestige place in down town LA. I will NEVER come back to this place...I`m very disappointed they way that they conducted them self's and how poorly the management handled the situation.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

WORST MANAGEMENT EVER – Perfect example of how a truly awesome bar can be ruined by management. A text of mine to a friend at the beginning of the night reads "Edison is great - we have to come here." 30 minutes later I changed my mind and really don't ever want to spend my money there again. To start, before I ever had to deal with management I watched the GM (a very very bitter and mean blonde woman) yell at an employee because they asked her "what?" As in "what, I couldn't hear you." More than anything, I hate places like these that talk down to their servers/bartenders. They're not dumb - you don't have to take out the fact that you manage a bar and hate it on them.

We came here for a 30th bday with about 40 people. The bday boy lost his ID on the way there. Okay, I get it. We all get it - you can't get into the bar without an ID. Every single person in our group has worked in a bar. None of us were drunk when we got there. The bouncer started off the conversation by implying we were wasted and causing a scene. He did this without looking at us. I guess he's so important that he can't turn his head to speak to you. When my boyfriend asked him to answer my question, he turned, leaned into me and sneered through his moustache "see, I'm looking at you." I just find this behavior totally odd - there's really no need to speak to other adults like they're 15 . We were nothing but nice to them - we were just trying to solve a problem. if you can't communicate with people, you really shouldn't be a door guy or a manager.

When we finally left I overheard the same rude as hell door guy being just as rude to another customer at the door. I think they weren't dressed right. Hmmmm.

Bottom line - I feel horrible for the staff that works here. Nights must be hell with that lady speaking down to you.

(side note - bartenders were actually super cool)

Recommends
over a year ago

A former downtown boiler room has become L.A.'s hottest bar. – A throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age, this underground haunt is without a doubt one of the coolest places in Los Angeles. (Sort of ironic, considering it used to be a boiler room.) Located near Harlem Place Alley--core of L.A.'s early 20th century music scene--the sprawling downtown space is old-school glam done up right. The 1910 Higgins Building's original structure remains intact, with many of the historic architectural elements still around. (Even the enormous central power generator is visible through a glass wall.) Think of it as a living, breathing museum where handcrafted cocktails flow, pretty people mingle, ceilings soar and the attitude remains squarely at the door. (Sometimes the bouncers can get a little uptight, but hey, this is downtown, after all.)

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst Club – The worst door mans on earth!!! They make people with reservations and hot girls wait in line. The music horrible, unless you like regular radio music. Funny thing, I went to this place the night before and it was not spectacular.

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