great interesting place, best upscale bar, good stiff drinks, terrible service, excellent bar food, unique old school decor, great customer service
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. …
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.
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.
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!
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 ...
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.
Absolutely the most unique bar in Souther California but horrible doormen. I went to the Edison a couple of times and it was great. The interior is amazing and truly one of a kind. The crowd is young and trendy, the drinks are good, and the place is not crowded like the typical bar/club in hollywood. Its roomy with plenty of room for seating. Its a good place for a large group. I went last weekend with a large group, most of whom where from out of state. I was eager to show my friends this unique bar only to learn there was a strict dress code. It was a requirement to wear a long sleeve buttom up shirt. One friend was wearing a Lacoste polo and would not let him in. My other friend was wearing a long sleeve sweater and he too could not get it. Prior to this night I really liked this place, but after this experience I don't know if I would go back or even recommend it. Really upscale clubs in Hollywood do not even have a dress code as strict as this place. This place is nice but the staff at the door completely ruin the experience. If you decide to go, (for the guys) you might as well wear a suit if you don't want any trouble at the door. Without the door staff I would rate this place an "A." Because of the door staff, I would rate this place a "F."
Coolest interior of any bar in L.A.. I have to completely agree with the previous reviewers. This bar has the most amazing interior I have seen. It's spacious but not crowded, not too loud, eclectic music selection, unpretentious people, old movies projected on huge screens on the walls, and very upscale. The only problems, which are mostly minor, are lack of parking in a scary neighborhood, weak drinks, no photography allowed, and no place to dance. I will be back to this very cool place.
As of the New Year 2007, the coolest spot in Los Angeles, hands down..
Just one of the coolest interiors you will ever see. The coal bins, generators and furnaces have been kept intact, in a huge basement room , with 20 foot high ceilings. Two huge bars, cool jukebox and also a small stage for bands to play.
the only drawback is the massive size. Even with the cool factor and downtown renassaince, I see them having a hard time filling this place up
A Breath of Fresh Air Downtown-who knew?. I attended the grand opening of the Edison. It is beautiful and fun without being snobby. Eclectic mix of people, awesome drinks and the atmosphere was unbelievable! It's more obscure than any place in Silverlake and more trendy then any Hollywood bar, but its not pretentious at all. I am going back again for sure!
Unlike any other LA spot. I attended an event last night and I am so happy I decided to venture downtown. One of the most unique venues in Los Angeles, the Edison Bar is a spatial and visual delight! The vibe is industrial, artsy and eclectic. I had the pleasure of dancing, drinking and feasting in a crowd that was unpretentious and knew how to have a rousing good time. My advice is to GO, the loft dwellers downtown shouldn't be the only people in the know. Everybody should make the trek to what is a fantastic spot. Tell your friends, drag your co-workers...you'll be glad you did.
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