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Downtown's lounge-life evolution continues in a historically refurbished, turn-of-the-century boiler room.
  • 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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The Edison is an eating establishment that offers a range of dinner and lunch options for guests. The restaurant is one of the leading lounge spaces in the United States. It features hand-crafted cocktails and serves a variety of appetizers, salads, platters, desserts and beverages. The restaurant provides a range of shrimp and chicken dishes. The Edison also offers a variety of domestic and imported beers. It additionally provides services for parties and can accommodate up to 125 individuals. The restaurant also offers online reservation options. The Edison serves a selection of red and white wines, such as chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, merlot, zinfandel, pinot grigio and Champaign.
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Downtown Los Angeles, Gallery Row, Central LA
Bars, Cocktail Lounges, American Restaurants, Taverns, Bar & Grills, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, French Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street, Valet

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American, French, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Outdoor Seating: No

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The best place in the whole dtla area. Everything is "prohibition" themed: cocktail waitresses wear flapper dresses, there are black and white movies playing on the walls, live jazz music . they also have great aerial and burlesque performances. This place is a must! Only 4 stars because they started to charge a cover fee of $10 which is sad. Thursday happy hour includes 25 cents martinis!

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Any bar that has a shoe policy is way

Any bar that has a shoe policy is way too ""cool"" for me

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Jeffrey F

The owner is a great guy and the bartenders are very skilled and friendly. They get drinks quickly, socialize even when it's busy, and have a great time doing it.

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Bad Food Bad Service- Why would you?

Spent a few times here for cocktails and food. Cool place with lots of antiques and old time history but....\ndealing with the bad service along with food that tastes like it came from a vending machine is something else.\nWhy would you spend $100 or more and end up chasing down the waiter (or worse-complaining at the bar because you cannot find the waiter)- endig up with food (calamari that tasted like it was soaked in salt) and cheese bread (most likely made 4 days prior)??\n\nSorry ...view moreBarbara, but your company is going downhill fast. Best sort it out before he CLOSED sign is posted.\nSpend your time and money somehwere better. With all the choices in LA....why would you???view less

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Joe Duberr
Bad Bad Bad

BAD BAD BAD ........ Disgusting food, horrible service, very very very rude staff and the mangers tops it. Security guards are bunch of nasty people. They made $500.00 out of our table and treated us in a worst way possible. Would never go back there and I DO NOT RECOMEND any one to go.

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""Stepped back in time""

Went here on a weekday; Didn't have any trouble getting in or any problems with the dress code. Great place for a drink or even a romantic date. I do admit that the bar service is a little slow. Great atmosphere, feels like you stepped back in time. Would recommend to friends to see.

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Cool decor, but forget about conversation

This is a really hip spot and fun to experience once or twice. But if you're on a date or really wanted to relate to the people you are hanging with you'll have to scream all night and probably won't get very far in getting to know them better.

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No specialized service, all crowds, all scene

The typical crowd at this place is very mixed. There's the afterwork corporate types, the headshot types, the Jersey Shore types and yes, Steampunk and Vintage scenesters do show up. In order to get service, seating or anything remotely convenient at Edison you have to make a reservation or come extremely early. Anyone who shows up here after 9:30 expecting elbow room and a quick drink is going to have a terrible night. Bar service can take a long time. Food comes out relatively quick,...view more but their wait staff is often overwhelmed. \n\nThe ambiance of this place is unique and esoteric with an early 20th century bohemian theme. Ask for specific tables at least a week in advance when making dinner reservations, as spots closer to the floor show allow for no conversation. They sometimes have burlesque acts, sometimes live bands and sometimes DJ's. If you enjoy swing or couples dancing, there is the occasional night for that. Look out for the guys who hang around the bar - some of them are slimy 50 somethings who think it's ok to grab women by the elbows. \n\nThe Green Fairy who comes by with Absinthe shots is uber cute, but be forewarned that the shots are weak.view less

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Great Place but service non existend

It is worth it for the ambience and decor. Dress code important and that is a blessing. Even if you go earty say 9 pm on a weekend you have to struggle to get a drink, as for food .....forget it. Do not go there hungry. I wonder how Edison can make money since the bar is solid blocked by some people that do not move away from it, no visible servers, and most of the people do not hold drinks in their hands. If you are late after 10.30 pm there is a block length line outside while the in...view moreside is packed anyway. So good luck. Bottom line is worth to see it once and that is it.view less

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108 W 2nd StLos AngelesCA 90012

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