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The Edison

Speakeasy, Bar, and Lounge · Gallery Row
108 W 2nd St Apt 101 (at Harlem Pl), Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Wed–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 7:00 PM–2:00 AM
Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

The Edison is a world class lounge that retains architectural and mechanical artifacts; an homage to its history as the first private power plant in Downtown Los Angeles. Created by Andrew Meieran and Marc Smith.


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    Burcu Ö.
    "My favorite place in downtown LA! Don't forget to dress nice"(6 Tips)
    Food & Wine
    "early 1900s power plant serves handcrafted cocktails"(6 Tips)
    Justin O.
    "Love seeing the absinthe fairy darting about serving absinthe."(5 Tips)
    "flapper and really got into the vibe of the place.."(5 Tips)
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  • downtown la
  • power plant
  • fancy
  • flapper
  • happy hour
  • burlesque
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • alcohol
  • martinis
  • shoes
  • cute
  • speakeasies
  • dressy
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • DJs
  • fancy cocktails
  • romantic
  • absinthe
  • Cameron G.

    Favorite bar in the world. Dress nice.

    Cameron Gidari · 1 week ago
  • Jason G.

    The whole place is lots of fun. Call ahead to reserve a table.

    Jason Gervais · February 26
  • Hyerin H.

    Power plant serves cocktails!!!

    Hyerin Hong · February 12
  • Connie C.

    Cool vibes, like traveling backwards in time. Don't like the $10 cover though...

    Connie Chiu · October 5, 2015
  • Abi P.

    Amazing decor and atmosphere, great staff

    Abi Panicker · October 3, 2015
  • Lucie Z.

    Great, cozy place in downtown LA for a cocktail. Beautiful interior

    Lucie Zahradnickova · September 2, 2015
  • Slipstream A.

    These absinthes are on their menu - Clandestine, Kubler, Lucid, Matahari (yuck), Pernod,St. George, Vieux Carre. Does anyone know what else they have there? Maybe Jade 1901?

    Slipstream Absinthe · August 17, 2015
  • Jerel W.

    It's hot out have on nice shorts,shirt,n tie. Seeing a nola style band, can't come in bc no shorts allowed. Fucking stupid snobby LA. The townhouse in Venice is more legit then this faux trendy spot

    Jerel Walliser · August 14, 2015
  • Alex M.

    Venue: Fun and unique. 20s speakeasy meets steam punk. Bar: Ok. People: No real dress code or face control. Expected much better but still a cool place.

    Alex Malov · August 2, 2015
  • Unholy U.

    The place looks great, has plenty of space and the staff is really good. Not much else to say really.

    Unholy Undead · June 28, 2015
  • John-Paul M.

    This place is a must to try once. Love the setting and dressing up once and awhile but make sure you have the cash to spend. Loved the maple bacon beer nuts & The Elvis is a perfect finish.

    John-Paul Murillo · June 6, 2015
  • Patricia Y.

    Great show. But the old fashion wasn't the best I had.

    Patricia Yang · April 14, 2015
  • Chris B.

    Food and drinks were so good! Atmosphere is awesome too

    Chris Blasting · March 30, 2015
  • Renee T.

    "Celebrates an era of invention & imagination-the blending of science, art, and industry." Make reservations & dress to impress; embrace the roaring 20's style.

    Renee T · March 24, 2015
  • JNET

    Great place to go w a group. Unique place to explore and enjoy a drink :)

    JNET · March 16, 2015
  • Christopher J.

    The place is gorgeous the Edison drink is way too sweet but the other drinks are excellend

    Christopher Jones · March 2, 2015
  • Lydia B.

    Nice speakeasy. No trainers so make sure to wear smart clothes to get in!

    Lydia Berkennou · January 27, 2015
  • Ben B.

    Men, wear a collared shirt and classy leather shoes or they won't let you in. No sneakers.

    Ben B · December 31, 2014
  • Melissa G.

    Sometimes they have burlesque shows.

    Melissa Gomez · December 18, 2014
  • Melissa G.

    Sometimes their is a burlesque show.

    Melissa Gomez · December 18, 2014
  • Michelle F.

    Absinthe fairy!

    Michelle Ferng · December 15, 2014
  • Katrina Z.

    Large bar in downtown LA. Steam punk. Very hip. Good drinks. Fun atmosphere but usually a line on weekends.

    Katrina Zai · November 20, 2014
  • Justin O.

    One of my favorite bars to go to in downtown. It's a spectacle to behold with dark corners and intimate spaces. Love seeing the absinthe fairy darting about serving absinthe.

    Justin Ordoveza · November 20, 2014
  • Kaye O.

    The vibe, atmosphere ans drinks are perfect

    Kaye Oro · September 30, 2014
  • Mezcal El Silencio .

    Cocktails with #MezcalElSilencio the best!! Great sevice by BC Hoffman at the bar, awesome performance and the place is amazing!! #SharetheSilence 🐇

    Mezcal El Silencio 🐇 · September 7, 2014
  • Jeanette R.

    Love the speak easy feel if this place! Great cocktails, but the 20's vive makes me order vodka martinis.

    Jeanette Roman · September 3, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Edison as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 2, 2014
  • Katherine M.

    My friend Daphne says, "My personal favorite bar. 20s themed bar located in a former electricity factory - great cocktails."

    Katherine M. · August 25, 2014
  • Manuel G.

    Kobe sliders! Perfection

    Manuel Granja · August 10, 2014
  • Ryan V.

    Fantastic atmosphere, a gorgeous decor and a seemingly limitless selection of drinks.

    Ryan Vaarsi · August 7, 2014
  • CNN

    Rooms vary in themes. Leather club chairs, lush draperies & dramatic iron candelabras combine with factory steel in this steampunk alternate reality. For cocktails try The Mistress ($14). Read more

    CNN · August 6, 2014
  • LAist

    We just love the craftiness of the absinthe cart. A cute little green fairy, flossed out with wings and glitter, pushes around the cart and sells vials of the wormwood spirit on special nights. Read more

    LAist · August 1, 2014
  • Sara V.

    Coconut Ranch!

    Sara Van Roekel · July 11, 2014
  • Furry Beanbag O.

    It's ok not all thar too hoytee toytee for me

  • Nicholas E.

    This place and perch are probably the best places downtown.

    Nicholas Edward · March 31, 2014
  • Humanatek S.

    Try out one of their wonderful selections of #absinthe from France‼️ #downtownLA

  • DAN C.

    STILL the most breathtaking space in Los Angeles, arguably in the entire US. Get a table, enjoy your company and a terrific show. Amazing.

    DAN COX · March 18, 2014
  • Kevin R.

    1. They have absinthe. 2. It was actually an old power station so all the equipment is real. 3. They have absinthe.

    Kevin Reevers · February 12, 2014
  • Pooja N.

    Service is very slow on weekend nights because it's so busy- be prepared for a very long wait for food and drinks.

    Pooja Nair · February 1, 2014
  • Melissa S.

    $10 cover charge to eat dinner? WTF?

    Melissa Stinar · January 20, 2014
  • Rachel M.

    $10 to get in and a minimum of $50 worth of orders per person if you want to get a table. There's a strict dress code so don't be shy to dress to the nines.

    Rachel Mutia · January 6, 2014
  • Eddy D.

    Cool Decor.

    Eddy Del Castillo · December 7, 2013
  • Michelle I.

    Very strict dress code for a bar.

    Michelle Iem · November 9, 2013
  • Los Angeles

    On Halloween night the Edison resurrects the Dark Spirit of Halloween Past, featuring an otherworldly gathering of diabolical attractions and apparitions from across the globe.

    Los Angeles · October 21, 2013
  • Caroline O.

    They have nonalcoholic cocktails!

    Caroline On Crack · September 13, 2013
  • Michael H.

    What Bullshit!! Bouncer came by to say u can't dance in a circle. FU Edison.

    Michael Horkachuck · September 8, 2013
  • Drew

    Fucking time warp!

    Drew · August 23, 2013
  • Alexander R.

    If you're hungry get the mini sliders. They are delicious!!!

    Alexander Rafailan · August 2, 2013
  • Rob K.

    Speakeasy meets Steampunk with some great old school tunes. One of the coolest bars I've ever been to.

    Rob K · June 16, 2013
  • Tony S.

    My new fave drinks House of Morgan and Happy Herbie. Wow! Wow...

    Tony Shayne · May 24, 2013

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