The Edison

Speakeasy, Bar, and Lounge
108 W 2nd St Apt 101 (at Harlem Pl), Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
Closed until 7:00 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(5 Tips)
    Justin O.
    Love seeing the absinthe fairy darting about serving absinthe.(5 Tips)
    Jazzy L.
    Burlesque show is is the absynthe and elvis sandwiches!(5 Tips)
    Lydia A.
    Its vintage swanky chic industrial decor & saucy vibe(8 Tips)
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  • downtown la
  • power plant
  • fancy
  • happy hour
  • burlesque
  • flapper
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • martinis
  • shoes
  • cute
  • dressy
  • DJs
  • absinthe
  • sandwiches
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  • darts
  • Patricia Y.

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

    Patricia Yang · April 14
  • Chris B.

    Food and drinks were so good! Atmosphere is awesome too

    Chris Blasting · March 30
  • 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 Tymn · March 24
  • JNET

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

    JNET · March 16
  • Christopher J.

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

  • Lydia B.

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

    Lydia Berkennou · January 27
  • 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
  • Chris O.

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

    Chris Olivarez · May 25, 2014
  • 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
  • Dakota F.

    Every so often Miss Dakota performs burlesque show with Big Willies Burlesque ... She also teaches & conducts burlesque bachelorette parties

    Dakota Ferreiro · May 24, 2013
  • Kelly G.

    As far as drinks go, try The Mistress.

    Kelly Garrett Zeigler · May 5, 2013
  • Paul K.

    Upscale but not as pretentious as we thought it would be (a good thing!) Dress code for men requires collared shirts and dress shoes and is strictly enforced.

    Paul Koehler · April 29, 2013
  • Catherine L.

    Boys, leave your sneakers and casual shoes at home! Unless you want to be stuck outside for the night!

    Catherine L · April 18, 2013
  • Mike K.

    It's a steam punk Casa Bonita!

    Mike Kennedy · March 22, 2013
  • Jeffrey H.

    Always say yes to absinthe

    Jeffrey Henderson · March 16, 2013
  • Chris D.

    Talk to the Absinthe fairy

    Chris Downar · February 23, 2013
  • Edward F.

    OMG. This the best bar I ever been!!! No kidding.

    Edward Fedorov · February 9, 2013
  • Stephen H.

    Have a drink and just walk around the place. Its like a museum. And, they have an indoor smoking area that allows cigars!!

    Stephen Harvey · January 5, 2013
  • Alli J.

    Ridiculous. I have a dress on and they wouldn't let me in with Uggs on. My friend has jeans and ugly tennis shoes on. Really?! Horrible.

    Alli Joelle · December 27, 2012
  • @JaumePrimero

    The Edison is over 100 years old! The "Brass Furnace" is my favorite libation. Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Fresh Grapefruit Juice and Bitters. Basically, the 4 food groups :)

    @JaumePrimero · November 7, 2012

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