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The Edison

Speakeasy, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Gallery Row, Los Angeles
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  • The experts at Food & Wine and Men's Health Mag recommend this place
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  • Burcu Ö.
    "My favorite place in downtown LA! Don't forget to dress nice"(6 Tips)
    Amy W.
    "sure to get an absinth from the fairy!"(6 Tips)
    Food & Wine
    "early 1900s power plant serves handcrafted cocktails"(5 Tips)
    Rose
    "flapper and really got into the vibe of the place.."(4 Tips)
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  • Alex V.
    Alex VApril 1
    The best bar I saw in LA so far. High end serious decor & a smoking lounge included😂
  • Olga T.
    Olga TsagJuly 14, 2016
    Amazing atmosphere and decoration. Good food and drinks. Rude service.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariApril 29, 2016
    Favorite bar in the world. Dress nice.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GervaisFebruary 26, 2016
    The whole place is lots of fun. Call ahead to reserve a table.
  • Hyerin H.
    Hyerin HongFebruary 12, 2016
    Power plant serves cocktails!!!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuOctober 5, 2015
    Cool vibes, like traveling backwards in time. Don't like the $10 cover though...
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerOctober 3, 2015
    Amazing decor and atmosphere, great staff
  • Lucie Z.
    Lucie ZahradnickovaSeptember 2, 2015
    Great, cozy place in downtown LA for a cocktail. Beautiful interior
  • Slipstream A.
    Slipstream AbsintheAugust 17, 2015
    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?
  • Jerel W.
    Jerel WalliserAugust 14, 2015
    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
  • Alex M.
    Alex MalovAugust 2, 2015
    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.
  • Unholy U.
    Unholy UndeadJune 28, 2015
    The place looks great, has plenty of space and the staff is really good. Not much else to say really.
  • John-Paul M.
    John-Paul MurilloJune 6, 2015
    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.
  • Patricia Y.
    Patricia YangApril 14, 2015
    Great show. But the old fashion wasn't the best I had.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlastingMarch 30, 2015
    Food and drinks were so good! Atmosphere is awesome too
  • Renee T.
    Renee TMarch 24, 2015
    "Celebrates an era of invention & imagination-the blending of science, art, and industry." Make reservations & dress to impress; embrace the roaring 20's style.
  • JNET
    JNETMarch 16, 2015
    Great place to go w a group. Unique place to explore and enjoy a drink :)
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesMarch 2, 2015
    The place is gorgeous the Edison drink is way too sweet but the other drinks are excellend
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YMarch 1, 2015
    Huge bar / lounge with pretty good drinks -- nice atmosphere for a night out
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 27, 2015
    Nice speakeasy. No trainers so make sure to wear smart clothes to get in!
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GomezDecember 18, 2014
    Sometimes they have burlesque shows.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GomezDecember 18, 2014
    Sometimes their is a burlesque show.
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FerngDecember 15, 2014
    Absinthe fairy!
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Large bar in downtown LA. Steam punk. Very hip. Good drinks. Fun atmosphere but usually a line on weekends.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 20, 2014
    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.
  • Kaye O.
    Kaye OroSeptember 30, 2014
    The vibe, atmosphere ans drinks are perfect
  • Mezcal El Silencio .
    Mezcal El Silencio 🐇September 7, 2014
    Cocktails with #MezcalElSilencio the best!! Great sevice by BC Hoffman at the bar, awesome performance and the place is amazing!! #SharetheSilence 🐇
  • Jean M.
    Jean MarieSeptember 3, 2014
    Love the speak easy feel if this place! Great cocktails, but the 20's vive makes me order vodka martinis.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out The Edison as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.August 25, 2014
    My friend Daphne says, "My personal favorite bar. 20s themed bar located in a former electricity factory - great cocktails."
  • Manuel G.
    Manuel GranjaAugust 10, 2014
    Kobe sliders! Perfection
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaarsiAugust 7, 2014
    Fantastic atmosphere, a gorgeous decor and a seemingly limitless selection of drinks.
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    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
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    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
  • Sara V.
    Sara Van RoekelJuly 11, 2014
    Coconut Ranch!
  • Furry Beanbag O.
    It's ok not all thar too hoytee toytee for me
  • Nicholas E.
    Nicholas EdwardMarch 31, 2014
    This place and perch are probably the best places downtown.
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    STILL the most breathtaking space in Los Angeles, arguably in the entire US. Get a table, enjoy your company and a terrific show. Amazing.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin ReeversFebruary 12, 2014
    1. They have absinthe. 2. It was actually an old power station so all the equipment is real. 3. They have absinthe.
  • Pooja N.
    Pooja NairFebruary 1, 2014
    Service is very slow on weekend nights because it's so busy- be prepared for a very long wait for food and drinks.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa StinarJanuary 20, 2014
    $10 cover charge to eat dinner? WTF?
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MutiaJanuary 6, 2014
    $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.
  • Eddy D.
    Eddy Del CastilloDecember 7, 2013
    Cool Decor.
  • Michelle I.
    Michelle IemNovember 9, 2013
    Very strict dress code for a bar.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 21, 2013
    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.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have nonalcoholic cocktails!
  • Michael H.
    Michael HorkachuckSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    What Bullshit!! Bouncer came by to say u can't dance in a circle. FU Edison.
  • Drew
    DrewAugust 23, 2013
    Fucking time warp!
  • Rob K.
    Rob KJune 16, 2013
    Speakeasy meets Steampunk with some great old school tunes. One of the coolest bars I've ever been to.
  • Tony S.
    Tony ShayneMay 24, 2013
    My new fave drinks House of Morgan and Happy Herbie. Wow! Wow...
  • Dakota F.
    Dakota FerreiroMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Every so often Miss Dakota performs burlesque show with Big Willies Burlesque ... She also teaches & conducts burlesque bachelorette parties Missdakota.com
  • Kelly G.
    As far as drinks go, try The Mistress.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KoehlerApril 29, 2013
    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.
  • Catherine L.
    Catherine LApril 18, 2013
    Boys, leave your sneakers and casual shoes at home! Unless you want to be stuck outside for the night!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KennedyMarch 22, 2013
    It's a steam punk Casa Bonita!
  • Jeffrey H.
    Jeffrey HendersonMarch 16, 2013
    Always say yes to absinthe
  • Edward F.
    Edward FedorovFebruary 9, 2013
    OMG. This the best bar I ever been!!! No kidding.
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HarveyJanuary 5, 2013
    Have a drink and just walk around the place. Its like a museum. And, they have an indoor smoking area that allows cigars!!
  • Alli J.
    Alli JoelleDecember 27, 2012
    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.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 7, 2012
    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 :)
  • Mila S.
    Mila SterlingNovember 3, 2012
    This place is gorgeous but a little past its prime. Best to get there early to avoid hoochie mama crowd. Tuna tartar is delicious, fried chicken not so much. Underwhelming wine list.
  • jen s.
    jen s.October 7, 2012
    Very strict dress code! Make sure guys are wearing dress shoes and that your jeans don't have any tears.
  • Jerry P.
    Jerry PeruchiniSeptember 19, 2012
    Dress to impress, try the Tennessee Twist & other specialty cocktails.
  • Douglas L.
    Douglas LezametaSeptember 19, 2012
    10:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m.President’s Party, The Edison
  • Douglas L.
    Douglas LezametaSeptember 19, 2012
    Good ambient President’s Party, The Edison By invitation only
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SalazarSeptember 1, 2012
    Heard a lot about this place so I'm checking it out
  • DowntownLA.com
    DowntownLA.comAugust 31, 2012
    "Enjoy the experience of having a drink, the history of having a drink." – Andrew Meieran @ www.ThisIsMyDowntown.com/Andrew-Meieran
  • Kiesha C.
    Kiesha CanoriAugust 3, 2012
    It is my most favorite bar, when it comes for cocktail and ambience the first name on my mind, is the Edison only...I'm sure next time I am throwing a huge classy party there, it’s a worth place!
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™August 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I was the mayor once. Enjoy.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 16, 2012
    Awesome decor, well-crafted cocktails, old movies playing on the walls...what's not to love? Oh, perhaps the $10 cover that they've now started charging on weekends.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 9, 2012
    Check out the Happy Hour – the 35-cent martini special paired with classic movies on the wall is like getting whisked back to the 20s in your DeLorean. Read more
  • Foodie F.
    Foodie FolliesJune 25, 2012
    I like the Edison, very fun and dancing night :)
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartJune 25, 2012
    Find the Green Faery and get some absinthe shots!
  • Sunaina S.
    Guys, wear nice shoes! My friend could not get in because he wore Converse.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MorrisMay 4, 2012
    Must try the after hours cocktail! Incredible subtle apple flavored with a hint of cinnamon.
  • E Anthony M.
    E Anthony MartinezApril 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the pork sandwich. Delicious.
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SMarch 22, 2012
    it used to be a power plant. the interior is pretty neat. get some friends together for a few drinks!
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NFebruary 16, 2012
    Looking for love
  • Messy S.
    Messy StenchJanuary 29, 2012
    great decor & bldg, staff is snobby as hell. eat dinner off a table built for a smurf. loud!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MJanuary 6, 2012
    Yes, drinks are good and the decor is nice, but there are so many assholes it's just not worth it. Sean was right.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WolpaDecember 19, 2011
    One of my favorite bars in LA. If you like Boardwalk Empire you must visit this bootlegger type bar underground at LA's first power plant built in 1910, make sure to get an absinth from the fairy!
  • Annissë D.
    Annissë DamefataleDecember 9, 2011
    Know bartenders & managers and you get to drink A LOT!!!!
  • FabFitFun
    FabFitFunDecember 9, 2011
    Built in 1910 this place is a fab spot that will make you feel like you're living in the flapper era!
  • Molly B.
    Molly B.December 7, 2011
    Line starts early but moves fast.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GutierrezNovember 29, 2011
    Come on a W/Th and spend $25 in Food or Drink to sit at table or booth. Well worth it and the atmosphere is uncanny!
  • Declan D.
    Declan DurcanNovember 20, 2011
    Place is cool, but the $50 minimum per person for food to get a table is pretty tacky.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    No worries, this power company’s a lot better than the one bugging you for the bill at the end of the month. Plunk yourself on an old leather couch and treat yourself to an Edison Light Beer. Get it?
  • Leslie M.
    Leslie MacchiarellaOctober 7, 2011
    Just go with the dark alley and basement. It's cool and hidden and old with great drinks.
  • ItGirl
    ItGirlOctober 6, 2011
    Sounds obvious, but have the Edison. Seriously.
  • lomography
    lomographySeptember 29, 2011
    Experience the nightlife, 1920s-style! Check out one of downtown LA’s most unique bars and make sure you glam up, as this bar has a dress code. But don’t forget to slip a camera in your pocket!
  • Walker C.
    Walker CatesSeptember 27, 2011
    Love this place!
  • Walker C.
    Walker CatesSeptember 27, 2011
    I am going to be here this weekend!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MiyamotoSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mistress cocktail was delicious!
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    NEVER MISS Radio Room - a showcase of the world's most talented barmen and women! No matter when it is scheduled, who is scheduled, or which drinks are scheduled - you will be glad that you did!
  • Samantha I.
    Samantha IlyceSeptember 6, 2011
    I prefer coming here on weeknights, it isn't as crowded and has less of a meat market feel. The decor and drinks are awesome!
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sill one of LA's grandest venues! Dress up & act like a grown up. Then, let the kids at The Edison make all your worries disappear!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChinAugust 21, 2011
    Have yet to have a good experience here. It's run by douchebags for douchebags. If you're not a douchebag, I'd suggest you find somewhere else to hang.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WeisJuly 24, 2011
    Wear nice shoes, or the bouncer will make fun of you.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Go @metrolosangeles 2 Civic Center & walk 2 @DowntownIndie 4 a movie then around the corner 4 cocktails @TheEdisonLA
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CorserJuly 9, 2011
    Old-fashion cocktails and vibe. Absinthe fairy + cart! So cool. Make sure to read their dress code and adhere to it! If going with a group, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
  • Miguel N.
    Miguel NarvaezApril 27, 2012
    No dejan entrar en tenis. Show de burlesque en vivo los jueves. Poco lugar para sentarse, llega temprano.
  • Yildiray A.
    Yildiray AtasAugust 15, 2011
    Buyuk ugraslar sayesinde benimsin bebegim :)
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