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The Edison

Map & Directions 108 W. Second St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Wed-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 8pm-2am
  • Coat Check


LA Weekly's Description

You turn down a dark alley, slipping between two brick warehouses. You see a door, nothing special, just a black door. You open it and walk inside. You hear the faint squeaks and squawks of a '20s-era brass band. Take the staircase down a flight, and the jazzy horns get louder. At the bottom is a giant iron furnace, nearly the size of a small home. (The club is inside the Higgins Building, site of the first privately owned power plant in the country, and many of the fixtures survive.) A poolroom is just beyond the main bar, where you stand. You order a lavender bourbon, a special of the house. You have arrived at the Edison. Despite the deep, dark recess of the Edison's location below street level, it's cozy with oversize club chairs and swanky leather sofas dotting the room. Retro cocktails include a Charlie Chaplin, a boilermaker, even a fresh gimlet and two menu pages' worth of single-malt scotch. Thursdays feature live music; on Fridays and Saturdays, the tempo picks up with regular DJs on the decks. There's a dress code - no torn jeans or ratty tennis shoes; if you're going to play the part, you should look it too. It's a small price to pay to enter a time machine.

Member Reviews

  • prosman wrote a review for The Edison
    on 11/28/10

    the classiest joint in L.A.

  • dishing wrote a review for The Edison
    on 09/07/10

    I love Edison. Edison is a really fun vibe. It's clubby but you're not body-to-body smashed. They also have really great cocktails. The music is really great. I always go to Edison when I'm in LA. It's very fun.

  • veronica.gordon4 wrote a review for The Edison
    on 08/27/10

    Everyone needs to experience this attractive enviorment

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Tips from foursquare

  • Bravo on 01/28/10

    Very cool, 18th century boiler room that serves absynthe. -Akiko Cook, Launch My Line

  • Bravo on 01/28/10

    Beautiful and romantic. A great building. Must go on Wednesday night for Lucant Dossier. A great feel throughout the place. Peeps swinging "Cirque du Soleil" style. -Julie Kwon, Launch My Line

  • Bravo on 01/28/10

    The most amazing steampunk venue. Brilliant shows by Lucent Dossier on Wednesday nights. -Tressa Williams, Launch My Line

  • LA Weekly on 12/01/10

    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Bar In A 100-Year-Old Building!

  • Bravo on 11/12/10

    Hands down the best looking bar in all of L.A. -Danielle Keene, Top Chef Just Desserts

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