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Edison Bar

108 W 2nd St, #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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    my not-so-hidden-gem :)

    I celebrated my birthday here with my friends. Unfortunately my birthday is near Valentines day so there was a long line (mostly couples). We didn't get in til 12:30... thats what you get if you show up super late :/ We still had a lot of fun and the drinks were a hit or miss.

    LOVE:
    - Gorgeous Absinthe Fairy with her adorable cart
    - lil absinthe bottles!!!!
    - tons of places to take cool pictures
    - the silent films projected onto the wall
    - people dressed up in flapper themes
    - sexy 1920s decor

    Meh:
    - absinthe...not a huge black licorice fan and the flavor made it more funky
    - line
    - dance area isn't as big so it could get crowded

    Don't forget to look for the tiny room where they have a piano.
    If you don't know what you want, ask the bartender to make you something cool :D

    Best place to take people who are visiting from out of town :) or a girls night out

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    This space is amazing. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first came here a while back-- the place is huge!! Two levels with multiple nooks and cranny's to snuggle up in with a date, or to get totally lost in. Edison totally has that speak-easy vibe, with dim lighting, and red furniture. Many nights they have live entertainment. I was here once for live salsa music, which was a blast. It's the kind of bar that makes you want to get dressed up just because.

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    If The Edison was a man, he would be Don Draper.

    Classy, old fashioned, highly charismatic, dashingly charming.

    One important thing to know is that men must wear dress shoes and slacks. No jeans and sneakers allowed in here!

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    I have a love hate relationship with the Edison I love the bar but I hate waiting in line. It's true come here before 10pm or else it will be a 10 to an hour to get in. The dress code is pretty strict so guys dress shoes and collared shirts. The décor is beautiful! Drinks are your typical LA prices, beers are around $7-8 and cocktails are $10-14? A shot from the "green fairy" will runs you $ 9 or $12 (sorry I forgot) and a drink will run you about $18. There isn't really anywhere to sit because all the tables say reserved. I think to reserve a table there is a minimum of $25 per person. But definitely a great place to hang out in DTLA.

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    Did The Edison remodeled from a few years ago?? I don't remember it being so fancy and suave. lol.

    Thanks to a good friend, I got a chance to come back again but this time for dinner and a Burlesque show. Food was delicious. Show was fun, and company was awesome!
    Dress code enforced so dress to impress. Décor was stunning and restrooms are clean. Very entertaining venue with burlesque show and burlesque dancers off and on throughout the night.

    Now the food and drinks...

    Truffled Mac & Cheese - Delicious aromatic white chedder a slight crisp of Parmesan crust

    Cabernet Braised Short Ribs : boneless short ribs served with mashed potatoes. My friends ordered this and praised how delicious and tender it is.

    Sliders: 2 sliders in one order. Meat was deliciously tender.

    The Merry Widow -pressed Panini like sandwiches stuffed with nutella and banana. YUM!

    Open bottled wine was ordered. "The Seeker" 2011 California Chardonnay and Stags Leap 2010 Merlot.

    Overall, enjoyed the venue, food, drinks and service! Would definitely come back and it's added highlight to downtown LA

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    I am only reviewing the night time bar experience. I think that this establishment is trying to kill all of us night crawling degenerates by overheating us and cooking us to death. But first...
    Getting here and finding parking was horrible. Lots in the area are $15 and you have to GTFO by 2am. Street parking is scarce. The line was decent and moves pretty quickly. Only because people were leaving at midnight. The entrance is in the alley but you won't miss it because of the red rope and door men. Making our way down the stairs, we quickly realize we were very under dressed. The set up is a 50's flapper era vibe, and sequins and feather are in. I guess air conditioning wasn't invented in the 50's yet so it was more like working in a factory and having to line up in long lines to get a drink. That's what it felt like. After one $15 highball we had to escape this place and find another bar with AC to prevent a heat stroke.
    One last note, if you are wearing high heels, the flooring is uneven and very slippery.

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  • Edison Bar

    I came to the Edison for their Thursday happy hour special which, at the time, involved paying something like 35 cents for a grilled cheese and a small bowl of tomato soup, and another 35 cents for a cocktail. WHAT? Yes. I know. Even though the specials are limited to one snack and one drink, I still felt like I had stepped back in time and my $20 now made me the richest woman alive (which I guess was the point).
    The atmosphere is beautiful, with open light bulbs hanging from the ceilings and other Edison-inspired lighting decorating the place. I came fairly dressed up, and while there were some people who were in jeans, a lot of other people came looking spiffy.
    There's a parking lot around the corner that you can use for a small fee; otherwise you'll need to find street parking.
    Seriously. 35 cents for a cocktail on Thursday. This needs to be on your list.

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    Edison is a really great and popular bar with a unique interior. You will often see a line outside the bar to get in. There is something pretty cool about drinking very well-made cocktails inside an authentically distressed structure warmed by the glow of quintessential lightbulbs. The standout moment here for me was the Apple Martini--delicious, and they don't use the syrup-y Apply Pucker either! Wear swanky attire...this is not a shorts and sandals kind of joint!

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    One of the coolest bars I've ever been too! Make a reservation and dress for the occasion in 20's style!

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    The Edison is a lounge/bar installed in the old Edison Electric Company building. Rather than gloss over the space's past, The Edison has embraced, updated, and accentuated its steampunk-Gatsby 1920's feel. This bar looks like something out of H.G. Wells' Time Machine-- the decor and atmosphere is reminiscent of a 1920's era speakeasy fleeing (presumably from the cops) into the 21st century.

    This is a great place to come with a group, the space is huge. With two floors and ample bar space, seating, and reasonably-volumed music, you'll be able to enjoy a leisurely (though in no way boring) night out. Be sure to dress smartly, there is a bit of a dress code. It's not ultra-strict, but The Edison doesn't know the meaning of "over dressed" (no, if you come in jeans and a button-down, you won't be the only one; do, however, expect at least a few very dapper individuals-- if you enjoy that, you'll be in good company).

    The bartenders are friendly, the drinks are strong, and the punch-bowls are gigantic (get one to share with a few friends). This is my favorite place in LA for a fancy-yet-unpretentious night on the town!

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    **IDEAL LOUNGE FOR GROUP GATHERINGS IN DTLA**

    PARKING
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    It is located in an alley. You can park across the street for $7 and there is also metered parking.

    AMBIANCE
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    Soft glowing lights, spacious, and "hipster upscale".
    Dress to impress, people, because who goes out wearing gym shoes and Uggs?
    Friendly doormen and bartenders.

    DRINKS
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    $14 cocktails. Steep, so make sure to flirt.
    Ordered a few Edisons and Old Fashioneds.
    Not the best I've had, but it was good enough.

    SERVICE
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    Friendly doormen and efficient bartenders. Staff was on-point.

    TIP
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    Make sure to reserve a table ($50 PP) because it is definitely worth it if you plan to be there longer than 2 hours (eating and drinking).
    And you can't bring outside goodies (e.g. cakes, cupcakes, etc.) without a table anyway.

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND for meeting cool people, enjoying the aerial acrobats, and dancing to some Michael Jackson.

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    Unbelievably cheap martini on Thursday nights (35 cents).

    Excellent underground atmosphere.

    Cool bouncers.

    No cover.

    Go.

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    The bartenders here know what they're doing. This is one of my favorite places in downtown to go for drinks. Pricey, but well worth it - especially if you get the Brass Furnace. Definitely a girly drink (whatever that means), but so, so good - elderflower in that drink (plus gin, grapefruit...). The design and decor of this place never fails to please me - I always spot something new when walking around. They do the industrial look well - doesn't feel gimmicky to me.

    Absinthe fairies roll carts around the place, sometimes people dress up as flappers, there are old silent black and white films projected onto the walls, and so forth. Sometimes, there are performances. When that happens nowadays, there's a cover - usually on Saturdays. So call in beforehand to find out!

    DRESS CODE ENFORCED - gents, make sure you're wearing dress shoes.

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    Derp. You've all been there. The only thing that's changed is I think cover on weekends -- $10 kind of blows but what can you do. Don't forget the dress code (no tennis shoes, no t-shirts). Long ass line so get there early. Brass Furnace and the signature Edison cocktail are great drinks.

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    Being a little "different" from other bars around the area with the whole 1920s art deco design and theme designed by Andrew Meieran, this lounge is still pretty popular with an hour long lines on the weekend. I love how the place is designed around architectural and mechanical artifacts from Downtown LA's historial private power plant.

    The drinks here, I am not too impressed with. I like my drinks strong, and they definitely don't make them strong enough. If you don't want the weak stuff, ask for straight/ on the rocks drinks or shots! I had wine here before and it tasted old and stale... The price varies depending on the bartender but its the usual lounge price. Service I would say is above average since they are very quick.

    They have a pretty nice happy hour special with 35 cent cocktails and Fridays soup kitchen (35 cent grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup) but they end it around 7pm and since I get out of work around 6:30 I could NEVER make it :(

    Rounding up all the experiences I've had at the Edison, I give this place 3 stars. I've had more fun at other bars!

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    The Edison is a 1920's speak easy themed bar. The building is 100 years old and was Downtown LA's first private power plant. The entrance is located off a dimly lit alley between 2nd and 3rd Street. Dress code is strictly enforced! Do not wear athletic clothing (shorts, jersey's, caps), no t-shirts, collarless shirts, baggy jeans, flip flip, sandals, sneakers, athletic shoes. And let me tell you, they have no problems turning people away because there is always a loooooong line to get in. I personally know people who couldn't go in because of their shoes but I guess it's their fault, they should have known better than to wear sneakers (trendy or not) to a bar.

    We got there around 9pm on a Saturday and we thankfully missed the lines which my friends that arrived later stood in for over an hour. Once you enter you will see a smokers lounge to the left. I believe there is also a coat check on the top floor. To get to where all the action is you must go down to the basement where it is quite dark so watch your step. There are 2 bars, a stage and many little areas for you and your friends to congregate. You can reserve a table in advance but be warned that there is a $50 minimum per person which is quite steep!!! My Amstel Light was $7 which isn't bad considering it's a pretty expensive place to begin with. My friends love the food there. I heard the grill cheese with tomato soup is fantastic! The guys in our group enjoyed the scotch selection.

    The atmosphere is very lively. Last night they had a burlesque show which was really fun to watch. The women who work there wear flapper dresses and a lot of customers get dressed up to match the theme. The age range is quite big - anywhere from 21 to 70 but I would say the average age is late 20's to mid-30's.

    There are plenty of street parking or you can park in the lot located next to the building down the same alley. We paid $6 last night.

    If you are looking for a cool speak-easy type bar, this is the best in LA!

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    Step into The Edison to be transported to a hip, swanky club version of the first private power plant in Los Angeles, which will celebrate its 102nd anniversary in 2012. A blend of Art Deco and Industrial Gothic evocative of the Coconut grove, The Edison is a very unique experience not to be missed.
    Both a bar and a restaurant, it caters to the finest of tastes.

    Consistent with the venue's early 20th century theme, its site is also a must see, not only for its originality and charm, but also for the fantastic 3D visual tour. You will be able to experience the Edison from your computer, but you will no doubt want to see it in person after this virtual trip around the venue, located in the basement of the historic Higgins Building in downtown LA.

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  • Edison Bar

    This place is very close to jumping the shark. The long lines would indicate a better bar than it actually is. Can get very crowded. The ambiance is pretty cool. Drinks are a little pricy. Food is decent.

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