The Edison

★★★★☆
Downtown's lounge-life evolution continues in a historically refurbished, turn-of-the-century boiler room.
  • 108 West 2nd Street

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Cross street: Main Street

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  • 213-613-0000

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This is definitely one of the coolest and most unique bars you find in LA. The architecture is spectacular, like something out of an art deco movie set, except it is the real artiface of the old Edison station. It's a pretty eclectic crowd

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★★★★★

This is definitely one of the coolest and most unique bars you find in LA. The architecture is spectacular, like something out of an art deco movie set, except it is the real artiface of the old Edison station. It's a pretty eclectic crowd

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Pretty girls

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★★★★★

Pretty girls

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Seems almost everything here got a good to say, which makes me intrigue and wanting to visit it the soonest. So the food must be equally intriguing and delicious too as it looks.

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★★★★★

Seems almost everything here got a good to say, which makes me intrigue and wanting to visit it the soonest. So the food must be equally intriguing and delicious too as it looks.

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Seems almost everything here got a good to say, which makes me intrigue and wanting to visit it the soonest. So the food must be equally intriguing and delicious too as it looks.

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★★★★★

Seems almost everything here got a good to say, which makes me intrigue and wanting to visit it the soonest. So the food must be equally intriguing and delicious too as it looks.

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Is going to ruin Los Angeles with it's "hipster" youthful vibe and lack of concern for what will happen if the "hipsters" take over Los Angeles just because they got paid to do so...\r
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The proof is in the emptiness...Clifton's Cafeteria

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★★★★★

Is going to ruin Los Angeles with it's "hipster" youthful vibe and lack of concern for what will happen if the "hipsters" take over Los Angeles just because they got paid to do so...\r
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The proof is in the emptiness...Clifton's Cafeteria

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Is going to ruin Los Angeles with it's "hipster" youthful vibe and lack of concern for what will happen if the "hipsters" take over Los Angeles just because they got paid to do so...\r
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The proof is in the emptiness...Clifton's Cafeteria

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★★★★★

Is going to ruin Los Angeles with it's "hipster" youthful vibe and lack of concern for what will happen if the "hipsters" take over Los Angeles just because they got paid to do so...\r
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The proof is in the emptiness...Clifton's Cafeteria

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Any bar that has a shoe policy is way too ""cool"" for me

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★☆☆☆☆

Any bar that has a shoe policy is way too ""cool"" for me

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The owner is a great guy and the bartenders are very skilled and friendly. They get drinks quickly, socialize even when it's busy, and have a great time doing it.

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★★★★☆

The owner is a great guy and the bartenders are very skilled and friendly. They get drinks quickly, socialize even when it's busy, and have a great time doing it.

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Spent a few times here for cocktails and food. Cool place with lots of antiques and old time history but....\ndealing with the bad service along with food that tastes like it came from a vending machine is something else.\nWhy would you spend $100 or more and end up chasing down the waiter (or worse-complaining at the bar because you cannot find the waiter)- endig up with food (calamari that tasted like it was soaked in salt) and cheese bread (most likely made 4 days prior)??\n\nSorry Barbara, but your company is going downhill fast. Best sort it out before he CLOSED sign is posted.\nSpend your time and money somehwere better. With all the choices in LA....why would you???

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★☆☆☆☆

Spent a few times here for cocktails and food. Cool place with lots of antiques and old time history but....\ndealing with the bad service along with food that tastes like it came from a vending machine is something else.\nWhy would you spend $100 or more and end up chasing down the waiter (or worse-complaining at the bar because you cannot find the waiter)- endig up with food (calamari that tasted like it was soaked in salt) and cheese bread (most likely made 4 days prior)??\n\nSorry Barbara, but your company is going downhill fast. Best sort it out before he CLOSED sign is posted.\nSpend your time and money somehwere better. With all the choices in LA....why would you???

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BAD BAD BAD ........ Disgusting food, horrible service, very very very rude staff and the mangers tops it. Security guards are bunch of nasty people. They made $500.00 out of our table and treated us in a worst way possible. Would never go back there and I DO NOT RECOMEND any one to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

BAD BAD BAD ........ Disgusting food, horrible service, very very very rude staff and the mangers tops it. Security guards are bunch of nasty people. They made $500.00 out of our table and treated us in a worst way possible. Would never go back there and I DO NOT RECOMEND any one to go.

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BAD BAD BAD ........ Disgusting food, horrible service, very very very rude staff and the mangers tops it. Security guards are bunch of nasty people. They made $500.00 out of our table and treated us in a worst way possible. Would never go back there and I DO NOT RECOMEND any one to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

BAD BAD BAD ........ Disgusting food, horrible service, very very very rude staff and the mangers tops it. Security guards are bunch of nasty people. They made $500.00 out of our table and treated us in a worst way possible. Would never go back there and I DO NOT RECOMEND any one to go.

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Went here on a weekday; Didn't have any trouble getting in or any problems with the dress code. Great place for a drink or even a romantic date. I do admit that the bar service is a little slow. Great atmosphere, feels like you stepped back in time. Would recommend to friends to see.

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★★★★☆

Went here on a weekday; Didn't have any trouble getting in or any problems with the dress code. Great place for a drink or even a romantic date. I do admit that the bar service is a little slow. Great atmosphere, feels like you stepped back in time. Would recommend to friends to see.

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This is a really hip spot and fun to experience once or twice. But if you're on a date or really wanted to relate to the people you are hanging with you'll have to scream all night and probably won't get very far in getting to know them better.

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★★★★☆

This is a really hip spot and fun to experience once or twice. But if you're on a date or really wanted to relate to the people you are hanging with you'll have to scream all night and probably won't get very far in getting to know them better.

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The typical crowd at this place is very mixed. There's the afterwork corporate types, the headshot types, the Jersey Shore types and yes, Steampunk and Vintage scenesters do show up. In order to get service, seating or anything remotely convenient at Edison you have to make a reservation or come extremely early. Anyone who shows up here after 9:30 expecting elbow room and a quick drink is going to have a terrible night. Bar service can take a long time. Food comes out relatively quick, but their wait staff is often overwhelmed. \n\nThe ambiance of this place is unique and esoteric with an early 20th century bohemian theme. Ask for specific tables at least a week in advance when making dinner reservations, as spots closer to the floor show allow for no conversation. They sometimes have burlesque acts, sometimes live bands and sometimes DJ's. If you enjoy swing or couples dancing, there is the occasional night for that. Look out for the guys who hang around the bar - some of them are slimy 50 somethings who think it's ok to grab women by the elbows. \n\nThe Green Fairy who comes by with Absinthe shots is uber cute, but be forewarned that the shots are weak.

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★★★★☆

The typical crowd at this place is very mixed. There's the afterwork corporate types, the headshot types, the Jersey Shore types and yes, Steampunk and Vintage scenesters do show up. In order to get service, seating or anything remotely convenient at Edison you have to make a reservation or come extremely early. Anyone who shows up here after 9:30 expecting elbow room and a quick drink is going to have a terrible night. Bar service can take a long time. Food comes out relatively quick, but their wait staff is often overwhelmed. \n\nThe ambiance of this place is unique and esoteric with an early 20th century bohemian theme. Ask for specific tables at least a week in advance when making dinner reservations, as spots closer to the floor show allow for no conversation. They sometimes have burlesque acts, sometimes live bands and sometimes DJ's. If you enjoy swing or couples dancing, there is the occasional night for that. Look out for the guys who hang around the bar - some of them are slimy 50 somethings who think it's ok to grab women by the elbows. \n\nThe Green Fairy who comes by with Absinthe shots is uber cute, but be forewarned that the shots are weak.

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It is worth it for the ambience and decor. Dress code important and that is a blessing. Even if you go earty say 9 pm on a weekend you have to struggle to get a drink, as for food .....forget it. Do not go there hungry. I wonder how Edison can make money since the bar is solid blocked by some people that do not move away from it, no visible servers, and most of the people do not hold drinks in their hands. If you are late after 10.30 pm there is a block length line outside while the inside is packed anyway. So good luck. Bottom line is worth to see it once and that is it.

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★★★☆☆

It is worth it for the ambience and decor. Dress code important and that is a blessing. Even if you go earty say 9 pm on a weekend you have to struggle to get a drink, as for food .....forget it. Do not go there hungry. I wonder how Edison can make money since the bar is solid blocked by some people that do not move away from it, no visible servers, and most of the people do not hold drinks in their hands. If you are late after 10.30 pm there is a block length line outside while the inside is packed anyway. So good luck. Bottom line is worth to see it once and that is it.

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The first time I went, I had arrived by Metro, so didn't have my driver's license.The man outside was quite snooty and rude. I am in my 40's and clearly not underage, but he turned me away brusquely.

Next time, armed with ID, I got to enjoy the Industrial Steampunk vibe and architectural glamor of the place, which was the main attraction for me. The music was excellent and the food and drinks were acceptable (not nearly as amazing as the decor, but that's OK - the ambiance is why I wanted to be there in the first place.)

Overall I'd say it's spectacularized "event" dining - the location IS the event.

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★★★★☆

The first time I went, I had arrived by Metro, so didn't have my driver's license.The man outside was quite snooty and rude. I am in my 40's and clearly not underage, but he turned me away brusquely.

Next time, armed with ID, I got to enjoy the Industrial Steampunk vibe and architectural glamor of the place, which was the main attraction for me. The music was excellent and the food and drinks were acceptable (not nearly as amazing as the decor, but that's OK - the ambiance is why I wanted to be there in the first place.)

Overall I'd say it's spectacularized "event" dining - the location IS the event.

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The edison is a very cool place to experience. very dark, goth ambience. but I was charged 10 dollars for someone to take my backpac and place it on the floor 2 feet away from where I was standing. when I said I didn't want them to take it they told me I was not allowed in. I pointed out that 5 people just passed with their backpacks on and they didn't get charged. they could have cared less. whatever...welcome to L.A

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★★☆☆☆

The edison is a very cool place to experience. very dark, goth ambience. but I was charged 10 dollars for someone to take my backpac and place it on the floor 2 feet away from where I was standing. when I said I didn't want them to take it they told me I was not allowed in. I pointed out that 5 people just passed with their backpacks on and they didn't get charged. they could have cared less. whatever...welcome to L.A

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""Horrible, Horrible, HORRIBLE!""\n\n\nGreat ambiance, horrible service for what you pay -- \nThey don't care about service, just $$$\nGot a table and paid over $700 -- they still wouldn't let my two beautiful girl friends in because ""no one told them in advance"" yet they were letting people in left and right.... powertrip??\nTook 30 minutes from drink order to drink service and half the time WE NEVER GOT DRINKS!!! So then we went to the bar instead and STILL NO DRINKS. I walked away after 25 minutes because, really??? C'mon people, you are not THAT busy. You have plenty of time to wait on the same person 5 times because waiting on me once. \nServers thanked us for being patient while they screwed up (basically everything) and then when I asked for them to help get my two friends in, they turned 180 degrees and said they couldn't help..... definitely will NEVER go here again, you shouldn't waste your money either!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

""Horrible, Horrible, HORRIBLE!""\n\n\nGreat ambiance, horrible service for what you pay -- \nThey don't care about service, just $$$\nGot a table and paid over $700 -- they still wouldn't let my two beautiful girl friends in because ""no one told them in advance"" yet they were letting people in left and right.... powertrip??\nTook 30 minutes from drink order to drink service and half the time WE NEVER GOT DRINKS!!! So then we went to the bar instead and STILL NO DRINKS. I walked away after 25 minutes because, really??? C'mon people, you are not THAT busy. You have plenty of time to wait on the same person 5 times because waiting on me once. \nServers thanked us for being patient while they screwed up (basically everything) and then when I asked for them to help get my two friends in, they turned 180 degrees and said they couldn't help..... definitely will NEVER go here again, you shouldn't waste your money either!!!

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I love this place! The decor is amazing as is the vibe. Definitely the place to dress up 20s style and go for a few drinks. Lots of excellent choices of Absinthe as well. Would recommend getting a table, that way you avoid the hollywood types at the bar and can enjoy the music and appetizers in peace. Book a week or more in advance and pay attention to the dress code.

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★★★★☆

I love this place! The decor is amazing as is the vibe. Definitely the place to dress up 20s style and go for a few drinks. Lots of excellent choices of Absinthe as well. Would recommend getting a table, that way you avoid the hollywood types at the bar and can enjoy the music and appetizers in peace. Book a week or more in advance and pay attention to the dress code.

Pros: Music, Atmosphere, Absinthe, Decor

Cons: Patrons

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\nBouncers here can sometimes be rude regarding the dress code, so be forewarned. That said, it's nice that guys and gals look good inside the bar. Thugs stay outside. Very beautiful decor inside. Great looking crowd, although financial types have sort of ruined it a bit lately.\n\n

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★★★★☆

\nBouncers here can sometimes be rude regarding the dress code, so be forewarned. That said, it's nice that guys and gals look good inside the bar. Thugs stay outside. Very beautiful decor inside. Great looking crowd, although financial types have sort of ruined it a bit lately.\n\n

Pros: Best design in LA

Cons: Dress code sucks

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you are welcome to this phony hangout. overpriced and unwelcoming, I was not surprised to see plenty of poor saps lining up to pay inflated prices. got poor service at bar and was glad to leave.

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★☆☆☆☆

you are welcome to this phony hangout. overpriced and unwelcoming, I was not surprised to see plenty of poor saps lining up to pay inflated prices. got poor service at bar and was glad to leave.

Pros: Got out without a fight

Cons: run by thugs

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I've been a fan of the Edison since it first opened, but its appeal faded after a year or so. I recently went back for the burlesque circus on Wednesday nights and... DAMN. Entertainment is incredible, the crowd dresses up and the drinks never miss, although you may wait for quite a while. If you're looking for a refreshed sense of the Edison - go on Wednesday nights.

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★★★★☆

I've been a fan of the Edison since it first opened, but its appeal faded after a year or so. I recently went back for the burlesque circus on Wednesday nights and... DAMN. Entertainment is incredible, the crowd dresses up and the drinks never miss, although you may wait for quite a while. If you're looking for a refreshed sense of the Edison - go on Wednesday nights.

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Interesting, unique decor, very cool music, especially Willie' McNeil's band is fun and entertaining. Once you're in, you're pretty much on you own. Nobody will hound you for drinks, although the ""absinthe fairies"" carting the classic absinthe service around are appealing, even if the absinthe itself is not.

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★★★★☆

Interesting, unique decor, very cool music, especially Willie' McNeil's band is fun and entertaining. Once you're in, you're pretty much on you own. Nobody will hound you for drinks, although the ""absinthe fairies"" carting the classic absinthe service around are appealing, even if the absinthe itself is not.

Pros: Elegant, Interesting Decor, Cool Music, No Cover.

Cons: parking downtown.

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I've been a fan of the Edison since it first opened, but its appeal faded after a year or so. I recently went back for the burlesque circus on Wednesday nights and... DAMN. Entertainment is incredible, the crowd dresses up and the drinks never miss, although you may wait for quite a while. If you're looking for a refreshed sense of the Edison - go on Wednesday nights.

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★★★★☆

I've been a fan of the Edison since it first opened, but its appeal faded after a year or so. I recently went back for the burlesque circus on Wednesday nights and... DAMN. Entertainment is incredible, the crowd dresses up and the drinks never miss, although you may wait for quite a while. If you're looking for a refreshed sense of the Edison - go on Wednesday nights.

Pros: Burlesque Troop

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The food here is eclectic and absolutely amazing. It's good for a romantic date or even meet friends at the bar. I particularly enjoyed the belly dancer show she had a python in her act. The service was amazing well worth the prices.\n

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★★★★★

The food here is eclectic and absolutely amazing. It's good for a romantic date or even meet friends at the bar. I particularly enjoyed the belly dancer show she had a python in her act. The service was amazing well worth the prices.\n

Pros: Sexy belly dancer

Cons: In the Center of Down town La

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I just got turned away from this stupid club because of my attire. I'm supposed to be there for a birthday party. My knit shirt from Nordstroms ""doesn't have a collar"" and the bouncer didn't like my shoes either. \r\nDo ya think I'll ever go back there?

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★☆☆☆☆

I just got turned away from this stupid club because of my attire. I'm supposed to be there for a birthday party. My knit shirt from Nordstroms ""doesn't have a collar"" and the bouncer didn't like my shoes either. \r\nDo ya think I'll ever go back there?

Pros: ?

Cons: Inflexible

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I've been told this place is full of rude staff and ridiculous costumers and now I can confirm this, spend you money where you will be treated like a person, there much better places nearer by.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been told this place is full of rude staff and ridiculous costumers and now I can confirm this, spend you money where you will be treated like a person, there much better places nearer by.

Pros: Great if your into class war and like to play dress up

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At 7:10pm I arrived at the Edison for my friends birthday get together, I had sneakers on (I had just come from work) And had missed the dress code cut off by 10min so I left but because my friends are better people than the management and door man at the Edison they finished there drinks and left as well, most never to return.

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★★☆☆☆

At 7:10pm I arrived at the Edison for my friends birthday get together, I had sneakers on (I had just come from work) And had missed the dress code cut off by 10min so I left but because my friends are better people than the management and door man at the Edison they finished there drinks and left as well, most never to return.

Pros: cool building

Cons: The people who work there

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If you would like to make a table reservation at ANY Hollywood venue simply email hollywood VIP access @ gmail . com

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★★★★☆

If you would like to make a table reservation at ANY Hollywood venue simply email hollywood VIP access @ gmail . com

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dont know what these pro reviewers have been smoking but they couldnt have been at the same club. Rudest punks at the door I have ever seen. Food poor, drinks poor- overpriced with abysmally slow service.\r\n\r\nBetter to sit at home and pour yourself drinks while listening to Xm radio than to waste time and money here

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★☆☆☆☆

dont know what these pro reviewers have been smoking but they couldnt have been at the same club. Rudest punks at the door I have ever seen. Food poor, drinks poor- overpriced with abysmally slow service.\r\n\r\nBetter to sit at home and pour yourself drinks while listening to Xm radio than to waste time and money here

Pros: none mentionable

Cons: top to bottom, the worst

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Shameful! \nWent last night to try and enjoy the festivities. We were with a very large group of people..one of which was told at the door that he couldn't come in because his arms weren't covered. (mind you, he was wearing a badassed outfit resplendent in ""edison-esque attire"" a very nice vest and shirt underneath that happened to be cut at the shoulders. He looked better than most of the men patronizing this joint. I had to lend him my sweater (leaving me bare-armed, spaghetti-strapped and braless, but, hey I'm a girl and they had no problem with me)\nWow. I should have looked for a sexual discrimination lawyer while i was in there....\nSo, this set our party of 20 or so in a disdainful mood right off the bat. At a $10 cover, there went 200 bux.....and, unfortunately, my friend was so hot inside wearing that mandatory sweater i had lent him and chose to leave instead sweat to death. Funny enough, as he was leaving ANOTHER EMPLOYEE stopped him to chastise him for his ""sleavelessness"". \nMy advice to the bad apple employees that run rampant in this club is to take the attitude down a few notches. \nSo, after 17 of our party left, fairly immediately (and will never return), i stayed with my two girlfriends, ate some WAY overpriced mac and cheese and downed some absyinthe...not the best.\nWe must have lucked out, because our bartender , Aidan D was terrific, as were the barbacks and busboy. Nice guys. The waitress, on the other hand (don't know what dr-g she was on) literally tripped across my feet FOUR different times...no exaggeration. No apology, just a glassy-eyed freakish demeanor wrapped up in a black flapper dress.\nAlso, let me point out that the DJ was pretty awesome, except, once again, FOR HER ATTITUDE! No smile, never, just a vacant, vapid expression of ""I'm too good for this place"" ""worship me"".\nBoring.\nGo for the decor once, but never go back. Unless they cut out 9/10's of their bitchy insouciant employees.

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★☆☆☆☆

Shameful! \nWent last night to try and enjoy the festivities. We were with a very large group of people..one of which was told at the door that he couldn't come in because his arms weren't covered. (mind you, he was wearing a badassed outfit resplendent in ""edison-esque attire"" a very nice vest and shirt underneath that happened to be cut at the shoulders. He looked better than most of the men patronizing this joint. I had to lend him my sweater (leaving me bare-armed, spaghetti-strapped and braless, but, hey I'm a girl and they had no problem with me)\nWow. I should have looked for a sexual discrimination lawyer while i was in there....\nSo, this set our party of 20 or so in a disdainful mood right off the bat. At a $10 cover, there went 200 bux.....and, unfortunately, my friend was so hot inside wearing that mandatory sweater i had lent him and chose to leave instead sweat to death. Funny enough, as he was leaving ANOTHER EMPLOYEE stopped him to chastise him for his ""sleavelessness"". \nMy advice to the bad apple employees that run rampant in this club is to take the attitude down a few notches. \nSo, after 17 of our party left, fairly immediately (and will never return), i stayed with my two girlfriends, ate some WAY overpriced mac and cheese and downed some absyinthe...not the best.\nWe must have lucked out, because our bartender , Aidan D was terrific, as were the barbacks and busboy. Nice guys. The waitress, on the other hand (don't know what dr-g she was on) literally tripped across my feet FOUR different times...no exaggeration. No apology, just a glassy-eyed freakish demeanor wrapped up in a black flapper dress.\nAlso, let me point out that the DJ was pretty awesome, except, once again, FOR HER ATTITUDE! No smile, never, just a vacant, vapid expression of ""I'm too good for this place"" ""worship me"".\nBoring.\nGo for the decor once, but never go back. Unless they cut out 9/10's of their bitchy insouciant employees.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Staff, Overpriced food/ drinks

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I just came back from this place and I am certainly not going there ever again. My friend had a birthday reservation for a large group of people at 9.30 pm; however guests arrived (me included) at 10pm simply because parking there is a nightmare. We were told that since we were not there on time at 9.30 all guests have to wait in the regular line. The security treated us like we were criminals. Needless to say, we didn't want to wait 1 1/2 to get in and just left without even seeing the birthday girl.\r\n\r\nI don't know how 'happening' or cool is this place inside but just from the service outside, I was pretty sure that I am not going there again.\r\n

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★☆☆☆☆

I just came back from this place and I am certainly not going there ever again. My friend had a birthday reservation for a large group of people at 9.30 pm; however guests arrived (me included) at 10pm simply because parking there is a nightmare. We were told that since we were not there on time at 9.30 all guests have to wait in the regular line. The security treated us like we were criminals. Needless to say, we didn't want to wait 1 1/2 to get in and just left without even seeing the birthday girl.\r\n\r\nI don't know how 'happening' or cool is this place inside but just from the service outside, I was pretty sure that I am not going there again.\r\n

Cons: long wait and rude people; difficult parking

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This is a cool venue with a steampunk theme. However, the staff is rude rude rude. It doesn't matter how often you come here or how much money you spend, the staff will pretend like they do not recognize you and will even possibly school you. Service is slow for drinks and food. Worth visiting once for the decor and the venue itself, but I doubt I'll be back ever again.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a cool venue with a steampunk theme. However, the staff is rude rude rude. It doesn't matter how often you come here or how much money you spend, the staff will pretend like they do not recognize you and will even possibly school you. Service is slow for drinks and food. Worth visiting once for the decor and the venue itself, but I doubt I'll be back ever again.

Pros: decor, size, venue

Cons: staff, service

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This is my favorite bar in LA, mostly do to the style of the place. Great lighting, usually jazzy or big band music, and fun old silent movies or steam-punk cartoons playing on the screens. The drinks are a bit expensive, but they are half off during happy hour. Plus, there is an 'absinthe fairy' that pushes a little cart around of delicious absinthe cocktails!

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★★★★☆

This is my favorite bar in LA, mostly do to the style of the place. Great lighting, usually jazzy or big band music, and fun old silent movies or steam-punk cartoons playing on the screens. The drinks are a bit expensive, but they are half off during happy hour. Plus, there is an 'absinthe fairy' that pushes a little cart around of delicious absinthe cocktails!

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I love going to the edison in downtown. Finding street parking is a problem around there BUT the place is great if you want to get a few drinks at night. I like the music there and its a nice place to be after a long day at work!

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★★★★☆

I love going to the edison in downtown. Finding street parking is a problem around there BUT the place is great if you want to get a few drinks at night. I like the music there and its a nice place to be after a long day at work!

Pros: great decor

Cons: difficult to get a table for dinner

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The Edison needs all new personnel, including the on site managers. This type of business needs excellent customer service...right you go to hang out with friends to have a good time. I mean you want to enjoy your self and spend your hard working money at this place but not when security is breathing down your neck and calling more security to our table to watch our every move. The Edison`s personnel were VERY NASTY, not once did I see the security harass any other party while I was there. They did not want to give my husband his credit card back so that we can pay...so they decided to kick my husband out on my birthday party because they thought he was getting out of hand. That is so unacceptable for just a prestige place in down town LA. I will NEVER come back to this place...I`m very disappointed they way that they conducted them self's and how poorly the management handled the situation.

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★★☆☆☆

The Edison needs all new personnel, including the on site managers. This type of business needs excellent customer service...right you go to hang out with friends to have a good time. I mean you want to enjoy your self and spend your hard working money at this place but not when security is breathing down your neck and calling more security to our table to watch our every move. The Edison`s personnel were VERY NASTY, not once did I see the security harass any other party while I was there. They did not want to give my husband his credit card back so that we can pay...so they decided to kick my husband out on my birthday party because they thought he was getting out of hand. That is so unacceptable for just a prestige place in down town LA. I will NEVER come back to this place...I`m very disappointed they way that they conducted them self's and how poorly the management handled the situation.

Pros: The Edison was beautiful

Cons: Worst service EVER!!

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Perfect example of how a truly awesome bar can be ruined by management. A text of mine to a friend at the beginning of the night reads ""Edison is great - we have to come here."" 30 minutes later I changed my mind and really don't ever want to spend my money there again. To start, before I ever had to deal with management I watched the GM (a very very bitter and mean blonde woman) yell at an employee because they asked her ""what?"" As in ""what, I couldn't hear you."" More than anything, I hate places like these that talk down to their servers/bartenders. They're not dumb - you don't have to take out the fact that you manage a bar and hate it on them. \nWe came here for a 30th bday with about 40 people. The bday boy lost his ID on the way there. Okay, I get it. We all get it - you can't get into the bar without an ID. Every single person in our group has worked in a bar. None of us were drunk when we got there. The bouncer started off the conversation by implying we were wasted and causing a scene. He did this without looking at us. I guess he's so important that he can't turn his head to speak to you. When my boyfriend asked him to answer my question, he turned, leaned into me and sneered through his moustache ""see, I'm looking at you."" I just find this behavior totally odd - there's really no need to speak to other adults like they're 15 . We were nothing but nice to them - we were just trying to solve a problem. if you can't communicate with people, you really shouldn't be a door guy or a manager. \nWhen we finally left I overheard the same rude as hell door guy being just as rude to another customer at the door. I think they weren't dressed right. Hmmmm. \nBottom line - I feel horrible for the staff that works here. Nights must be hell with that lady speaking down to you.\n(side note - bartenders were actually super cool)

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★★★☆☆

Perfect example of how a truly awesome bar can be ruined by management. A text of mine to a friend at the beginning of the night reads ""Edison is great - we have to come here."" 30 minutes later I changed my mind and really don't ever want to spend my money there again. To start, before I ever had to deal with management I watched the GM (a very very bitter and mean blonde woman) yell at an employee because they asked her ""what?"" As in ""what, I couldn't hear you."" More than anything, I hate places like these that talk down to their servers/bartenders. They're not dumb - you don't have to take out the fact that you manage a bar and hate it on them. \nWe came here for a 30th bday with about 40 people. The bday boy lost his ID on the way there. Okay, I get it. We all get it - you can't get into the bar without an ID. Every single person in our group has worked in a bar. None of us were drunk when we got there. The bouncer started off the conversation by implying we were wasted and causing a scene. He did this without looking at us. I guess he's so important that he can't turn his head to speak to you. When my boyfriend asked him to answer my question, he turned, leaned into me and sneered through his moustache ""see, I'm looking at you."" I just find this behavior totally odd - there's really no need to speak to other adults like they're 15 . We were nothing but nice to them - we were just trying to solve a problem. if you can't communicate with people, you really shouldn't be a door guy or a manager. \nWhen we finally left I overheard the same rude as hell door guy being just as rude to another customer at the door. I think they weren't dressed right. Hmmmm. \nBottom line - I feel horrible for the staff that works here. Nights must be hell with that lady speaking down to you.\n(side note - bartenders were actually super cool)

Pros: The bar is actually cool

Cons: management/door guys

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The worst door mans on earth!!! They make people with reservations and hot girls wait in line. The music horrible, unless you like regular radio music. Funny thing, I went to this place the night before and it was not spectacular.

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★☆☆☆☆

The worst door mans on earth!!! They make people with reservations and hot girls wait in line. The music horrible, unless you like regular radio music. Funny thing, I went to this place the night before and it was not spectacular.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Everything else

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The Edison is one of my favotire bars downtown. It's old Hollywood meets downtown LA with a very diverse crowd and not too crowded. Love this place!

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★★★★☆

The Edison is one of my favotire bars downtown. It's old Hollywood meets downtown LA with a very diverse crowd and not too crowded. Love this place!

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Great Bar and Night Club. It feels like you have walked back in time to the 20's. The drinks are great and so is the food. I love the burlesque show and jazz band. The green ferry is also a great touch!!

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★★★★★

Great Bar and Night Club. It feels like you have walked back in time to the 20's. The drinks are great and so is the food. I love the burlesque show and jazz band. The green ferry is also a great touch!!

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Still, toast with cheese is the best combo, don't ya think? On 2nd Street in downtown LA, in the heart of the classic movie theater district

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★★★★★

Still, toast with cheese is the best combo, don't ya think? On 2nd Street in downtown LA, in the heart of the classic movie theater district

Pros: how cool is this?

Cons: fatty

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Yo I always try and go to The Edison when i am in LA... Its a classy place with a great atmosphere. This is a great place to party

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★★★★★

Yo I always try and go to The Edison when i am in LA... Its a classy place with a great atmosphere. This is a great place to party

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I live above this bar. When i moved in I had dreams of client meetings, parties, and even just grabbing a drink after work in such a cool interesting place, which was now my basement. The bouncer knows me and knows Im a resident, but still turns away my clients/friends over the shoe thing. Not only is it embarrassing, but just plain retarded. I usually dress up to go down there myself, but i could care less what anyone else is wearing, nor am i gonna tell people what to wear if they are coming over. Since when does a bouncer know fashion anyway. I saw them turn a stylish guy away that was wearing solid black prada shoes that were a little sporty but not tennis shoes at all, but some goon with super lame payless loafers roll on in. It only makes people mad, no one thinks its cool that they have this rule. You will never hear someone say, ""lets go to edison, they have this awesome dress code"". \n\nIt seems cool to get a table and maybe even bottle service once you see the layout, especially for a party. After 2 failed attempts, I will never do it again. The waitress brought all of the mixers first and not the 300 dollar bottle of vodka. It took her 45 minutes to get it to us. Members of my party were getting restless and started ordering drinks from the bar and drinking the 5 redbulls she brought with the mixers. Once the vodka arrived we asked for more redbull, and she charged me for all the additional ones. I understand you can over charge me 300 for a 5th of greygoose since thats what clubs do, but its pretty lame to charge me for xtra mixers, especially due to the situation. The second time they were out of the first 3 things i wanted, that they originally listed to me, then overcharged me hundreds on accident. The waitress was very nice but a terrible server.\n\nAnother time a friend of mine was over from Venice CA and had sandals on since it is more beachy in his neighborhood, and it was the hottest day of the year. We had no intention of going down but i remembered during happy hour on Wednesday and Thursday there is no dress code. He was very eager to see the place and it was happy hr so I figured they might let him in.\nThe bouncer said the sandals were not good enough but not because of how casual they were, but he claimed they are a safety hazard with the stairs. I guess girls in high hells and guys in flat sole shoes on polished concrete are safer alternatives.\nLike others have said before me, the bouncers and bottle/party service ruin this place, otherwise its so cool!\n\nI will still go to this bar, but only when i have to, it is fun to show people that haven't been, and its in my basement, but I give them a big fat ""1"" for not meeting my expectations as a resident and patron...\n

0
★☆☆☆☆

I live above this bar. When i moved in I had dreams of client meetings, parties, and even just grabbing a drink after work in such a cool interesting place, which was now my basement. The bouncer knows me and knows Im a resident, but still turns away my clients/friends over the shoe thing. Not only is it embarrassing, but just plain retarded. I usually dress up to go down there myself, but i could care less what anyone else is wearing, nor am i gonna tell people what to wear if they are coming over. Since when does a bouncer know fashion anyway. I saw them turn a stylish guy away that was wearing solid black prada shoes that were a little sporty but not tennis shoes at all, but some goon with super lame payless loafers roll on in. It only makes people mad, no one thinks its cool that they have this rule. You will never hear someone say, ""lets go to edison, they have this awesome dress code"". \n\nIt seems cool to get a table and maybe even bottle service once you see the layout, especially for a party. After 2 failed attempts, I will never do it again. The waitress brought all of the mixers first and not the 300 dollar bottle of vodka. It took her 45 minutes to get it to us. Members of my party were getting restless and started ordering drinks from the bar and drinking the 5 redbulls she brought with the mixers. Once the vodka arrived we asked for more redbull, and she charged me for all the additional ones. I understand you can over charge me 300 for a 5th of greygoose since thats what clubs do, but its pretty lame to charge me for xtra mixers, especially due to the situation. The second time they were out of the first 3 things i wanted, that they originally listed to me, then overcharged me hundreds on accident. The waitress was very nice but a terrible server.\n\nAnother time a friend of mine was over from Venice CA and had sandals on since it is more beachy in his neighborhood, and it was the hottest day of the year. We had no intention of going down but i remembered during happy hour on Wednesday and Thursday there is no dress code. He was very eager to see the place and it was happy hr so I figured they might let him in.\nThe bouncer said the sandals were not good enough but not because of how casual they were, but he claimed they are a safety hazard with the stairs. I guess girls in high hells and guys in flat sole shoes on polished concrete are safer alternatives.\nLike others have said before me, the bouncers and bottle/party service ruin this place, otherwise its so cool!\n\nI will still go to this bar, but only when i have to, it is fun to show people that haven't been, and its in my basement, but I give them a big fat ""1"" for not meeting my expectations as a resident and patron...\n

Pros: beautiful place, serves absinthe, good bar staff

Cons: doormen attitude, dress code

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You will enjoy yourself.

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★★★★★

You will enjoy yourself.

Cons: LONG LINES

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I had my boyfriends birthday here in a private room. The GM was BEYOND rude and the special events cord was clueless. I already was paying a good amount for the room and they managed to charge me an extra $530 for nothing except that one of their girls ""accidently"" charged it to my account and didn't apologize for this massive amount. I had a drink tab and while the charge went through over the weekend but then disappeared in the middle of the week. I should have kept my mouth shut and let them give me the extra cash, but when I called to let them know the charge for the drinks disappeared from my account they were quick to fix the mistake by then charging me an extra $100. When I called to complain, since they had confirmed it was a lower amount, they only sent me in circles. It's a beautiful bar but NOT worth how unorganized and rude they are. They seem to think charging a total of $630 isn't a big deal. It's really not worth checking out after the staff is so unhelpful.

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★★☆☆☆

I had my boyfriends birthday here in a private room. The GM was BEYOND rude and the special events cord was clueless. I already was paying a good amount for the room and they managed to charge me an extra $530 for nothing except that one of their girls ""accidently"" charged it to my account and didn't apologize for this massive amount. I had a drink tab and while the charge went through over the weekend but then disappeared in the middle of the week. I should have kept my mouth shut and let them give me the extra cash, but when I called to let them know the charge for the drinks disappeared from my account they were quick to fix the mistake by then charging me an extra $100. When I called to complain, since they had confirmed it was a lower amount, they only sent me in circles. It's a beautiful bar but NOT worth how unorganized and rude they are. They seem to think charging a total of $630 isn't a big deal. It's really not worth checking out after the staff is so unhelpful.

Pros: great scene, interior decor

Cons: not organized staff, rude, rude, and RUDE

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The Edison is a great place to meet your co-workers, take off your tie, and have a few drinks. I highly recommend it when they have live music playing too. It is spacious and has a great mix of people. It's typical yuppy crowd and the service is very sweet. Food is phenomenal! The sliders are great. The sweet potato fries are delicious and go by quickly. When you've had a rough day at the office, it's just a nice place to relax. No big Hollywood crowd and No LA attitudes. Weekends have a really big crowd too. Around the corner is a great pizza place (sorry I don't know the name) but they close early.

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★★★★☆

The Edison is a great place to meet your co-workers, take off your tie, and have a few drinks. I highly recommend it when they have live music playing too. It is spacious and has a great mix of people. It's typical yuppy crowd and the service is very sweet. Food is phenomenal! The sliders are great. The sweet potato fries are delicious and go by quickly. When you've had a rough day at the office, it's just a nice place to relax. No big Hollywood crowd and No LA attitudes. Weekends have a really big crowd too. Around the corner is a great pizza place (sorry I don't know the name) but they close early.

Pros: Atmosphere, Service, Price

Cons: Seating

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This place has a good energy about itself, Dim, dark, and just fly. I was actually there to get some of that new absinthe. Anyone know where i can get some?

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★★★★★

This place has a good energy about itself, Dim, dark, and just fly. I was actually there to get some of that new absinthe. Anyone know where i can get some?

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The Edison is a wonderful lounge for off-beat & artist types who dislike dance clubs, and just want to go sit on a couch and drink martinis with minimal 'hype'. The music is relatively easy-listening and not too loud (though we went on a Thursday night-not sure if the musical genres change for the weekends). \r\nThey screen silent nior films on one of the walls, which worked out great for my film-buff boyfriend. There was no long wait at the door (perhaps 2 parties ahead of us), and the hostess/bouncer at the door were both very friendly and accommodating. \r\nThere is also a smoking area with chairs and tables:)\r\nThe dress code is great, too (If you prefer places with some sort of dress code) and we had no problems 'getting in' wearing our typical garb-We did not have to 'dress up' in any outlandish fashion-(My boyfriend wore a collared shirt, slacks and a blazer and I wore a simple old dress and hat), but if you're partial to athletic, lounge, or 'club wear' you'll have to fix yourself up a bit for this place.\r\nThe drinks were above average for Los Angeles (Most places in LA make very bad, weak drinks, even the so-called 'best drink' places)- We drank extra dry vodka martinis and beer. The prices were average for everything; $8-$13 for the drinks and $10 to $15 range for the snacks. We ordered calamari to pick at, and it was pretty good (though it's hard to screw up calamari).\r\nThe decor is most interesting, a converted generator/boiler room place, which has some historical significance as well-a rare treat in LA. It is also part of a string of new places put up in the attempt to 're-make' downtown LA, which is a much needed and admirable endeavor. Contributing your patronage here can help 'clean up' our downtown. A wonderful place to hang out with friends, and bring visitors. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

The Edison is a wonderful lounge for off-beat & artist types who dislike dance clubs, and just want to go sit on a couch and drink martinis with minimal 'hype'. The music is relatively easy-listening and not too loud (though we went on a Thursday night-not sure if the musical genres change for the weekends). \r\nThey screen silent nior films on one of the walls, which worked out great for my film-buff boyfriend. There was no long wait at the door (perhaps 2 parties ahead of us), and the hostess/bouncer at the door were both very friendly and accommodating. \r\nThere is also a smoking area with chairs and tables:)\r\nThe dress code is great, too (If you prefer places with some sort of dress code) and we had no problems 'getting in' wearing our typical garb-We did not have to 'dress up' in any outlandish fashion-(My boyfriend wore a collared shirt, slacks and a blazer and I wore a simple old dress and hat), but if you're partial to athletic, lounge, or 'club wear' you'll have to fix yourself up a bit for this place.\r\nThe drinks were above average for Los Angeles (Most places in LA make very bad, weak drinks, even the so-called 'best drink' places)- We drank extra dry vodka martinis and beer. The prices were average for everything; $8-$13 for the drinks and $10 to $15 range for the snacks. We ordered calamari to pick at, and it was pretty good (though it's hard to screw up calamari).\r\nThe decor is most interesting, a converted generator/boiler room place, which has some historical significance as well-a rare treat in LA. It is also part of a string of new places put up in the attempt to 're-make' downtown LA, which is a much needed and admirable endeavor. Contributing your patronage here can help 'clean up' our downtown. A wonderful place to hang out with friends, and bring visitors. Highly recommended.

Pros: Decor, Accommodations, Music/Entertainment, Dress Code, Drinks

Cons: Difficult to park anywhere in downtown

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gents, and anyone wearing rubber soled shoes, this review is for you. i was looking forward to coming to this place because i had heard some good things from a few people and liked the website. my friend, his fiancee and i were coming for a private party and were on the guest list. we show up saturday night, 10pm. i'd love to tell you about my experience inside, but by 10:01 my night was sent back to the drawing board because I couldn't get past the front door. according to the ""doormen"" there, the owner's policy is no tennis shoes, and according to the burly clipboard holder, security jobs are on the line (in case a sneaker-wearing hooligan break into the place and start buying drinks, i guess). the fact is that i wasn't wearing sneakers (laceless pumas) and that their story - ""we're trying to distance ourselves from hollywood; this is a lounge, not a bar"" - is utter baloney. hey edison owner, don't pat yourself on the back just yet. skid row ring a bell? that's one way to distance yourself. how about aggressive homeless people hitting up people in line for money? also a nice touch. you have to be high as a kite to think that someone's shoes will give the place a bad name. there's a hundred great bars within a 5 mile radius... i suggest you take your hard-earned money to one where it's appreciated. it's a good thing this joint is downtown, out of the way of the general public who goes out to have fun without pretentious bouncers swatting them away at the door. the irony is that the same guys working the door would never get into this place if they came in their normal evening attire without the grim-reaper outfits.

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★☆☆☆☆

gents, and anyone wearing rubber soled shoes, this review is for you. i was looking forward to coming to this place because i had heard some good things from a few people and liked the website. my friend, his fiancee and i were coming for a private party and were on the guest list. we show up saturday night, 10pm. i'd love to tell you about my experience inside, but by 10:01 my night was sent back to the drawing board because I couldn't get past the front door. according to the ""doormen"" there, the owner's policy is no tennis shoes, and according to the burly clipboard holder, security jobs are on the line (in case a sneaker-wearing hooligan break into the place and start buying drinks, i guess). the fact is that i wasn't wearing sneakers (laceless pumas) and that their story - ""we're trying to distance ourselves from hollywood; this is a lounge, not a bar"" - is utter baloney. hey edison owner, don't pat yourself on the back just yet. skid row ring a bell? that's one way to distance yourself. how about aggressive homeless people hitting up people in line for money? also a nice touch. you have to be high as a kite to think that someone's shoes will give the place a bad name. there's a hundred great bars within a 5 mile radius... i suggest you take your hard-earned money to one where it's appreciated. it's a good thing this joint is downtown, out of the way of the general public who goes out to have fun without pretentious bouncers swatting them away at the door. the irony is that the same guys working the door would never get into this place if they came in their normal evening attire without the grim-reaper outfits.

Pros: everyone inside will be wearing black shoes

Cons: who cares?

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This place is amazing! I came on a whim to ""rescue"" a friend but we ended up staying for a bit. I love the old school decor! The lighting and all makes you feel like you?re in a movie scene from way back in the day. The bartenders as well as the hostess are all dressed the part. There was a really nice mixed crowded and everyone was really chill, no attitudes (that I ran into anyway). And the door person was great; very polite and not snooty at all like a bunch of other places around LA. I haven?t tried the food, not sure how much the drinks are, but I definitely highly recommend this place just for the atmosphere!

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★★★★★

This place is amazing! I came on a whim to ""rescue"" a friend but we ended up staying for a bit. I love the old school decor! The lighting and all makes you feel like you?re in a movie scene from way back in the day. The bartenders as well as the hostess are all dressed the part. There was a really nice mixed crowded and everyone was really chill, no attitudes (that I ran into anyway). And the door person was great; very polite and not snooty at all like a bunch of other places around LA. I haven?t tried the food, not sure how much the drinks are, but I definitely highly recommend this place just for the atmosphere!

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Nothing I encountered

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This sprawling bar occupies what was once downtown's first power plant, and the history---including a massive boiler and other artifacts---has been preserved in the face of Art Deco accents and plush turn-of-the-century furniture. The bar…

 

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