by Lindsey K. on
The Edison is a hidden gem tucked away in Downtown LA. Up until a week ago, I had no idea this place existed. It's actually located near Little Tokyo, a place I go to often for some ramen and sushi. (If you know where Pitfire Pizza is, The Edison is right there. What also gives it away is the long line you may see at night when driving by. I've always wondered what that line was for!) Luckily I was given a few pointers by my roommate who loves this bar/lounge. She recommended to arrive before 9pm to avoid standing in line. I, too, recommend getting there early. I believe they open at 8pm. I came here with a party a little after 9pm and got in with no problem. However, the other half of my group trailed not too far behind but ended up waiting in line for over an hour! The Edison is tucked in a little alley way. You would never know what it holds from the outside. I really dig venues that are hidden and unknown. Anyway, as I entered the place, I immediately was WOW'd. You take a flight of stairs down and get a great view of the place from up top. The Edison (a former power plant) was transformed into a bar/lounge with a 20s feel to it. The decor, lighting and music fit perfectly. Toward the back of the place, they have tables for large parties. However, I actually came here with a group of 20+ with no table reservation. We basically found ourselves a little spot on the floor and just hung out there for the whole night! I think a lot of groups do this, for reserving a table is a bit $$$. Luckily, the floor is spacious for people to mingle and stand around. I did not drink that night, but I did have a sip of my friend's "Mistress" drink. I believe it's a fruity champagne. Twas good! I definitely plan to visit The Edison again. It's a wonderful place to meet friends or have a party. The atmosphere's so unique. Things to know: -No cover charge! Yay! -They are very strict with dress code here, esp. for guys. No converses. Guys need to wear their dress shoes and something nice. -Get here early to avoid waiting in line! 9pm is a safe time. -Throughout the night, a burlesque-type dancer would come out and entertain the crowd. (I love how all the guys would immediately congregate to see the show haha...) -The "absinthe fairy" is really cute. She comes around with her little rolling tray for anyone who would like to buy a "shot" that comes in a mini glass box bottle. The bottle's yours to keep! -Parking around this area is not hard to find. There was a parking lot on 2nd that was $4.
by Inga P. on
Always a good time at the bar and rooftop lounge here. On a nice night this place is that much more special when you can sit outside and see the city views while enjoying cocktails and bites. The rooftop lounge is great for drinks and small bites. I wouldn't recommend coming here for dinner but sharing some small plates is great. The food is good, not anything special but not bad either. The drinks are a bit pricey and on the rooftop it's cash only, which is really annoying at a place where your tab can easily climb upwards $100. The middle floor is great for groups, drinks, lounging when it's cold outside and when you felt like dressing up in something skimpy and not appropriate for San Francisco weather:) The restaurant level is quite big, and can get packed with the dinner crowed that doesn't know there are better places for food in the city and Mission for that matter. The DJ/dancing is not the place you want to be, the crowed is what we locals tend to call "bridge/tunnel" and just not fun city vibe. But somehow after a while, we always tend to come to this place for a drinks with friends on a night where we want to be an a nicer, spacious place but still in the Mission.
by Carlita Bedolla on
The best place to eat AND party in Western Ed. The family that runs this little gem are tops. You can pig out at happy hour with an all you can eat menu and cheapy brews or wine. Then you can play pool, dance to the soul laden jukebox tunes or catch a band in the back room. If they only served Eastern European food it would be just like hanging out in my friend's basement in the 70's, right down to the decor.