Considering I turned 21 when I was already living in SF., I haven’t really experienced much of the L.A. night scene. In celebration of my birthday, I chose The Edison Bar as I have been meaning to go for some time.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
I realize the word doesn’t apply to bars, but it was a great experience. Very different, with a unique vibe, good food and burlesque dancers.
They enforce a dress code: men must be in dress shoes and collared shirts and women must be nicely dressed.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
The Edison Bar is downtown’s first private power plant. Built in 1910, some original architecture and artifacts still remain, making The Edison Bar more than just a hang out spot, its an experience! The dimly lit room, mixed-genre music and dark furniture give this place an L.A. Noir vibe. The Edison Bar captivates all your senses, sending you back in time. The burlesque dancers add a sophisticated sensual vibe that goes perfectly with the feel of this sub-basement bar (located in the historic Higgins building).
There is a dance floor and an area around the bar to stand as well as three large sections of seating. For seating you may need reservations depending on how busy it is. Since it was our first time we didn’t know, but we were a party of 6 so we figured getting a table would be the best way. Luckily, they had one available. It is $50/person for a table and you can spend that on drinks or food.
What we ate (and drank):
- Veuve Cliquot Brut ($150)
- The Mistress ($14)
- Edison Fries ($9)
- Angel Eggs ($6)
In addition to everyone getting a drink, we ordered a bottle of champagne and orange juice. The Mistress wasn’t my favorite drink, it tasted a bit artificial and it wasn’t really sour or sweet, it just sort of loomed in the middle. It comes with vodka, lemon, pomegranate, and Prosecco. I would probably try something else next time.For food we ordered the angel eggs, which are essentially deviled eggs topped with caviar. These were delicious, some of the best deviled eggs I have had and the caviar added a perfect sophistication. One order comes with 1 1/2 eggs and is served over a bed of arugula. The Edison fries were also great; I’m not a huge fan of fries (I usually prefer to spend my calories elsewhere), but these were very tasty and a bit spicy. Their fries are shoestring potatoes that are tossed in vinegar and crushed red pepper. I would definitely order these two again.