Party Earth Review Located in the basement of the Higgins Building – LA’s first private power plant – The Edison is a massive nightclub that combines 1920s luxury with a bit of history and industrialism to create a truly unique club experience... ... read full review
108 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Red Line: Pershing Square; Purple Line: Pershing Square
W–F 5pm–2am, Sa 8pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Located in the basement of the Higgins Building – LA’s first private power plant – The Edison is a massive nightclub that combines 1920s luxury with a bit of history and industrialism to create a truly unique club experience.
A hostess in a flapper dress leads well-dressed and cultured patrons down a grand staircase with ornate iron banisters and into a magical steampunk-like labyrinth of vintage industrial refuse and multiple swanky sitting areas.
At the heart of this multi-room venue is the Main Bar, a copper and wood masterpiece where hipsters and young professionals gather to sip Brown Derbys and Bermuda Sours in the glow of mechanical candelabras.
Performers from DJs and jazz bands to go-go dancers take the stage in The Lab to entertain the crowd of artsy types, while those looking for a bit of privacy can snuggle into the little curtained nooks beneath the pink chandeliers in the Ember Parlor or Tesla Lounge.
Sophisticated birthday parties and business groups have their cocktails and deviled eggs in the Generator Lounge, an intriguing space filled with luxurious tufted leather divans, wing chairs, and ottomans in cozy arrangements next to the original plant generators.
The smaller Music Room and Game Room with their piano and jukebox offer a retreat from the dancing action in the Main Bar.
Throughout the immense space, original turn-of-the-century details like industrial coal ovens reside side by side with velvet-and-fringe settees, feathered lamps, and projected classic movies to create a decadent playground for the dapper guests, whether they show up to dance, chat, or court someone new.
Theatrical and lively, The Edison is a fantastic – and fantastical – wonderland that sophisticated clubbers won’t want to miss.
Cultured artistic types, hipsters, young professionals, birthday groups, some USC students, and tourists, 20s to mid-30s.
Nightly events include live music, jazz, DJs, and burlesque dancers. Check the website for a schedule of events.
Menu of snacks, small plates, and entrées including bacon-maple beer nuts, homemade Bavarian pretzels, shrimp cocktail, shrimp and grits, and steaks. Happy Hour W–F 5–7pm.
Small plates $9–$24, entrées $14–$24. Beer $6–$10, wine $10+/glass or $48+/bottle, cocktails $13+, absinthe $15+, champagne $135+/bottle. Valet $9.
Dressy retro: Vintage dresses and suits, 20s-style attire. Dress code enforced: No shorts, jerseys, hoodies, ball caps, flip-flops, sandals, or tennis shoes.
Wednesdays through Fridays for the big Happy Hour crowd, or Friday and Saturday nights for the busiest scene.
For a little taste of downtown design, check out the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 South Grand Avenue) right around the corner.