by Jamie Q. on
After a nice dinner in J Town, my friends and I decided that we weren't tired and should go get a beer somewhere. I had heard about Edison before and knew that it was somewhere in the area, so we decided to hit it up. Even though the address says it's on 2nd Street, the entrance is actually in an alley, so it's a hard to find if you are driving around looking for it. I suggest just parking your car somewhere close and hoofing it. Being the idiots that we were, we failed to remember that Edison might have a dress code, just like other nicer places in the area. My friends were wearing sneakers but the bouncer let them in saying that "it was his gift" to them. Sweet! It was a Thursday night and the place was packed. When you first enter the place, the top floor is a pseudo staging area. The main room of the place is actually located down the stairs in the basement. The space is actually quite large. There are numerous places to sit and even though it was packed, we were lucky to snatch a few chairs in the back. It would be a great place to take someone if you wanted to just sit, have a drink, and talk. The ambience is really chill. The lighting is dark but is still illuminated with groups of light bulbs hanging strategically from the ceiling and other edifices. The leather backed furniture reminds me of sitting in someone's reading room in the Gilded Age. Like most places in Los Angeles, the drinks are expensive. This isn't your run of the mill bar folks. There is no Bud or for that matter anything American on tap. The three beers I did notice were Stella, Delirium, and Chimay. All are wonderful beers but you have to expect to pay a premium for them. And that I did! Each beer cost me $9. Got to love $9 beer night!!! When we were sitting down, we noticed a girl dressed like a fairy pushing a cart around. Out of curiosity, we decided to ask her what she was selling, and found out it was absinthe. Aside from being in Barcelona and riding on Virgin America, I haven't had absinthe. So for novelty's sake, we each got a shot. It was pretty good and at $8 each, a better value than the beer. The real highlight of the night for me was the band. I'm not sure if they play every night, but if they do, then I am most definitely coming back here on a regular basis. The band played everything from Bel Biv Devoe's Poison to Mambo to Bob Marley. Plus there was a nice space in front of the band where there was room to dance.
by Bart Selvaggi on
This place has been around for as long as I can remember. Back before it was cool to look like white trash and drink PBR, folks with no choice but to do so would usually be found here. A decent place to catch bands that skew towards roots and wild rockabilly. And then there's the Elvis shrine with a picture of "MMMMOOMMUHHH." Quintessential