Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bright Ideas at The Edison, Downtown LA

A night at the newly opened Edison in downtown LA was a sure cure for last week's jury duty depression. As I sunk into a leather armchair, inside a repurposed furnace bathed in a hazy light from dim antique bulbs, deep in the bowels of a former power plant, bourbon swizzle in my hand, the six hours I'd spent viewing security camera footage in the courtroom slipped my mind. The cavernous space is just so damn cool---lots of cozy corners with comfy chairs, dramatic industrial metalwork and machinery, David Bowie on the jukebox, and friendly, competent bartenders.

Like most of the drinks on the specialty cocktail menu, my bourbon concoction was on the sweet side, thanks to the apricot brandy and ginger ale. So easy to drink, I downed it quickly and moved on to a well-constructed Manhattan, better for sipping. Fellow blogger LA/OC Foodie tried some of the other special drinks on a recent visit, including the Lady MacBeth and Steel Trap (visit her site for the details).

The kitchen's not yet up and running, but the website menu promises some old school treats--deviled eggs, crab louie, shrimp cocktail--as well as basic upscale bar food--sweet potato fries, pressed pork sandwich, fried calamari. In the meantime, you're welcome to head next door to Pitfire Pizza Company, order a pie, and bring it back to the Edison.

It's open Wednesday thru Saturday, and has some "cocktail hour" specials until 8 pm--when we visited all specialty drinks were 1/2 price. Downtown has long been one my favorite LA neighborhoods, and the addition of the Edison is just another excuse to head east, not west. For another report, check out Eater LA's glowing (ha!) review.

The Edison
108 W. 2nd St #101 (in the alley)
Los Angeles, CA
1-213-613-0000

Lightbulb photo by Jason Rowland

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