The Edison is a bar located in the basement of a downtown LA building, the Higgins. The Higgins Building basement originally was L.A.'s first ever power plant, built by Thomas Higgins. After spending many years derelict and underwater, it was finally rescued by entrepreneurs Andrew Meieran and Marc Smith, who created a post-industrial steampunk venue for Los Angeles bar-goers.
The Edison, opened in 2007, is a hip Happy Hour spot, restaurant, and hang out area. It is dedicated to the old-world romance that once dominated LA nightlife. They therefore have a dress code which is loosely enforced as far as I can tell. They say "innovative, sophisticated, and cultured attire is required." A lot of the staff was dressed in 20's and 30's attire, and a few of the guests. I presume as the night wears on, the guests become more festive with their dress.
They have a special happy hour on Thursdays that feature a $.35 cocktail special. Yes, that is $.35. You get one token for the cocktail upon entrance and it is only good for the featured cocktail. When we went the cocktail was the derby which has bourbon, lime juice, orange juice, and sweet vermouth. The bar was crowded and most of the seats were reserved. We were able to get a table from the hostess on the premise that we had to vacate it before 8 (because it was reserved.) It was barely 6 so we had more than enough time to enjoy a couple of drinks. There was a stage with instruments for a band but the band didn't start until much later.
The food looked appetizing but we did not stay for eats. If you go, make reservations ahead of time, and the later you go the more your attire will be scrutinized.