The Edison Lounge from Unbelievable Theme Bars Slideshow

Unbelievable Theme Bars Slideshow

Scott Atkinson Newell
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The Edison Lounge

Theme: Early 20th century
Location: Los Angeles
Drink to try: Edison 77

If you’re inner steam punk is dying to get out and you’ve got a taste for sipping absinthe tonight, the Edison Lounge is your bar. It’s like a trip back in time to the early 1900s. It’s the kind of place you could imagine the Great Gatsby hanging out in. Wet your lips with the Edison 77, a prosecco and absinthe mix that's named after the phonograph invented in 1877.

The Edison Lounge is set in an old power plant in downtown LA. The massive 14,000-square-foot interior has much of the original equipment — vaulted ceilings, exposed light bulbs, and steam-release valves — and leather couches for time-traveling in style. Creator Andrew Meieran said he got the idea from parallels he saw from the current technological boom and Thomas Edison’s era of endless creation.

With a mix of art nouveau and industrial gothic architectural styles, the Edison Lounge bills itself as an "Industrial Cathedral." The Los Angeles Times said the Edison Lounge was "so cool it will rip your head off."

There is a dress code — no shorts, jerseys, hoodies, or ball caps. And if you show up with style and creativity fitting of the era, you’re likely to be more quickly accommodated, according to the web site. And, consider yourself warned: The drink prices are high. But c’mon, did you think the Industrial Revolution would be cheap?