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Theme: Early 20th centuryLocation: Los Angeles, CASignature Drink: Edison 77welcomes you to turn-of-the-20th-century Los Angeles in a redesigned power plant in downtown L.A., conceived and designed by founder and owner Andrew Meieran. It’s a 14,000-sq-ft. salute to a previous era of technological innovation.The bar is an elegant marriage of architecture and entertainment, inspired by an early revolution in technology. You can watch avante garde films from the 1920s and 1930s while you sip on an

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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 Loungeis set in an old power plant in downtown L.A. 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?

Photo: Scott Atkinson Newell