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3 L.A. Bars Make GQ's 'Best 25 Cocktail Bars in America '

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On heels of the announcement that he's taking over Clifton's Cafeteria and adding some nightlife options, Andrew Meieran is celebrating again. GQ Magazine has released its Best 25 Cocktail Bars in America and of the three picked from Los Angeles included his popular underground -- literally -- prohibition-style bar The Edison.

"In an old subterranean power plant, the Edison is the largest bar on this list," the magazine noted of the downtown bar, which will soon also be a buzzworthy spot in New York City where Meieran is opening its second incarnation. "Regulars arrive in trench coats and aviation goggles like characters in an Alan Moore comic. Women dressed as fairies serve vials of absinthe drinks from pushcarts. The pixies look as real as the defunct turbines in the back corner. Or maybe that's the absinthe talking."

Also earning a spot on the list is Tiki-Ti on Sunset Boulevard in East Hollywood -- "the menu lists fifty-two rum drinks, most of them potent and delicious," says GQ -- and Cole's in downtown where they say the good drinks are found in a sort-of-secret speakeasy in the back called Varnish.