The Old Edison. (The Edison Inn… The Edison Tavern… Edison Bar… Old Edison Inn…) We’ve been known by many names over the years! But whichever moniker you prefer, one thing never changes: we’re always known for a friendly and inviting vibe. This comes from the ownership down through the employees and to our customers. Locals from all over the Bow/Edison area love coming to visit, and folks come from several neighboring counties for our food, beer, live music or to just hang out! As one long-time Sunday night local puts it, “If you want to have a great time come here. If you don’t…go somewhere else!”
Founded in 1869, the town of Edison, Washington (named for inventor Thomas Edison), is one of the oldest in the county. Railways and highways slowly took commerce away from Edison as steamships and paddle wheel boats became obsolete. With a current population of around 130 people and about 50 homes, historic little Edison has now become a hidden secret. The Old Edison shares an area featuring local farms, cafes, bakeries, farmer’s markets, shops, etc. – right off scenic Chuckanut Drive.
Owned and operated for the last 7 years by John and Lyn Highet, The Old Edison has been located in Edison since 1900 (or earlier) in at least 4 different locations. The current location was built in 1955 as Bloom’s Grocery and Post Office and may be the newest building in town. The Old Edison was moved to this property around 1984.
John – 25 year ex-banker, who finally found his calling in owning The Old Edison. “Born and raised in Skagit county, it helps me to know many people that walk through our doors. I always try to say ‘hi’ and chat with new and returning customers; it’s fun to find out where they’re from and how they like us.”
Lyn – Former co-owner of the City Bakery in Mount Vernon and now an Operations Director for Skagit Valley College in their food service and culinary department. She’s been in the food service industry for many years and is always helping with the menu. Lyn is well known in Skagit and neighboring counties for her work in food sustainability and locally-sourced farm products, as well as 15 years of involvement with the Skagit Valley College Culinary Arts Advisory Committee.
We simply do the best fried oysters.
Some other places make this claim, but quietly we are the best. People call from miles away to ask if we have our oysters in.
Did we mention we love beer? In addition to our fully-stocked bar, we have 15 beers on tap with about half of them rotating weekly. John and staff are the main drivers on what goes on tap because…we love beer! We strive to offer local microbrews as well as regional and national beers. We’re also … Continue reading Drinks
The best place to dance! The Old Edison has been voted by Cascadia Weekly Magazine as the best place to dance for two years running! Musicians come from Portland, Seattle, British Columbia and all over Washington state to grace our stage. We’ve quickly become a popular venue for bands, with requests to play here from … Continue reading Live Music
There’s nothing like living in the Northwest. We continually strive to take advantage of the fresh & local resources available in our area, including seasonal veggies from nearby Farmer’s Markets and products from Washington State suppliers. We’re proud to support locally-owned businesses: Golden Glen Creamery The BreadFarm Blau Oyster Co. Northwest Homegrown Ranch Meats
We’ve got some serious shuffleboard. It’s hard to find a place with one shuffleboard, let alone two immaculate tables like you’ll find at The Old Edison. (We might be the only place with two full tables in the state!) We LOVE shuffleboard, and the locals are here every night pushing pucks. We proudly maintain our … Continue reading Shuffleboard
Come hang out in our back yard. We have an exceptional outdoor seating area, perfect for hosting large parties, reunions, or just to sit back and relax in the natural scenery. Feel free to come outside and play a game of corn hole!