Next Door Lounge

Bars, Lounges Hollywood
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Next Door Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Next Door Lounge

Amidst all the other speakesies that keep popping up in Hollywood, the Next Door Lounge really takes their Prohibition-era aesthetic to another level. Walk past the monocled doorman and step into a room swathed in the sound of jazz and the flicker of black and white movies projected on the wall. Most of your fellow bar-goers will be dressed up in flapper gear, but if you're not and and feeling a little out of place, just sidle up to the bar and enjoy a carefully crafted swill—a classic Old Fashioned, perhaps?

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Next Door Lounge says
Behind the towering iron doors lies a dynamic den where artisanal cocktails take center stage set in an ambience when Hollywood was a mere ingénue at the start of its illustrious career. Jazz plays in the background while black and white films flicker on the wall, recalling the stars of the silver screen who once reveled in the hidden bars of Tinsel Town.

Several intimate vignettes donned with rich leather couches, high-back chairs, and antiqued cocktail tables create a comfortable setting for guests to be absorbed in casual conversation as spirited servers in little drop waist dresses deliver handcrafted cocktails in the dimly lit drinkery. Larger groups of revelers enjoy libations and delectable bites at the two communal dining tables situated near the front by the frosted-glass windows that have the tendency to cultivate curiosity from passers-by wondering about the mysterious silhouettes bustling inside.
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Venue name: Next Door Lounge
Address: 1154 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-midnight; Sat 7pm-2am
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Before all those other speakeasies started popping up, Next Door Lounge was conquering that domain by requesting secret passwords, encouraging flapper gear and hosting jazz nights. That still happens, but now it seems like everyone uses the bar for themed birthday parties. Come on a weekday night, when you're more likely to avoid massive groups of people and can spend some one-on-one time with the bartender. Drinks here are quite good, and I especially love that they produce barrel-aged liquors in-house.