Party Earth Review Situated next to the popular and über-casual Hollywood Corner restaurant, speakeasy Next Door Lounge can usually be spotted by its distinguished gentleman host, whose white-gloved hand runs down reservation lists (highly... ... read full review
1154 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tu–F 5pm–2am, Sa 7pm–2am
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Situated next to the popular and über-casual Hollywood Corner restaurant, speakeasy Next Door Lounge can usually be spotted by its distinguished gentleman host, whose white-gloved hand runs down reservation lists (highly recommended), checks passwords (required), and ushers guests in through expansive double doors.
Once inside, the regular crowd of hipsters, rocker kids, and artsy locals are met with spacious vignettes of wingback chairs, leather couches, and long communal tables, where they settle in to sip classic cocktails like The Clover Club and munch fare flavored with herbs from neighborhood gardens.
The 1920s theme extends to the cocktail waitresses, too, all decked out in fire engine-red flapper dresses, their fringes swaying as they make rounds through patrons playing swing kids to the hip tracks from the house DJ.
Guests looking to immerse themselves in more nostalgia head to the Theater Room to watch silent movies projected against the exposed brick wall, while those more interested in intimate conversation can bask in the glow of the fake fireplace across the room.
Early and late Happy Hours offer small plates like grass-fed buffalo sliders and wood-fired pizzas in addition to the discounted cocktails, all doled out by a team of vested bartenders on their quest to get guests properly swilled.
Hey, this ain’t Prohibition!
Perpetually busy, always loud, but never rowdy, Next Door Lounge melds old Hollywood style with a friendly vibe that’s as unpretentious as the girl next door.
Debonair young professionals, clans of the vintage set, artsy hipsters, in-the-know Hollywood trendsetters, and classy but unpretentious groups of friends, early 20s to mid-30s+.
Eclectic range of ambient music from jazz to early Michael Jackson, transitioning to regular DJs later in the night who normally spin alt rock with a little Top 40 mixed in.
Projector screen in the Theater Room features classic silent films throughout the evening.
Regular whiskey tastings on Wednesdays. Check venue website for latest schedule.
Nouveau American cuisine and south-of-the-border dishes, including Chicago-style pizzas, buffalo sliders, quesadillas, and empanadas.
Happy Hour Tu–Th 5–8pm and midnight–1:30am, F 5–8pm.
Appetizers and small plates $5–$12. Beer $5–$13, wine $8–$12/glass or $28–$110, cocktails $12–$14, champagne $15–$325.
Dark and dashing: fedoras, vests, blazers, button-downs, little black dresses, big baubles.
Thursday through Saturday nights to dance and hobnob with the hottest crowd, or Wednesdays for a chiller vibe and to get in on the regular (though not constant) whiskey tastings.
Steps away and owned by the same folks is The Hollywood Corner (1156 North Highland Avenue), a casual place to fill up on a large menu of American favorites.