Next Door Lounge

Restaurant / Speakeasy
Next Door Lounge Next Door Lounge in Hollywood, Los Angeles is a stylish speakeasy catering to an unpretentious crowd. Get the secret password & get in with Party Earth LA. Los Angeles United States 34.0924198819588 -118.33846360445
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Next Door Lounge - Restaurant | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu–F 5pm–2am, Sa 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Next Door Lounge Review

The Scene

Next Door Lounge in Hollywood, Los Angeles is a stylish speakeasy catering to an unpretentious crowd. Get the secret password & get in with Party Earth LA.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Join the email list at nextdoorhollywood.com to get the daily secret password for entry. You can also reserve a table in advance for your party, with no minimum required, and then choose a 1920s-themed password that only you and your friends will know!

  • Crowd

    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+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Nouveau American cuisine and south-of-the-border dishes, including Chicago-style pizzas, buffalo sliders, quesadillas, and empanadas.

    Reservations suggested.

    Happy Hour Tu–Th 5–8pm and midnight–1:30am, F 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers and small plates $5–$12. Beer $6–$11, wine $7–$12/glass or $28–$120/bottle, cocktails $11–$14, champagne $9–$12/glass or $48–$325/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dark and dashing: fedoras, vests, blazers, button-downs, little black dresses, big baubles.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Next Door Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
The Hollywood I Enjoy
Igor T. Nov 24, 2013
What a great change of pace from the typical Hollywood lounge. The Next Door Lounge is a 1920s themed speakeasy lounge with everyone from the host, to the waitresses, to the bartenders in full 1920s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ like outfits. I came here with a group of 10 on a Friday night for a friend’s birthday. My friend had made reservations, but our space was a little crammed. I briefly spoke to the owner, and he was more than accommodating. Not only did the owner get us a better table (even though the place was packed), but he also personally brought a tray of water for everyone as well as a complimentary birthday cupcake! Best water bottle service ever! I really enjoyed the ambiance of Next Door. It has dimly lit lighting, with a silent movie playing on a projector, and a house DJ playing a great variety of music all night. The music ranged from a mixture of classics such as Britney Spears’, ‘Hit me Baby One More Time’, to Montell Jordan’s ‘This is How We Do it.’ The drinks were flowing and the classics put all of my friends in a great mood. If you’re looking for a unique lounge experience, whether it is with a group of friends, or more of a low key date night, this is a great place to be. I will definitely be coming back here again.
Speakeasy Done Right
David R. Jun 14, 2013
When heading towards the Next Door Lounge, I had no idea what to expect. There is no sign marking its entrance, only a neon key. A delightful old man in a top hat and tuxedo serves as gate guardian for the door, where a password is required to enter. Once uttered, the secret phrase grants entrance to an intimate space that transported me into the bygone age of the 1920s. There are no windows, which creates a dark setting that sets the mood perfectly. Servers clad in red period outfits and feathered hats are constantly coming by to make sure all my food and drink needs are met. Between the servers’ neat bowties and the classic décor, the lounge feels like an authentic speakeasy with a cultivated air of refinement. I found the happy hour menu to offer a great blend of food and drinks at affordable prices, but then most enjoyably even when prices resumed everything was still reasonable. Add that to the complimentary snacks they provided, and the Next Door Lounge was a fine place to spend my evening. The intimate setting made it very easy for me to talk to people, a rare quality in places that get as crowded as the lounge can at times. When I’m finally ready to leave, I slipped out the door, bid the man in a top hat adieu, and returned to the real world, feeling enriched by the experience and looking forward to returning in the future.
A Hidden Gem
David A. Nov 30, 2012
This place was named Best Speakeasy in LA this year and I can see why. If you don’t know, speakeasies came about in the 1920s as a response to prohibition. People needed a place to get their drink on so these makeshift bars started popping up in backrooms and basements. Passwords were always required to keep cops and tattletales from ruining the fun. Eighty years later the Next Door Lounge reminds us how to sneak a drink in style once again. Upon walking up to the grand wooden doors we were met by the Dapper Doorman. Surely a relative of the Monopoly Man, this tuxedo clad gentleman asked us for the password, which we got from a previous email, and checked our IDs. Once inside, another well dressed man took us to our table. You can’t help but be struck by the ambiance: old fashion brick walls, a high wooden ceiling, old photos, bartenders in bowties and a piano man playing “Somebody That I Use To Know,” which I appreciated. The cocktail servers all wear red, authentic outfits with fun feathered hats. It’s all quite unique. The cocktails themselves are very well crafted and I recommend the Whiskey Sour (It comes with the Next Door Lounge logo branded onto the foam). We were there on a Saturday and it got pretty crowded around 11. I think I may need to break prohibition law early next week as well.
love their atmosphere and happy hour!
JenniferCarter-Scott c. Oct 1, 2012
Great food - cheeky waitresses and a dark room... maybe not a work get together but a great spot to meet people after work and they have valet. did I mention a guy with a top hat?!
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