|Left: Mai Tai Right: Watermelon Martini|
Visiting Next Door Lounge in Hollywood makes me wish I lived next door to it...and to think I used to live just a mile away (practically stumbling distance!). Next Door Lounge is a sophisticated speakeasy that is located next door to the Hollywood Corner cafe on Highland Avenue. Next Door Lounge and Hollywood Corner share the same owner. We made a reservation for a Saturday and we were emailed a password that we would need to get inside. Outside we were greeted by the doorman that was all dressed up. Once inside you feel like you are in almost in a different era with the decor and the staff is all dressed up , with the men in suits and women in flapper style outfits. We came early and there were not too many people when we got there , but it quickly became busier. Reservations are highly recommended because then you can actually sit down on nice couches or chairs , but these seating areas are limited. They don't have a full menu, but they have several appetizers and flat breads.
We tried the smoked pulled pork sliders which are topped with guacamole, sour cream, crispy onion and apple coleslaw. Definitely and interesting and tasty take on the standard slider. We also tried the sweet potato fries which are served with curry ketchup. We also tried their South of the Border wood fired pizza which had grilled chicken , corn, green pepper, red onion, mozzarella, avocado,cilantro ,bbq and chipotle aioli. The flavors on this pizza blended together nicely!
In the Booze department we tried their Moscow Mule, Madattan (w/ Balcones baby Blue, Benedictine,Cynar, Wild Flower Bitters) and their Mai Tai. All the drinks were well crafted and you could tell that they used very fresh ingredients in their drinks. Next Door's cocktails are priced at $12-14 each, which is surely not a bargain, but offer "happier hours" where you can imbibe at a more reasonable $6-8 for their hand crafted cocktails. They also have a selection of draft beer such as White Rascal , Hofbrau and Affligem on their "happier hours" menu for $4 , also not too bad a deal. You can also score some decent deals on their food during these times with sliders and a couple of their pizzas at $6 each. Their happier hours are Tuesday -Friday 5-8pm!
Conclusion : Next Door Lounge is one of our new favorite spots in L.A . Not too many places especially in Hollywood offer such a pleasant environment combined with well crafted drinks