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%u2019t Prohibition!
Perpetually busy, always loud, but never rowdy, Next Door Lounge melds old Hollywood style with a friendly vibe that%u2019s as unpretentious as the girl next door.