Hollywood's latest bar, Next Door Lounge, isn't exactly next door to me but with The Edison's alum Joseph Brooke behind the bar, it is certainly worth a visit. Joe Brooke joined the team right before the lounge opened, so while he's added his concoctions on and revamped some of the drinks they already had on the menu.
The cocktails are mostly $12, with a couple that run $14 (one of them also happened to be one of our favorites, the Volstead and Vice made with Ilegal Mezcal Joven, Pernod Absinthe, cucumber water, agave nectar, lime juice). Yep, we love smoky drinks.
Here are some more of the cocktails I liked:
The Dame Next Door (Canadian Club 12 yr, dry vermouth, clove-infused pineapple gomme syrup, pineapple juice, pasteurized egg white, angostura bitters)
Hoover's Wig (Flor de Cana 4yr, ginger syrup, Carpano Antica, apple juice, lemon juice, prosecco)
This drink has gone through a couple iterations, as the previous version apparently didn't fare so well. Joe Brooke has revamped the recipe and while I never had the previous one, I definitely enjoyed this one.
When I saw Fruitlab's jasmine liqueur on the menu, I wanted to try it. Though I loved the liqueur when we tried it by itself, I didn't really dig the cocktail it went into, The Shimmy, made with Hennessy VS and Sazerac rye (It was ok but I preferred the Clover Club that HC ordered).
Next Door Lounge also serves some bar food, and the prices are reasonable. We got to try the Spinach and goat cheese pizza ($8): spinach, walnuts, roasted apple, mozzarella and goat cheese, "fresh herb drizzle"
Not sure what the fresh herb drizzle was, but I enjoyed the interesting addition of the sweet apples.
"Attaboys": 3 sliders ($9 for grass fed beef, $11 for buffalo) with fresh herbs, Asiago cheese, crispy onion. Served with sweet potato fries.
Another great bar opening is always good news, and Next Door Lounge is no exception. With a great space and ambiance, reasonably priced finger-friendly comfort food, and Joseph Brooke behind the bar, this place would do well. I'd like to see how the cocktail menu evolves as Joseph Brooke gets settled in .
Next Door Lounge
1154 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Disclosure: Our visit was partially comped (food and one round of drinks)