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Next Door Lounge set to open in Hollywood

June 29, 2011 | 12:09 pm


Next Door Lounge's doors are expected to open Wednesday in Hollywood. The speakeasy-inspired space is the brainchild of the same team that created the Corner, which is located just next door to the new Highland Avenue eatery.

Owner Ferris Wehbe wanted 1920s Hollywood for his latest venture and he got it with its oversized leather couches, antiqued cocktail tables and silent black-and-white films.

Edison Downtown barman Joseph Brooke, winner of NBC's "On the Rocks: The Search of America's Top Bartender," will be picking up the reins at Next Door Lounge as head barman. Classic 1920s cocktails to be served at Next Door include the French 75, George Burns and Ward 8, along with more than a few modern cocktails like the Volstead & Vice, made with Illegal Mezcal Joven, Pernod absinthe, cucumber water, agave nectar and lime juice.

And for the kitchen: Executive chef Fidel Mendez fires up the wood-burning oven for some tapas and pizza, among other contemporary bar food items.

The lounge is open five days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

1154 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 465-5505; www.nextdoorhollywood.com. 


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Photo: Next Door Lounge. Credit: Carl Larsen