Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge is a speakeasy with a lot going on behind the mysterious entry jockeyed by the well dressed doorman. I was fortunate enough to be invited for an evening of indulgence which began with a whiskey tasting hosted by the lounge’s head bartender Zachary Henry. After, inquiring about the barrel aged cocktail program which I noticed on the menu. Zac proudly sampled me on each of his creations most of which are made with housemade bitters and aged in oak barrels to balance and enhance flavors. They currently have 8 barrel aged cocktails on the menu and to be honest I didn’t dislike any of them. Delicious! If your not in the mood for a true cocktail (a bittered sling) the bartenders here will customize a tipple to meet every palate and mood. I do love that the barrel aged cocktails are actually true cocktails by definition as apposed to punch like you see on so many other “cocktail” menus.
My advise is to check the calendar for Next Door Lounge because they are constantly hosting a variety of fun events. My wife and I still quote the comedian who talked about committing to yellow lights when making a left hand turn. Wish I remembered his name… too many whiskeys!