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Bar at Next Door Lounge with barrel aged cocktails and a variety of  house made bitters.

Bar at Next Door Lounge with barrel aged cocktails and a variety of house made bitters.

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.

Whiskey tasting at Next Door Lounge

Whiskey tasting at Next Door Lounge

Oh lord this can't end well...

Oh lord this can’t end well…

Next Door Lounge currently boasts 8 barrel aged cocktails and they're all good. I know because I tried them all!

Next Door Lounge currently boasts 8 barrel aged cocktails and they’re all good. I know because I tried them all!

The drinks are well crafted, delicious and pretty.

The drinks are well crafted, delicious and pretty.

Zac is more then the man with a garnish in his hand - he's the man with the plan and the visionary behind the bar program at Next Door Lounge.

Zac is more then the man with a garnish in his hand – he’s the man with the plan and the visionary behind the bar program at Next Door Lounge.

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Why yes, I will have another...

Why yes, I will have another…

Next Door Lounge also hosts live music, murder mystery dinner parties, and comedy shows.

Next Door Lounge also hosts live music, murder mystery dinner parties, and comedy shows.

Comedy too!

Comedy too!

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!

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