The only indication that you've arrived at Hollywood's Next Door Lounge is the golden key on a sign out front and a doorman wearing pinstripes and spats. The speakeasy – located on Highland Avenue in Hollywood – requires that guests retrieve a password in order to enter, but once you’re inside the work is worth it. A plush living room is staffed with waitresses in red flapper dresses and bartenders ready to serve up classic cocktails with a nouveau twist, and on Wednesdays, you can get four shots of whiskey and complimentary pizza as part of the popular “Whiskey Wednesdays.”
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In the sepia-toned days of the 1920s, husbands spent too much of their paycheck at the bar, factory workers suffered injuries after tipsy lunches, Wild West saloons were dens of debauchery and murder -- and it all got to be just too...