Seven-year nightlife veteran Next Door Lounge is changing things up, with plans to turn up both the casual dining and club factor along Highland. The bar and restaurant will even likely be flipping its name shortly.
Some of the new details for the space can be seen already, from plush green velvet chairs and banquettes to black marble tabletops and a redone floor. But there’s major work to come, with renderings revealing a giant shimmering chandelier that will be motorized, and can be raised or lowered depending on the mood of the evening. All of the tables and chairs in the primary dining and bar area are meant to be entirely modular, so the lounge can flip near-seamlessly between a karaoke night, a club scene, a supperclub lounge space, and private events.
The big, bold new direction comes by way of incoming owner Daniel Kolenitchenko, who for years has run a successful club in Berlin, Germany called The Pearl. That outpost features some of the same multimedia components, though this Los Angeles bar will also focus on early evening food, from bar bites and snacks to slightly larger entrees served with cocktails. As the evening wears on, the DJs and the dancing will begin.
Next Door Lounge currently remains open during the light construction, but will need to take some time off in the near future as big finishing details are in place. Eventually the project will also come to include a semi-hidden second club in the back, complete with its own L-shaped bar, elevated center DJ area, and tall gabled ceilings.
Next Door Lounge. 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA.
Update: An earlier version of this story noted the new venue name as The Door, but reps for the company now say that is unconfirmed.