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Next Door

A hidden speakeasy set within an Italian restaurant, Next Door is an East Boston cocktail bar providing an intimate, evocative space with a touch of the theatrical. Featuring ever-changing entrance instructions provided the day of a reservation, one enters through an adjacent restaurant and is led by the host to an arched wooden doorway, equipped with a peephole and door knocker and further heightening the sense of mystery before being allowed access to the private, cozy establishment. Once patrons have gained entry with the correct password, the floorplan flows from the bar area with elevated seating to a back dining room space, highlighted by a barrel vaulted ceiling that is evocative of an underground wine cellar. Inspired by the raw bar menu and aquatic themes, the space features a color palette mimicking deep sea tones of moody blues and lush materials like velvet banquettes and rich wood paneling. Sculptural lighting is anchored by a dark marble bar and drink rail, matching the dining room tables and accented with gold hardware throughout the space. Meant to act as an escape for patrons to enjoy a whimsically creative cocktail list paired with a thoughtfully curated food menu, Next Door functions as an immersive dining retreat for Boston locals and visitors alike.

  • Client
  • Boston Amici Group, Inc.
  • Collaborators
  • Mark Grundig
  • Photography
  • KC Films and Photography
  • Awards & Press