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Next Door

December 12, 2009

Next Door, located in Chinatown, like every other place worth hanging out at, plays the role of Honolulu’s de facto warehouse club. Ambiance-wise it’s an appropriate mix of rawness and refinement, with a bit of grubbiness to give late nights that slightly dirty feel – you know you like it like that. Not that Mizuho and I have had the opportunity to experience such a night there. We are responsible parents, after all.

The place gets a pretty impressive roster of dj and band talent rolling through – acts that might typically play much larger spaces in other towns. I can imagine that the close quarters of Next Door make for an intimate and intense music experience. And you’d better like to sweat.

When we went there (early on a Saturday) there was some kind of amateur film event happening. Although the films were decidedly heavy on the amateur, there was a buzzing energy to the place and a palpable sense of community. Maybe one of these days in the near future, we’ll get a chance to go there and get sweaty.

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