A Former Masonic Temple Is Now the Best Spot for Live Music and Good Food

This dual restaurant, bar and concert venue space built in an old Masonic Lodge is a new favorite among locals. Catch a refreshing drink, tasty skewer or vibe to some music.

The ever-evolving restaurant and entertainment scene in Highland Park keeps providing patrons with exciting new locations to enjoy. Restaurant, bar and music venue hybrids are now the norm. One of the newest additions to the scene, and arguably one of the best, is Checker Hall and the adjoining Lodge Room on Figueroa.

The bar in Checker Hall

As a great spot for both large groups and intimate dates alike, the space incorporates a rustic feel matched by curated cocktails and a solid Mediterranean-inspired food menu.

Originally built in 1923 as the home for Masonic Lodge 382, Lodge Room on the first floor, and Checker Hall on the second were revamped and brought to life by Los Angeles based interior design firm Design, Bitches.

Inside the Lodge Room

The Lodge Room is a big, open wood-floored venue, with a capacity for around 500. Musical acts bringing their talent to the stage vary in genre, with something to offer for any music taste. Check their upcoming shows here.

Booths lining the wall

Checker Hall is a more intimate and warm kind of dining experience. It’s essentially an open room with a large triangular bar with plenty of space for a thirsty crowd to order a drink. Several tables and warmly textured booths line the outside wall, along with longer tables perfectly suited for larger groups. A quaint balcony offers a great view of Figueroa, with the Highland Theatre and its famous sign in perfect sight.

Skewer selections

Chef Hovig Agop oversees the casual, yet refined Mediterranean menu at Checker Hall. Shishito peppers, brussel sprouts and Borek make up the small plate options. Marinated shrimp, beef, octopus and pork belly make up the unique skewers available. Main dishes consist of mediterranean chicken, hanger steak, seared salmon, and falafel.

Mediterranean Chicken
Medley of cocktails to choose from

Checker Hall serves tropical-leaning cocktails and boasts a solid draught beer list including Boomtown Brewery’s Limelight IPA and Bells Two Hearted Ale.  Cocktails range from $10 – $13 and include signatures like the Hall Grog (light and dark rum orgeat, pineapple, passionfruit and honey,) Broke Elevator (gin, tonic, chateau aloe liqueur, creme de violette and lemon,) and the Mo Knows (horchata vodka, amaro, coconut cream, pistachio and cold brew from Highland Park’s own Kindness and Mischief coffee.)

Checker Hall and the Lodge Room are located at 104 N Ave 56 in Highland Park. Their open from 5pm until late night, Tuesday-Saturday.

Andre Karimloo
Staff Writer & Photographer at Happening In NELA

A writer from the Los Angeles area in his 20-somethings. An enjoyer of good conversations, good compositions, and good drinks. Inspired by the the sights, sounds and ideals of a city which embraces cultures of all different mediums.

1 comment

  1. Becky smoyer

    Hey how bout you mention the girl that did the cocktails in this article???rebecca smoyer deleon.

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