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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)