***IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE***
CHECKER HALL HAS NOT RE-OPENED FOR DINE-IN as of the time of this update notice in mid-May. This event will now be postponed until Fri Aug 27th.
Please do NOT sign-up if you are NOT feeling 100% well, have any COVID symptoms or have been in any large crowds especially unmasked. Masks must be worn at all times except for dining. Temperatures will be taken.
Cocktails in Unique Places (CUP) is our monthly signature event we are very proud to share exclusively with our members. CUP's are carefully selected for their unique location and/or atmosphere. Many are located inside historical properties. Some are glamorous while others are truly unique "hole in the wall" venues. Either way, we are certain you will love these "fabulous places!"
Checker Hall tucked inside the old Masonic Hall is one of LA's hidden gems.
Located on the second floor of a thoughtfully restored Masonic Hall in the heart of L.A.'s Highland Park. The restaurant exudes vintage-era warmth and charm, with a dining room designed by L.A.-based Design, Bitches, and a menu and hospitality approach intended to celebrate and continue the building's nearly century-long history as a community gathering place.
This is a hidden treasure easy to pass because of the unassuming exterior as you walk down the sidewalk on Avenue 56 close to Figueroa Ave. As you notice the restaurant's plain door set against a windowless solid wall, peak inside. Mostly you see an elevator directly across from the entrance and wide stairway to the right. Ah, but once you step onto the second floor, everything begins to change. It's as though you discovered a Prohibition speakeasy hideaway.
The dining room features a modern central bar and four distinct seating types: banquette cocktail seating, intimate booths, bar stools and standard dining seating.
Standout Venue Features:
The bar program includes beer, wine and creative "fast craft" cocktails that playfully pay homage to the establishment's Masonic temple past, such as the Chapter Sweetheart, Hall Grog and Johnny the Giant (a tribute to eight-foot-tall silent film star John Aasen, who was inducted into the Masons in 1924).
Chef Hovig Agop's Mediterranean menu offers a range of modern dips, salads, small plates and entrees at affordable price points, making it an ideal destination for both everyday dining and special occasions.
This is delicious bar bites and cocktails. If you want to have dinner, please make your own reservations.
HAPPY HOUR 5-7 PM
The Lodge Room is the music hall adjacent to Checker Hall. It features all the original, refurbished woodwork and artwork from the Masonic Temple.
DJ Programming 9 PM to CLOSE
Awards & Notables
Eater Los Angeles
Infatuation Los Angeles
Metered public parking on Avenue 56 just off Figueroa heading to the Metro. This event is very close to the the Metro stop in Highland Park.
Please note: To all of our "fabulosas" members we remind you our Meetup group is strictly by RSVP. We do not take drop-ins and your RSVP should always be updated especially when there is a wait list. We document all no shows and under 24-hr cancellations after events when space was reserved for you for dining and/or when there is a wait list. We want everyone who wants to join our events to have an opportunity to participate and join the fun. This strictly depends on your courtesy by being considerate opening spots for others when you are no longer able to attend. Thank you!