Checker Hall is a new bar in Highland Park that’s exactly where you should be planning your next big group bar outing. Located on the second floor of a former Masonic Lodge, the space is really just one giant room with big booths and a triangular bar in the middle. But the crowd is low-key, the cocktails are fantastic, and if you get hungry, there’s a solid food menu. It also has a great balcony overlooking Figueroa, and a separate live music venue in the back.
More spots in Highland ParkSee more
Hippo is a great Italian-ish restaurant in Highland Park that’s great for all kinds of situations.
More Bar Food spotsSee more
The Father’s Office burger (in Santa Monica and Culver City) is amazing. If you don’t know that, you don’t get it.
Barney's original location in West Hollywood still has that old-school charm and vibe you want.
The New York-iest bar in Los Angeles, the Village Idiot is always there when you need it, and the British pub food is good too.
Suggested by our writers
You’d think that a place like Bar Covell that so thoroughly holds your hand through the ordering process would feel a bit condescending. But as much as LA pretends not to need it, the crowd at Covell every night proves otherwise.
Highland Park’s Good Housekeeping, a bar within a restaurant, is a must for all cocktail drinkers.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more