Photo by Edizen Stowell /

Photo by Edizen Stowell /

The original Abbot Kinney Boulevard location of Hal’s Bar & Grill may be gone, but Hal’s is expected to make a big comeback in 2016 with a new location inside the brand-new Runway at Playa Vista retail and entertainment complex off Jefferson Boulevard.

In the meantime, get an update on plans for Hal’s in Playa Vista from managing partner Don Novack and catch some swingin’ jazz tunes curated by the Hal’s team on Saturday, Dec. 5, at The Electric Lodge in Venice.

For this special event dubbed “The Venice Connection,” Hal’s is partnering up with Westside Jazz to curate the premiere event in a concert series  showcasing some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians. The Saturday concert features the Quentin Dennard Trio, a longtime staple of the Hal’s stage led by  Motown great Quentin Dennard, as well as the Theo Saunders Trio, led, of course, by virtuoso jazz pianist Theo Saunders.

A slew of special guests will accompany each band to make this a night steeped in musical collaboration — and for loyal patrons of Hal’s eagerly awaiting the new location, a taste of good times to come.

— Christina Campodonico

“The Venice Connection” happens from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Tickets are $20 and advanced purchase is recommended, as only a small number of tickets will be available at the door. Call (310) 396-3105 or email