Landing in a tri-level space along Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood’s emerging Vinyl District, Grandmasters Recorders is many things—the former recording studio of artists like Stevie Wonder and David Bowie, one of the best Italian restaurants in town, and as it turns out, a great option for al fresco rooftop cocktails. Choose between the glimmering, disco-ball-backed 71 Studio Bar on the first floor, an expansive second level with high ceilings and climbing trees, and the aforementioned rooftop with a stunning view of the Hollywood Hills, before sipping on craft cocktails like Snakes and Ladders (pisco, aperol, aquavit, raspberries, egg white, lemon, and bitters). The rooftop also features a separate menu with Italian bites, cocktails on tap, and rooftop spritzes. For those who prefer wine, Grandmasters boasts a collection of over 2,000 wine bottles on its property, favoring Italian labels, with Wine Director Devon D’Arcangelo always eager to offer a recommendation.
How to book: online.
Located in Hollywood’s Vinyl District, this recording studio turned modern Italian restaurant opened with a 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck. Grab a seat and enjoy stunning views of the Hollywood Hills while enjoying rooftop-exclusive menu items such as a Chicken Parma Roll, Cheesy Stuffed Olives, Mini Mortadella Paninis, and cocktails on tap. Established by The Botanical Group (Melrose Rooftop Theatre, EP & LP, Strings of Life), the rooftop is open every day until 2 am, and features an Aperitivo Party every Sunday from 4 pm–6 pm, with different chefs taking over the menu.
How to book: Rooftop is walk-ins only.
The newly opened Hollywood hotspot from the crew behind E.P. & L.P.andStrings of Life is a massive mix of spaces spread across three floors within—you guessed it—a former recording studio. There’s the main restaurant, offering Italian-meets-Australian-inspired fare; the groovy cocktail bar and lounge Studio 71 Bar with a huge disco ball in the center; and, last but not least, a stunning 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck that stays open into the wee hours. The rooftop, flanked by views of the Hollywood Hills has its own food menu, with bites including Garbanzo Fritters, a Chicken Parma Roll, and cheese-and-herb-stuffed olives. Also look for whimsical cocktails on tap and a handful of wines by the glass.
How to book: online.
Located in a former recording studio where legends like David Bowie and Stevie Wonder once recorded their hits, this 15,000-square-foot expanse houses a cocktail lounge (complete with a jumbo disco ball acquired from Dancing With the Stars!), a rooftop deck with stunning views, and a restaurant with one of the most interesting New World approaches to Italian cooking. Helmed by Australian culinary powerhouse duo Monty and Jaci Koludrovic, Grandmaster Recorders’ seasonally focused, Italian-meets-Australian menu is a breath of fresh air in a city that’s full of restaurants serving ultra-traditional fare. Dig into as much of the daily crudo menu and antipasti as possible: ‘gram-worthy tuna, caviar-stuffed cannolis, chili-crisp burrata, and Cacio e Pepe Churros wrapped in paper-thin slices of salty mortadella. More substantial offerings include pastas (like sourdough cavatelli with slow-cooked Magra lamb) and grilled meats (such as a Florence-style porterhouse steak served with house-made pickles and dipping sauces). While every dish is beautifully plated and presented, the show-stopping tiramisu is a highlight—topped with a record-shaped chocolate disc to mimic the look of a vinyl record.
The Botanical Group that’s behind E.P & L.P. and S.O.L cafe brings us Grandmaster Recorders, a new day-to-night spot in the heart of Hollywood that’s perfect for dates you don’t want to end. Italian-Australian fare is on offer courtesy of executive chef Monty Koludrovic and head pastry chef Jaci Koludrovic, allowing you to impress your special someone with a blend of cuisines they’ve likely never tried together before. You’ll definitely want to put in an order for the signature Caviar Cannolis, before moving on to Mortadella and Cacio e Pepe Churros as your antipasti—that way you’re not dealing with an empty stomach as you debate which stunning pasta or woodfired dish will act your main course. The tiramisu, which recalls the recording studio’s past with its vinyl design and shape, is a must-order to complete your meal. Expert wine director Devon D’Arcangelo is ready to answer any questions you might have about the restaurant's expansive wine selection of 2,000+ bottles, or order one of Mixologist Milosz Cieslak’s craft cocktails at the speakeasy-inspired 71 Studio Bar that's tucked away from the main dining room. Afterwards, cozy up on the rooftop and enjoy one of the cocktails on tap. The Valentine's Day menu includes three courses with an optional wine pairing and highlights like Grilled Westholme Wagyu Denver Steak and Glazed Cheek for $120 per person.
How to book: online.