Housed in a former recording studio in the heart of Hollywood, Grandmaster Recorders is the newest nightlife project from Botanical Hospitality Group, the same Australian partner team behind E.P. & L.P. and Strings of Life. Drawing inspiration from the building’s musical past (David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kanye West have recorded here), Grandmaster Recorders offers a destination-worthy triple threat: a gorgeous 150-seat restaurant, an indoor cocktail lounge complete with a disco ball (71 Studio Bar) and a wraparound rooftop bar with glittering views of the Hollywood Hills.
Three years in the making, the beautifully refurbished space invokes nostalgia for the building’s past, which executive pastry chef Jaci Koludrovic playfuly incorporates into the Australian-inspired Italian restaurant’s excellent dessert menu with a chocolate tiramisu topped with a record-shaped chocolate disc. In terms of savory fare, culinary director Monty Koludrovic offers seasonally driven “New World Italian” plates, including rotating crudo plates, caviar supplied by Petrossian and a whimsical pinzimonio and bagna cauda dip with crudités sourced from the Hollywood Farmers’ Market.
Up on the roof, Grandmaster Recorders also offers a separate menu of drinks and bar bites, including the Live on Air Cocktail (salers apertif, dry vermout, lime, cucumber and sea salt) and the passionfruit-laced Studio Spritz.