A lot of new places have opened up in the area, and some old favorites have been brought back. The "Vinyl District," a small area between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, is a good example of this. It's a place worth going back to driving directions because you can feel the energy of the neighborhood's "golden age," when the music and entertainment business started there almost a hundred years ago.
Grant Smillie, cofounder of The Botanical Group, told Travel + Leisure, "There's no question that Hollywood has come out swinging in 2022, and there are still a lot more properties to come online in the buzzy Vinyl District." The Botanical Group is in charge of Grandmaster Recorders, a 15,000-square-foot restaurant, rooftop bar, and lounge in The Vinyl District.
"Grandmaster Recorders kept its original name, but it's a long way from the small recording studio that was a part of Hollywood in 1971," Smillie said. "It has been completely changed to include a new-world Italian dining room, a large rooftop lounge, and the 71 Studio Bar in the original recording room where famous artists and bands used to record."
Grandmaster Recorders isn't the only place that's giving Hollywood, a place that many locals thought had been done to death for a long time, a new spark. In October 2022, Salt Hotels also opened the doors to The Aster, a private members' club and hotel.
"Its location is famous and right in the middle of Hollywood. For us, this is the ideal place to be. We're glad to see so much going on in the area, like new hotels, restaurants, and businesses in the entertainment industry "David Bowd, who started Salt Hotels and is now its CEO, told T+L. "All of our properties have strong ties to the local community because we buy from local businesses, hire local people, work with local businesses, and give to local charities. The Aster will be the same, and we are in the process of making strong connections in the area that will help businesses and make life better for our members."
And just around the corner, Amoeba Music, which was a mainstay on Sunset Boulevard for 20 years, has moved to a new location in the Vinyl District on Hollywood Boulevard. Its old location is also getting a new start with the Lighthouse Art Space, where people can enjoy art and music in a more immersive way.
In Hollywood's Vinyl District, you can plan a visit, a dinner at a restaurant, or a late night of dancing and drinks on a rooftop lounge while looking at the stars. Here are some places to stay, hang out, and eat when you visit.