Like many of us, Hollywood has taken the pandemic shutdowns as an opportunity to reinvent itself, shedding its former reputation as a maddening, tourist-packed neighborhood and emerging in recent months as a thriving hub, with an abundance of exciting new restaurants, hotels, and nightlife options. A section of the neighborhood even got a new name: Featuring Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard to the north and south, and alongside Schrader Boulevard and Vine Street to the west and east, the vinyl district seeks to honor the famous neighborhood’s history while inviting a new wave of artists, creators, and entrepreneurs to play and stay in the area.
Hollywood has always had a slightly more spoiled reputation than the rest of the city, best known for its clubs that once attracted die-hard party stars. Although there is still plenty of fun to be had in the Vinyl District, it takes your style of adventure into the nightlife, offering options ranging from fine dining to rooftop clubs with mechanical bulls.
Newcomers join local favorites like Beauty & Essex, Mama Shelter, vinyl paradise, and The Record Parlor. On the outskirts of the district lies L’antica Pizzeria da Michele, the venerable Naples institution that came west in 2019; upscale Butcher’s Restaurant and Gwen’s Restaurant; and the new Godfrey Hollywood Hotel, which has the largest rooftop in the area. In 2022, the Vinyl Mother Wolf District will welcome Chef Evan Funk’s ode to Roman cuisine, inside the revitalized Art Deco Citizens News venue, a 48,000-square-foot space that will host events as well as upscale restaurants and lounges, and private studios. Here are seven more points to bookmark the next time you’re in the area: