Welcome back to Insider's Happy Hour series, where I'm taking you to bars with the coolest stories, wildest drinks, and plenty of celebrities. You'll find all of the above at Grandmaster Recorders, which has become the newest LA hot spot for stars including Rihanna, Robert Pattinson, and the cast of Euphoria. The three-story, 15,000-square-foot space stretches a block and includes a club, restaurant, and rooftop bar.Once a legendary recording studio, Grandmaster Recorders is breathing new life into Hollywood. And I got a chance to go behind the scenes and discover why it's the new place to be. Rock-and-roll history is deeply embedded in Grandmaster Recorders' DNA. Everyone from David Bowie and Stevie Wonder to Gwen Stefani and the Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded some of their greatest hits at the studio, which was open from 1971 to 2016. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made his iconic sophomore album Late Registration at Grandmaster Recorders, while Beck recorded Midnight Vultures. It was a natural fit for co-owner Grant Smillie, a former Australian DJ and producer who's become a major player in LA's competitive nightlife scene with Botanical Hospitality Group. Smillie told me he was drawn to the unique space because it already came with a story. The Chili Peppers did their first album here, our dining room is where they used to make guitar pedals for Mötley Crüe and have secret raves, he said. We wanted to design everything from a musical perspective, but to feel like it was organic. The bar is dripping with dim lights and metallic gold, making it feel luxe and sexy rather than cliche and kitschy — no easy feat in a place that could have easily turned into a cheesy tourist destination. Smillie told me he wanted to pay tribute to Grandmaster Recorders' storied history through subtle touches and details, rather than being obvious in the style of Planet Hollywood. Grandmaster Recorders' cocktails — many named after iconic albums recorded in the space — were also inspired by its musical legacy. Head mixologist Milosz Cieslak told me he wanted to create drinks that are a little on the edge. We're adding things like beetroot and hoping people in Hollywood won't be scared of that, he said with a laugh. One of my favorite cocktails on the menu was Midnight Vultures. Currently Grandmaster Recorders' most popular drink, Midnight Vultures — named after the Beck album — features mezcal, Campari, Ancho Reyes Verde, prickly pear purée, cilantro, and a Tajin rim. The color, first of all, was gorgeous. I've never seen a cocktail with such a vivid magenta hue. And while I've never considered myself much of a mezcal girl, I was a huge fan of the $18 drink. It had just the right amount of smokiness and tasted unlike anything I've sipped on recently. A true original. Hard to Handle, named after The Black Crowes album, was another showstopper. The $18 cocktail features Cieslak's homemade beetroot cordial, which he said pays homage to both his Polish roots and the Australian influence that runs through Grandmaster Recorders' menu. The tequila drink — Cieslak's twist on a Paloma — has an electric-pink hue but tastes fresh and bright. There's a surprising softness to the taste that makes it perfect for a hot summer day. Smillie told me the disco ball actually came from Dancing with the Stars, and was so big it had to be craned into the space. The effect is worth it, giving 71 Studio Bar a major dose of '70s glamour. It's an intimate and sexy space, which has hosted everything from secret DJ sets to Camila Cabello's 25th birthday party. Grandmaster Recorders' rooftop has a completely different vibe from 71 Studio Bar. 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I was a huge fan of the $16 Studio Spritz, which features Liquore Strega — an Italian herbal liqueur — along with prosecco, honey, passion fruit, and lemon. The cocktail is deliciously juicy, and the colors are gorgeous. If you love a fruity cocktail, this is definitely the drink for you at Grandmaster Recorders. Equally refreshing was the $18 Late Registration, named after Ye's album. The light-pink drink — which features Grey Goose, Chamomile Blanc Vermouth, ginger, and yellow watermelon — is fresh but complex (not unlike its namesake). Adding to Grandmaster Recorders' Italian spirit are the new schiacciata pizzas you can only get on the roof. Ranging from $8-9 a slice, the three flavors currently on offer are tomato, pepperoni, and clam pie. Also on the bar's menu is a delicious chicken parma roll I enjoyed on a recent night out, a beautifully creamy burrata with black truffle and crunchy chili oil, and even homemade gelato. Culinary director Monty Koludrovic, his pastry-chef wife Jaci, and their friend and fellow chef Blake Shailes are behind Grandmaster Recorders' innovative menu. All three left life in Australia to infuse the restaurant with dozens of dishes that manage to be playful, sexy, and delicious. The building has so much history of having fun, Monty told me. And as good as we can be at providing a refined dining experience, we want people to have fun. We have a completely different connection to what America perceives Italian food to be, Shailes and Monty told me. It's Italian through our eyes. When I first tried these $22 cannolis, I wrote in my notes that they felt like a snack for the stars. They're easy and handheld, but also rich and decadent. The caviar brings the savoriness, while the filling adds a dose of sweetness. I could easily imagine the Euphoria cast knocking these back. But the dish also stays true to the restaurant's philosophy of merging accessibility with fine dining. I love what caviar does for people, there's something about it that makes people feel special, Monty told me. It's not how you usually have cannolis, but we haven't had to break the rule book to make it delicious — we just had fun with it. This $24 app, which I watched Shailes prepare from the restaurant's open kitchen, reminded me of doughnut balls. The cacio e pepe churros were light and fluffy, pairing deliciously with the silky and rich mortadella. And the salty cheese on top was, as the Italians would say, eccellente. The $32 dish — which features baja tuna, radish, trout roe, and croutons — is so fresh, and there's no denying that this dish is stunning.I mixed everything together (after snapping a few Instagram pictures), and each bite was an explosion of different flavors and textures — all of them undeniably luxurious. Grandmaster Recorders' $32 mafaldine pasta features spot prawns, salt cod XO sauce, Calabrian chilis, and chives. One of Shailes' creations, the dish was inspired by his travels in Asia — which has long had a huge influence on Australia's cuisine. I loved how the mafaldine ribbons carried the silky XO sauce, which has just the right amount of creaminess. There was also a beautiful brightness and acidity thanks to the lemon oil and zest, which paired perfectly with the delicate prawns. Jaci told me that she's done a play on tiramisu at almost every kitchen she's worked at since she began working with Italian cuisine. But it's never been traditional at all, she added. So this is another step in the evolution of my tiramisu. The record on top — made of tempered chocolate — turned Jaci into a chocolatier overnight, she said. The $24 dessert was easily one of the best tiramisus I've ever had. Just as a great album tells a story, so does a great dish. And while there are subtle touches throughout the building inspired by Grandmaster Recorders' musical history, it's the stories within the cocktails and food that I think have become the truest tribute. Artists once poured their hearts out behind these walls — now it's the chefs' and bartenders' turn. I've been to many Hollywood celebrity hot spots, but Grandmaster Recorders is one of the few I've kept coming back to (and recommend to everyone). Even in a city where so many places are designed to see and be seen, there's nothing forced or cliche about it. Grandmaster Recorders may have a history of rock and roll, but its heart is pure soul.