With Austin being the live music capital, you know the music scene here is going to be good. But the great music doesn’t stop at live events; there are also a ton of well-known record stores in Austin. With the resurgence of interest in vinyl records, record shops are getting a second wind and are becoming more popular than ever. We’ve laid out some of the best record stores to visit in Austin. Whether you’re shopping for your next vinyl or picking out your first record, Austin has a shop for you.
600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Waterloo Records is the city’s largest and one of the most prominent record stores in Austin. From big-name new releases to more unique indie artists, you can find a plethora of options to suit any music taste. Interested in live music too? Waterloo also has a calendar of in-store events where you can catch local artist performances.
2928 Guadalupe St #101, Austin, TX 78705
Standing the test of time, Antone’s has been around since the ’80s, and their staff have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to music, making them able to stand the test of time. Specializing in blues and local music, current owners work hard at preserving Antone’s original charm and the same vibe it had when it first opened over 30 years ago.
2505 E 6th St, Suite F, Austin, TX 78702
BLK specializes in used and collectible records from the ’60s and ’70s, but they don’t stop there. Check out a wide variety of genres and eras when it comes to pieces of vinyl. You can’t miss them and their unique vibe; catch their huge black and white cat DJ mural out front.
4304 Clawson Rd, Austin, TX 78704
In addition to their large selection of high-quality records, you can also find a ton of speakers, turntables, and other audio equipment you need to actually play your records. They have niche, rare records at great prices to boot. Don’t miss stopping by to talk to their knowledgeable staff and walk out with the perfect selection for you.
1208 N Interstate Hwy 35 #200, Round Rock, TX 78681
Are you a ’90s hip-hop fan? Piranha Records will probably be your go-to record shop in Austin, if so. In addition to their albums and records, Piranha also has awesome merchandise ranging from T-shirts, mugs, hats, and more.
4500 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
Exploded Records gets the top award for the most compact record shop. Located inside the JuiceLand, you won’t want to browse the shop without a smoothie in hand. They also host afternoon sound sessions that draw a crowd of hundreds.
4361 S Congress Ave STE 107, Austin, TX 78745
With a cozy, home-like setup, Living in Stereo is a great shop to browse with a cup of coffee in hand. They do a great job of making it feel like you are listening to music and exploring different options in the comfort of your own home. And, bonus, you can buy home decor and furniture here to go along with your new vinyl.
211 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
This neighborhood record shop has a selection ranging from classic country to R&B to punk. They have a great local following as well due to the owners being staple DJs at long-time parties like Second Sunday Sock Hop and Cold Lampin’. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, make sure to stop in!