While Austin may be the Live Music Capital of the World®, there are also plenty of record shops for music fans to hunt for vinyl and enjoy recorded music. Austin has a unique collection of independent record stores and music shops that all offer a stellar collection of vinyl and other goods. Check them out below!

Record Stores in Austin

Antone’s Record Shop
While Antone’s Nightclub has a prestigious reputation in Austin, its sibling record shop in the West Campus area is just as important to Antone’s identity and history as the venue. Founded in 1987, Antone’s Record Shop opened directly across from where the venue once existed before finding its final location downtown. Today, Antone’s Record Shop is one of the best stores that specializes in local and blues records in Austin.

Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts
The Antone’s legacy stretches even further with Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts. This space, attached to Antone’s Nightclub downtown, is the box office and retail space for the venue that also sells blues, funk and soul records, Antone’s merch, and their world-famous po-boys! Crack open a cold one, browse through their small but mighty collection of vinyl, and enjoy some live music next door!

BLK Vinyl
Speaking of small-but-mighty, BLK Vinyl is exactly that. Located on the easternmost end of Sixth Street, BLK specializes in 60's and 70's pop, psych, garage, and prog, 50's and 60's jazz, lounge and exotica, 60's and 70's soul, and mid-to-late 90’s and early 2000s records. Fear not, they also have a carefully curated selection of contemporary vinyl available including some local records. Overall, if you’re looking for a new collectible record, BLK is a great place to start.

Breakaway Records
If you are looking for a highly varied selection of records and vinyl paraphernalia, Breakaway Records on North Loop will not disappoint. The store features vintage turntables, audio equipment, old and contemporary records, cassette and VHS tapes, stereo systems, receivers, and tape decks. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and will help you find the perfect record or turntable for your listening needs.

Drinks Records
Drinks Lounge in East Austin is a neighborhood hang where locals gather on the patio, shoot pool, and drink down classic cocktails. Adjacent to the bar is Drinks Records, offering a diverse selection of new and used vinyl. The bar's generous buying policy encourages visitors to trade in their old albums, continually expanding their collection. Visit on the weekends to pick up a new record for your collection or listen to a local DJ spin while you chill on the patio.

Eastern Front Records
If you find yourself in West Austin, make a stop at Eastern Front Records, a haven for metal enthusiasts. Here you can find the finest selection of both new and used black, death, thrash, heavy, and doom metal vinyl, tapes, CDs, and more. From clothing and patches to pins, zines and books, Eastern Front is a mainstay for all things heavy metal.

End of an Ear
On the south side of town, End of an Ear offers a great selection of both vintage and contemporary vinyl, DVDs and CDs. Founded in 2005, this South Austin gem is a local favorite for fairly priced records, knowledgeable and musically tasteful staff, and rare finds. If you’re vinyl hunting, End of an Ear should be on your list of places to visit.

Exploded Records
In 2013, Juiceland owner Matt Shook teamed up with Andrew Brown, also known as Soundfounder, a DJ and record collector who now has his own radio show on KUTX 98.9 FM. Together, they started Exploded Records, located inside the Juiceland location at 45th and Duval. The shop features a small but well-curated selection of vinyl records (on top of a stellar menu of juices and smoothies). If you’re looking for refreshing music and juices, Exploded Records is a one-stop shop.

Living in Stereo
​Living in Stereo, located on South Congress in the St. Elmo area, is a haven for those who are passionate about mid-century modern design and analog stereo systems. This unique vinyl shop provides much more than just vinyl records. The shop offers top-notch guitars, local coffee from El Tigre, a great selection of audio equipment, and most importantly, friendly world-class customer service.

Love Wheel Records
Located in North Austin, Love Wheel Records has shelves stocked with new and used vinyl LPs, along with a curated collection of vinyl 45s, CDs, books and other music-related goods. There's something for every taste—from blues, soul and jazz to avant-garde and everything in between. Their variety ensures endless exploration for music enthusiasts. 

Turntable Records
Situated along South First Street, this record shop specializes in Tejano and Conjunto classics, Latin hip-hop, freestyle beats and Top 40 hits. Despite its modest storefront, the music selection is vast and bound to exceed expectations. Whether you're searching for rare gems or timeless favorites, Turntable ensures an immersive musical experience with extensive offerings. 

Waterloo Records
Waterloo Records is an Austin classic. Since 1982, the record shop has been featured on local and national “Best Record Shop” lists and offers 6,400 square feet of LPs, 45s, CDs, turntables, audio equipment, and a variety of other music-related merchandise. The store attracts visitors from all over the world and for good reason–there’s something for everyone at Waterloo Records!

Whetstone Audio
​Traditional record shops are not always the only places you can find vinyl records. Whetstone Audio in East Austin touts itself as “the best little hi-fi shop in Texas,” and offers high-end audio systems, components, and speakers in addition to a stellar selection of vintage vinyl. If you’re looking to upgrade your current system while discovering some great records to add to your collection, look no further than Whetstone Audio.

Record Stores Near Austin

Astro Record Store
Out in the neighboring city of Bastrop exists a delightful record shop worth mentioning due to its well-curated selection of rare yet affordable vinyl records. While Bastrop is a small town, Astro Record Store has a huge selection. The shop specializes in rare, vintage and unusual LPs, CDs and music memorabilia, and has found itself on the Austin Chronicle’s critics list for “Best Satellite Vinyl Emporiums.”

Pirhana Records
While Piranha may be a little bit of a journey from downtown, for many shoppers, this Round Rock shop is a must-visit for their collection of '90s hip-hop. DJs can find an extensive selection dedicated to rock and soul, as well as the latest releases. Dust off the crates and start digging through countless records. You're sure to find something new for your collection here.


Still digging for your record gems? Plan a weekend visit, May 4-5, to the Austin Record Convention! The convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the USA. There are over one million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters, collectibles and music-related memorabilia available here than at any one time, anywhere else in the country! Tickets are only $5 a person. 

Stocked up on recorded music and looking for something in person? Check out our live music calendar to see where you can catch a concert any night of the week.

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Nathalie Phan is a local music connoisseur and the founder of On Vinyl Media and SoundSync Music. She is passionate about helping Austin musicians and the local music industry.
Twitter: @natphantastic