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Picking up Vinyl in Bristol

14th April 2021


Sometimes, an afternoon flicking through vinyl is the perfect way to spend your free time. Whether you’re looking for the best new releases, or that 12” that has been on your wish list for months/years. Bristol is a great city for finding what you’re looking for – and these are some of our favourites!

Wanted Records

Where? – St Nicholas Market
Wanted Records is a vinyl collectors’ paradise. The carefully curated selection spans global scenes and obscure sub-genres. There are tonnes of rarities to be found, and if you look hard enough there are some absolute bargains to be had!

Idle Hands

Where? – 74 Stokes Croft
Located in the creative hub of the city, Idle Hands has been a staple for getting your vinyl fix since 2011. Whether you’re looking for house and techno or dubstep, grime to reggae – they’re always stocking a good selection of records. The shop has the vibe of being in someone’s living room and the perfect atmosphere to spend hours flicking through the racks.

Friendly Records

Where? – 59-61 North Street
Okay, so it’s not the most central – but it’s most definitely worth a visit! The collection really reflects the overall vibe of the Bristol music scene and as you’re flicking through the racks you’ll find a strong emphasis on rock and indie, but dub, reggae, trip hop, drum’n’bass and classic rap works its way in too.

Plastic Wax Records

Where? – 222 Cheltenham Road
A stone’s throw from Gloucester Road, Plastic Wax has been a safe haven for vinyl lovers since 1978. It’s all about the classics in here, and you can pretty much find something from every genre (also, the A-Z organisation means if you know what you’re looking for, you can go straight to it!). If you’re looking for something special ask at the counter as there are always some prized rarities, like first pressings and limited editions in stock.

Rough Trade Bristol

Where? – 3 New Bridewell, Nelson Street
There was no way we could make this list without including Rough Trade! Some would call it the king of record shops and its ethos has always been about celebrating music and music culture. So, when we found out we were getting a branch here in Bristol, it’s safe to say we were excited!

Start with these, and then go explore even further! Music runs through Bristol’s veins and there is always somewhere new to go and explore for your next vinyl fix! And don’t forget how good some charity shops can be if you’re on a bit more of a budget.