The 10 Best Brooklyn Record Stores

With new record shops popping up all over Brooklyn, owning a record isn’t a sign of old age, but an indicator that you're keeping up with the times. In a world where you have instant access to countless artists on Spotify, Pandora/Radio, etc, it’s refreshing to see folks still wanting to play vinyl. If you’ve purchased your first record player or you’ve unearthed the one from your youth, there are many record shops in Brooklyn to fill up your vinyl collection. Some of these record shops double as cafes and concert venues, so you can find a lot more than vinyl at these shops.

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Almost Ready Records

Almost Ready

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Address
135 Huntington St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
Phone
+1 718-852-7746

This indie shop founded by the folks at the punk label, Almost Ready Records, is located on a side street in Carroll Gardens. It has a large selection of LPs and 45s. If you've still have a boom box hanging around your apartment, they also have a nice selection of tapes. Pair a visit to Almost Ready Records with a trip to Black Gold, located right down the block. 

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Earwax Records

Earwax Records

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Address
167 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
Phone
+1 718-486-3771

Earwax is a Williamsburg institution. The indie record shop opened in 1990, way before the hordes of bars, a-list restaurants, and hipster hotels. The shop relocated to North 9th Street in 2013. Peruse their well-curated selection of new and used vinyl. They also sell turntables, receivers, speakers, amps, and other hi-fi gear.

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Academy Records Annex

Academy Records Annex

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Address
85 Oak St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Phone
+1 718-218-8200

With two listening stations to hear your potential purchases, this Greenpoint record store has a welcoming vibe. Check out their enormous selection of vinyl, as well as, CDs, DVDs, Zines, and stereo equipment. Say hi to Tigger, the cat that lives at the shop. If you're trying to unload records, Academy Records Annex buys vinyl. 

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Rough Trade

Rough Trade NYC

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Address
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249-1931, USA
Phone
+1 718-388-4111

This London-based record shop opened an outpost in the heart of Williamsburg. The shop also doubles as a concert venue with a list of indie musicians performing in the space. Stop in and search through their selection of vinyl. If you don't have a record player, they sell those, too. Immerse yourself in hipster culture at this record shop.

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Halcyon Records

Halcyon The Shop

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Address
74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249-1026, USA

Halcyon has had many lives. From a storefront on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens to a space in Dumbo, this Brooklyn record shop has recently opened as a “New Vinyl-Driven Café" in Output, a popular Williamsburg club. In addition to Halcyon’s collection of 5,000 titles (selections leaning mostly toward recent releases in house, techno, bass, and hip-hop), you can also enjoy For Five Roasters coffee and Roberta’s pizza.

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Black Gold

Black Gold in Brooklyn

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Address
461 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
Phone
+1 347-227-8227

Besides having an eclectic collection of vinyl, Black Gold, located in Carroll Gardens, serves up some of the tastiest coffee in Brooklyn, and they also have a small menu of pastries). Pick up a tote bag from Black Gold, and you'll get a lifetime discount at the shop. 

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Record City

Record City

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Address
65 Fenimore St, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
Phone
+1 718-618-7650

Fans of reggae, soul, and jazz will love perusing through the collection of LPS and 45s at Record City in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. If you're shopping on a Sunday during the warmer months after you've picked up some new records, you should allot time to visit Smorgasburg in Prospect Park for some good eats.

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Record Shop

Stack of record albums

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Address
360 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231-1248, USA
Phone
+1 718-855-0360

Head to Red Hook to check out the records at this neighborhood shop that's popular with the locals. You can play records at the listening station before you purchase. After you've got your fill of record shopping, check out this arty neighborhood and views of the Statue of Liberty at Valentino Pier

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Music Matters

Music Matters

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Address
413 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215-5044, USA
Phone
+1 718-369-7087

This Park Slope staple has been around since the 90s. Search through their eclectic section of vinyl (new and used), CDs, and tapes. They also sell T-shirts and other items. They also sell turntables and music supplies. Located in South Slope, it's just a couple of avenues from Prospect Park. Stroll through the park before you go home to spin some tunes. 

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Northern Lights Records

Northern Lights Records

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Address
21 Lawton St, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
Phone
+1 718-443-3200

Once you're done checking out the street art and other cool sights in Bushwick, stop in Northern Lights Records. This fantastic shop specializes in used records and offers a variety of genres of music and records. 

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The 10 Best Brooklyn Record Stores