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Record stores in Bristol: the best record shops to buy and resell vinyl records

Published by SwapRecords on 18/02/2021

The Bristol underground scene started in the 1980s with legendary street parties. Bristol is a creative and colourful city strongly associated with graffiti art. Even more since Banksy born in Bristol began to paint downtown! A city in constant evolution, Bristol also quite a number of record shops. SwapRecords prepared for you a selection of the best record stores in Bristol to buy and resell vinyl records.

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Wanted Records | Bristol

Record store Wanted Records in Bristol

Wanted Records is one of the historical record shops of Bristol. Settled in St Nicholas Market, this famous shop offers buy, sell and trade! LPs, EPs and singles are on sale, mostly jazz, folk, reggae, soul, psychedelic, progressive as well as hip-hop and disco music. You will find tons of rarities there with many references from sub-genres and real specialists as tenants. If you are an avid collector, just run to it!

Buy / resell vinyl records at Wanted Records - Bristol

Wanted Records
1 St Nicholas Market
Bristol BS1 1HQ
+44 117 929 0524
info@wantedrecords.co.uk

Monday to Wednesday 9.30am-5pm; Thursday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm.


Idle Hands | Bristol

Record store Idle Hands Records in Bristol

Idle Hands is the second must-do record store in town. Small and cosy, Idle Hands is a great source of music for vinyl lovers. Breakbeat, jungle, disco, dubstep, electronica, ambient, garage, house, minimal, tech house, minimal, but also reggae and pop-rock references: Idle Hands is definitely a record shop for electronic music. They also have an online website to sell their records and merchandising products. Owns a label as well, and buys vinyl records but only in the physical shop. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at Idle Hands - Bristol

Idle Hands
32a City Road
Bristol BS2 8TP
+44 117 985 7535
sales@idlehandsbristol.com

Wednesday 1pm-5pm; Thursday to Saturday 12pm-6pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm.


Plastic Wax Records | Bristol

Record store Plastic Wax Records in Bristol

The third address of this selection of the best record stores in Bristol to buy and resell vinyl records is Plastic Wax Records. Much wider that the previous shop, Plastic Wax sells second-hand records of all genres, from jazz to rock, since 1978. Biggest record dealer in Bristol, it has a quite impressive stock available in the shop. Plastic Wax is always looking for vinyl records and CDs to buy from their customers, so give it a try!

Buy / resell vinyl records at Plastic Wax Records - Bristol

Plastic Wax Records
222 Cheltenham Road
Bristol BS6 5QU
+44 117 942 7368
dkellard@plasticwaxrecords.com

Monday to Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5.30pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.


Rough Trade | Bristol

Record store Rough Trade in Bristol

Rough Trade actually absorbed the old and well-known record store Rise Records in 2017. The specialised record chain has quite a vast space in Bristol with numerous references in stock. They are pretty generalist and propose pre-orders online. Especially interesting shop to discover the brand new releases and get up to speed. Rough Trade is also famous for its exclusive vinyl records. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at Rough Trade - Bristol

Rough Trade
3 New Bridewell - Nelson Street
Bristol BS1 2BA
+44 117 929 0383

Monday to Saturday 11am-6.30pm; Sunday 11am-5pm.


The Centre For Better Grooves | Bristol

Record store The Centre For Better Grooves Cuts in Bristol

A quiet house for jazz and soul amateurs. The Centre For Better Grooves is located in a calm area of Bristol and focuses on quality used and new records. Some sections of the shop are brilliantly named like "Weird shit" or "Going to the disco?"... And bonus of the place: coffee is free! Gloucester Road is actually not so calm as there is also music playing at Prime Cuts and PK Music Exchange, two other shops presented in this selection. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at The Centre For Better Grooves - Bristol

 The Centre For Better Grooves
33 Gloucester Road
Bristol BS7 8AA
+44 7736 638568
centreforbettergrooves@gmail.com

Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.


Prime Cuts | Bristol

Record store Prime Cuts in Bristol

Prime Cuts then: tiny basement - so mind your head! - located in the same Gloucester Road. A huge stock of about 40,000 records in there, so mind your eyes as well. Very difficult to leave the place. Prime Cuts has been active in Bristol for almost 20 years, providing collectors and DJs some top records. You can also find CDs and DVDs there.

Buy / resell vinyl records at Prime Cuts - Bristol

Prime Cuts
85 Gloucester Road
Bristol BS7 8AS
+44 117 983 0007

Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm.


Friendly Records | Bristol

Record store Friendly Records in Bristol

Very cool logo and website we must say for Friendly Records! New arrivals, pre-orders, used and new records, you can find it all. You want to buy some t-shirts, accessories or gift vouchers? Friendly Records is here for you, plus they buy second-hand records as well. "Not defined by any particular genre" as they state themselves, "just try and stock good music". Be simple and open when you go there, and you will for sure have a good time. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at Friendly Records - Bristol

Friendly Records
59 North Street
Bristol BS3 1ES
+44 117 239 7169
hello@friendlyrecords.co.uk

Tuesday to Friday 12pm-6pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm.


PK Music Exchange | Bristol

Record store PK Music Exchange in Bristol

When you look at the store front you could imagine a repair shop for electronic devices. But not at all, PK Music Exchange is actually an excellent record shop, located in Gloucester Road. Though, part of the first sentence is true: PK sells electronics as well as DJ equipment, amps, speakers, instruments, pedals, turntables, and even CD decks and tape decks. In terms of records, they have large vinyl trays with techno, hip-hop, disco and old school stuff. Great place for sample diggers. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at PK Music Exchange - Bristol

PK Music Exchange
51 Gloucester Road
Bristol BS7 8AD
+44 117 924 1658
paulsellit@hotmail.com

Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5pm.


Specialist Subject Records | Bristol

Record store Specialist Subject Records in Bristol

Specialist Subject Records is first and foremost a reputed record label, selling their releases in their shop and online. Mostly rock, punk, hardcore, metal, grunge, noise rock and post rock, their vinyl records' collection is pretty vast but very specialised. The knowledgeable team of the store will advise you properly and direct you to the records that suit you. The best in town for rock and alternative music lovers. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at Specialist Subject Records - Bristol

Specialist Subject Records
72-73 Old Market Street
Bristol BS2 0EJ
+44 7828 943754
info@specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk

Monday to Sunday 12pm-6pm.


Payback Records | Bristol

Record store Payback Records in Bristol

Located in St Nicholas Market like Wanted Records, Payback Records is the reggae expert of Bristol! Established in 1998, this record store sells all kinds of Jamaican sounds and other genres such as rock, soul, rock, hip-hop or drum'n'bass. Payback also buys old records, essentially reggae. Must-visit shop if you are into reggae, and you will then have the possibility to walk around Wanted Records. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at Payback Records - Bristol

Payback Records
Unit 45 St Nicholas Market
Bristol BS1 1LA
+44 7966 347412
paulpayback8@hotmail.com

Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5pm.


Longwell Records | Bristol

Record store Longwell Records in Bristol

Longwell Records is another record store to buy and sell vinyl records in Bristol. Opened on Temple Street in 2016, Longwell sells 90% of old vinyl records, having in total about 10,000 references. And a small selection of CDs as well! The shop is a fair spot for prices, with records from all musical genres. 

Buy / resell vinyl records at Longwell Records - Bristol

Longwell Records
36 Temple Street
Bristol BS31 1EH
+44 7795 472504
longwellrecords@gmail.com

Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.


Collector Cave UK | Bristol

Record store Collector Cave UK in Bristol

Collector Cave UK is the last record store in Bristol that we mention. Real vinyl library, you feel like being in a library, staring at all the shelves and racks! Collector Cave UK is quite a unique place for crate diggers, buying and selling vinyl records. Electronic, jungle, drum'n'bass, rock and pop, you will find a lot of music. They also offer CDs, tapes, DVDs and comics, gaming, consoles and even Hi-Fi equipment, vintage toys and retro objects. We just love it!

Buy / resell vinyl records at Collector Cave UK - Bristol

Collector Cave UK
15-19 Stokes Croft
Bristol BS1 3PY
+44 7817 450005
collectorcaveuk@gmail.com

Thursday 10am-6pm; Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm.

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