Glasgow has always been a music mad place, with a shop on every other street selling audio wares of some sort or another. Genre-wise, the city is a jack of all trades, represented in the many thousands of vinyl either on packed shelves or being blasted through bar and venue speakers across the city. For this reason it’s easy to not know where to even begin crate digging, so we’ve compiled a handy list of seven record shops that every Glaswegian vinyl aficionado should be checking out regularly.
1. Missing Records
Situated directly beneath Central Station on Argyle Street, Missing Records (as the name suggests) is surprisingly easy to walk past unnoticed. Its vinyl are classically positioned in the basement, with the staircase leading down to the collection sprawled to the ceiling with graffiti of Björk, David Bowie and other famous faces. Although it's arguably catering more to traditional rock and pop musical tastes, there is also a fine dance-oriented corner. Plus, almost all of the records at Missing go for very competitive prices around the £2-3 mark – it's the very definition of a bargain basement.
247 Argyle Street, G2 8DL | MAP
Rubadub, put simply, is a local institution. Starting out over 25 years ago in Paisley, the formula for selling records and production gear was soon perfected, resulting in a move to Glasgow’s Howard Street where they’ve remained ever since. Countless local talents have received their musical education as part of the Rubadub family, including Denis Sulta, Ribeka, Ira and Boosterhooch. The respect and adulation the shop has built up over the years precedes its no-nonsense quality, with everything you need to know about electronic music either on the shelves or a conversation away with the friendly staff.
35 Howard Street, Glasgow G1 4BA | MAP
3. Mixed Up Records
Tucked away down Otago Lane among quirky neighbours – including the zen Tchai-Ovna House of Tea and the Voltaire and Rousseau bookshop, with texts piled high to the ceiling – Mixed Up rather ironically keeps things simple. Whether you’re looking to be first in line for new releases or on the hunt for obscurities from any genre under the sun, this place has got you covered without needing to break the bank. The crates on the floor in the back room are worth getting down and dusty for, with some absolute steals waiting to be found.
18 Otago Lane, G12 8PB | MAP
4. Monorail Music
To get to Monorail you have to walk through top vegan eatery Mono near Trongate, a bar whose easygoing vibe seeps into its adjoining record shop. You’re in good hands there; their staff includes Eilidh Rogers of Sacred Paws (Pitchfork are big fans) and the shop maintains an “extremely close relationship with Optimo […] Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai” and countless other musical icons. And this celebrated community environment ensures that Monorail is worth every penny by offering one of the most varied selections of records in Glasgow.
97 King Street, 12 Kings Court, G1 5RB | MAP
Well worth a visit south of the River Clyde is the intimately charming Otherside on Pollokshaws Road. More than just a record store, Otherside also operates as a selective curiosity shop with many an intriguing trinket welcoming you upon entering. Whilst not the most extensive of collections, there’s undoubted quality in the musical wares on offer. Many descriptive stickers on the records reflect the recommendations of employee Fergus Clark, from the very well respected local collective and label 12th Isle.
724 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AD | MAP
6. Oxfam Music, Byres Road
What’s better than doing your bit for charity alongside getting your crate digging fix? Oxfam Music on Byres Road enables you to do just that, with a commendable selection of records on offer in surprisingly good nick. This well loved and cared for shop receives frequent donations of obscure rarities and dumps of dance classics, plus there is a constant stream of instruments and other music paraphernalia that come through, if you’re on the hunt for a bargain bit of gear.
171 Byres Road, G12 8TS | MAP
7. Palais de Danse
Palais de Danse is a treasure trove of an attic space nestled atop a winding staircase. It has a constant turnover of fresh dumps of dance music gems, and hosts frequent live streams that showcase the best labels, parties, DJs and producers that Glasgow has to offer.
118 Sauchiehall Street, Attic Floor, G2 3DH | MAP
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