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12 Best Record Stores in Sydney For Vinyl Lovers

The last decade has seen a significant and surprising rise in popularity for vinyl. Although vinyl never really went out of style many artists are choosing to also release their albums on vinyl more and more. Some even re-releasing their older albums too. Luckily Sydney is known for its music scene because of this there’s no shortage of places to get your hands on some quality new and second-hand vinyl. And with Sydney being Sydney you’ll be able to get your hands on pretty much any genre of music you’d like, but that just makes it harder to decide which store to visit. So to help guide you on your vinyl hunting journey, we’ve found the 12 best record stores in Sydney for vinyl lovers.

red eye records interior

1. Red Eye Records

Since 1981, Red Eye Records has been both the largest and longest-lasting independent record store in Australia. They offer a huge range of classics, the latest releases and even some second-hand gems. There’s also music memorabilia, books, magazines, posters and even DVDs available too. Trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed when visiting this famous shop.

Address: 143 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9267 7440
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Wed 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thu 9:00 am – 7:30 pm, Fri – Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 5:00  pm

Red Eye Records

egg records interior

2. Egg Records

In the Heart of Newtown, you’ll find Egg Records. It is one of Sydney’s original record stores, its vinyl inventory is as good as other stores but what sets this Newtown gem apart is its enormous collection of secondhand and vintage vinyl. Featuring everything from the ‘60s and ‘70s rock all the way through to bizarre blues relics, jazzy obscurities and beyond even that. To say that you’re spoiled for choice is an understatement here. Plus there’s even CDs, cult movies and cool memorabilia available too.

Address: 3 Wilson St, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: (02) 9550 6056
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Egg Records

utopia records showcase

3. Utopia Records

Utopia Records has held the title of “Home of Metal since 1978” and for good reason. Its shelves feature everything from old school thrash and New wave of British heavy metal through to all the latest death metal, alternative rock and everything else in between. Here you’ll find a pretty insane collection of new and used vinyl along with some vinyl accessories. they even have a well-stocked collection of CDs, DVDs and even Blu-Rays.

Address: 511 Kent St, (Lower Ground Floor), Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9571 6662
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Sat 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Utopia Records

the record store interior

4. The Record Store

The Record Store is a world-renowned destination for vinyl crate-digging. It’s got everything a record shop should have and more, as its shelves have everything from the freshest club 12”s and new local releases all the way through to dusty jazz, Afrobeat, rare groove and even more. Lessons to learn how to mix vinyl into their DJ sets,  and masterclasses in music software production.

Address:  34/277 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9380 8223
Service options: In-store pick-up, Delivery and No in-store shopping
Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun closed

The Record Store

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5. Repressed Records

Repressed Records is a Newtown institution, with a DIY attitude and a particular focus on alternative and punk music. Along with punk and alternative vinyl’s, they also stock a vast selection of must-haves, up-and-coming records and even imports. Repressed Records also have a desire to promote independent Australian labels is what makes them so popular. With DIY bands, labels and CDs, DVDs, trinkets, specialty music books and zines from all around the country filling their shelves.

Address: 413 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: (02) 9557 6237
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Repressed Records

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6. Cottonmouth Records

To the unsuspecting person Cottonmouth Records, look like your typical record store but it’s so much more. They stock a heap of fresh new releases and some oldies too, but while you’re looking through shelves and flipping through crates why not try some of Cottonmouth Recordslocal craft brews and range of delicious whiskeys. Yes, you read that correctly craft brews and whiskey. It’s really a no-brainer, so come by and find some awesome records and why not sample a beer or two while you’re at it.

Address: 182 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042
Phone: (02) 9557 1644
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Tue closed, Wed – Sun 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

Cottonmouth Records

people choosing vintage vinyl at resist records

7. Resist Records

Resist Records is not only a retail store, it’s also a record label, a touring and management company and even a booking agency. For the last 25 years, they’ve been at the pinnacle of Australia’s heavy music scene releasing records from the likes of Against Me!, Polaris and even Parkway Drive in. But what makes Resist Records so popular is its inventory. There’s so much heat hiding away on their shelves, with everything thing from alternative, to punk, metal and hardcore. But that’s not all they even have a large volume of zines and other merch on offer.

Address: 38 Chapel St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: (02) 9557 8771
Service options: In-store shopping
Hours: Mon – Wed 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Thu 10:30 am – 6:00 pm, Fri 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sat 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sun 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Resist Records

young woman with record player at something else records

8. Something Else Records

Something Else Records is a dedicated haven for all things dance and electronic. The store boasts a huge range of all the latest drum ’n bass, techno, minimal, dub and ambient releases from here and all around the world. They even have a pretty good second-hand collection. Something Else also sells an array of equipment like turntables, mixers, record bags and more.

Address: 488 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Service options: In-store shopping, In-store pick-up and Delivery
Hours: Mon – Tue closed, Wed 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Thu – Fri 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Something Else Records

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9. Sandy’s Music Centre

Sandy’s Music Centre has been run by Nigel and Jenny Fry for 42 years and counting. They still boast the original signage, Sandy’s front half is dedicated to CDs and the back half to vinyl. Sandy’s literally stock everything covering all genres from Hockey Dad to Miles Davis with some metal and heavy metal all the way to Childish Gambino. Whether you’re looking for Records or CDs they’ll most likely have it.

Address: 870 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099
Phone: (02) 9982 7353
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Sat 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sun closed

Sandy’s Music Centre

young woman choosing vintage vinyl record at papa disquo records

10. Papa Disquo Records

Papa Disquo Records keeps the memory and passion of Ken Perkins alive. After Ken died his family put his collection of 80,000 records up for sale. That’s when local Dj Gunjo Discopantz, put a bid and scored the lot. Giving birth to the shop in Newton, stocking the store’s shelves with the endless array of rare blues, surf, dub, soul and funk records that comprised Perkins’ legendary collection, plus a wide array of new releases.

Address: 109 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Papa Disquo Records

the vintage record interior

11. The Vintage Record

The Vintage Record is an iconic record shop, that’s been supplying music loves with quality vinyl since 1994. Stocking quality vinyl from the last 60 years as well as new releases and re-issues from here and overseas. You’ll find quality vinyl from almost every genre of music here, with everything from Blues to Soul, Funk and tons of classic rock and more.

Address: 31a Parramatta Rd, Annandale NSW 2038
Phone: (02) 9550 4667
Service options: In-store shopping and In-store pick-up
Hours: Mon – Wed closed, Thu – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Vintage Record

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12. Title Music Film Books

Title Music Film Books is your one-stop shop for anything pop culture. With a wide-ranging collection of music on vinyl and CD from old classics to new releases and reissues all from a range of different genres, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. But that’s not all they even have an assortment of DVDs, quality boxsets and unique books.

Address: 501 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9699 7333
Service options: In-store shopping
Hours: Mon – Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Title Music Film Books

General FAQs

What's the best record store in Newtown?

Newtown is home to some amazing record stores, but the best record store would have to be Egg Records because of its enormous collection of secondhand and vintage vinyl.

What's the best store in Sydney to buy vinyl records?

Any of the shops on our list offer some amazing vinyl, but the best store in Sydney to buy vinyl records would have to be the Record Store because it's a world-renowned destination for vinyl crate-digging.

Where is the best record shop in Sydney?

The best record shop in Sydney is Red Eye Records, as it's the largest and longest-lasting independent record store in Australia.

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Gabriel Jorge Gouveia

Gabriel Jorge Gouveia is a Sydney-based journalist who specialises in fashion, lifestyle and food reporting. He completed Bachelor of Communication Journalism Major at Western Sydney University and has had work published in the Fashion Industry Broadcast, Aussie Gossip and Beauty News Australia.