For many music lovers there is no substitute for the warm and soulful sound that only comes from vinyl records. In addition to their distinct sound quality, the large physical presence of vinyl records are the perfect form to admire the album cover art. Thankfully for vinyl fans, the recent vinyl revival has seen numerous record stores open throughout Dublin.
In this post we share the best record stores in Dublin.
Map of Record Stores
The following map shows the location of every record store highlighted in this post:
Hunting down the perfect record to take home is not the only challenge you face when browsing at Freebird Records. Simply finding the record store can be tricky as it is hidden away down a winding corridor off Wicklow Street in the Grafton Street shopping area in the centre of Dublin.
However, once you’ve located the store (look out for the helpful sign at the entrance and you can’t go wrong), be prepared to browse in vinyl heaven. No other record store in the city has the authentic, old school record store vibe that is present in Freebird Records. This store is the perfect place to while away an hour trawling the extensive record selection on offer, which includes new and second-hand vinyl.
Location: 15A, Wicklow Street, Dublin
All City Records
Those in search of more obscure vinyl records should look no further than All City Records. Situated in the Temple Bar neighbourhood of Dublin’s city centre, the record store specialises in hip-hop, house, and underground music. The record store is also the base of a record label of the same name.
The friendly and knowledgable staff and DJs and musicians that frequent the store make for a colourful and creative atmosphere. There are also regular gigs and events held at the store.
Location: 4 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Located in the magical shopping mall of George’s Street Arcade, Spindizzy Records has the perfect mix of well-known classics and obscure rarities at a price that won’t break the bank.
Location: 32 Market Arcade, South Great George’s Street, Dublin
Tower Records is one of the biggest record stores in the country. Situated in a huge two-storey store on Dublin’s central Dawson Street, the entire upper floor of the store is dedicated to vinyl. Although the selection is excellent, there are no second-hand records on offer.
In addition to the records, there is also a wide selection of merchandise and hi-fi systems on sale.
Location: 7 Dawson Street, Dublin
The R.A.G.E. store in Dublin’s Temple Bar neighbourhood is home to an eclectic mix of retro games, consoles, and vinyl records. The name stands for The Records, Art and Games Emporium. For those looking to take a trip down memory lane there is no better place to go than The R.A.G.E.
Location: 8 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Proving that vinyl records can be found outside of the city centre is Vinyl Dublin, located in the seaside suburb of Dun Laoghaire. This charming record store is a must-visit on any trip to Dun Laoghaire.
More information on the store can be found here.
Location: 61 George’s Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
The final name on our list is Absys Records in North Dublin. Although primarily known for the Absys Records label, the team also run a record store focusing on drum & bass and electronic music.
The video below gives an insight into the record store and the music on offer:
Location: Unit 22, Charthouse Business Center, 157 Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin