Five of the best: Independent record shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Five of the best: Independent record shops

Featuring Monorail, Avalanche, Elvis Shakespeare, Rubadub and LOVEMusic


12 Kings Court, Glasgow, 0141 552 9458,
Pick through lovingly stocked, carefully edited alterna-indie vinyl in this musical cubby hole (many would say Scotland’s finest record shop) started by Stephen Pastel (of The Pastels, eh). Heavy woollen jumpers and limited edition vinyl of The Boy With The Arab Strap likely; copies of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, not so much.


5 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 0131 659 7708,
A stalwart of the Edinburgh indie record shops for over 20 years, great for acoustic sessions and recommendations for new homegrown talent. Recently moved to the Grassmarket (between Red Dog and Helios Fountain, for anyone still lost) but still the same well-oiled machine.

Elvis Shakespeare

347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 0131 561 1363,
As the name suggests, literature goes hand in hand with music, covering prose, poetry and punk, 1980s dance, country, metal and most things in between. Prices span from mere pounds to £200 a pop for rare collector’s items. Look out for instores with local bands too.

Rubadub Records

35 Howard Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 9657,
Focusing on underground, electronic music and DJ/studio equipment (much like Edinburgh’s Underground Solu’shn), Rubadub is a pleasant escape from your hipster hub du jour. Techno, hip-hop, drum and bass, booty, nu jazz, house, funk and crunk are all on offer, as well as some excellent Korg expertise from staff.


34 Dundas Street, Glasgow, 0141 332 2099,
The rebranded/face-lifted version of Avalanche Glasgow, still filled with new and pre-owned records and music DVDs. Well-stocked, with new items arriving six days a week, and responsible for semi-regular instores from local and touring acts.

International Record Store Day takes place on Wed 16 Apr.

A Rubadub Records
35 Howard Street, Glasgow, G1 4BA
Specialist record shops can often be intimidating places, so it's refreshing - in fact, it's absolutely brilliant - to wander into Rubadub and be catered to by some of the friendliest staff around. That's not to say that they don't know their stuff…
B Mono
12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB
Long-established music bar with live bands, a record shop and vegan-friendly dining, plus fizzy pop brewed in-house.
C Elvis Shakespeare
347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SD
As the name bringing together two of the world's great icons suggests, this much loved Leith Walk institution treats music and literature as equals. Something for everyone, from country music to literary criticism, and Irish poetry to metal. Prices…

Broken Records

Sweeping indie anthems from the Edinburgh six-piece.

Record Store Day at Underground Solu'shn

A day to celebrate all things vinyl and the continuing survival of independent record shops. The shop opens early offering a first-come-first-served on exclusive vinyl releases only available for Record Store Day.


Beautiful abstract electronica.

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