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Waterloo Records

Waterloo Records

Record Shop
Old West Austin, Austin
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  • The experts at CNN and GQ Magazine recommend this place
    • CNN
    • GQ Magazine
  • Austin American-Statesman
    "Austin City Limits Music Festival."(2 Tips)
    Austin Chronicle
    "Widely considered one of the finest indie record stores in the world"(8 Tips)
    Do512
    "complimentary beer for customers"(2 Tips)
    Alex B.
    "Obviously they have a great selection of new and used music..."(20 Tips)
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  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 29
    Get a frequent buyer card if you are building your collection and save some $.
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraFebruary 16
    Waiting for Delbert McClinton to play. One of Chads fave artist. Free Beer!!!
  • John W.
    John WareApril 12, 2016
    Take your time...there's a lot to see, including the used vinyl section
  • Dell
    DellMarch 9, 2016
    What BookPeople is to print, Waterloo is to vinyl. The staff helps you navigate their impressive selection without the snarky “High Fidelity” attitude.
  • Megan S.
    Megan ShererJanuary 8, 2016
    They have a really wide selection of artists, and it's a great place to pick up the free passes for SXSW
  • Tom M.
    Tom MartensDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Vinyl! Lots of Great Vinyl!
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonDecember 16, 2015
    The best record store on the planet. Well, at least this planet anyway.
  • David
    DavidNovember 18, 2015
    Awesome cult movie section.
  • Trevor
    TrevorNovember 9, 2015
    Old-school music and video shop with a huge and largely uncurated selection offering little or no advantage over Amazon.
  • Priscilla C.
    Priscilla C.September 15, 2015
    Better than Rough Trade.
  • Lourdes R.
    Lourdes RodriguezJune 26, 2015
    They have an amazing 😀 selection of records
  • Steve S.
    Steve SmithJune 15, 2015
    Has everything
  • Zain M.
    Zain MohammedJune 14, 2015
    Love it or hate it, paying a visit to this music mecca is always essential when in town.
  • CNN
    CNNApril 23, 2015
    No trip to Austin is complete with out a visit to Waterloo Records, a landmark since 1982. The store has hosted appearances by everyone from Willie Nelson to Spoon. Read more
  • While We're Young
    While We're YoungApril 7, 2015
    Catch some tunes on vinyl like Adam and Darby at Waterloo.
  • Missy M.
    Missy ModerMarch 22, 2015
    Impressive music selections and everything "beyond" & I'm not talking about the cashier who knows every record forwards & backwards.
  • Si Q.
    Si QuickMarch 7, 2015
    Possibly the best record shop in the world
  • Jackie R.
    This place is amazing. Find uncommon vinyls at fair prices.
  • Tully
    TullyDecember 14, 2014
    Great records and cute gifts
  • Josh G.
    Josh GammonOctober 15, 2014
    Very cool if you're into vinyl records! It looks like they have a good lineup of bands come in as well.
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 16, 2014
    Get some tunes on Earth Day, and 5% of your total check goes to support eco-friendly causes.
  • Poebe M.
    Poebe MossMarch 8, 2014
    A great place to take a pedal cab from 4th and Lamar to buy the new Beyoncé album before they close for the night.
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KoprivaFebruary 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Parking is terrible when it's busy but still the best record store in Austin. Staff is always super helpful and they know their stuff!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    This place is truly vintage. If you have a record player and are looking for records, Waterloo has a great selection of not only older artists, but modern music. It is heaven for hipsters.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 3, 2013
    Great selection of new and old vinyl. Prices Range depending on what you're looking for. Has received the "Best Record Store" award from the Austin Chronicle since its opening.
  • Megan P.
    Megan PlunkettSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Have so many live performances! Amazing people work there, Russel is a doll!
  • Hunter H.
    Hunter HolmJune 7, 2013
    Outstanding record store! Had all of the music I was in dire need of and also gave me a discount for checking in on Foursquare!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoMarch 3, 2013
    There is also a fabulous used movie section here where you can get DVDs for under $5, the same as renting elsewhere. The place just has a great feel to it that makes you want to stay all day long...
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 8, 2013
    Widely considered one of the finest indie record stores in the world, Waterloo boasts an impressive selection of music, knowledgeable staff, fun in-store performances, and much more. Read more
  • Kurt W.
    Kurt WeisenbergerDecember 4, 2012
    A 10% discount for "newbies"/ first checkin on regularly priced merch. Sweet deal! Also a great store to find items to suit any musical taste and an excellent selection of TX music.
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineAugust 22, 2012
    Whether you're looking for a Top 40 jam or an EP from some ragamuffins on the outer ring of Pitchfork's radar, they've got you covered.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 25, 2012
    One of the best record shops that I've been to; be sure to check out the local and new releases near the left entrance and also hit up the listening stations to listen to some new tunes.
  • Anastasia X.
    Anastasia XJune 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I use to work here. This place knows its stuff.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HuestonJune 13, 2012
    shop the back wall of the store for the employee picks. They pick some of the best local and regional titles.
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconApril 18, 2012
    Best record Shop!
  • Cindy L.
    Cindy LoMarch 19, 2012
    support local businesses! they have quite a selection!
  • Kill Rock Stars
    Kill Rock StarsMarch 9, 2012
    While you're here, why not pick up Milagres "Glowing Mouth"?
  • CMJ
    CMJMarch 7, 2012
    Catch Waterloo's free parking lot shows, then go inside and buy a record or two. You know, keep the music business alive.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 27, 2012
    The music store hosts frequent in-store performances of big name and up-and-coming musicians. Waterloo Records is a must destination during South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Music Festival.
  • Do512
    Do512February 17, 2012
    Some of the best intimate shows have taken place here... and the complimentary beer for customers is just an added plus :) Delta Spirit playing here during SXSW - More info on do512.com
  • TOMS
    TOMSJanuary 30, 2012
    An Austin institution for independent music, walk over on a Tuesday to pick up some new vinyls and possibly catch a live in-store performance.
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    So you just enjoyed your *new favorite* Austin musician and want to take the memory home with you? This is the spot. Austin City Limits DVDs & local artists albums available too.
  • Felipe L.
    Felipe LobonNovember 1, 2011
    stop by and catch a free show, great prices on used vynil too, check out the .99 cent bin when they have t out
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy ReyesOctober 30, 2011
    Support Local Music. :-)
  • Erin B.
    Erin BachOctober 2, 2011
    Best Record Store! Support local businesses!
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PresleySeptember 27, 2011
    Classic Record / CD Store. Great in-store performances can be seen here.
  • Chris
    ChrisSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Good music and movies here..they still sell records here as well..one of my favorite spots in Austin...good spot when SXSW is going on..free entertainment..
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 28, 2011
    Browse vinyl, pick up tickets to a local festival, and even come out with some new Kid Robot toys. We like the weekly listening parties with free pizza from Austin’s Pizza. Read more
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BJuly 18, 2011
    Always find fun and quirky gifts here.
  • Ghostly International
    The used record side of the store is at least as big as the new part, if not bigger, and you can top this off with a great selection of shirts making this our top pick for Austin.
  • Universal Music Group
    Did you know that you can bring in a gift card from anywhere that sells music (Best Buy, Target) and exchange it for Waterloo merchandise & music? - Bridget, LA Marketing Rep
  • Alex B.
    Alex BarfieldMay 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Obviously they have a great selection of new and used music... But also check out the awesome movie selection. They have more Criterions for sale than anywhere in Austin.
  • Derek W.
    Derek WelleMay 14, 2011
    Just got Decade of Aggression by Slayer for $8.99! War Ensemble!!!!
  • Chris O.
    Chris OberstMarch 27, 2011
    This place is very dangerous to your bank account. You WILL spend a bunch of money here if you like music.
  • Russell M.
    Russell McDowellMarch 19, 2011
    For the guy who brought his baby to see J Mascis at Waterloo - earplugs! Also, while she might like him in another 14 years or so, right now your baby doesn't give a shut about J Macsis.
  • Russell M.
    Russell McDowellMarch 19, 2011
    Tip for the guy who brought his baby to see J Mascis at Waterloo - earplugs.
  • Russell M.
    Russell McDowellMarch 19, 2011
    Tip for the lady who brought her own tambourine - nobody else wants to hear it. Thanks.
  • Miguel J.
    Miguel JuarezMarch 17, 2011
    For the live performances on Sxsw don't be misguided if they're not performing outside, they perform inside too!
  • Green Label Sound
    Green Label SoundMarch 9, 2011
    The records in this store make your earlobes bleed ecstasy and sprinkle your brain with flashes of brilliance.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SpringerFebruary 15, 2011
    ANYTIME you get over $100 of stuff and pay cash they give you 10% off! Radical. oh, and found a Fu Manchu record there used for $6--GAWD!
  • Gina S.
    Gina SigillitoJanuary 11, 2011
    My favorite record store in the country :)
  • Gina S.
    Gina SigillitoJanuary 11, 2011
    One of my favorite stops in Austin--great selection of music and very helpful staff.
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesSeptember 16, 2010
    Waterloo, a music institution, takes its name from the city’s original name. Worth a trip, if only to remember what it feels like to walk into a legit record store. – Jason, our Homesick Austinite
  • Robert M.
    Robert MorenoJuly 25, 2010
    highly recommend trading in your cds here, if you're thinking about it. they pay well.
  • Anna H.
    Anna HanksJune 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you come to an in-store event, don't forget to tip the bartender!
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaMay 17, 2010
    Top notch staff here. These guys know their stuff so don't hesitate to ask any questions. Hands down this is Austins best record shop.
  • Theresa N.
    Theresa NoyesMarch 15, 2010
    They have a great eye and satisfying LP assorment. Read more
  • R Brent L.
    R Brent LylesMarch 9, 2010
    Waterloo Records is the only store in town that sells cd's by that late-but-much-beloved band, The Lowelies. Read more
  • fr3dly
    fr3dlyJanuary 23, 2010
    Buy the new SPOON album. It's dope.
  • Nate G.
    Nate GriffinOctober 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    on Tuesday for a discount on vinyl.
  • luis m.
    luis meixueiroSeptember 7, 2015
    Mi lugar favorito del mundo
  • Tetsuya M.
    Tetsuya MitsuishiMarch 13, 2012
    Waterloo Records前でもライブが行われます。Howler、Jimmy Cliff、The Cult等々・・・全部FREE!!
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