Waterloo Records

Waterloo Records

Record Shop · Old West Austin
600 N Lamar Blvd (at W 6th St), Austin, TX 78703, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

We're an independent record store established in 1982.


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    Gina S.
    " Austin--great selection of music"(2 Tips)
    Austin American-Statesman
    "Austin City Limits Music Festival."(2 Tips)
    Cindy L.
    "support local businesses!"(2 Tips)
    Austin Chronicle
    "Widely considered one of the finest indie record stores in the world"(7 Tips)
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  • David

    Awesome cult movie section.

    David · 1 week ago
  • Trevor

    Old-school music and video shop with a huge and largely uncurated selection offering little or no advantage over Amazon.

    Trevor · 2 weeks ago
  • Priscilla C.

    Better than Rough Trade.

    Priscilla C. · September 15
  • Lourdes R.

    They have an amazing 😀 selection of records

  • Steve K.

    Has everything

    Steve K · June 15
  • Zain M.

    Love it or hate it, paying a visit to this music mecca is always essential when in town.

    Zain Mohammed · June 14
  • CNN

    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

    CNN · April 23
  • While We're Young

    Catch some tunes on vinyl like Adam and Darby at Waterloo.

  • Missy M.

    Impressive music selections and everything "beyond" & I'm not talking about the cashier who knows every record forwards & backwards.

    Missy Moder · March 22
  • Si Q.

    Possibly the best record shop in the world

    Si Quick · March 7
  • Jackie R.

    This place is amazing. Find uncommon vinyls at fair prices.

  • Tully

    Great records and cute gifts

    Tully · December 14, 2014
  • Josh G.

    Very cool if you're into vinyl records! It looks like they have a good lineup of bands come in as well.

    Josh Gammon · October 15, 2014
  • Joycott

    Get some tunes on Earth Day, and 5% of your total check goes to support eco-friendly causes.

    Joycott · April 16, 2014
  • James S.

    A great place to take a pedal cab from 4th and Lamar to buy the new Beyoncé album before they close for the night.

    James Saint-Clark · March 8, 2014
  • Matthew K.

    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!

    Matthew Kopriva · February 14, 2014
  • Social News Network

    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 · December 5, 2013
  • Social News Network

    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.

    Social News Network · December 3, 2013
  • Megan P.

    Have so many live performances! Amazing people work there, Russel is a doll!

    Megan Plunkett · September 10, 2013
  • Hunter H.

    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!

    Hunter Holm · June 7, 2013
  • Jessica F.

    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...

    Jessica Fradono · March 3, 2013
  • Austin Chronicle

    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

    Austin Chronicle · February 8, 2013
  • Kurt W.

    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.

    Kurt Weisenberger · December 4, 2012
  • GQ Magazine

    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.

    GQ Magazine · August 22, 2012
  • Social N.

    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.

    Social News Network · June 25, 2012
  • Anastasia X.

    I use to work here. This place knows its stuff.

    Anastasia X · June 14, 2012
  • Scott H.

    shop the back wall of the store for the employee picks. They pick some of the best local and regional titles.

    Scott Hueston · June 13, 2012
  •  Deon P.

    Best record Shop!

     Deon Parcon · April 18, 2012
  • Cindy L.

    support local businesses! they have quite a selection!

    Cindy Lo · March 19, 2012
  • Kill Rock Stars

    While you're here, why not pick up Milagres "Glowing Mouth"?

    Kill Rock Stars · March 9, 2012
  • CMJ

    Catch Waterloo's free parking lot shows, then go inside and buy a record or two. You know, keep the music business alive.

    CMJ · March 7, 2012
  • Austin American-Statesman

    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.

    Austin American-Statesman · February 27, 2012
  • Do512

    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

    Do512 · February 17, 2012
  • TOMS

    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.

    TOMS · January 30, 2012
  • The Austin Grand Prix

    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.

    The Austin Grand Prix · December 30, 2011
  • Felipe L.

    stop by and catch a free show, great prices on used vynil too, check out the .99 cent bin when they have t out

    Felipe Lobon · November 1, 2011
  • Jeremy R.

    Support Local Music. :-)

    Jeremy Reyes · October 30, 2011
  • Erin B.

    Best Record Store! Support local businesses!

    Erin Bach · October 2, 2011
  • Matthew P.

    Classic Record / CD Store. Great in-store performances can be seen here.

    Matthew Presley · September 27, 2011
  • Chris

    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..

    Chris · September 11, 2011
  • Scion Advisor

    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

    Scion Advisor · July 28, 2011
  • Michelle B.

    Always find fun and quirky gifts here.

    Michelle B · July 18, 2011
  • 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.

    Ghostly International · June 26, 2011
  • 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

    Universal Music Group · May 26, 2011
  • Alex B.

    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.

    Alex Barfield · May 26, 2011
  • Derek W.

    Just got Decade of Aggression by Slayer for $8.99! War Ensemble!!!!

    Derek Welle · May 14, 2011
  • Chris O.

    This place is very dangerous to your bank account. You WILL spend a bunch of money here if you like music.

    Chris Oberst · March 27, 2011
  • Russell M.

    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 McDowell · March 19, 2011
  • Russell M.

    Tip for the guy who brought his baby to see J Mascis at Waterloo - earplugs.

    Russell McDowell · March 19, 2011
  • Russell M.

    Tip for the lady who brought her own tambourine - nobody else wants to hear it. Thanks.

    Russell McDowell · March 19, 2011

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