The best record stores in Denver

Wax Trax record store in Capitol Hill. Photo by Geoff Van Dyke


We’ve scoured LP bin after LP bin to bring you our six favorite places for vinyl records in Mile High City.

It has never been easier to get started in the highly addicting and extremely satisfying hobby of recording vinyl. Gone are the days of elaborate audio setups with a seemingly endless array of wires crisscrossing behind your living room entertainment console; you can now buy a turntable with a built-in preamp and powered bookshelf speakers and be good to go. (Of course, you can still go audiophile if you want to, it’ll just be more expensive and a bit more complicated to set up.)

Once you’ve got your gear composed, Denver has a myriad of options for buying new and used vinyl – and selling records, if, for example, you’re fed up with that 1980s Christopher Cross LP. We did the heavy lifting in researching the local analog music landscape and picked six record stores that we love within the Denver city limits. Good listening !

Angelo’s CDs & More (Broadway location)

Angelo’s location on South Broadway smacks of college, a mix of cannabis and incense. Of course, those two things pair well with the tunes, and Angelo’s, located between Brutal Poodle bar and a Purple Haze dispensary, has plenty of vinyl releases on the first floor. The main event, however, is downstairs, where you can browse a plentiful selection of new and used vinyl records. With a wide variety of genres — jazz, country, hip-hop, rock, R&B — you’re virtually guaranteed to come away with something catchy. But if you can’t find the holy grail vinyl you’re looking for, we’ve found the one from Nirvana no matter a week before the 30th anniversary of this founding masterpiece from 1991 – try again in a week, as Angelo’s is constantly updating its inventory.

Bowman Vinyl and Lounge

We drank at Bowman’s several times before realizing that we could buy records there. Nothing beats searching for obscure punk records while sipping a cold longneck or a well-crafted cocktail. This is a place where you’ll want to go buzz, ask the bartender what’s on the stereo, and then do some shopping. Don’t miss out on the $ 1 used deals if you’re looking for something new on the cheap, because what better way than coming back from a night out with a new vinyl to spin?

Information café on the mutiny

Mutiny is more of a bookstore and cafe, less of a real record store. But it makes up for that by offering browsers an eclectic mix of books, graphic novels, zines, and a small collection of new and used vinyl records. Come here with time to explore – you might not find exactly what you’re looking for, but between cappuccinos, pulp novels, and Glen Campbell’s record treasure, you’re sure to find something that will get you typing. from the foot to the rhythm.

Remember recordings

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Recollect Records, which is a few blocks from the Denver Art and Clyfford Still Museums, has the minimalist feel of an art gallery. Here, however, the art is of the audible kind, and the joy is in finding something that will surprise and delight you. Rather than being curated by individual artists, Recollect’s vinyl is sorted by genre and alphabetized, so the feeling one gets when rummaging through crates is akin to a scavenger hunt. On a recent trip, after walking around for almost half an hour, we came across a lightly used copy of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 masterpiece. Songs in the Key of Life.

Twist and Shout Records
Twist & Shout Records in the convention grounds. Photo by Geoff Van Dyke

Turn and shout

The undisputed heavyweight champion of vinyl sellers in Mile High City, Twist & Shout is also a huge repository of CDs, T-shirts and hats, books, toys and other music-related ephemera. Located next to the Tattered Cover bookstore on East Colfax Avenue, the 33-year-old hypermarket requires plenty of time for your visit. Why? Because you’ll undoubtedly fall into a huge number of rabbit holes as you browse its vast collection of new and used records, from obscure jazz and dance records to the latest Billie Eilish’s in hard-to-find box sets. Recent trips have brought us used copies of Handel Water music and Music for the royal fireworks (combined $ 12) and a limited and sealed edition of the Pixie’s Deceives the world on green vinyl. Bonus: Twist & Shout has all kinds of record-related necessities, including plastic sleeves, vinyl cleaner, storage boxes, and hardware like preamps and turntables.

Trax wax

If Twist & Shout is convention park, Wax Trax is all Capitol Hill. This funky Denver record store has been around since 1975 and to this day has maintained its unadorned vibe in the best possible way. Step into Wax Trax and you won’t be surprised to learn that the store specialized in English New Wave and punk vinyls in the ’70s. While its inventory isn’t as large as Twist & Shout’s, the scope of its offerings extends far beyond the Clash and the Sex Pistols. With new vinyl records, vinyl accessories, and out of color merchandise (Check Out Our Record Racks T-shirts; Use Your Imagination), Wax Track has a bit of everything for just about everyone.

Geoff van dyke

Geoff van dyke

Geoff Van Dyke is the Editorial Director of 5280 Publishing. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffVanDyke

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