With the resurgence of vinyl going global, the City of Music finds itself punching far above its weight with a thriving record store culture
As the rich tones of analog audio stage an unexpected comeback, so do record stores, with both established and new shops beckoning to the discerning explorer. Catering to crate diggers and metal heads, jazz cats and opera hunters, vinyl in Vienna is alive and well. Whether you’ve just hopped on the bandwagon or never got rid of your turntable, here’s a High Fidelity– style top six.
Of all the city’s record shops, Teuchtler (see photo) is the most iconic. Immortalized in film by a visit from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise, the store remains packed floor to ceiling with creaky shelves of meticulously organized opera, classical, and jazz wares. In business since 1948, this is the authoritative place to go hunt down that von Karajan or Bernstein recording you’ve been looking for. Often buzzing with customer and staff chatter, it’s just south of the bustling Mariahilfer Straße.
Head north over the main shopping street into the 7th district, and you’ll find yourself in some classic rock and pop territory, and even discover the rarest of 21st century sights: a newly opened record store! This early in its life, Seven Star Records remains relatively basic, but what more do you need beyond a couple of rooms filled with cartons of vinyl? From there, it’s a brief stroll to more established institutions like the wonderful pint-sized Black Monk, the cozy, chilled-out recesses of Sing Sing, and the extensive Moses Records; among them you’re almost certain to find that out-of-print folk, kraut, or prog-rock gem you thought was lost forever.
When it comes to new music on LPs, however, it’s difficult to beat the world class Substance on Westbahnstraße. They stock the very best in brand new indie, electronic and experimental music from across the globe. The shop’s closely linked with world-renowned Austrian labels like Editions Mego and Trost – offering their brand new, sought after releases at a lower price than anywhere else on the planet.
Wax doesn’t wane: here are some of Vienna’s finest purveyors of vinyl both vintage and new.
RAVE UP RECORDS
A decades old local institution and the go-to spot for Vienna’s keenest contemporary record shoppers.
6., Hofmühlgasse 1
Despite its size, this tiny record shop is bursting with everything you can imagine. Good for difficult-to-find prog rock from the 60s-80s.
7., Neubaugasse 51
SING SING RECORDS
One of the most relaxed shops of any kind in the city, known for stocking imported records you won’t find anywhere else in Austria.
7., Neustiftgasse 19
Where Ethan met Julie.
6., Windmühlgasse 10
SEVEN STAR RECORDS
7., Siebensterngasse 9
7., Lerchenfelder Straße 33
Mon-Fri 12:00- 20:00
7., Westbahnstraße 16
Mon-Fri 11:00- 19:00