Sep 22, 2017
With record sales soaring, 45s and 33s have re-entered the cultural vogue. In turn, that has spawned the return of vinyl bars – haunts where you can combine long players and acetate with tall cocktails and ale.
Spiritland, London, UK
In fast-redeveloping King’s Cross, Spiritland occupies a former coal-sorting factory which later became a legendary rave venue. That musical heritage remains: there’s a radio production suite to hire, plus lots of audio gear, such as the latest headphones, for sale. The main space segues from daylight cafe-and-workspace to lively bar in the evening – one that hosts artist talks and album launches, along with disc jockeys utilising one of London’s best sound systems.
Little Soul Cafe, Tokyo, Japan
For every customer at Little Soul Cafe, there are around a thousand LPs – many of them containing soul or disco numbers that would be completely new to most ears. All have been collected by owner Miachan, who effortlessly serves up whiskey highballs while simultaneously keeping the tunes coming, deep into the early hours. The dark, dream-like den is found in hip Shimokitazawa, an area just west of Shibuya.
Vinyl, Austin, USA
The allure of this secret, subterranean lounge in Texas’s cool state capital lies in the music played and its speakeasy-inspired interior. Accessed via an unmarked door of Tellers music bar in the gentrified Sixth district, bijou Vinyl has 10,000 LPs for its DJs to rummage through – with dimmed red lights creating a sensual, decadent atmosphere.
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