Vinyl Bars & Restaurants

Hunky Dory, Durham, NC

Hunky Dory has two locations in the Raleigh-Durham area, with the original spot in downtown Durham. This quaint record store has a warm vibe and 10 rotating craft beer taps, most of which showcase local breweries in North Carolina. The array of records for sale are vast and well organized, making it easy to find what album you’re looking for.

For a more in-depth look at Hunky Dory, including an interview with one their employees, check out the full story on ThirstyVinyl here – Hunky Dory, Where Craft Beer and Vinyl Records Collide

718 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

(919) 286-1916

BierWax, Brooklyn, NY

BierWax is New York City's premier vinyl record and craft beer bar. With over 5,000 vinyl records and a finely curated tap-list that emphasizes local NY breweries (and local musicians too), they provide the ideal venue to kick back, relax and submerge yourself in music and beer. I think they say it best, "BierWax is malted grains, water, yeast, and hops mixed with a pinch of 45s, a cup of boom-bap, and a heaping tablespoon of funk." BierWax also has a 2nd location opening up soon in Queens, NY so don't miss the opportunity to visit either location on your next trip to NYC.

Check out the feature article, An American Masterpiece, on BierWax and interview with their visionary and founder, Chris Maestro.

556 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238

(347) 533-8449

Tokyo Record Bar, New York, NY

Fusing vinyl and beer is officially a global niche. Check out Tokyo Record Bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, which sports an underground listening room dedicated to quality and obsession through music, food and alcohol. The 12-seat restaurant offers a seven-course tasting menu, vinyl juke box seating (reservations required) and beverages to go. Music, beverages and food are paired together through a custom playlist created in real time by guests on vinyl to make this a truly unique dining/listening experience. Indoor and outdoor patio dining is now available too due to the pandemic.

127 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

(212) 420-4777

Vinyl Tap, Nashville, TN

This Nashville bar/record store has the right idea. Vinyl Tap is a fully operational record store housing a huge selection of used and new vinyl, local craft beer on tap plus packaged beer and cocktails to go. With twelve taps and a large selection of cans and bottles, patrons can enjoy some suddy deliciousness while perusing their record store. When in Nashville, Tennessee, Vinyl Tap is a must visit.

2038 Greenwood Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

(615) 454-3995

Songbyrd Record Café and Music House

Washington DC’s Songbyrd Record Café and Music House mashes a lot of goodness together under what used to be one roof, but which is now separated into different parts of town since their vinyl shop, Byrdland Records moved to 5th St NE located at the north end of the H St corridor. Despite the record store moving, this multi-functioning space still lures the public with a concert venue, bar and restaurant, which are regularly serenated by live music or a DJ. Vinyl enthusiasts can still finger through their records bins while sipping coffee at Byrdland's satellite location. Although I'm not sure if this is still the case, Songbyrd used to take a really creative approach to pairing its record store with its restaurant and bar by gluing its extensive food menus to the inside of record sleeves.

Byrdland Records - 1264 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20009

Songbyrd Music House - 2477 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 450-2917

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