Vinyl Villains Edinburgh

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Vinyl Villains – Dastardly good records

If you’re a music lover, and you want to hear your music on crisp, warm, vinyl rather than MP3s, then you absolutely must visit Vinyl Villains.

Situated on Elm Row, Vinyl Villains is in good company with other great cafes and bars just a few doors down. The city centre is a ten minute walk away.

Vinyl Villains deals mostly, as you can imagine, with second hand vinyl, but it also sells CDs, cassettes, and even DVDs. It’s a real music lover’s shop, and with the passionate, knowledgeable staff there is a bit of a High Fidelity feel within the ‘Villains. The prices are extremely low and you’re bound to find something fantastic with every visit. My two greatest finds were a mint condition copy of Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade and also a copy of Half Man Half Biscuit’s very sought after first record: Back In The DHSS. Audiophiles travel far and wide to visit Vinyl Villains, and there’s usually at least one of them asking to look at Frank Zappa picture discs on the wall.

The shop is small, but the space has been used well, with rare picture discs and t-shirts being hung from the walls and the ceilings. I wouldn’t want it any other way though, some people say that the independent record shop is a dying breed in Scotland, but with great places like Vinyl Villains, I hope that it never goes away.

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Details about this spot



5 Elm Row, Edinburgh

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 16:00


Records from: £ 0.50


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)