47 Colston Street, BS1.
Tel 9260 902
Bristol's only specialist World Music store. From African sounds to Mexican pipes, and folk music from UK and Ireland. Probably the broadest collection of any music shop in Bristol. Another last bastion of vinyl. Biashara also trades in ethnic clothing and all those souvenirs you should have acquired on your year off. Opens 10-6 most days but stays open late on Tuesdays till 10:30pm.
Bristol Classical Discs
59 Broad Street
0117 927 6536
Classical music on CD.
The Bristol Music Shop
30, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TB.
0117 929 0390
Mail order specialists selling printed music and instruments.
Bristol Violin Shop
12 Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8DJ
Mainly instruments, very well known and respected shop across the country.
17 Gloucester Road
0117 942 2227
Large range of music from the last 20 years.
Tel 9297 467
One of the chain, a massive store on two levels. Good stock and service.
The Music Box Shop
40 Bristol Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0PT
01275 834 474
Retail shop in Whitchurch, Bristol selling Musical Boxes, Barrel Organs, Gifts, Musical Instruments & More!
The Galleries, Broadmead
Tel 9259 955
Another one of a chain. Not as good a selection as above but if it's mainstream you'll probably find it here.
222 Cheltenham Road
0117 942 7368
Second hand (and some new) CDs, some rare!
Rayners Compact Disks
84 Park St, Clifton, BS8.
Tel 9264 241
Small independent music store with helpful staff, and very convenient for dropping into between lectures. Small discounts on most CDs and good prices on former chart CDs. Covers jazz, classical and 60s/70s as well as all the usual stuff, make sure you check out the basement.
9a Haymarket Walk, BS1 (by bus station)
Tel 9265 316
Probably Bristol's best independent record shop. Although they cover most things they specialise in indie releases, plus a good second-hand section. They also sell concert tickets for all local gigs and compile the fortnightly chart for what's selling best in Bristol.
2 Haymarket Walk, BS1.
Tel 9259 840
Takes over from where their sister store leaves off. They specialise in Reggae, Rave, Hip Hop, Jungle, Soul and Funk. Look out for your favourite club DJs thumbing through the CD racks.
1 Berkeley Cres, Triangle, Clifton BS8.
Tel 9493 963
Sells all forms of non-mainstream music, but especially jazz, reggae, indie and ambient. Cheerful and informed staff. Still stocks vinyl!
56 Park Street, Clifton
Tel 9879 700
Top second hand joint, diverse stock, hip staff, handy location. Tony's a bit of a peach, and knows his plastic, so if in doubt, ask for advice.
The Galleries, Broadmead BS1.
Tel 9297 798
Not one of Bristol's independent record shops! Huge, plenty of listening posts, but unfriendly and er... megastore-like. Stocks mostly everything.