Get both your head and turntable spinning with Alive's RSD crawl

Record Store Day, as you can probably tell, celebrates local record stores and the music enthusiasts that back them. Now in its 10th year, this annual event creates frenzies in record stores nationwide, as collectors scramble to take advantage of the day’s special deals, exclusive releases and any in-store concerts. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 22.

It may be especially exciting to celebrate RSD in Columbus, because our city’s record store participants just so happen to be in convenient reach of some of our best watering holes. Take a gander at our list below, where we have the best record store-bar combinations outlined for you.

(Please note: booze and intense record collecting don’t mix particularly well in high quantities, so be safe and respectful out there. Also, it doesn’t have to be RSD to swing by any of these spots.) 

Elizabeth’s Records
3037 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

Why you should visit:

Want some Beatles? Fleetwood Mac? Springsteen? Although you could probably snag a copy of one of these as a bonus with your new vinyl elsewhere, Elizabeth’s is the seasoned seller of classic rock.

RSD specials: 20 percent off used titles; 10 percent off new titles; prizes and giveaways; in-store performances from Lisa Bella Donna at 4 p.m. and Happy Chichester at 5 p.m.; open at 10 a.m.

After shopping visit: Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse

Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse

3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville


What you’re drinking:

If you come to Studio 35 for something other than a movie, you’re drinking beer. There’s a reason why it’s referred to as a “drafthouse.” With nearly 40 beers on tap, it’d take close to a month of (responsible) slugging in order to try them all. Craft offerings from both Ohio standbys (Rhinegeist, Land Grant) and regional powerhouses (Dogfish Head, Stone) are available.

Lost Weekend Records
2960 N. High St., Clintonville

Why you should visit:

Lost Weekend’s record selection is as in tune with today’s trending artists as it is with those from 40 or more years ago. Good luck having any sort of self-control with your wallet here.

RSD specials: Record Store Day-exclusive titles; 33 percent off all used LPs; 45 percent off used 45s; 78-cent 78s; 10 percent off new vinyl (RSD titles excluded); raffle for Nelsonville Music Festival and Bunbury Music Festival passes; PromoWest Productions booth present with opportunities to win concert tickets and prizes; Lydia Loveless in-store solo set at 4 p.m.; open at 8 a.m.

After shopping visit: Lineage Brewing

Lineage Brewing

2971 N. High St., Clintonville


What you’re drinking:

Break free from hoppy flavors and try Lineage’s current Berliner Weisse, the Passionate Bernice. Distinguished by its cloudy body and super-fruit, tart flavors, the Passionate Bernice is anchored by passionfruit for a tropical punch. Not your thing? Lineage has a diverse beer lineup that fits any palette, with gourmet hand pies to boot.

Magnolia Thunderpussy

1155 N. High St., Short North

Why you should visit:

Magnolia Thunderpussy, one of Columbus’ original record stores, is truly a music geek haven. Alongside its solid record selection, Magnolia offers a slew of T-shirts, posters, patches and other gear for your splurging.

RSD specials: Selection of Record Store Day-exclusives; sales on music and merchandise

After shopping visit: Condado


1227 N. High St., Short North


What you’re drinking:

Condado’s inexpensive margaritas, range of tequilas and build-your-own taco model makes it an easy sell for even the most fickle of tastes. Want a kick? Grab a muddled jalapeno margarita. Want to double up? Dump a Modelo in your ’rita with a Modelo-Rita. Or just snag a craft draft. Condado has it all.

Records Per Minute
2579 N. High St., Old North


Why you should visit:

No matter how many bins you sift, there’s always one record that’s somehow nowhere to be found. With around 50,000-plus records in stock, Records Per Minute might be the place that holds your holy grail.

RSD specials: Selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; 20 percent off on all non-RSD titles all weekend; DJ Woody Haze set at 8 a.m.; in-store performances from Birdshack at 12:30 p.m. and Becca Naber at 4 p.m.

After shopping visit: Old North Arcade

Old North Arcade

2591 N. High St., Old North


What you’re drinking:

Old North Arcade’s gamer aesthetic extends beyond the vintage games that line its walls — it also carries over into its cocktail menu. Only here can you enjoy a classic Koopa Libre (Cuba Libre, a.k.a. rum and coke), a late-night Fatality (Bloody Mary) or M. Bison’s Mule (Moscow mule) while jacking up your high score. 


Roots Records
1357 N. High St., Short North

Why you should visit:

At the risk of pigeonholing Roots Records, they’re undoubtedly an authority in reggae music and its offshoots. But really, you can find anything here; great punk, soul and funk records highlight its collection.

RSD specials: Selection of RSD-exclusive releases; 20 percent off used records; in-store DJ sets all day, including FOi Oi Oi, Scott Void & Erin Void, Fundamental Sounds, TRON and more 

After shopping visit: Village Idiot

Village Idiot

1439 N. High St., Campus


What you’re drinking:

Village Idiot is a bar’s bar. It’s not entirely a campus hangout, but definitely not a Short North bar; it’s far from highfalutin, but too comfortable to be a dive. With a decent selection of craft drafts, a usually solid daily special and a huge patio to chill out on, Village Idiot kind of has everything you need.

Spoonful Records
116 E. Long St., Downtown

Why you should visit:

Any blog-buzz band should lead you to Spoonful. These guys easily have the best selection of new records in town, and stay up to date as well as (if not better than) any other shop.

RSD specials: Selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; 25 percent off used vinyl; swag bags for first 200 customers; PromoWest Productions booth present with opportunities to win concert tickets; open at 8 a.m.

After shopping visit: Pins Mechanical Company

Pins Mechanical Company

141 N. Fourth St., Downtown


What you’re drinking:

Housed in a repurposed Downtown warehouse, Pins Mechanical Company is essentially an adult playground. With games galore (ping pong, duckpin bowling, pinball) to play alongside an extensive list of bourbons, cocktails and drafts to drink, Pins could literally be your sole activity for the day. It’d be too easy to arrive at noon and then leave at 2 a.m.

Used Kids Records
2500 Summit St., Old North

Why you should visit:

Used Kids’ move served it well. By having to reorganize the space, the business took a metaphorical breather and made it easier (and arguably more enjoyable) to hunt for records there. If you haven’t visited the new spot yet, now’s the time.

RSD specials: Selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; free RSD tote bag for first 100 customers; free promotional items with each purchase; refreshments; in-store performances (more than 10 booked throughout the day) beginning at noon; open at 8 a.m.

After shopping visit: The Crest Gastropub

The Crest Gastropub

2855 Indianola Ave., Clintonville


What you’re drinking:

As craft beer continues to strengthen its hold on imbibers everywhere, an overwhelming draft list is almost to be expected at bars now. The Crest is no exception, however it has a particular knack for serving beers that are rare or otherwise too expensive to purchase at the grocery. This is a valuable role the Crest has, so visit frequently.