Rough Trade NYC

Shopping Williamsburg
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Rough Trade record store in NYC
Photograph: Jennifer Arnow Rough Trade record store in NYC

Iconic London indie-music emporium Rough Trade opened this Williamsburg outpost in 2013. Since then it has become a neighborhood goto, thanks to its impeccable selection and a snazzy regular bookings arranged by local concert conglomerate Bowery Presents.


Venue name: Rough Trade NYC
Address: 64 North 9th St
Cross street: between Kent and Wythe Aves
Opening hours: Monโ€“Sat 11amโ€“11pm, Sun 11amโ€“10pm
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
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Rough Trade. Part concert venue, part record store. Coolio. Another intimate space in brooklyn, I love coming to Rough Trade for album release shows or any pop up concerts. I also dig the massive photo booth in the front, it's perfect for commemorating every concert in one of the cutest ways: old timey photographs! The place definitely warrants a look around as the record store part of it is huge! I like going around to the various columns with tape players that have headphones that let you listen to various artists. Ya know, you gotta diversify your tastes. So I listen to some tunes either before or in between sets. An all around win-win!


Rough Trade is a great place to spend an entire afternoon (even without seeing a show). The selection of records is amazing, the coffee is great, and taking a break from sampling records to play ping pong is always a good idea.  Everyone in the store is incredibly welcoming, and even if you don't buy anything they'll still walk you through their new stock or upcoming albums.  Would definitely recommend coming here at any point during the week - there's so much to do!

Excuse me, but the "glory days" of New York record stores was not Tower Records.  It was: Sam Goody, King Karol, Record Hunter, the fab record buyer at the Doubleday's bookstore on 5th Ave. and 57th Street - and, of course, Colony.  Period.

If I could open my own record store, it would be exactly like Rough Trade. Great selection of records, friendly/funny staff, they have art and music books on the second floor along with a ping pong table and area to hang out. There's also a little coffee shop inside and a music venue in the back. They have great shows here, artist signings and special events. Sometimes I stop by just to hang out. if you are into record collecting or music at all, you need to stop by!

The venue at this shop is fantastic. Great sound, easy to nab a good spot and solid booking.