Amoeba Music

Shopping, Music and entertainment Upper Haight
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Amoeba Music
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Though founders Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz opened their first record store in Berkeley in 1990, it’s the 20-year-old San Francisco location that has become a national treasure. That’s largely due to its luxurious size: It’s set in a 24,000-square-foot former bowling alley. That means you’ll find thousands of records in every genre, from hip-hop to classic jazz, world music to Top 40. Each section is staffed by an expert in that particular music type, whether reggae or rock. This spot and its sister store in West Hollywood often host concerts and events. In addition to records, you’ll also find a stash of new and used DVDs, cassettes, video games and CDs.

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Venue name: Amoeba Music
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Address: 1855 Haight St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Daily 11am-8pm
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For Midwesterners like myself, Amoeba is like the In-and-Out Burger of record stores—it's a simple, well-executed concept that isn't replicated anywhere else in the world. You could spend an entire day (maybe two) digging through the stacks at Amoeba's expansive San Fran location. More importantly, you're almost guaranteed to find some great deals on a few hard-to-find items. Bring a tote bag, invest an afternoon and enjoy shopping for music the old-fashioned way.