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A1 Records x Sophie’s



If you love records, take your other love (the human one) to A1 Records to browse, buy, sell, or trade records. This spot is all about records, which is clear from the moment you enter and are met with rows and rows of vinyl, and all four walls (plus the ceiling) plastered with album art. The place is deeper than it looks, so really get in there and explore their especially well stocked R&B, jazz, and rock sections. The place is owned by two knowledgeable brothers, so if you catch them there, strike up a conversation.

Keep the old school vibe going with drinks at Sophie’s, a locally beloved dive bar standing in the way of total gentrification in this area. The decor is pretty basic with wood tables and dim lighting, dressed up with some interesting art on the walls. The drinks here are beautifully cheap, with some pints costing you just $4. There’s also a jukebox, pool table, and a few arcade games in the back to whittle away the hours.

Alphabet City
Shopping, Music, Drinks
Laidback, Hipster-y

A1 Records

439 E 6th Street, Manhattan

idk tip: They have turntables so you can check out the sound before you buy.

a1 record shop
Credit: A1 Record Shop


507 E 5th Street, Manhattan

idk tip: Expect a line for the pool table here. When there’s only one legit dive bar left in the city, that’s what you get. 

sophies bar nyc
Credit: Sophie's, Facebook