Top 10 independent shops in Bristol

April 3, 2014

Browse through vintage clothes, secondhand books and one-off arts and crafts in Bristol’s thriving independent shops

The Bristol branch of this mini-chain (the others are in Cheltenham and Worcester) is what every independent record shop aspires to be. Staff are knowledgeable (verging on geeky), curating a huge range of rock, pop, dance, jazz, classical, soul, metal and more, on CD and vinyl, plus cult books, movies and vintage clothes. This retail mix, and the in-store cafe-bar, encourages just hanging out. Rise Music hosts live events too DJ Shadow and Mumford & Sons are just two of the big names to have played here; next on the calender is Record Store Day (19 April), a celebration of independent stores, with live performances and exclusive vinyl releases.
70 Queens Road, rise-music.co.uk. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun midday-6pm

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