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Take a music trip to San Antonio’s Batcave Vinyl

B-Side to the north side.

Crates, posters, and merch litter the walls at Batcave Vinyl.

Batcave Vinyl is stocked literally from floor to ceiling with vintage records, new releases, imports, and more music items for purchase.

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Big ideas start in garages. Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft all started in one. As we recently discovered, the origin story for local legend Batcave Vinyl shares the same roots.

While it may not be a tech giant, it houses massive amounts of music culture under its roof. Follow the sign that says “To The Batcave” and you’ll find yourself in one of the most unique record stores in the Alamo City.

Let’s take the Batpoles and introduce you to Batcave Vinyl.

A Bitters afternoon

City Editor Nicholas here. I can recall the exact date I found this hidden gem. Saturday, April 20th — otherwise known as Record Store Day. After waking up at 4:30 a.m. and leaving the first music store empty-handed (hey, it happens), the afternoon rolled around + I wanted to press my luck by visiting the Batcave.

Find the black Batcave sign to get directions to the store.

Follow the signs that’ll take you to one of the most unique record stores in San Antonio.

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Grabbing my keys and wallet, I drove my trusty Nickmobile to The Alley on Bitters. There, I met shop owner Blaine Pendergraff.

It’s every music nerd’s dream come true in the Batcave, as you’ll sift through stacks of crates and uncover some of music’s rarest collectibles.

CD’s, DVD’s, records, oh my

Shop owner of Batcave Vinyl, Blaine, standing at his counter surrounded by records.

Started out of Blaine’s garage in 2016, his collection quickly outgrew the space. After a couple of locations, Batcave Vinyl finally settled at the Alley on Bitters in 2020.

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Customers also have the chance to meet the dogs in residence: Pepper and Toto. Here’s a taste of what you can find inside:

  • New + vintage records
  • CD’s
  • DVD’s + Blu-Rays
  • Cassettes
  • Sound systems
  • Signed band memorabilia

Keep an eye on it’s Facebook for new inventory.

Batcave coordinates

Make a visit during the day (and skip the dark night) to browse its extensive catalog of music items. Here are its hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday: noon to 6 p.m. + Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can find Batcave Vinyl at 555 W. Bitters Rd. #122.

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