Right Down One’s Alley Tunes
We visit the coolest little Record Shop and Cafe in the Melbourne suburbs. Welcome to Alley Tunes.
A Hidden Gem
On disembarking from the train at Glenferrie Station (Melbourne, Australia) I walked down the alleyway to the main road. Excitement took over (really….music merch gets me going) when I spotted a Peter Tosh poster on the back wall of a very cool little joint known as Alley Tunes.
Lo and behold! Another cool place to be shared by Jimmy Hornet.
After giving the DJ a wink and a smile, I politely asked if I could take his photograph. He explained that due to a recent incident involving a customer photo and some evil making voodoo, he no longer allows his image to be captured. I was consequently given permission to snap the ceiling and shop area.
Selling vinyl since 1994
The store has been selling vinyl since 1994. The current owners took over back in 2007 and added coffee to the experience.
Recycled wooden shelves are home to thousands of records. Although they specialize in House and Techno, I had a lovely time digging through their Jazz and Blues collections.
Records are handpicked and predominantly imported from Europe, although there is also a smaller selection from the US and local distributors.
Alley Tunes currently join forces with Caffé Romeo (Balwyn) for coffee beans and Waffle On along with Little Bertha for bites.
A fairly primitive online shop also allows you to browse a segment of the collection and purchase via the website. Prices start from $20 AUD.
Grab a takeaway coffee on your way to the train, or stop in for an alfresco style experience. Listen to some tunes (ask the friendly staff for recommendations) whilst you fossick through the shelves.
Highly recommended for a dose of warm and fuzzy Melbourne culture.
660a Glenferrie Road
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Call +61 3 9819 9449