Always on our list of things to do when we come to Auckland! Loving the new store, which just feels better presented and more welcoming to browse around. Always loved the large selection of vinyl and this is ever-changing, so will keep coming back again and again!
Has improved a lot since they shifted to the new premises. Doesn't feel like you're unwelcome anymore, and they got rid of the weird thrift store section. Records downstairs, geeky merch stuff upstairs. Lots to look at and heaps of cool gift ideas in their range. Decent comic section for a store not dedicated to comics.
As a record collector with serious issues(!) I have to take issue with Scott01's review.
"One of the best record stores I've come across world wide. I lived in London for 10 years and I would say Real Groovy is as good as any you would in London"
Absolutely ridiculous. Scott you need to go to Music & Video Exchange mate.
I've visited Real Groovy three times now and had an identical experience each time. It goes like this, spend around 1 hour rifling through the boxes of the rubbish mom and pop bins, find the occasional balearic belter. Move onto the full price sections, spend another hour, take a massive stack to the record players, decide on a bunch of records. Add up what the bill will be then think "Are you kidding me!!" the records here in NZ and in Australia are so ridiculously overpriced it is not even funny, except at Real Groovy, where even the rubbish stuff is way way overpriced. these guys are yet another example of why sadly record shops are dying because they are unable or unwilling to price competitively. So you can pay up to $50 for a reissued hip hop album, I wont pay it, but 3, 8 & 15 as price points for stuff you find in charity shops the world over, ridiculous.
So I leave and go home and spend much less on much much better records on Discogs. and repeat.
By far, my favourite stop in Auckland. Can always manage to find a gem in Real Groovy - Bob Dylan and Prince CDs a-plenty in the bargain bins - $3 for Purple Rain? Yeah, OK. DVDs galore too, always a good book on sale, staff are always helpful. There's all sorts of people in the store too, checking out the strange and wonderful objects on offer. And Murray's daughter from Shortland St works in the clothes store there. Choice.
Real Groovy is amazing! The range of vinyl records available is incredible, as well as the massive CD and DVD range. The staff are really helpful and know their stuff! The collection of clothing, books/graphic novels and memorabilia accessible is really quite amazing. My favourite store!
I've been visiting Groovy since I was a nipper back in the salad-daze of the 80s-Suzuki Vitara's, surfboards and sailing. None of which I could afford so I'd jump on the big yellow Merc from 'Mad Ave', tally my hard earned trolley trundling ca$h, and splash out on some new shiny vinyl boxfresh from the dopest dealers on the block. After rifling for hours through masses of wax you'd nervously fork over your $ ignoring the eyeballin snide clerk (attitudes accepted and reviled by us plebs) hop back on the bus, avoid being 'stepped out' for your Docs by marauding gangs, peel back the plastic, sticker strip, and then once home place that plastic on the platter. To sum up it was an experience a rite of passage and I still get those flashbacks every time I pop in and rummage for vinyl. The record bins are still there slightly thinned out some of the old faces still remain, slightly less thin. It's grand, it's nostalgic, Im old, I'm waffling its what we do. Long live the King of Groove!
A one stop shop for your entertainment needs. Large ranges of CD, DVD, VINYL'S for sale/trade. They have expanded into clothing and you can also grab a coffee these days as well. If your after something unusual or can't find what your looking for. The staff are happy to help.
438 Queen St Auckland 1010