From Our Editors
Get your music where plenty of San Francisco deejays get theirs: Rooky Ricardo’s Records. Music snob-approved since 1987, yet refreshingly judgment-free to this day, this den of vinyl in the Lower Haight is a fantastic place to fritter away an afternoon, combing through the racks or listening to audiophiles argue about their beloved obscurities. Specializing in – but by no means limited to – funk, soul and disco, this is the record store for those who know the difference between an LP and a 45. The expansive and eclectic shop was recently profiled in GQ, and honored with a drink named for him at Virgil’s Sea Room. Owner Dick Vivian periodically purges his stock at street fairs, but his shelves are always full of gems and rarities. Patrons frequently walk out beaming, having found the album they were looking for at last.