The Record Archive itself has long been one of the coolest spaces in Rochester, as it is one of the largest record stores in the country with a vast collection of vinyl albums and music memorabilia. But the venue’s ability to entertain expanded when it added the Backroom Lounge in the spring of 2017.
The 2,000-square-foot entertainment and event space has an eclectic array of décor from a mix of eras and genres—‘50s jukeboxes, lava lamps, bookshelves stacked with rock ‘n’ roll-themed literature, an antique piano and, of course, the signature giant tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
The venue is able to accommodate good-sized crowds with an array of seating tables, booths and comfy chairs. And the Backroom Lounge serves up a variety of regional craft beers and wines, making the Record Archive the first music store in New York to serve alcohol.
Since the liquor license covers the whole business, record store patrons are allowed to carry their drinks into the main retail area while they browse.
The lounge also features a stage for live performances with state-of-the-art sound equipment and a projector and screen for playing videos.
Already a haven for diehard music lovers, the Backroom Lounge has made the Record Archive a fun, interactive, family-friendly business with something for everyone.