Jack’s Record Cellar is a record store located in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. It is known for its unusual operating hours, as it is only open on Saturdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and is often mistaken for an abandoned property due to its always-closed appearance. Despite its small size and infrequent openings, Jack’s Record Cellar has a rich history dating back to its 1950s location on Haight Street, where it specialized in 78s, a type of heavy but brittle record that plays a single song.
The store has a welcoming atmosphere, with a mix of organized and chaotic displays and a knowledgeable owner who is happy to talk with both novice collectors and serious collectors. Jack’s Record Cellar’s main business is conducted through eBay, but the store opens once a week to interact with people and be part of the neighborhood. If Jack’s Record Cellar is closed, there are many other record stores in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, including Amoeba Records, located in a former bowling alley, and the Haight Street Art Center, a museum devoted to rock concert posters.