A quick walk from the Ocean Beach Pier, you'll definitely want to check out Cow's huge selection of records, cassettes, and CDs. Walk-in and you'll see music from wall-to-wall with a staggering amount of albums to thumb through all genres. Just because they're near the beach doesn't mean they only listen to Surf Rock — you can find Funk, Soul, Folk, Rock, Pop and every other type of tune you could want to hear.
Whether you're a vinyl purist or every available megabyte of storage on your phone is packed with music you've burned from disks, there's always a chance you'll find your favorite new artist buried in the stacks. Pro-tip, the rarer and more elusive records are usually stored higher than where a lot of people first look while browsing records: keep your chin up and happy hunting.
This record shop is perfect for a quick visit while you wait for a table at one of the nearby restaurants. Just remember, it's not a museum but a shop, so don't ogle too long if you have no intention of buying. While the owner's cool, he'll likely appreciate if you don't get in the way of paying customers. If you really want to get on his good side, bring in your collection of records that you'd like to sell: he loves to find cool music from all over, especially items that may be hard to find.