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Sohos, Bold street

Alt fashion's alternative guide to Liverpool


Liverpool a city known as one of the most diverse places for fashion in the UK. As well known for it's 'wag' style, as it is for classic vintage. A city bursting to it's seams with plenty of style & culture.


But what to do when you find yourself in this scouse haven? And how do you source out the alternative side to the city? Well look no further than our guide to Liverpool.


With it's main train & coach station's linking up the city centre, you can simply hop on the Merseyrail line from these to visit the main point's of the city. A short hop to Liverpool central places you firmly where you need to be for the city's alternative hub.


Step out of the Merseyline station onto Bold street; here you'll find a wide selection of vintage, gothic, & alt shops. Walking up Bold street the first shop you'll find is Resurrection with it's vintage inspired attire across it's two floors. Just a couple of shops up is 50's diner Rockerfellas with a selection of American themed treats & a real diner feel inside (update 2014 - Rockerfellas has now closed).


Further up Bold street & you'll find quirky design emporium Utility, with two stores spaced along the street; the first for home wares, & the second for more gift ware; perfect if you're short of some pirate bandages, or fancy a nose at the latest Tatty Devine pieces.


Alongside Soho's with it's now expanded store featuring a wide range of gothic, punk, & emo attire; plus their new soho's vintage section; so you're bound to find an entire outfit in store whatever your tastes.


Head towards the top end of Bold street and you'll find Petticoat lane arcade, a cavalcade of vintage & independent shops. If truly unique fashion takes your fancy, you'll find it in one of the stores nestled inside.


Grand central, Renshaw street

Then a quick turn to your left from the top of Bold street takes you onto Renshaw street, home to Grand central, a trifle different over the years, you'll still find alt clothing & accessories across the two floors but the mix of shops does vary from season to season.


Regulars in store at Grand central include: Grin; with plenty of gothic, emo, & punk attire; Miss millies, diy inspired jewellery and accessories; Morgana's Lair, more gothic laces, & brocades than you shake a cobwebbed stick at!; & Woodstock, with their classic range of Dr Marten boots.


Then just across the road from Grand central is Raiders vintage, bursting with decades of vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, & footwear.


Raiders vintage, Renshaw street

Then a quick hop into the city center & you'll find New beginnings on Williamson street, Liverpool's first alternative department store. (update 2013 - New beginnings has now closed)


Here you'll find a selection of shops from Dragon indulgence with plenty of giftware, accessories & vegan food; Mookow army with quirky & unique jewellery; Candi bambino with a vast selection of cosmetics & an in store cafe upstairs which also serves vegan/vegetarian food.


New beginnings, Williamson street

Of course you'll also find plenty of alternative friendly shops in Liverpool, dotted along Church street through to Liverpool one. From shoe chain Schuh with it's alt labels in store, to chain boutique Urban Outfitters.


Once you've finished off your shop you can find plenty of night life across the city. Everything from homegrown indie & electronica, to glamourous burlesque can be found across the city's many nightclubs & venues. Dependent on what day, or week you're in the city you can find a different selection of nights to take in.


If you fancy sampling a bit of a true homegrown club why not take a visit to Le Bateau, one of the city's longest running alt venues. You can find a selection of club nights on rotation every Friday & Saturday for those with a taste for a more indie driven evening.


Korova is worth a visit alone for being co-owned by half of Ladytron, who occasionally dj at the venue. With a mix of club nights & live music throughout the week.


Baby blue plays host to a selection of burlesque evenings, & vintage fairs throughout the week if a spot of classic glamour tempets you in.


Or tickle your fancy at Dr sketchys Liverpool for an evening of cabaret & sketching at the city's Bluecoat gallery (Update 2015 - Dr Sketchy Liverpool has now closed it's doors).


Of course we've barely even bitten off the city's alternative scene musically & culturally here; you can always be sure to find something on no matter what evening you visit the city. With plenty of venues across the city from Zanzibar, to the O2 academy, & The masque showcasing bands most nights of the week. You may want to check gig listings, & site's like a night in Liverpool before you set off to see what's on to be sure to make the most of your trip.