When I started this blog, I promised it was not going to be about clothes, hair and make-up. That still stands. However, with Christmas on the way, this post is devoted to those small, independent retailers that appeal to those with darker tastes. So if you’re looking for that special something for the Goth in your life or are trying to source the perfect little black number (yes, another one!) for the Christmas party, here are some alternative shops in Dublin to try.
Babydoll Boutique: An Aladdin’s cave of Gothic gorgeousness based in Crow Street. Anytime I pass this shop I end up with my nose pressed against the glass drooling over a bag, dress or pair of shoes. Step inside and you receive a warm welcome from the staff who are happy to help you find what you need. Babydoll Boutique stocks well-known Gothic clothing brands like Hell Bunny, Banned, Killstar and more. From rockabilly-style swing dresses to grungy tops, it’s hard not to leave without buying something. Prices are competitive compared with ordering online as you’re not paying added shipping costs. Plus, you can try before you buy. Check out their Facebook page here.
Lucy’s Lounge: Based in Temple Bar, the ground floor of Lucy’s Lounge specialises in quirky handmade jewellery, cards and all manner of unusual ‘must-haves’. A good place to shop if looking for something ‘different’.
Fresh: Just a few steps from Crown Alley, Fresh can be easily found by the skull and crossbones motif decorating its walls. A small shop that specialises in band t-shirts and hoodies with a small range of Gothic clothing. It’s worth a look if you’re passing through Temple Bar.
The Eager Beaver: I’ve always subscribed to the belief that goth is an individual look. Ok, so most of us wear black but assembling your own style is key whether you’re a cybergoth, old-school, Victorian or just plain grunge. Since I was a teenager, The Eager Beaver has been a port of call for me when shopping for myself. These days, Eager Beaver caters to ‘alternative’ subcultures and you can usually find rails dedicated to pre-loved goth and punk clothing.
George’s Street Arcade: This is one of my favourite places in the whole of Dublin, not only for shopping but for eating and socialising too. This beautifully preserved eighteenth-century arcade is covered over so you don’t have to worry about the Irish weather. The arcade hosts a wide range of shops including the following:
- The Body Studio – for your piercing and body jewellery needs
- Retro – vintage and gothic clothing
- New Moon – specialising in silver jewellery
- Oh Look – Japanese clothing for manga/anime fans
- Spindizzy Records: CD’s, vinyl, tapes, tickets
- Heads Up – Hats and other accessories
- Showco – Hosiery, wigs, hair dye, make-up, accessories
There are a whole host of other shops stocking books, art, ornaments and more. When you need a drink or a bite to eat you can enjoy anything from burgers to bubble tea, all without leaving the arcade.
So take a break from the main street retailers this year. Avoid the crowds and you might find that perfect alternative gift for someone special or that killer outfit for Christmas. Happy shopping!