Liverpool’s indie shops are a diverse bunch: fancy a splash of art, some vintage fashion, whiskies, secondhand books or skate threads? You’ll find it all here, in stores oozing character
Don’t be fooled by its modest size: Probe Records, running since 1971, is a Liverpool music legend. Members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, and The Teardrop Explodes are all said to have shopped here; Pete Burns did a stint on the shopfloor; and its one-time record label signed none other than Birkenhead post-punkers, Half Man Half Biscuit. Today, Probe continues to stock new releases alongside rare vinyl, with CDs and street press magazines adding to the mix.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, probe-records.com. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm