Tricks & Treats (yo self)

 

Obviously we want you to come into our shop but there are a lot of indie places to browse and buy while you're here! Here is a list of places to shop for presents (for you).

 

Armageddon Record Store - this is your perfect metal, goth, indie etc record store -- it reminds me of browsing for music as a teen in the 90s and obviously that is an experience we all miss.

the Torchbearer Tattoo - located directly next door to us, these guys are not only super talented but also very nice and welcoming. Easily the best shop in Providence and one of the greats around New England. get your lovecraft tattoo here.  

Rockstar Piercing - while we are on the subject, this shop is very well known nationally for its talented piercers, beautiful locations and selection of jewelry. ask for Meg! 

NAVA - beautifully curated and expertly merchandised, this store's vibe is what major chains like anthropology are chasing. 

Bedlam - maybe Providence's longest running gothic subculture clothing store. this is def where I would've shopped in 1997 before going to see Marilyn Manson.

the Providence Flea - a not gross flea market! lots of local creators, thrift and antiques! and food trucks!

 

Goth Things Around Providence

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

Ok, not technically in Providence, but a very quick drive (about 25 mins)! The tour is so fun and you can pop over to the place where the Borden's are buried as well. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this murder house! 

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Swan Point Cemetery

This is the burial place of local celebrity, H.P. Lovecraft! The cemetery is pristine and beautiful, but the security is really weird about people taking pictures here so take a quick look around before snapping photos. 

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the Grave of Mercy Brown

The well known alleged vampire is buried here, in Rhode Island and her grave (as well as the above ground crypt from history and folklore) are still accessible. Bring her something nice to leave at the headstone! I left her a ring when I first moved to Providence.

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The Conjuring 

The actual house from the haunting tale is located in Rhode Island, as well as the grave of the now famous ghost Bathesheba. The family isnt very welcoming to lurkers so it isnt easy to peak the house where the actual events took place. The house also looks NOTHING like the movie version. Nevertheless, you can visit the perimeter and the graveyard.  Harrisville Cemetery in BurrillvilleRhode Island

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Lovecraft Arts & Sciences

a store in the Providence Arcade that serves as both a visitor center for H.P. Lovecraft fans and an emporium of related books, art, and curiosities.

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Providence Athenaeum

Opened in 1838, Famous Authors Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe spent time in this beautiful and historic library. It is a must visit if you are in the city. 

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Benefit Street

This street is like time traveling back to historic New England. This is where you will find a collection of original homes. Its very pretty and probably the image everyone has of Providence in their heads. 

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Ghost Tour

The Providence Ghost Tour is a walking tour on the east side of the city lead by lantern! I am a sucker for historical walking tours! 

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Mansions in Newport

Again, not exactly in Providence but a drive-able day trip and worth it! Newport has some of the most ridiculous mansions open to the public for touring. like, RIDICULOUS. This port city also has it's own cute nightlife and food and tourism, so be sure to look for more fun things to so while you're there! Like ghost tours.

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Newport Ghost Tour

They offer a couple of options for tours so you can pick which adventure you would like. I love this tour and definitely recommend it for visitors or locals!

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Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

Located in Roger Williams Park  ( a historic park created in the 1870s featuring a zoo, botanical garden and this museum!) the Natural History Museum is not huge but it is full of old Victorian charm and exhibits that seem to have existed since 1901.  Bonus, cheap admission! & the park has a little cemetery plot for its founders as well. Zoo, Cemetery, Plants, Space and Natural History all in one place. 

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Drinking in Providence

Quick List of Bars I would recommend

Ogies Trailer Park -  Its a bar based around American kitsch that is clean, fun and has a great drink menu alongside their gourmet tater tots. Weekends can be pretty lively here.

The Avery - the bar is set in front of a beautiful art nouveau backdrop and has a Lovecraft martini. The vibe is typically more on the chill side but I appreciate that. 

Justine's  - taking inspiration from a speakeasy, this bar's entrance is behind a lingerie shop. 

RiffRaff Bookstore & Bar  - Literally named, this is a bar and a bookstore combined so for those of you who want to live within the pages of a book, here is the perfect spot!

Dusk - this bar has goth nights and live music, look over their calendar when planning your trip and possibly match it up with an awesome metal, goth, indie etc show! 

the Hot Club - this bar has amazing views over the water both inside and out and a pretty well known karaoke night. 

Lili Marlene's - This may be my favorite bar because it is typically quiet, has available seating and the lighting is very very dim. like inside a coffin dim.

the Stable - One of the better known gay bars in the city, their Sangria is amazing.

the Dark Lady - Half bar/ half club I always have a good time here. The drag Queens are great, the pole dancers are fun to watch and the karaoke night is amazing.

 

Food & Drinks

You probably didn't know that Providence is a foodie city and has some awesome places to eat. Below are a few of my favorites in the city to eat or get a drink! 

Red Fez

They tend to play awesome music like the Sisters of Mercy, Nick Cave and the Pixies-- so 5 stars for Ambiance. The Menu changes frequently but everything I have ordered has been great and the drinks range from custom cocktails to cans of beer.  

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Julians

One of the first places I went to when I moved to Providence, this hip restaurant is mostly New American with plenty of Veggie and Vegan options and a full bar. It's hard to go wrong and there is outdoor seating in the warmer months. 

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Duck and Bunny

This is special little spot that has adorable victorian parlor-esque decor and outdoor seating as well. It's located on Wickenden St which is one of the cutest areas to walk around so bonus points for being located in one of the best neighborhoods in the city. Also, Crepes. So many crepe options.

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Troop PVD

TBH I have only had drinks and small plates here but in that time I have watched others take IG worthy food pics to post so it must be good. Probably? Either way, get the pineapple upside down drink and yuca fries. The vibe of this newer restaurant is 90s skater/hiphop and I love it. 

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Chilangos

My favorite of all foods is Mexican, if you agree, this is where you want to go in Providence. The recently remodeled restaurant has amazing margaritas, great guacamole and an inspired menu. 

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the Grange

The Grange is great, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan -- you will find a lot of options here. They boast farm to table foods and their menu always has something that I love. The roasted cauliflower and korean tacos are amazing. However, they have live music nights-- usually on Wednesday and Sunday and I would advise you skip those nights for dinner. It tends to be loud and overbearing and you will have zero conversation while it is happening.  

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