The round-up: Brisbane’s best barbers
The boutique barber business is booming with the advent of beard culture, the return of rockabilly and the mania of Movember. Stylish gentlemen are hitting the streets with sleek styles, carefully coiffed cuts and formidable facial hair. In our post-metrosexual society, men are finding it easier to bridge the divide between rugged manliness and clean-cut class. Male grooming is now a big thing, and barbers are more relevant than ever. The new crop of style-savvy scissor-smiths is a far cry from your father’s short-back-and-side specialist, and we’ve rounded up some of the big names in Brisbane’s barber scene.
Jimmy Rod’s Barbers, various locations: One of the biggest names in the barber business is Jimmy Rod. The Jimmy Rod’s barber business has boomed within Brisbane, opening stores quicker than you can say “Just a bit off the top, thanks.” You can find Jimmy Rod’s Barbers in Nundah, Oxley, The Gap, Newstead, Petrie Terrace, Calamvale, and the Brisbane CBD. In 2016 Jimmy Rod’s unveiled its flagship appointment-only Shave Saloon, which also boasts a kitchen and whisky bar for those to like to linger after a cut.
Twin Palms, Fortitude Valley: Situated on Arthur Street – a mere stone’s throw from the fashionable promenade – Twin Palms imbues mid-century Californian style with a cutting-edge aesthetic and skilled scissor-smiths to create one of the best barber shops in town. All services come with a complimentary beverage, with appointments and walk-ins welcome.
Pureman, Brisbane City: Since 2006, Pureman has been keeping hairlines nice and neat, earning a formidable rep as one of the best barbershops around. GQ Magazine even labelled it as one of Australia’s best, so you know any cut here will be sharp as heck.
HQ Male Grooming, West End: This salon is a go-to for those looking for a modern approach to barbering, pairing luxury services and a relaxed atmosphere perfectly.
The Electric Chair, various locations: The team at The Electric Chair is renowned for distributing the freshest cuts at all of its locations. Tame your mane and get lined up in The City, Everton Park and Morningside.
The Emporium Barber, various locations: Few mane tamers are as reliable as the crew at The Emporium Barber. Relax with a beverage and let the experts work, with three locations open for you to check out at The Emporium, on King Street and in The City.
Langanis Barber, West End: Michael Langanis combined his hairdressing aspirations with travel, checking out the trends and techniques while venturing around Europe. Michael has honed his skills to razor sharp proficiency, opening his own salon where he is applying various techniques for maximum wow factor.
Men’s Grooming Lounge, Fortitude Valley: This spot is an establishment that gives men a bit more of a pampering experience – including manicures and pedicures as well as cuts and trims – so if you need to look your best then this barber is a great place to try. The space just just been given a sprucing – all the more reason to pop in and check it out!
ONE on ONE Sports Barbershop, Slacks Creek: Crisp, clean and cool – that’s what a cut at ONE on ONE will be. A quick peep at this spot’s Instagram will give you a glimpse at the perfect lines and fades the team is capable of. A snip doesn’t get much fresher than this.
Bare Bones Barbershop, Morningside: As far as reputations go, it doesn’t get much more sterling than that of Bare Bones. Taking a traditional approach to trimming, this barbershop offers classic cuts from bygone eras but are welcoming to styles from any walk of life.
The Moustachery, various locations: Walking into any of The Moustachery’s locations is like stepping back in time. Comfy, worn-in chairs, vintage decor and a consummate array of services make this barber outlet a truly memorable experience. You can get a cut at The Moustachery’s locations in New Farm, Paddington and Bulimba.
Pinacle Barbershop, New Farm: With a casual and classic fit-out boasting exposed brick walls and comfy couches, Pinacle is one part slick barbershop and one part casual hang out. In addition to the cuts and shaves available, Pinacle stocks a range of Uppercut and Layrite products, with a few drinks on stand-by if you are looking to get a trim after you knock off.
Cool Man Hair, Kenmore: Cal Rein has spent more than 30 years sharpening his razor to professional levels, working in Los Angeles and Melbourne as a hairdresser to the stars. At Cool Man Hair, Cal offers everything from beard trims and sharp style cuts for all hair types.
Heroes + Villains Barbers, West End: Created by some of Brisbane’s biggest names in hairdressing – Dmitri Papas, Justin Pace and Tim Hanlon – Heroes + Villains emphasises style, service and precision above all else. If you’re seeking near unparalleled professionalism and execution, this is your place.
Crown & Co, Fortitude Valley: Located in a prime spot on Brunswick Street, Crown and Co. are taking an old-school approach to their trimming – drawing inspiration from the throwback retro sensibilities of the hotrod 50s era but with a cool Tiki twist. Speaking of Tiki, the barbershop now boasts a Tiki bar of its own out back!
Williams and Goss Barbers, Ashgrove: The brainchild of two mates that wanted to create a barbershop experience they’d enjoy personally, Williams and Goss is the perfect spot for modern and traditional cuts, a deluxe pamper and quality products.
Paddington Barbers, Paddington: Over in Brisbane’s west, the crew at Paddington Barber Co cut hair in a relaxed, yet contemporary and stylish environment with some of the most experienced hands in the business wielding the scissors.
RYAN.CO, Fortitude Valley: RYAN.CO offers a comprehensive range of services for any gent looking to freshen up, including styling, beard trimming, shaves, hangover treatments, style cuts and more.
Mr Snippets, Clayfield: Modelled off a European-style aesthetic that is equal parts barber and hang out spot, Mr Snippets has been designed to make people feel like they were walking into their own home. Lean back into the comfortable barber chairs and indulge in lively conversation with the staff while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of Fonzie Abbott coffee.
The Chopspot Barbershop, West End: The Chopspot is a traditional, yet contemporary barbershop in the sense that it delivers good old fashioned customer service with a focus on modern trends. Whether you’re looking for a straight razor neck shave followed by a hot towel treatment, or a stylish new ‘do to keep you looking sharp, The Chopspot’s got you covered.
Esq. Male Grooming, Milton and Brisbane City: As far as luxury is concerned, Esq. Male Grooming offers some of the most luxe services in town. With a rep for a high standard of service, a collection of excellent brands, hot and cold refreshments, and a cool atmosphere, this is where you go for the gold standard cut.
Tony’s Chop Shop Barbershop, Coorparoo: When it comes to barbering, Tony Micale is one of the most experienced hands in Brisbane. His Coorparoo salon blends old and new, with stylish touches and reputable products.
Barber Girl, Bulimba: Barber Girl fills a gap in the market for women who are too busy to schedule an appointment, students who can’t afford salon prices or women simply looking for a casual and inviting spot to get a snip.
The Harbour Barber, Cleveland: The scissor-smiths at The Harbour Barber provide deluxe packages and products for those who take their hair seriously. That being said, the spot is also perfect for those that want to kick back and relax with a drink in a man cave-inspired setting.
Tommy Gun, various locations: Tommy Gun barbershops are popping up with regularity across Brisbane, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Patrons can check in for their appointments digitally, score a beverage on the house, tune in to in-mirror televisions, are treated to a scalp massage and a hot-towel finish. Oh, and the cuts are top notch.
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