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.
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. The inner city boasts several more barbers that cater to lunchtime trims or more serious work. Pureman, The Electric Chair, The Emporium Barber CBD and Razor Boys are a few long established locales that boast skilled barbers and comfortable interiors, while The Gentleman’s Club Barbershop also boasts a pool table to keep you occupied while you wait for your turn in the chair.
Further along the river in Fortitude Valley and New Farm are some barbers that blend old school sensibilities with some modern twists. The Emporium Barber has been at the pinnacle of male grooming for a few years, and is still at the top of its game when it comes to hair maintenance. Crown & Co. on Brunswick Street is a barber with a 50s era, tiki-bar twist. Selling quality products and to go with their hip trims, Crown & Co. is one of the coolest chop shops in Brisbane. Further toward New Farm is the Men’s Grooming Lounge, an establishment that gives men a bit more of a pampering experience including manicures, pedicures as well as cuts and trims and The Moustachery’s New Farm location.
West End is home to several great hair houses, each taking a different approach to men’s cuts. HQ Male Grooming provides great service including corporate cuts and colouring, suitable for refined, older gentleman and young professionals. The Chopspot Barbershop is a traditional, yet contemporary barbershop that is delivers good old fashioned customer service with a focus on modern trends. Heroes + Villains Barbers celebrates the hero in every man, created by Dmitri Papas, Justin Pace and Tim Hanlon of Papas + Pace Advanced hairdressing. Just across the river in Milton is Esquire Male Grooming, a refined and luxurious barber that stocks top-of-the-line products, massage chairs, flat screen televisions and complimentary beverages.
The suburbs are also booming with their own barbershops, fostering a culture of loyalty amongst their local patrons thanks to their commitment to creating consummate cuts. John’s Barber Shop in Camp Hill is a cosy space designed like an old-school New York barber, complete with a mural of an NYC street. Jack’s Barber shares a similar bygone charm, with vintage chairs and aesthetic, yet the trims are tailored to preference, exemplifying bespoke barbering at its finest. Bou’s for Men boasts a few locations around town, but you can find some reliably fresh cuts on the north side at the Portside Wharf location. Cleveland’s Harbour Barber provides deluxe packages and products for those who take their hair seriously and Bulimba’s The Moustachery is not only a barber but is also a discerning retailer of products for those who are fond of facial hair. The ladies can also get the barber treatment at Barber Girl in Bulimba.
A cool, barber haircut is always on the cutting edge of style, and two places sell style in abundance. Culture Kings in Brisbane City mixes street style with slick barbering in one establishment. The ultra hip Mr Snippets Barber and Espresso is a great place to get a cut, sip a coffee and try on some new clothes. Williams & Goss in Ashgrove and the 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. MiB Barbers at Westfield Garden City specialises in clean cuts and styles. Flanegan’s Mens Hairdresser in Samford retains the classic approach to preening, with an old church pew serving as the waiting bench and rustic furniture stocking old school products.
Brisbane’s barbers are world class, refining their approach to hair and fostering an appreciation for male grooming within Australia. If you are after a buzz cut, a quiff, a trim, a pamper or need to stock up on your favourite beard oil, pomade or shaving crème, there are dozens of spots in Brisbane that can help you out.
Image courtesy of Paul Williams.