Getting a haircut or shave needn’t be a chore. In fact, heading to a barbershop should be a luxurious experience. Harking back to the good old days when gents looked forward to the barber, a new crop of Melbourne shops are doing things right. Whether you’re looking to sip on whisky while getting your hair cut, relax with a classic hot towel shave, or pump things up with some modern DJ beats during your visit, here are the best barber shop in Melbourne to visit today.
1. Men + Co
Well-groomed gents looking for a more luxurious barber experience should head to Men + Co in the Melbourne CBD. Founded by Chris Dunkley and Gary McKenzie, the team of experienced barbers and stylists have decades of experience behind the chair. Choose from a range of services, such as a complete cut or straight razor shave through to the deluxe treatment that includes a detailed cut and hot towel shave. Plus, if you have a special occasion coming up, you can just book in for a wash and style, so you’re looking your best. If you’re a regular, they also have VIP membership packages that are worth considering. Pick from three levels, each featuring two haircuts and one shave a month, plus a range of other bonuses and discounts, depending on the level.
Location: Studio 2, Level 1, 377 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
2. Brother Wolf
Whether you’re looking for pomp, quiff, contour, fade or hot towel shave, Brother Wolf has you covered. A favourite amongst locals, Brother Wolf is experienced at releasing the dapper potential in all lads. Along with excellent service, this barber and shaving parlour also offers that old-world feel you’ve been after. Head in and immediately be transported back to yesteryear when the barber shop was also the social club. Sip on a beer, savour a whisky, and shoot the breeze as you relax and get spruced up at this local gentlemen’s hub.
Location 1: 113 Greville Street, Prahran, Melbourne
Location 2: 162 Carlisle St, Balaclava / St Kilda
3. King’s Domain
King’s Domain is adept at offering gents the royal treatment. Providing excellent service and distinguished quality, this barbershop will always leave you feeling like you rule the world. With every service including a hair and scalp consultation, as well as product recommendations, you’ll be sure to get a properly tailored experience at King’s Domain.
Location 1: 1/177 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne
Location 2: 1/12 Collins Street, Melbourne
4. The Bearded Man
The Bearded Man is serious about one thing and that is hair. With a team of award-winning barbers that live and breathe hair, you are not going to leave disappointed. You won’t get an apprentice or junior cutting your hair as out of all eight barbers the least experience in years is five. On top of getting the best haircut, you will receive delicious Industry Beans coffee with an in-house barista and music that will never disappoint.
Awards: Australian Men’s Hairdresser of the Year 2016/2018
Location 1: 203 Chapel Street, Prahran, Melbourne
Location 2: 2/62 Rose Street Fitzroy, Melbourne
5. Uncle Rocco’s
Uncle Rocco’s is an old-school barbershop in the industrial area of Port Melbourne run by Fabian Sfameni a third generation barber who established three of his own shops in Melbourne since 1996. Fabian has honed and developed his own personal style and skills over the years and his passion for barbering has inspired him to provide his clientele with the highest standards paying special attention to quality and personalised customer service. With the desire to expand this passion beyond barbering to men’s grooming and other style conscience products, the brand Uncle Rocco’s was born. The barbershop name was taken from Fabian’s third shop in Port Melbourne which is named after his Uncle Rocco in New Jersey, who was also a barber for more than 50yrs.
Location: 1 Fennell Street Port Melbourne
6. The Melbourne Barber Shop
Rev-heads will love the auto-inspired environment of The Melbourne Barber Shop. Opened in 1994, it’s located in a historic district of Melbourne, on the corner of Victoria and Russell streets. It’s an excellent choice for discerning gents. Services include a variety of hair cuts from a skin fade to a crew cut, as well as beard trim combos. Moustache, ear, and eyebrow trims are complimentary with any service, so you’ll leave looking and feeling fresh and tidy. Plus, the team also offers kids cuts so that you can take the little ones along as well.
Location: 394 Russell St, Melbourne
7. Rockit Barbershop
Old world meets new at Rockit Barbershop. Located in a 1930s art deco building, this barbershop combines both traditional and modern barbering techniques for the best results. Enjoy the latest fashion cuts, modern designs, classic quiffs, or a quintessential cut-throat shave. While you wait, take in the mix of decor and memorabilia, from antique barbering tools to fun bobbleheads and a large television to keep you entertained. Additionally, if you have a special event or wedding planned, you can hire their pop-up barbering service that will come to you. Alternatively, if it’s a weekend, book a private styling session in the shop with your groomsmen.
Location: G15/546-566 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD
8. Area Studio
Enjoy personalized and award-winning service at Area Studio, located on Franklin Street in the city. The team brings years of experience, including international training, and recognizes that each person’s hair is different. As such, they’re skilled in all hair types, including curly and coily hair. Choose from services including beard trims with a hot towel, contemporary or classic haircuts, and even short women’s cuts. Plus, they’re open until 8:00 pm most nights as well, making it ideal for an after-work appointment.
Awards: HBIA’s Small Salon of the Year 2017 & 2018
Location: 257 Franklin St, Melbourne
9. Good Barber Shop
The bright, open, and airy space of Good Barber Shop is fresh and welcoming. Established in 2017, the shop has been bringing sophisticated style to the gents of South Melbourne ever since. The stylists combine barbershop tradition with Korean sensibilities, offering classic cuts and straight-razor shaves. Visiting the shop also gives back to the community. The team donates a portion of profits to selected charities such as Save the Children Australia, Good Neighbours Australia, and Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Drop a matchstick into the jar of the charity you want to see the money go to.
Location: 246 Park St, South Melbourne
10. Oxbridge Barbers
You won’t want to leave Oxbridge Barbers, even when you’re freshly cut and styled. This warm and welcoming environment is the ideal place to chill and step away from the craziness of your day. Equipped with comfy Chesterfield couches and craft beer, as well as cozy interiors with a vintage vibe, it’s easy to make yourself at home. When it comes to your actual cut, the team of British and European barbers has more than 30 years of experience. Pick from clipper or scissor cuts and skin fades, as well as a hot towel shave, beard trim, or full beard line-up. They also offer bucks parties and wedding day packages, so you and your mates will look extra sharp for your special day.
Location: 459 Little Collins St, Melbourne
11. Twin Barbers
Get yourself a smooth fade and crisp lineup at Twin Barbers. Located on Elizabeth Street, this sleek shop is owned by twin brothers Zed and Omarion Freihat. Their menu includes cuts, shaves, and trims, using the highest quality equipment and a variety of techniques to suit your hair. However, the team is especially good at working with textured hair and executing sleek fades. Outside the world of barbering, the brothers are also professional dancers and musicians, so you might be lucky enough to hear some of their tunes while you’re there!
Location: 4/640 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
12. Ab’s Barber Shop
No matter where you are in the city, there’s sure to be an Ab’s Barber Shop close by. Choose from three locations – William Street, Carson Place, and Flinders Lane. Each is open until 7:00 pm most nights of the week, so it’s great for an after-work appointment or walk-in. Plus, William Street opens at 7:00 am if you need a trim before work. Owner Ibrahim El Osman has over 30 years of experience cutting stylish gents’ hair and opened the first shop more than a decade ago.
Location 1: 162 William Street, Melbourne
Location 2: 2/1 Carson Place, Melbourne
Location 3: 497 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
13. Pickings and Parry
Fitzroy’s Pickings and Parry is a unique barbershop. This four-seat venue is part of a retail boutique selling all kinds of men’s fashion and accessories, as well as a selection of women’s clothes and homewares. As such, you’ll be able to update your whole look at once! Expect friendly and quality service from the passionate team of barbers. They’re industry veterans who are keen to develop a trusted relationship and ensure you leave looking your best. The service menu includes re-styles, razor fades, tidy-ups, and beard trims with a style and shape. Plus, every appointment comes with a drink from their bar. Appointments are recommended, but you can call to see if there are any last-minute openings for walk-ins.
Location: Shop 3, 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
14. Hardware La Barbers
Adam Scott and the team at Hardware Ln Barbers have been in action at that location since 2011. Situated in the heart of the CBD, it’s ideally located for trimming the hair and beards of inner-city gents. The cut and grooming menu includes services such as scissor, clipper, and razor cuts, as well as beard shaping, line-ups, and a hot towel face shave. It’s open six days a week, and appointments aren’t necessary – just wander on in. They’ve also opened a second venue in Yarraville called Jugga’s Barbers.
Location: 36-38 Hardware Lane Melbourne
15. Barber on Errol
Make your way to North Melbourne to visit the neo-classical barbershop, Barber on Errol. Its warm and welcoming interiors are stylish and masculine, with a vintage throwback feel that reflects the traditional skills and 40-year history of the venue. Select from a menu that includes standard cuts, skin fades, buzz cuts, cut throat shaves, a beard trim, or complete restyling. They also offer kids’ cuts, so your little ones can look just as stylish as you.
Location: 73 Errol Street, North Melbourne
16. The Barber Club
Enjoy a touch of nostalgia with your haircut at The Barber Club. It’s one of Melbourne’s oldest and most-respected family-owned barbershops, with two locations – one in Bentleigh and one in Port Melbourne. The Bentleigh location has exposed brick and vintage styling, while the Port location is modern, sleek, and features a fun plant wall. Regardless of which venue you pick, the team provides premium service and prides themselves on each client leaving happy and feeling their best. Whether you’re in need of a wet-shave, haircut, or beard trim and styling, you’ll be looked after. They also stock styling products from the Australian brand CLUB.
Location 1: 375 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
Location 2: 103A Bay St, Port Melbourne
17. Rokk Mans Barbers
The Rokk Man Barbers are a new contemporary barbershop located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and Toorak. The salons offer a hot towel shave service, beard trims and premium men’s haircuts, including skin fades and clipper cuts. They have created a relaxed male space where you can sit and unwind with a fine selection of beer, spirits, or wine. For the time-poor gents, there are 30-minute appointments.
Location 1: 446 Toorak Rd, Toorak, Melbourne
Location 2: Shop 26/45 Collins St, Melbourne
18. All the Kings Men
All the Kings Men recently celebrated nine years in the biz and is still going strong. Known as a gentlemen’s Haircutters, the barbershop is popular for its ability to put the art back into male grooming. Combining a nod to tradition with a quirky edge, All the Kings Men knows what it takes to provide a proper cut and shave without any stuffiness. Located on Queensberry Street in North Melbourne, All the Kings Men is but a stone’s throw away from the CBD. Simply pop on down when you have some spare time. No appointment necessary.
Location: 558 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
19. Captains of Industry
Captains of Industry is so much more than just a barbershop. As well as being a top place for a haircut or shave, it’s also a great spot to grab a bite to eat for breakfast or lunch, purchase leather accessories and bespoke footwear made by hand to your exact measurements, and pick up pieces of contemporary and fine jewellery. Located in a tucked-away spot in the heart of Melbourne, Captains of Industry has a distinct and charming, old-world ambience. Like you’ve found your way into a secret club, you’ll quickly want to become a life-long member after stepping foot through the front door.
Location: Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne
20. Little Rebel Collective
If you’re looking to break from the crowd and express your individuality, then Little Rebel Collective is the place for you. Specialising in looks that express their clients’ personalities, the team here will give you the confidence to try that style you’ve been thinking of. Rhia is the stylist and barber on hand, creating killer looks for both gents and ladies. With over ten years of experience, she’s a real pro with precision cuts and barbering. Located on the iconic Johnston Street, Little Rebel Collective has that true Fitzroy feel. Creative, edgy, and filled with energy, this spot is as cool as the suburb in which it dwells.
Location: 2/104 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
What are the best barbershops in Melbourne?
Melbourne has many high-quality barbershops, all with unique qualities to recommend them. However, The Bearded Man – which has locations in Prahran and Fitzroy – has won several awards over the years, and is ranked by many among the city's top spots for a cut.
How much is a men's haircut in Melbourne?
The price of a haircut in Melbourne depends on the location and the barber's experience. On average, you can expect to pay $30–$60 for a standard cut and wash.
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