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. General Order
Walk into this Richmond barber shop and you might find yourself stopping to question whether you’ve accidentally wandered into a coffee shop. That’s because the front of the barber is a coffee shop, and a damn good one at that! But just in case you do happen to be here for a haircut, you’re in luck. General Order owner Paolo De Marco and his barbers have you well and truly covered. A 3rd generation barber, Paolo owes his success to his constant fine tuning and innovation of classic barbering techniques.
The guys at General Order say their purpose is to empower men to look and feel great so they can go out and shape the world we live in. When you visit General Order barbershop shop you’re going to get more than just the same cut as every other guy on the street. You’ll get insight into exactly what cut works with your style, your face and your sensibility. You’ll get a great haircut. And like they say at General Order, a great haircut makes life better, period!
Location: 128 Swan St, Cremorne, Melbourne
Promotion: Get $10 off your first haircut
2. 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 Fabians 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
3. 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
Location 2: 162 Carlisle St, Balaclava / St Kilda
Men+Co’s classic barber services promise to leave you looking and feeling like a proper gentleman. Whether you’re in need of a contemporary haircut or seeking a classic style, the dedicated team at Men+Co will be able to sort you out. Also offering clipper cuts and straight blade shaves, this modern barbershop is your one-stop location for a quick style update from scruffy to suave.
Perfect for busy gents, Men+Co can now be found at three convenient locations across the city and St Kilda. With all single services crafted to take no more than 30 minutes, your schedule is safe from interruption when you book an appointment with this barber.
Location 1: Inside Kelvin Club – Melbourne Place, Melbourne
Location 2: Inside Ms Collins – 425 Collins Street, Melbourne
Location 3: Ground floor of Icon Apartments – 2-12 St Kilda Road, St Kilda
5. The Bearded Man
The Bearded Man is a barbershop about three things: cuts, beans and beats. Head on over to the shop, which is located on Chapel Street in Prahran, and you’ll be treated not only to a trim, cut or shave, but also a damn good time. Kick back with a great coffee from Industry Beans while The Bearded Man hooks you up in the hair department, or, if you’ve already had your coffee fix, how about a beer? Now, all that’s left to do is chill out as you listen to some great beats. Featuring a full DJ set-up and visiting artists, you never know who you’ll see or hear when walking into this killer barbershop.
Location: 203 Chapel Street, Prahran
6. Captains of Industry
Captains of Industry is so much more than just a barber shop. 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
7. 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.
While you’d usually be safe to assume that such quality would put a dint in your hip pocket, King’s Domain will surprise you with its commitment to value. A simple clip will only cost you $20 while a classic hot towel shave will set you back just $50, as will a tailored haircut including a wash, massage and style.
Location 1: 1/177 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Location 2: 1/12 Collins Street, Melbourne
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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