There’s nothing like a fresh cut to get you feeling clean and brand spanking new. We’ve rounded up our top picks for Auckland’s best barbershops that will leave you looking a little less Shia Lebeouf and a little more Ryan Gosling.
Boar & Blade
Ponsonby & Wynyard Quarter
Boar & Blade is a premium men’s grooming shop in the heart of Ponsonby Central and Wynyard Quarter. Headed by “Bundy the barber” Blake, who originally opened his first shop down in Wellington and after countless hours of dedication to the beard, decided to open up a second store in Auckland. This classic 1950’s Americana inspired barber shop pays homage to Bundy’s grandfather, who at the age of 17 shot and killed the boar which proudly hangs on the shop wall today. Bundy's greatest achievement to date is the release of his premium men’s grooming range, thoughtfully crafted and developed in New Zealand. “The line pays homage to this age-old tradition of men's grooming and captures the essence of the true man. The natural and beautiful environment of New Zealand is captured within the products we produce. Boar & Blade is truly timeless.”— Bundy.
Flash City Tattoo
Flash City is a walk in only double-whammy, barber shop and tattoo parlour located on Ponsonby Road. Their two barbers— Sarah and Ryan work alternate throughou the week and even offer ice-cold Coopers beer for their Thursday late-night sessions absolutely, free of charge. Their services leave you and your wallet feeling relaxed and a little risky while you’re waiting for your shave. While you're at it, take a squiz at the ever-changing flash tattoos, for a complete makeover.
Maloney’s Barber Shop
A staple in the Auckland Barber shop scene for more than 10 years, Maloney’s Barber Shop offers an array of services from a quick buzz cut to a hot-towel shave and everything in between. Every head of hair is treated with the utmost respect and is styled to perfection by this bunch of talented lads. Walk-in appointments are offered but if it’s the ultimate barbershop experience you’re after then be sure to book in for a cut-throat shave. You’ll leave feeling smooth, silky and road rash free and we’re sure your lady will thank you for it later.
Situated downtown in the old heritage building— Achilles House, Room 104 offers the ultimate men’s grooming experience frequented by Auckland’s A-list and businessman alike. This New York style loft space is home to the exclusive barber shop that is Loft 104. You can sit back, read a magazine, beer in hand and relax, while the talented team take care of your locks. Each booking designates enough time to go over your desired look without rushing and their repertoire of work is constantly updated with the latest on-trend styles.
Paul Bartolo is the creative mastermind behind this little mid-city gem. After spending over 30 years in the industry, owning and working in barbershops in London, Melbourne and Auckland, Bespoke Barbershop brings together craft and style while maintaining a welcoming environment for its customers. Services range from a simple buzz cut to a full restyle and a quick beard trim to a beard reshape with a blade. Bespoke Barbershop is where “Tradition meets modern” and where “Craft meets style and equals success.”- Bespoke Barbershop.
Situated on Parnell Road, this high-end barbershop and just oozes style with its classic décor. Although walk-ins are welcome, spots tend to fill up fast so booking is recommended. Services at the Parnell Barbershop includes a barber cut and beard trim or a barber cut and a cut-throat shave, all with a complimentary beverage of course. What sets this barbershop apart from the rest is you can hire the shop out for exclusive gentlemen’s club bookings and get two of your very own barbers to tend to your men. With kids cuts also on the menu, this barbershop is an all- round winner.
Situated on Mt Eden Road, this barbershop offers quality men’s cuts at cheap as chips prices. Ranging from $18- $33, you really can’t go wrong with Eden Barbers. Location wise, the barbershop sits right opposite Galbraith's Alehouse, perfectly convenient for an after cut brew and they offer 60-minute parking for their patrons. If it’s a quick cut you’re after in your lunch break, then this is the place to visit, a new look and transformation can be achieved in a matter of minutes.
Brotherhood Urban Stylists
Last but certainly not least is Brotherhood Urban Stylist. Based on the North Shore in Takapuna, these guys strive to make you feel welcome and part of a “brotherhood” of sharing creativity. Specialising in both scissors and clippers, this barbershop has a service to suit everyone. From a “classic brother” full-style cut with a hot towel finish, a “silver brother” colour to blend those greys for a more natural look and an “executive brother” which includes a full scalp massage and a bevvy of your choice into the service. To complete tge experience, this is all done while broadcasting the latest sports on the box making it a top contender on the list.
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Image credit: Boar and Blade