A haircut can really make or break a man. If it’s a beard trim we’re talking about, it’s even more essential to get your grooming right. And, let's face it, it’s high-time men get a bit of pampering—considering their haircuts of the olden days consisted of a dodgy shopping centre chain, a quick slap around the head with the clippers and a free mint on the way out
Without further ado, here are the best barbers in Auckland for a sleek new do.
Boar & Blade
Ponsonby & Wynyard Quarter
Boar & Blade are premium men’s grooming shops found in the heart of Ponsonby Central as well as Wynyard Quarter. Headed by owner Hohepa ‘Hops’ Rutene, their unique, relaxed and approachable culture has seen them become local legends. From tight fades to beard trims and clean shaves, no matter what you’re after, the team at Boar and Blade will have you looking your sharpest. Churning out suave cuts over top quality banter and beer, be sure to book in quick as the skilled team are hot in demand.
Flash City Tattoo
Flash City is a walk-in only barber shop and tattoo parlour located on Ponsonby Road. Their two barbers—Sarah and Ryan work throughout the week and even offer ice-cold Coopers beer for their Thursday late-night sessions 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 look 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.
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 more than 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 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 include a barber cut and beard trim or a barber cut and a cut-throat shave, all with a complimentary beverage. 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.
Situated on Mt Eden Road, this barbershop offers quality men’s cuts at cheap as chips prices, you really can’t go wrong with Eden Barbers. Location wise, the barbershop sits right opposite Galbraith's Alehouse, convenient for an after cut brew. They also offer 60-minute parking for their patrons. If it’s a quick cut you’re after, 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 in Takapuna, they 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 the experience, this is all done while broadcasting the latest sports on television.
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