It takes a lot to impress us here at The Urban List. After all, we’ve seen flambéed gelato cones, sipped on cocktails served in bathtubs, and dined on fifteen-course mystery degustations. But when we stumbled upon this pair of hidden men’s barbers in Melbourne CBD, we couldn’t help but be bowled over by the style, service, and unique special touches that come with a trim and a shave. Gents, meet Men + Co.
Hailing from Melbourne, Men + Co is run by the same team of experts who are responsible for Toorak Road’s Meddlers, one of the best hairdressers in Melbourne. Venturing into the CBD, the men’s locations are a luxury affair that combine old-school, traditional service with new-school styling and advice - and they don’t scrimp on the luxuries.
Chris Dunkley, one half of the team behind Meddlers and Men + Co is a big fan of on-point service, so with his Melbourne barbers the focus is on more than just a haircut: “When it comes to giving the customer a great experience, far too many modern salons are getting lazy. With Men + Co, we’re bringing back our favourite elements of old-school service—a drink, a shoeshine, a barber who really listens to you—and combining them with up-to-date styling and products. It’s the experience that we want when we visit a salon, so it made sense to just do it ourselves.”
The Men + Co venues are part traditional grooming salon (think top-quality scissors, hair products that actually work, and a team that knows how to give you a look that fits with your lifestyle), part luxurious gentlemen’s club. While you wait, you’ll be offered a seat in a leather armchair, and when you do make it to the barber’s chair, you’re in for one of the best grooming services in Melbourne. Shaves are offered with or without a facial, traditional shoeshines are available for those days when you’re headed to an important meeting or date, and pretty much everything comes complete with a scotch in hand. Just how we like it.
While the service aspect is crammed full of traditional luxuries, when it comes to styling the Men + Co team are at the cutting-edge of their game. Taking regular trips to the US of A to learn from the lead stylists at American Crew, you won’t find a barber more well-trained with a razor or blade. As well as understanding how to give you a cut and product that suits your life (because ain’t nobody got time for bad hair), the Men + Co team are fantastic for fashion advice. Need to know where to pick up a new pair of shoes, or which tailors is best for refitting a suit? Get these guys on speed-dial, pronto.
They’re also no strangers to the hectic work-hard, play-hard schedules we’re all trying to balance. You can drop in for a quick pre-work trim—they open at 9am, so you can be at your desk by 9.30am—or visit for a pre-dinner polish and a scotch on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, when they are open for business until 7pm.
In a rush? Just mention to the Men + Co team when you arrive and they’ll suggest the best express service with the time you have to spare. Sorted.
So, where can you find these men’s grooming meccas? The Melbourne men’s barbers are tucked inside two of the city’s most beautiful buildings: Bar and restaurant, the Kelvin Club, and nightlife hotspot, Ms Collins. Men + Co’s Ms Collins location is the perfect place for an express trim and a light bite from the recently revamped New World Kitchen, which serves dishes from the Huxtable and Mr. Wilson teams. If you’re after an entire afternoon of indulgence, The Kelvin Club location serves incredible food, including one of the juiciest Wagyu tenderloins around, as well as some delicious classic cocktails. Where else on earth can you get a fade with a game of pool and a killer Negroni?!
Whatever your preference, Men + Co are, hands down, one of the best barbers in Melbourne CBD for everything from a quick trim to the full grooming monty. Next time you’re due a cut, give them a call and you won’t be disappointed. In fact, we can guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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