One of the biggest trends of the last few years has been the reemergence of the gentleman. While it should probably be a capital offence for anyone to describe themselves as dapper, there is something to be said for the way a traditional cut and shave makes you feel. You walk out barber-fresh, and the world is at your feet.
Here are 11 of Sydney’s best barbershops where you can head in and get yourself sorted out. You deserve it.
The Barber Shop
Of all the emerging barbers in Sydney (it’s starting to feel like there’s one on every corner at the moment) The Barber Shop might just be the best known. Top barbers employing time-honoured techniques is always going to be a winner in my book. While the barbering is great, it’s hard not to be tempted by the adjoining bar—a worthy winner of the 2015 NSW Bar of the Year. But hey, with the wisdom of the ages, why not both?
If you’re chasing a luxe barbering experience, The Barberhood is worth a look. Found in the heart of the financial district, it’s an unashamedly premium product. It carries itself with a classic, masculine, air. And it’s nice to find that walk-ins aren’t just possible, they’re actively encouraged.
Happy Sailors Barber Shop
Happy Sailors feels like a Redfern institution at this point. Decked out with the traditional red, white, and blue, poles in the front, its proprietor Nathan has put together one of the best teams in the city. Think of it like a great local cafe, regulars giving knowing nods, realising they’ve stumbled onto the best thing in town.
Grand Royal Barbers
With three locations (CBD, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst,) the Grand Royal Barbers bring five generations of barbering expertise to the table. They’ve taken the traditional experience and paired it with modern techniques. It’s a blend of old and new that’s raising the standard for the next generation of Sydney barbers.
Unapologetically a men’s only barber shop, the US-export brings the 40s back to Newtown. This is the real deal, a traditional institution that delivers. Fantastic cutthroat shaves, and barbers who bring back the looks of yesterday like it was tomorrow.
Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to my guys at Sterling, they’ve been looking after me ever since forever, and doing a seriously good job of it. They’ve got a couple of locations around Sydney, do an awesome line in rockabilly realness, and they’re even starting to push on with their own hair products.
Spa Q is the place to be when you want to get away from the world. It’s an indulgent experience, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Enjoy a neat whisky, and settle in, it’s time to take a load off.
Culture Kings is pretty much what I imagine a Drake dreamscape to be like. It’s all very streetwear, tight fades, and nice razor work. Whether you’re just after a trim, or something that is more on that crazy tip, you’ve come to the right place.
If all you’re after is a clean, classic, cut and a proper wet shave, it’s hard to go past Men’s Biz. Operating out of The Strand Arcade, they also have just about the best range of hair and skin products around, as well as all the razors your heart could ever desire.
Cleveland’s is a tiny little place down on Cleveland Street (obvs) in Redfern that comes complete with its own cafe that’s churning out some delicious pastries and coffee. Good vibe, good people, great haircuts, can’t ask for a whole lot more than that.
Another little Redfern barbershop, man they’re doing well over there, Chicano’s brings a West Coast vibe to Sydney. This is a bunch of very cool dudes who know how to handle a razor. If you need some line-work done or just need that fade as tight as possible, Chicano’s are bringing it as hard as anyone.
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Image credit: Jackielyn Powell at Happy Sailor's Barber Shop