Australia & NZ
Best Old School Barbershops in Australia
What is old is new again. This is the case whether the subject is tailors, millinery, bespoke haberdashery, vinyl records, antiquarian books or the art of the cocktail.
Well, guess what? Barbershops have made a comeback too. Some, as we shall see, have never left. Others, on the other hand, evince a new generation’s flair with clippers and straight razors. Without further ado, discover a lucky thirteen old-school barbershops in Oz.
188c Barkly Street, St. Kilda, VIC (three loc.)
‘Barbers of distinction’ with retro décor (black and white tile, brown leather) and free Coopers.
Where to stay: Apartments Ink St. Kilda
Vince & Dom
98 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC
Melbourne CBD icon and time-capsule shop for the executive business set.
Where to stay: Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
Captains of Industry
Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne, VIC
One-stop-shop for the new-school gentleman, Captains of Industry is part social club, part café, part bespoke haberdasher and, indeed, part barbershop.
Where to stay: Somerset On Elizabeth Melbourne
The Melbourne Barber Shop
394 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC
Mechanic’s garage theme, Truefitt & Hill products and almost three decades in business.
Where to stay: Space Hotel Melbourne
Hair Essentials By Ed Charles
Henry Bucks of Collins Street, 320 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
Leo Di Valentino provides the consummate professional barber experience at Henry Buck’s flagship store in Melbourne. One Rupert Murdoch was once a client.
Where to stay: Grand Mercure Melbourne Accor Vacation Club Apartments
Lawson’s Men’s Hair
Shop 2, One Shelley Street, Sydney (two loc.)
The state-of-the-art, King Street Wharf-adjacent, Macquarie Bank development at One Shelley Street is the perfect place for a manly hairdresser. Lawson’s delivers the goods.
Where to stay: The Grace Hotel Sydney
Grand Royal Barbers
397 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW (two loc.)
Grand Royal’s proprietors did stints at traditional barbershops in London before resuscitating old-fashioned grooming for Darlo’s hipsters.
Where to stay: Morgans Hotel Of Sydney
Sterling Hairdressing Parlour and Barber Shop
Shop 3, 29 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Pin-up girl posters, sleek décor, well-curated playlists and vintage swivel chairs highlight this Surry Hills hot spot.
Where to stay: Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar Sydney
Jimmy Rod’s Barber Shop
300 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD (five loc.)
Less than a decade old but firmly-entrenched with Brisbane’s masculine set, Jimmy Rod’s offers perks like PS3 consoles and Apple TV multimedia systems while you wait.
Where to stay: Diamant Hotel Brisbane
115 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Streetweear purveyor par excellence, Culture Kings serves up haircuts and razor jobs to match your kicks, lids and threads.
Where to stay: The Sebel Suites Brisbane
24 Leigh Street, Adelaide, SA
Traditional, no-frills and four decades in the game, Alec’s is open six days a week and offers $18 cuts.
Where to stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide On Hindley
Dr. Snippy’s Barber Lounge
204 Hay Street, Subiaco, Perth, WA
Subi’s Dr. Snippy’s wins the prize for best ambiance. Loungey, chill, eclectic décor and, perhaps best of all, free Donkey Kong.
Where to stay: Wyndham Vacation Resort The Outram Perth
138A South Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia
Manly digs, Foxtel on the screen and three decades of experience makes Kennedy’s the place to get a trim in Fremantle.
Where to stay: Pier 21 Apartment Hotel