Fitted with skating bowls, on-site DJs, coffee machines and other unexpected services, modern barber shops provide much more than close shaves. This Movember, grow your stache for a good cause before visiting one of these eight barber shops for an experience that is worlds away from a lacklustre mall quick cut. From old-school barbers to trendy premium saloons, these are the best barber shops in Melbourne.
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Inspired by the time spent working in his father’s antique shop, Tom Farmer’s Temple Town is a rustic barber shop which focuses on providing customers with an unforgettable and satisfactory experience. In the three years that Temple Town has been open, they’ve developed a natural hair product which combats dandruff, psoriasis, damage and frizz and now offer men’s and women’s haircuts at the same price.
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Whether you’re after a contemporary or classic cut, old-fashioned shave or a shoe shine, at Men+Co, you can sit back with a stiff drink in hand and be transported to a time of class and craftsmanship. The belief at Men+Co is ‘that all men deserve to experience the pleasure of being groomed, just as their grandfathers did,’ and with three stylish locations around Melbourne, you can have the same experience.
If you find yourself in sudden need of a new do, then head to All The Kings Men, a no-appointment-needed barber shop in North Melbourne where you scribble your name on the blackboard and simply wait your turn. Once inside, your eyes will dart from wall to wall, taking in the eclectic trinkets and retro movie posters, and with all services under $35, All The Kings Men is a fun, no-fuss barber shop that won’t break the bank.
The Bearded Man boasts cuts, beans, and beats in a spacious and architecturally refined shop that features five chairs and a talented ensemble of barbers led by Head Barber Josh Mihan, who has 14 years of experience. Follow the smell of Industry Beans coffee through the door and relax to the sound of smooth disco, courtesy of the on-site DJ.
Located in a small laneway off Little Bourke Street, Captains of Industry is a café, shop, shoemaker, and barber shop that caters to gentlemen looking for ‘the Good, the True and the Beautiful.’ Captain Barber Sam Fordyce has been cutting hair and providing the perfect shave since 2005, believing that ‘classic men’s grooming never goes out of style.’ Expect cut throat shaves with steaming towels and precision haircuts.
Pickings & Parry is an emporium of style offering timeless men’s clothing and traditional grooming services at the end of Gertrude Street. Allow experienced barbers Jack Papoutsidis and Joshua Erwood to treat you to a variety of services from a moustache trim to a razor/skin fade while you sip your complimentary beverage. Picking and Parry is ‘style for the working man.’
Run by third-generation barber Fabian Sfameni, Uncle Rocco’s is an old-school barber shop where every client is treated like family. Named after his Uncle Rocco who lived in New Jersey and worked as a barber for more than 50 years, the shop is located in the industrial area of Port Melbourne and features a skating bowl. Over the years, Fabian has refined his own personal style and skills, inspiring him to provide customers with the highest standard of service.
Driven by precision, bespoke barber Rob Mason and his team use facial anatomy analysis to craft specific styles to suit each client. Based in Richmond, Morris Motley also features its own hair care line developed by Rob to ‘respect, mimic and nurture the unique biochemistry of the hair and scalp.’ Appointments take 60 minutes and can be conveniently booked online.