Barber shops are currently trending harder than undercuts and activewear, so we’ve decided to round up our Melbourne favourites. If you’re a purist who likes to visit Cousin Gino in Moorabbin; you’ll hate this list; but if you live near civilisation, you’ll be stoked. In no particular order, here are the 8 coolest barber shops in Australia’s most impossible-to-dress-for state.
Captains of Industry
2 Somerset Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
One of the older establishments in Melbourne is Captains of Industry. Resident cutter Sam Fordyce has been clipping hair at Captains of Industry for over six years. Here you can get a wash, shave, buzz or an easy tidy up. Backed by the motto “Classic men’s grooming never goes out of style,” never pass up an opportunity to visit the Captain.
Haircut Types: Wash & Cut – $65, Buzz – $45, Shave – $45, Tidy Up – $15.
Pickings & Parry
3/166 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
If you find yourself in Gertrude St, Collingwood, then drop by one of the coolest barber shops in Melbourne to see the boys at Pickings & Parry. In addition to some sweet heritage workwear clothing, the boys can offer you the full barber service. The shop is packed with motorbikes, vintage watches and handlebar moustaches, so it’s a really interesting visit. Oh and you can grab a (complementary) whiskey, beer or coffee with your shave. Tell them D’Marge sent you for a free slap across the chops.
Haircut Types: Standard Haircut – $50, Razor/Skin Fade – $55, Buzz Cut/Clipper Only Cut – $25, Straight Razor Face/Head Shave – $50, Moustache Trim $10, Beard Trim $25.
The Bearded Man
203 Chapel St. Prahran 3181, Melbourne
This place is more than a barber’s shop: it’s a veritable, male focussed lifestyle offering. Upscale and friendly, The Bearded Man is a relaxing abode with great tunes and a bigger coffee selection than you can throw a latte at. And the barbering is clearly at the core of the business. Backed by 14 years of experience across Europe and South America, the bearded men have put together their favourite techniques, products and finishing touches to offer customers top notch haircuts, beard trims and wet shaves.
Haircut Types: Haircut – $60.00, Wet Shave – $60.00, Bearded Lady Cut (Long & Short Hair) – $60.00, Beard Trim – $25.00, Beard Trim w/ Razor – $40.00, Head Shave – $35.00.
1/12 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Kings Domain is the go-to barber shop south of the Yarra. The place has been offering its trademark “superior cuts” since 2013, and is often booked solid with guys grabbing haircuts, clips or cut-throat shaves. Kings Domain also stock a good range of combs, hair products and other metrosexual accessories. Located just a short walk from South Yarra station and Chapel St., Kings Domain is a must.
Haircut Types: Royal Treatment (vintage shave and superior cut) – $90, Kings Cut (tailored cut with the leading barber) – $70, Standard Haircut – $50, Shave – $50, Clip $50.
1 Fennell St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
If you’re working on the wharfs or slinging second-hand ‘goods’ in Port Melbourne, then Uncle Rocco’s is worth a look. Run by Fab Sfameni it’s a small but great looking space, Uncle Rocco’s is by appointment only though, so don’t just drop in. It’s also closed on weekends so check their website for availability.
Haircut Types: Standard Haircut – $40, Beard and Mo Trim $35, Face Shave $45, Haircut and Beard Trim $65, Hair Cut and Face Shave $85.
Code Black Barber Shop
157 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park Melbourne 3206
Code Black take pride in their customer service—and it shows. From their personable approach, with your dedicated barber taking you through your whole service; to their integrated vacuum system ensuring no hairs stray down the neck; to their whisky and coffee bar offering a rolling calendar of seasonal tipples—it’s hard to go wrong here. With Scottish oak cutting desks providing a communal atmosphere and bringing back the legacy of the barber as a social hub in the community, we encourage you to check this place out.
Haircut types: Haircuts – $60, Cut-Throat Razor Shaves – $55, Moustache Trims/Beard Trims – depends.
285 Johnston St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Next on our barber shop hit (hot?) list is Mr Tom Farmer from Temple Town. We know a place is a contender when they stock Uppercut pomade, but not only that: this spot is beautifully rustic (old school chairs and all) with lots of new-world barber shop equipment (and love) in the air. You’ll find Temple Town over in Abbotsford.
Haircut Types: Beard Trim/Clipper Cut (25mins) – $25, Fade (35mins) – $35, Men’s Short (50 mins) – $60, Men’s Long (60mins) – $70.
119 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
A late entrant in our best Melbourne barbers, Drunken Barber focuses on a no-fuss experience for the gentleman. There’s no need for appointments at Drunken Barber, you just drop in, take a seat and wait your god damned turn. If you’re thirsty have a Boneyard Brew. Cuts start at about $30. You’ll find DB in Smith St Collingwood.
Haircut Types: Enquire within.
1/ 377 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
An enthusiastic team of Master Barbers, both homegrown & international, await you at Men+Co.
Whether you are in need of an ‘on trend’ style, a classic gentleman’s cut or a luxurious straight razor shave Men+Co have you covered—ready to place a drink in your hand and transport you to timeless, classy era gone-by.
Haircut Styles: Men’s Complete Haircut – $55, Straight Razor Shave – $45, Deluxe Treatment – $95.