Barber shops in Sydney have blazed into popularity (yes, some are technically hairdressers too). We’ve scouted the newest hipster (and heritage) approved barbers in Sydney that you should be visiting (your unruly mop can thank us later). From the CBD to the suburbs, here are our top picks for the best barber shop in Sydney.
15/412-414 George St, Sydney
MEN’S BIZ’s team of experts have hand-picked and carefully curated a selection of best-in-class men’s shaving, skincare, haircare, fragrances and grooming accessories from around the world. They also offer sharp in-salon hairstyling and barber services so you can have a ‘better life through better grooming’. Whether you want to up the ante on your high fade, or a little more slick to your pompadour, this is the place to be.
432 King St, Newtown
Hawleywood’s puts Sydney’s hipster hub of Newtown on par with Costa Mesa, Long Beach and Huntington Beach (it now has barber shops in all 4 locales). Hawleywood’s snazzy barber shop and shaving parlour offers clean cuts and shaves no matter what your style is. From classic businessman do’s to psychobilly quiffs and a mohawk, Hawleywood’s cover it all. Plus, all haircuts and shaves are straight-razor and finished with a hot towel.
Tooth & Nail
1 Addison Rd, Marrickville
If the inner city’s #hipsterdom ever gets too much, head to Tooth & Nail. And don’t mention the word rockabilly. There’s no pretentious branding, or overt attempts to send you back to Jack The Ripper epoque—just trained hairdressers who do women’s hair, men’s hair, kids hair, long, short—everything. The parlour also has strong ties with the local art and music scene. Who knows, if you’re lucky they might even invite you to join them for knock off drinks.
49 Market Street, Sydney
Set within the very cool QT building, the spa at QT Sydney offers a great men’s barber service for guests and city regulars alike. Situated quietly within the surrounds of the day spa, this chilled barber shop is a welcome relief from the pace of the city. The head barber Kris will cut, clip or shave your noggin to make you look as refined or outlandish as you are keen to go. He’s a rather entertaining chap, too. They do get busy toward the weekends, so make sure you book ahead.
311 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
When you combine haircuts and coffee, you get Cleveland’s. The brickwork of the espresso bar lends an authentic feel, which then transitions into a confidence-inspiring white-tiled salon. Suffice to say, as you sip your perfectly brewed espresso, you can’t help but notice the light reflecting off the partition, playfully creating a dual image of both spaces. There’s even a food menu of breakfast and lunch fare to complement your coffee of choice. Casey (expert barber in residence) and Levy (head barista) are a formidable team in the heart of coolville, one you certainly won’t mind getting a glass of whiskey with next time you need a trim.
Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop
50 Buckingham St, Surry Hills
Old-school elegance meets modern cool at Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop. Between the music, the vintage barber’s chairs and the pin-up pictures on the walls, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped straight back in time. The man behind the plan is Tony Vacher, who’s been cutting and styling hair for over 30 years after training at Vidal Sassoon in London. While Sterling’s signature is authentic vintage hair and traditional straight-razor shaves, everything is done with a modern twist.
The Barber Shop
89 York St, Sydney
The Barber Shop’s unassuming storefront discreetly masks a bar that boasts an in immense cocktail menu inspired by classic British & American concoctions from the 18 & 1900’s—and one of the largest collections of Australian gin around. So don’t be fooled when you Google The Barber Shop and find it’s a bar and restaurant. Owner Mike Enright believes slick hairstyles, sharp blades and high-proof alcohol were meant to be together, and we’re inclined to agree. After a beard trim, a short-back-and-sides or whatever kind of de-bristling you’re in need of, treat yourself to one of the excellent (often gin-based) cocktails or something off the intriguing beer and wine list.
420 George St, Sydney
If the latest lids, kicks and crew cut is your thing, look no further than the team over at Culture Kings. No appointments are necessary, so feel free to stroll in straight off the street and take a pew at one of their famous barber’s chairs. Experience top-class styling, then head to the retail store to purchase some new additions to your wardrobe. A day at Culture Kings is the ultimate urban escape, and you’ll walk out feeling like an entirely new man.
Grand Royal Barbers
Shop 2A, 10 Spring Street, Sydney
381 Riley Street, Surry Hills
397 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
Grand Royal Barbers proves that good things get better with time. One of the older establishments in Sydney, GRB was founded in 1999, when owners Maria Dillon and Steve Salecich saw that Sydney was in desperate need of an upmarket modern barbershop. Come here for original 1940s barber’s chairs and other barbershop memorabilia passed down from Steve’s great, great grandfather, plus a friendly atmosphere and, of course, great service. GRB have three locations across the city, so you’re never far away from a close shave or trim.
Hair By Tommy J For Guys & Dolls
112 George St, Redfern
A late edition to the best barber shops Sydney comes from Guys and Dolls. Tucked away in Redfern, Guys & Dolls claims to be a one-stop shop for all your greaser/hipster style needs. From a clip to a shave, Hair By Tommy J For Guys and Dolls also stocks a solid range of men’s hair products. Keep your eyes peeled for the retro skate decks too. You may even spot an original Powell Peralta if you’re lucky. The search for Animal Chin continues…
1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
Where else but the beating heart of Sydney’s financial district would you find an establishment like The Barberhood? This traditional old-world barbershop pays homage to its masculine tradition, providing a no fuss, one-stop-shop for luxury men’s grooming products as well as a traditional lather and shave for the classic gent. Kitted out with Japanese-made Belmont barber chairs, iPads and a Sonos music system, clients can even choose their own playlist. If that’s not enough to get you through the door, the boys at Barberhood amp it up on Fridays, offering Chivas Regal, neat, on the house.
The Barber Shop
Shop 3, Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
The Barber Shop have just taken their fine cuts and crafty cocktails from York Street in Sydney’s CBD to The Streets of Barangaroo. The new venue offers a tailored barber experience with the opportunity to enjoy a creative cocktail and browse through men’s luxury books and lifestyle products while basking in a beautiful vintage industrial salon. Grooming services include hot towel shaves and beard trimming with vintage tools for contemporary precision cuts.
Dapper & Doll
19-21 Wentworth St, Parramatta CBD
Dapper & Doll is a classic barbershop with a modern hairdressers twist. It provides what what owner George Makram calls a, “Whole of experience thinking”. What does this mean? One aspect is that while a guest is enjoying a service at Dapper & Doll, a single origin coffee, tumeric latte, or chai tea from neighbouring Circa Espresso will be delivered directly to your chair. As a matter of fact, you can order any of their artisan beverages on their menu all complimentary to your service. Or get measured up for a suit at nearby Tailor & Co. whilst your partner gets her hair washed and blow dried before breakfast.