Sure: Brisbane is famous for its youthful zeal, year-round sun and smokin’ hot… pavements. But where’s a bloke to get a haircut? Fortunately, with a new crop of top barbers making waves (and fades) in Queensland’s metropolitan Mecca, you no longer need to fly to Sydney or Melbourne to get a world-class cut.
Although we suffered a 1990’s follicular-hangover well into the 2000s, a glance around your local watering hole proves we’ve finally snapped out of it. It’s 2019 and—as long as you don’t go full hipster—there’s never been a more exciting time to own a scalp.
Here are the best places to kill the fuzzies and fizz your follicles in Brisbane.
121 Albert St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
A visit to Pure Man is as close as a bloke can come to fanning himself in luxury and not feeling weird about it all. More than just a cutter of hair, Pure Man is a salon, providing cuts, shaves, face treatments, body treatments, and on-trend products to bring it all together.
The Emporium Barber
4/1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
The Emporium Barber is Fortitude Valley’s worst-kept secret, invoking the spirit of dapper eras gone-by to bestow the 21st-century gent with a haircut worth checking out every time he walks by a vaguely reflective surface. As such, they focus on traditional grooming techniques and age-old services.
Twin Palms Barbershop
60 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Razor sharp looks await after a visit to Brisbane’s Twin Palms. The place is a legit urban oasis which combines traditional barber services with trendy styling in a classic yet contemporary space. Whether you’re after online bookings, late night cuts or the full service (including a wash, hot towel refresh and complimentary whiskey or craft beer), this place knows what’s up.
BHP Billiton Building, Mezzanine Level 4/480 Queen St, Brisbane
Artfully straddling the line between traditional and modern-style hair-styling makes Jimmy Rod’s a portal into both the past and future—with the best aspects of each. With the sweet-smelling ‘dark’ arts of a contemporary salon but the old-school, no-nonsense service that men love, it is no surprise they have expanded to multiple other locations across the city.
The Electric Chair
1/126 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
With a real ‘flashy’ vibe, The Electric Chair will have you walking out feeling like 100 volts… Upmarket and well lit, The Electric Chair lacks the grunge of some other places—but makes up with its always-fresh vibes and finger-lickin’ cuts. Whether you want slick and smooth or messy and textured, these guys have you covered.
8/40 Blackwood St, Mitchelton QLD 4053
Blackwood Barbers is one of Brisbane’s foremost follicular establishments, complete with professional grooming products and styling advice, as well as hair cuts sharper than their cut-throat razors. For the adventurous (and hirsute) they also offer eyebrow ear and nostril waxing.
134 Junction Rd, Clayfield QLD 4011
A visit to Mr Snippets answers age-old questions like: how do you get unruly stubble looking trim? How do you have a good hair day on demand? And what does a barber put in his beard? And if it’s been a while since your last decent coffee: rest assured Mr Snippets is a barber-cum-espresso-bar that will fix you up your dome and serve you a sizzling Macchiato while you’re at it.
Esquire Male Grooming
Shop 4B 19/23 Cribb St, Milton QLD 4064
This inner city establishment is the whiskery pride of Milton. They call themselves Brisbane’s premiere barber service and although this sets your expectations up fairly high—Esquire Male Grooming tend to come through with the goods. They also have a bunch of cool products to browse, and advice that will ensure your new look will stay new for as long as possible.
Queens Plaza Shopping Centre City – Shop TGL 38 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Col Naylor’s Queens Plaza outlet is not “grungy”—but neither does it pretend to be. Instead, you will find an upmarket barber shop providing haircuts as slick as their service. And for those that are too cool to get their hair cut in a shopping centre; we understand. However, if you are caught short and need somewhere to get spruced up before a date, Col Naylor’s has you covered—no appointment necessary.
Tony’s Chop Shop
Shop 21 Coorparoo Square, 26 HoldsWorth Street Coorparoo, 4151
Tony’s Chop Shop is what you might call a breath of nostalgia in an era of man buns and ‘masculine’ face moisturisers. You get what you ask (and what you pay) for, in an agreeable, no fuss atmosphere.
Tommy Two Blades
There aren’t many certainties in the world of male grooming, but from what we’ve learned there is one constant: where Tommy Two Blades goes, fresh heads are sure to follow. In other words: this Teneriffe barber is smick as they come. Well worth a visit.
Bare Bones Barbershop
602 Wynnum Rd, Morningside QLD 4170
Pinball. Pomade. Soap. Shampoo. Scimitar-wielding Dothraki. Just kidding (although the aesthetic isn’t far off). Morningside’s Bare Bones Barbershop is more than a quirky Instagram account—it’s your first port of call whether you need to tame an unruly mane or ‘pomp’ your pompadour. They’ve also got smell-good merch, quality banter and vintage posters. Oh, and there’s a couple of skateboards, too.