Gone are the days of guys having to make do with a hair salon, basic ass barbershop or just their mate using a set of clippers at home. The barbershop experience is one that all guys should take up and enjoy, not just for the fact you’ll walk out looking a million dollars (if you visit one of the shops on this list, at least) but for the banter to be shared and the beer and whisky to be enjoyed.
Sydney may lay claim to being home to a high number of world-class barbers, but with Melbourne being the city of first-class nightlife, its range of barbershops need to be up there with the very best to make sure you’re the talk of the town.
This list is in no particular order, they’re all equally as good as each other when it comes to fades, undercuts and pompadours, but you’ll soon notice they’re spread out from the CBD to Fitzroy and beyond, so your new hair-cutting palace may be closer to home than you think.
Captains of Industry
2 Somerset Place, Melbourne, 3000
03 9670 4405
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Captains of Industry is, quite literally, a jack of all trades. It’s a barbershop first and foremost, with resident barber Sam Fordyce wielding the scissors for over seven years – bookings with him are essential, by the way – but it is also a place to grab breakfast or lunch, get your shoes repaired and to buy some slick Japanese denim.
Back to hair, and Sam certainly knows how to make a guy look good, and is more than capable of giving you a slick shave, a simple wash and tidy up or a new-look buzz cut, to mention but a few.
Pickings & Parry
3/166 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, 3065
03 9417 3390
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
If you find yourself in Gertrude St, Collingwood, then drop by one of the coolest barbershops in Melbourne to see the team at Pickings & Parry. In addition to some sweet heritage workwear clothing, the team 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 complimentary whiskey, beer or coffee with your shave. It’s a small shop with just four chairs, so bookings are recommended, and you can choose which barber you want to book in with when you go through the website or call up.
Services include straight razor shaves, moustache trims a full service covering both hair and beard or the full buzz cut chop.
The Bearded Man
203 Chapel St., Prahran, 3181
03 9510 0563
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 6pm
Sunday: By Appointment
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 an even greater coffee selection.
Barbering is the core of the business. Backed by 14 years of experience across Europe and South America, The Bearded Man has put together a range of favourite techniques, products and finishing touches to offer customers top-notch haircuts, beard trims and wet shaves.
1/12 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000
03 9939 5117
Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Kings Domain has become an institution within the Melbourne barbershop scene. It started out as one shop in 2013 but has since grown to five locations in Melbourne and has even expanded to Sydney. Clearly, the barbering team is doing something right.
As soon as you step foot inside you’re greeted by attentive staff and offered a complimentary beer or coffee, before consulting with your barber and then leaving “more confident to face the world than when you came in.”
The shops also have a range of in-house grooming products available to buy so you can perfectly recreate your new look at home.
1 Fennell St, Port Melbourne, 3207
0403 283 837
Tuesday – Friday: 7.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 4pm
If you’re working on the wharves or slinging second-hand ‘goods’ in Port Melbourne, then Uncle Rocco’s is worth a look. A second location in South Melbourne has opened since, but the Port location is the original, having opened its doors in 2012. Run by Fabian Sfameni it’s a small but great looking space, and you’ll always leave with a smile on your face, not just because you’ll be happy with your fresh cut, but because of the warm atmosphere Fab and his team provides.
Uncle Rocco’s is by appointment only though, so be sure to check the website for availability before rocking up.
Code Black Barber Shop
157 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, 3206
03 9690 2255
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 4pm
Code Black can be found in South Melbourne, just a stone’s throw away from Port Phillip Bay. Obviously great haircuts are the star of the show, but the shop also puts an incredibly strong emphasis on great customer service. Only the very barber who can meet Code Black’s high standards are hired, so no need to worry about walking out with a trim you’ll want to keep covered.
An in-store whisky and coffee bar is more than happy to provide you with a delicious tipple to sip on while you’re treated to either a full cut and style, a cut-throat razor shave or just a tidy up of your task.
203 Langridge Street, Abbotsford, 3067
04 1153 3073
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Shinko is a barbershop for the style and fashion-conscious gent, offering a “ground breaking service for both the industry and the consumer. It’s beyond hair”. While we’re not entirely sure what that last bit means, it’s clear this barbershop is one that is genuinely committed to creating out-there styles to ensure you reflect the very latest in hairstyle trends.
Bookings are highly recommended, and you can choose which barber you’d prefer to look after your mane through the website. Shinko is also where you’ll now find Tom, formerly of Temple Town cutting hair. You can book in with Tom by clicking here.
119-221 Smith St, Fitzroy, 3065
03 9417 1561
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 7pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Drunken Barber is an incredibly bright and vibrant barbershop that caters for both men and women (although, only women with shorter hair, they admit they’re not fully-fledged hairdressers). Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online, and while you’re waiting for your turn you can kick back with a can of beer.
All haircuts (except for skin fades) are one price, no matter your gender, but if you just want a clipper cut all over then you’ll only need to part with a very affordable $20.
Studio 2, Level 1/ 377 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, 3000
03 9602 4625
Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 6pm
Wednesday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Men+Co has been cutting, trimming and shaving since 2013, with a team of expert barbers from both local and international backgrounds. The menu is simple yet detailed, so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money, with the deluxe treatment being the ultimate in male grooming and pampering. Regular visitors can sign up to a membership scheme too that includes monthly haircuts and shaves, as well as various vouchers and grooming products.
Another Man Barber
162 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North, 3161
03 9041 4418
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11.30am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 11.30am – 8pm
Friday: 11.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 4pm
Another Man has two locations in Melbourne, with a third, in Sandringham, due to open soon. It speaks volumes of the quality of cuts taking place at the chairs. Another Man is family-owned, by the Mariani’s, who have been committed to all things fresh cuts for over 70 years.
A comprehensive services menu will cater to your every whim and even includes a head massage for the perfect post-work de-stressor.
How Much Does A Haircut Cost In Melbourne?
Prices for men's haircuts will vary from barber to barber but expect to pay at least $40 for a style cut or up to $100 for a complete grooming package.
Can You Walk Into A Barbershop In Melbourne?
Most barbershops in Melbourne will accept walk-ins, however, most will recommend you either call ahead or book an appointment through their website.
How Do I Ask For A Haircut?
Barbers speak a very specific language, so the best thing to do is to take a photo of a hairstyle you like along to your appointment. The barber will tell you what is achievable with your specific hair type?