There’s no denying that barbershops have taken over from men’s hair salons when it comes to a little pampering. The personalised service of a barber visit is like no other. You sit and wait, maybe read a magazine, have a beer, your name is called then in 30 minutes you’re cut and shaved, walking out a whole new man.
We’ve visited a good majority of Sydney’s barbershops so we’ve compiled a selection of the coolest and most modern places you can visit to get chopped and cropped. This list has been tried and proved based on our personal experiences, heritage and reviews so you can be assured of a great cut.
More importantly, we’ve not only covered Sydney’s CBD but have a selection for each of Sydney’s main regions. From Bondi to Maroubra, to Newtown and all the way out west to Parramatta.
Truefitt & Hill
The crème de la crème of prestige and luxury can be found here in the world’s oldest barbershop. Founded in England in 1805, Truefitt and Hill maintain a rich history, having provided impeccable service to the aristocratic gentleman for over two centuries. Be transported back to the old-school barbershop glamour of 19th century London whilst enjoying the modern expertise of a business with over 210 years of experience.
Shop 7, 2nd Floor, Queen Victoria Building 4 55, George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hidden within the iconic vibrance of Culture Kings streetwear store is an in-house barbershop serving up fades, tracks, beard sculpts, braids and rows. Now you can get a fresh trim whilst you update your wardrobe in this underground utopia! With complimentary drinks and barbers who can boast the likes of Tyga, Big Sean and G-Eazy as clientele, this is a refreshing take on what an exceptional barbershop should be. Walk-ins only.
420 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Slick, stylish, sophisticated- just three words synonymous with ‘The Barberhood’. Precision and expertise are abundant in this wood-panelled haven, with each cut tailored to the customer’s specific hair type and preferences. All haircuts include a scented hot towel, cologne and straight razor clean up on the back of the neck. Due to understandable popularity, booking an appointment is recommended.
S3 Wintergarden (via Spring St)
1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The Barber Shop
This revolutionary concept combines a nostalgic, parlour-style barbershop and an award-winning cocktail bar within the same characterful yet sophisticated space. Immerse yourself in the decadence of the traditional gentlemen’s lifestyle with one of 700 expertly-poured gins in hand. Using vintage tools to create contemporary precision cuts in addition to offering traditional barber services, The Barber Shop specialises in straight blade hot towel shaves, using hot towels imbued with essential oil scents- guaranteed bliss.
89 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
Uptown Barbers are the go-to for affordable luxury. Their client-focused attitude is what earns them a place on this list; offering free consultations within the chic, modern store is barbers who are ready to meet your highest expectations. Located in the heart of the CBD and open from early morning until evening, this barbershop is designed specifically for the modern working man.
Level 2, Suite 12 428 George Street Sydney NSW
Barberians Bondi Junction
The team behind this Bondi Junction salon have combined an expert, energetic team with sleek interior design to create this barbershop brimming with finesse and style. Don’t be fooled by the intimate allure of the boujee leather seats and musky wooden shelving, the service these barbers provide really packs a punch! A combination of richly experienced barber and premium grooming services make Barberians a guaranteed hit!
Shop 3070 Level 3/500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
With the tagline ‘good tunes, good chat’ Badlambs is more than just a barbershop- it’s tour of musical culture! Opened by Tony Mellis, the barbershop hosts an array of British and Aussie antiques, bric-a-brac and local artworks. During your appointment, expect spontaneous performances from local musicians, as the in-shop piano invites both organised and impromptu jams. Head down to Bondi Beach for a quality cut and even better banter!
132 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
The Emporium Barber
In 2011, The Emporium Barber set out on a mission to revolutionise men’s grooming. And boy, did they deliver. Not your traditional barbershop, The Emporium offers monobrow waxing, threading and facials designed especially for men! The signature Emporium Barber Experience includes a consultation, cut, shave and freshen up, not to mention a beer on arrival- or alternatively, visit the in-store espresso bar for a premium serving of Toby’s Estate coffee.
g10/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Mister Chop Shop
For men who are particular about their grooming regime, Mister Chop takes pride in the bespoke experience which they offer their customers. Appointments begin with a full hair and scalp consultation with a cold boutique beer or freshly made coffee in hand. Exposed brick walls, 50’s style leather chairs and an overall grungy vibe provide the background to the warm, professional service.
433 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
The Happy Sailors Barbershop
With old saloon music playing in the background, paraphernalia from bygone eras, and walls adorned with classic sailor tattoos and 70s haircuts, The Happy Sailor’s Barbershop is a true blast from the past. Backed up by 18 years of experience, Nathan, the founder proves that you don’t need an extensive service list to compete with the best of the best- in fact, he only offers two services: a haircut and a buzzcut. Bookings essential.
748 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016
Tooth & Nail
Whilst many barbershops aim to create a traditional experience, this Marrickville joint focuses instead on creating a modern, progressive atmosphere. This gender-neutral utopia provides a safe space that welcomes everyone from all walks of life! Tooth & Nail work in 15-minute time slots so customers pay for how much time the appointment will take, and don’t forget to say hello to Brando, the salon’s resident dog.
373 Enmore Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Mr Wolf Barber Shop
Do you miss the days of swing jazz tinkling out of an old-fashioned radio? If an authentic 1930’s experience if what you’re after, head on down to Mr Wolf’s to be welcomed in with a complimentary tinnie of Young Henry’s. Great tunes and a crack team of barbers who are fully dedicated to the craft make this a tough spot to beat for both expertise and atmosphere. No appointment is necessary.
22 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Mister Hipster Barbershop
Funky vibes and top-notch banter- Mister Hipster Barbershop is the definition of cool. The team combine humour with on-point precision to provide an expert service which will leave you looking and feeling great. A slick, airy space with hanging shelves, luxury sofas and bare brick walls, this barbershop is the ultimate fusion of modern style and homely indulgence. Offering both classic and trendy haircut, Hanan, the owner, definitely knows his stuff. Appointments are necessary.
Shop 1 / 612-622 King St Newtown NSW 2042
What’s better than a top-quality haircut? A top-quality haircut with a top-quality coffee! Barberchino has blended two of Sydney-siders biggest passions; forming a crew of the best barbers and the best baristas to create a barbershop that’s sure to impress. With cuts from just $20, and a coffee shop that stocks a range of cakes, baklava, protein balls, Barberchino offers a unique concept and is an essential experience for those visiting Sydney.
168 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042
Gents & Rascals Barbershop
Good vibes, good music, good cuts. You know you’ll be in safe hands with the Gents & Rascals team, as the relaxing atmosphere and precise attention to detail of the barbers are second to none. With the mantra ‘look good, feel good’, this vibrant addition to the Maroubra barbershop scene regularly posts offers and deals on their Facebook page.
2/112-114 Boyce Rd, Maroubra NSW 2035
Tidory’s Barber Shop
A southern suburbs classic, Tidory’s Barber Shop has built up an army of loyal customers due to the professional, reliable quality of their service. The friendly staff provide a wide range of services and are skilled at cutting a variety of hair types for a reasonable price. The chilled atmosphere and dependable service are sure to have you returning time and time again.
476 Bunnerong Rd, Matraville NSW 2036
Cutthroats Barbershop & Shaving Parlour
Despite the menacing name, the only thing notorious about Cutthroat’s in Coogee is how killer their cuts are! The barbers utilise both great conversational skills and excellent quality tools to offer up a range of services including traditional hot towel shaves, all for a reasonable price. Cutthroats are open from Tuesday-Saturday although after-hours appointments are available. Booking essential.
11-13 Havelock Ave, Coogee NSW 2034
Men’s Republic Barbers
Men’s Republic does not want to be simply known as a barbershop- it’s a fully equipped gentlemen’s lounge. Enjoy a complimentary scotch whilst relaxing in the cosy space equipped with Fox Sports. Not only the perfect place for a quality cut, but Men’s Republic also offers a colouring service to cover greys for just $30! Catering for all ages, these friendly barbers are known for providing exceptional service to everyone from 1 to 101 years old.
15/3 Surf Ln, Cronulla NSW 2230
Bada Bing Baber Shop – Cronulla
‘Quality not quantity. Precision and consistency’ is the motto at this Cronulla-based outlet. The team have gained a solid reputation for sharp cuts at a decent price, you’ll be able to tell you’re in safe hands just from the number of repeat customers in the shop. Open seven days a week, this avant-garde space is committed to excellence but still manages to provide speedy and efficient service! Accepts cash only.
11/2 Surf Rd, Cronulla NSW 2230
Chuffed Men’s Grooming
Chuffed specialise in premium hair and beard care, using traditional barbering techniques with a modern twist. The Chuffed team don’t cut corners when it comes to scalp maintenance; the barbers here are experts in haircare and compliment your service with nuggets of knowledge so you can boost your hair health at home! A haircut and beard package costs only $75 and the shop is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your pup along!
19/21 Wentworth St, Parramatta NSW 2150
The Barber Workshop
Take a moment to appreciate the retro design fused with urban grunge at The Barber Workshop in Parramatta. What sets this place apart is the team’s ability to work their magic on all hair types; the service list includes colouring and chemical straightening in addition to cuts, facial waxing and beard care. Portraits of sporting and pop culture legends adorn the walls, ensuring you leave with a motivation boost a fresh cut to match.
24a/48 George St, Parramatta NSW 2150
The Men’s Room Barber
Minimalism is king in everything except the service within the confines of The Men’s Room’s edgy aesthetic. The monochrome tones and bare brick walls provide the backdrop to elite haircuts, fades and expert maintenance advice from barbers who really know how to look after their clients. Boasting the highest levels of cleanliness and professionalism, this is the stylish saloon of the 21st century.
3/65 Cowper St, Granville NSW 2142