Sure, Brisbane may be 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, 4000
07 3012 7990
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Widely regarded as one of the, if not the, best barbershop in Brisbane, Pure Men offers as close to a luxurious feeling for guys without them feeling weird about it. The team are well-versed in traditional barbering techniques, but being the 21st century, put their own modern spin on them.
Not only can you walk out with a fresh new trim, but you can also put yourself through a full grooming regime to leave your skin looking great too.
The Emporium Barber
4/1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, 4006
04 7850 0055
Monday – Tuesday: 7am – 6pm
Wednesday – Friday: 7am – 8pm
Saturday: 8am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 4pm
The Emporium Barber flung open its doors in 2012 in response to the severe lack of genuinely good barbershops in Australia. Fortitude Valley is where that first shop could be found, and the company has seen enough custom to warrant opening two more locations in Brisbane and one in Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Not only does each Emporium Barber location offer sublime cuts and fades, but they also make sure to serve you with a mouth-watering coffee as soon as you arrive.
Twin Palms Barbershop
60 James St, Fortitude Valley, 4006
07 3254 3408
Monday: 9am – 7pm
Tuesday – Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 7am – 8pm
Saturday: 7am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Twin Palms is an effortlessly cool barbershop with a strong focus on customer service and convenience. To that end, the shop has long working hours so you can always be sure you’ll find time to pay the team a visit. And you’re going to want to, because not only will you be subjected to an incredibly clean and razor-sharp cut, but you’ll even be treated to a complimentary whiskey or craft beer from local Green Beacon Brewing Co. Cheers to that.
167 Albert Street, Brisbane, 4000
07 3012 9106
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
Jimmy Rod’s isn’t a singular shop in Brisbane, nor is it just one or two dotted about the city. What started in 2003 has become a fully-fledged chain of barbershops with no less than ten locations (we could only pick one to mention the address of) spread between Brisbane CBD and the wider Brisbane area, there’s even a shop in Melbourne, such is the demand.
Not only does each Jimmy Rod’s shop offer guys a slick and stylish haircut that’s worth every very competitively priced cent, but they are a place for guys to just hang out and be guys.
The Electric Chair
1/126 Adelaide St, Brisbane City, 4000
07 3229 0330
Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
The Electric Chair proudly claims its team of master barbers are the best in the business and ever since 2013, have provided the gents of Brisbane with a one-stop-shop for all things male grooming, although naturally, haircuts take centre stage. Each cut comes with a free drink and a hot towel for that extra TLC touch, and each store provides a chilled out vibe for guys to kick back before being electrified (not literally) as soon as they sit in front of the mirror.
8/40 Blackwood St, Mitchelton, 4053
07 3855 8855
Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 2pm
Blackwood Barbers is one of Brisbane’s foremost follicular establishments, as it not just offers a first-class barbering service, but it has a comprehensive range of professional grooming products too, which the team are more than happy to recommend along with styling advice. For the more follicular-endowed gentleman, Blackwood even offer eyebrow, ear and nostril waxing, should you think you’re tough enough to withstand the pain.
Esquire Male Grooming
Shop 4, 19-23 Cribb St, Milton, 4064
07 3369 3063
Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 6pm
Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 4pm
Esquire Male Grooming has been a mainstay in the Brisbane barbershop scene since 2004 when the Milton location started rescuing guys from dodgy hairdos. A second location can now be found in the CBD for those looking for a pre- or post-work trim. Esquire prides itself on the quality of service you receive, with services ranging from a simple buzz cut through to a full cut and beard trim.
Queens Plaza Shopping Centre City, Shop TGL, 38 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, 4000
07 3857 6064 (All General Enquiries)
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Col Nayler has been cutting the hair of the guys of Brisbane ever since the 1950s, so it’s fair to say it’s cemented itself a reputation. The company has even come as far as to open its own headquarters complete with a training room and warehouse to stock grooming and styling products, which are used and sold in-store and online.
It’s a no-fuss barbershop too, with all the traditional services offered, but if there’s something in particular you’re after, it’s best to call to find out which location is best suited to your needs. Otherwise, head into any store with ease, as there’s no need to book.
Tony’s Chop Shop
Shop 21 Coorparoo Square, 26 Holdsworth Street, Coorparoo, 4151
0413 617 845
Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Tony’s Chop Shop is what you might call a breath of nostalgia in an era of man buns and ‘masculine’ face moisturisers. It’s run by a compassionate and enthusiastic barber named Tony, who is all about giving guys the haircut they want in an environment that is welcoming and full of banter. The rest of the team is just as devoted to the art of barbering and all will provide a service that’s worth paying for.
Tommy Two Blades
101 Commercial Road, Teneriffe, 4005
043 4577 364
Tuesday – Wednesday: 9am – 6pm
Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 8am – 3pm
Tommy Two Blades is a barbershop with a team who are always up for a laugh and a beer, but one that also serves up haircuts that are fresher than fresh. If coloured hair is your bag then senior barber Sami is on-hand to oblige, or if you’re in need of some facial waxing then it’s also the perfect place to book in.
Bare Bones Barbershop
602 Wynnum Rd, Morningside, 4170
07 3899 6995
Monday – Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 7pm
Thursday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 8am – 4pm
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.
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Haircut?
Barbershops can charge anywhere between $20 all the way up to $100 or more for a haircut. It depends on the barbershop you visit and the level of qualification the individual barber has.
Are Barbershops For Guys Only?
Barbershops used to be a haven for men to get their haircut and to pamper themselves a little. Today, women are more than welcome in barbershops, although realistically, only girls with shorter hair will want to head in.
Should I Tip My Barber?
While it isn't compulsory for you to tip your barber, giving them a few extra dollars will likely result in an even better service the next time you visit. They'll appreciate the gesture and want to look after you time and time again.