What makes a good barbershop? The quality of the haircuts and shaves you can get there is definitely an important factor to consider, but you need to think about your overall experience to determine if a place deserves to be considered as one of the top barbers.
These are the top 10 barbers in the U.S. We looked at how well cuts and shaves are executed, how original the styles are, how affordable these places are and at the overall setting and atmosphere of these barbershops to determine which places belong on the list.
BLIND BARBER, NEW YORK
The Blind Barber used to be a well-kept secret. The speakeasy/barbershop is now one of the most popular places to get a haircut in New York. There are now three New York locations and a Blind Barber in L.A. and Chicago. Visit the East Village location for the original Blind Barber experience.
Order a cold beer or some liquor at the small bar before trusting some of the more experienced barbers in the country with your new look. The downside of the Blind Barber is that getting an appointment can take a while due to the popularity of this establishment.
PJ’S BARBER SHOP, LAKE WORTH, FL
PJ’s Barber Shop makes its customers feel right at home with its lively atmosphere. You can expect to hear some Latin music playing when you visit this popular Lake Worth barbershop. The staff is very friendly, experienced and professional. You are going to love the family-friendly atmosphere and feel right at home when you walk in. This is definitely the place to go if you want to get a fade cut — take a look at their Instagram page.
JOE’S BARBERSHOP, CHICAGO, IL
Joe’s Barbershop is one of the last few traditional barbershops. The classy setting will make you feel like you walked right into the 1960s, but you will have a wide range of modern styles to choose from for your haircut. The bar alone will make your visit to this barbershop worth it, and you will find that prices are very affordable in spite of the upscale appearance of the place.
SLOANE SQUARE BARBERS & SHOPPE, MIAMI BEACH, FL
Besides being one of the top barbers in Florida, Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe also offers services like eyebrow waxing, pedicures, and manicures for men. The barbers are dedicated to creating modern styles, and you can expect to get a sharp haircut every time.
The great thing about this barbershop is that you can work with one of the barbers to create a haircut that truly reflects your personality. This is definitely a hip spot that borrows some of the traditions of the old-school barbershops while adopting a more modern approach to masculinity.
RUDY’S BARBERSHOP, LOS ANGELES, CA
Rudy’s Barbershop is the establishment that brought the barbershop renaissance to Hollywood. You can find different locations across the country, but you definitely need to visit the one on Melrose Avenue if you ever decide to visit Hollywood or happen to live in the area. Rudy’s Barbershop is very affordable and is going to surprise you with its incongruous décor.
FELLOW BARBER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The Fellow Barber is the place to go if you want to really develop a relationship with your barber and get a cut that matches your personality. This establishment has more of a modern vibe but you can get traditional haircuts. You will also find an excellent selection of hair and grooming products for men.
AIDAN GILL FOR MEN, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Aidan Gill is a bit of a local celebrity in New Orleans. His barbershop is a place where traditions live on but Aidan Gill for Men definitely has a very modern and hip atmosphere. It is not unusual for celebrities to stop by this establishment. Mr. Gill is passionate about what he does, and this passion is reflected in the carefully-crafted interior of the barbershop and in the honed skills of the barbers.
Y-CHROME, PORTLAND, OR
Y-Chrome is one of the top barbers in Portland. The barbershop is conveniently located in the downtown area and you can enjoy some beer or play pool and darts while you wait for your haircut or your shave. This is essentially an old-school barbershop and a fun place to hang out. Y-Chrome is known for its beard trims and selections of microbrews, but you can work with one of the experienced barbers to create a look that will work for you.
THE GRAND BARBERSHOP, AUSTIN, TX
The Grand Barbershop really stands out from other places because of the skilled barbers and because of the unique look of the place. You will definitely notice the impressive taxidermy pieces on the walls as soon as you walk in!
The Grand Barbershop is a walk-in only business, which means there can be a bit of a wait time.
This is also one of the places in Austin to get a personalized haircut or a hot towel shave. Your visit will be worth it, even if you have to wait.
BARBERSHOP LOUNGE, BOSTON, MA
The name says it all — this place is a barbershop and a lounge rolled into one. This is a place created for modern men with comfort in mind. The upscale lounge area is great for socializing and relaxing, and the barbershop section of this business offers shaves, cuts, colors, eyebrow waxing and has a nice selection of grooming essentials. Plus, you can choose to work with a barber or with a stylist depending on your needs!
Whether you live near one of these top barbers or simply happen to visit one of these cities, find some time to visit one of these top barbershops. Getting a cut or shave at a barbershop has become a tradition for modern men and this is definitely something you should experience at least once in an upscale salon or in a place that has preserved the atmosphere of the old-school barbershops.
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