With the sheer number of well-maintained beards roaming the city, it’s no surprise the best barber shops in Melbourne have been on the rise over the past few years. Getting a trim isn’t just about dropping in for a 15-minute cut and dash anymore, with the city’s bounty of modern barber shops offering a multitude of experiences that run the full gamut of men’s style and help blokes build and maintain confidence and swagger.
Relax with a coffee, cold beer or whisky while getting a bit off the top, or opt for a hot towel shave as you chat with the staff in a relaxing environment. There’s a real community feel to many modern barber shops, which offer a luxurious, holistic service like no other. Going to a barbershop should be an experience, rather than just a way to get a quick haircut, and the following establishments echo that sentiment.
Keep this list handy if you want to narrow in on the best barber shop for your personal taste.
Our Picks For The Best Barber Shops Melbourne Has To Offer
The Bearded Man
Located on Melbourne’s iconic shopping strip Chapel Street, this men’s barber shop has only shot up in reputation since being awarded Australian Men’s Hairdresser of the Year in 2018. You know you’re in good hands here, whether you’re after skin fades or just a hair and scalp consultation. There’s also a full DJ setup so the tunes are always pumping during those peak times and an in-house barista serving delicious coffee. With every barber having a minimum of five years experience, The Bearded Man has a great vibe with top-notch staff. It’s a great spot for anyone living south of the river.
Address: 203 Chapel Street, Prahran
Contact: (03) 9510 0563
Hours: Mon-Thurs (8am-7pm), Fri (9:30am-7pm), Sat (8am-6pm)
With five Melbourne locations and one Sydney store, Kings Domain is slowly taking over the country as a premier barber brand. The brainchild of celebrity stylist Joey Scandizzo, expect to see any number of Tigers players at the Swan Street store, with Dustin Martin known to get his famed mohawk cut there. The store layout is simple and consistently decluttered, so you can relax with a simple back and sides, or get a tailored cut with one of the shop’s skilled barbers.
Address: 128 Swan Street, Cremorne (click through to website for other locations)
Contact: (03) 9428 0099
Hours: Mon-Fri (10am-7pm), Sat (9am-5pm)
Barbers Of Brunswick
With a slogan that proudly proclaims ‘Where men can be men’, Barbers Of Brunswick feels more like a bar than a With a slogan that proudly proclaims ‘Where men can be men’, Barbers Of Brunswick feels more like a bar than a barber shop. The wooden floorboards and concrete wash basins give it a vintage vibe while each member of staff is highly knowledgable and dedicated to their job, so you’ve got a nice team of award winning barbers taking care of your personal style for the true royal treatment. Free beer, whiskey and coffee is available while you wait to be seated and there are a number of services available, from a simple cut and wash to a vintage hot towel shave and cut that will leave you feeling like a king.
Address: 406a Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Contact: (03) 9380 2757
Hours: Tues-Thurs (10am-7pm), Sat (8am-5pm)
Uncle Rocco’s Barber Shop
With over 25 years of experience, you know you’re in safe hands when visiting Uncle Rocco’s. Owner Fabian Sfameni is a third-generation barber who has opened three different barber shops since 1996, but it’s Uncle Rocco’s in Port Melbourne that gets the nod. All the barbers are passionate about their craft and this shines through with their awesome cuts and quality banter. Uncle Rocco also sells a variety of in house grooming products and run training courses for those looking to get into the barber game.
Address: 220 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne
Contact: 0423 693 877
Hours: Mon-Fri (7:30am-4:30pm), Sat (7:30am-3:30pm)
The south of Melbourne is home to some tremendous barber shops, but few leave an impression like Brother Wolf. The Prahran store has been open for three years now, and the crew recently opened a new store in St Kilda – both host talented barbers in vintage styled stores. St Kilda’s shop even has an old-school motorbike in the front window. It’s like the barber shops of yesteryear, where you can indulge in a beer or a dram of whiskey while having a trim, or just head in for a chat with other like-minded fellas.
Address: 110 Grenville Street, Parhran | 162 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Contact: Parhran, (03) 9193 3041 | St Kilda, (03) 9077 8773
Hours: Prahran, Mon-Wed (9am-7pm), Thurs-Fri (9am-8pm), Sat (9am-5pm) | St Kilda, Mon-Wed (10am-7pm), Thurs-Fri (10am-8pm), Sat (9am-5pm)
In the heart of the CBD a dedicated and well-trained team of barbers offer their services at Men+Co. Don’t be fooled by the simple and spacious layout, with Men+Co offering everything from a standard shave to a detailed haircut and even an eye-watering ear, eyebrow and nose wax. The membership program is great for those who like to treat themselves regularly and includes added bonuses for regulars such as discounts and complementary products and gift vouchers.
Address: Studio 2, Level 1, 377 Little Bourke Street
Contact: (03) 9602 4625
Hours: Mon (10am-5pm), Tues (9am-6pm), Wed-Fri (9am-7pm), Sat (9am-3pm)
Fleet St Barbers
First opening in St Kilda, there are now four Fleet St Barbers locations scattered across Melbourne, with our pick being the Northcote store which opened in 2017. It’s in a great location and offers punters the chance to have some great banter while having their hair styled. Although it’s a walk in service only, the prices are cheaper than most – so it’s well worth the wait.
Address: 278 High Street, Northcote
Contact: (03) 9482 1774
Hours: Mon-Fri (10am-7pm), Sat (9am-5pm), Sun (11am-3pm)
The name might catch you off guard, but there’s nothing to fear when booking an appointment at the Drunken Barber. Gaining a large following through word of mouth, Drunken Barber has become a favourite amongst the Fitzroy hipster set. Located on the mezzanine level of Prophecy Hair, the staff do everything from haircuts and fades to beard trims and wet shaves in a bright and welcoming space. Knock back a beer while you wait or have a chat with the friendly staff.
Address: 119 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Contact: (03) 9417 1561
Hours: Tues (10am-6pm), Wed-Thur (10am-9pm), Fri (10am-7pm), Sat (9am-5pm)
Pickings & Parry
It might look like a standard retail store from the outside, but Pickings & Parry is also home to a four-chair barber shop where you’ll never be let down with a fresh fade. Customers receive a complimentary beverage on arrival and are treated to great service at an agreeable price in a shop that wouldn’t be out of place in Peaky Blinders. Once you’ve had a cut or a shave, why not have a look around the vintage store packed with well-known brands for the modern gent.
Address: 3/166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Contact: (03) 9417 3390
Hours: Mon-Wed (10am-6pm), Thur (10am-7pm), Sat (10am-6pm), Sun (12pm-5pm)
The Melbourne Barber Shop
First opened in 1994, The Melbourne Barber Shop is an auto-themed barber shop that’s become somewhat of an institution. There’s a loyal following amongst customers whilst new patrons are welcomed with open arms. Enjoy the automobile paraphernalia covering the walls as you treat yourself to a fabulous new cut from the experienced staff who are more than happy to offer advice on styling and product use.
Address: 394 Russell Street, Melbourne
Contact: (03) 9663 8548
Hours: Mon-Fri (7:30am-6pm), Sat (8am-12pm)
Electric Brain Barbershop
Positioned on Lygon Street in Brunswick East, this incredibly hip and vibrant barber shop is known for its high-energy environment. Established in 2012, it’s still a young face on the market, built on the ideas of creativity and individuality and fortified by some good, ol’ fashioned grooming. The staff here pride themselves on helping men find new styles, so if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, this should be your go-to.
Address: 114 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Contact: 0424 741 384
Hours: Tues-Fri (12pm-7pm), Sat (11am-4pm)
All The Kings Men
Located in The Walk Arcade off Block Place, All The Kings Men is a warm and welcoming North Melbourne Barber Shop that’s much more casual than its regal name would suggest. Standards are high here, which is probably why you’ll find that securing a chair here is a matter of patience. Although while the staff are constantly busy, All The Kings Men is known for its perfectly paced turn-around, lively conversations, and fair prices, easily making it one of the best barber shops in Melbourne.
Address: Level 2/34-36 Block Place, Melbourne
Contact: (03) 9636 1899
Hours: Mon (10am-6pm), Tues-Wed (9am-6pm), Thurs-Fri (9am-7pm), Sat (9am-4pm)
Captains Of Industry
Steered ever so confidently by renowned barber Sam Fordyce, Captains of Industry is a well-oiled machine of men’s style that is absolutely one of the best barber shops in Melbourne. Since 2005, this Sommerset Place hub has been a favourite for men looking to perfect their look. Sam’s approach is simple: great knowledge, style, and service provided by a professional and a true captain of his industry. Although if you did want to switch things up, the shop also doubles as a bespoke shoemaker and leatherworker, as well as does up some good, clean dishes for those who want to hang around and have some lunch.
Address: 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne
Contact: (03) 9670 4405
Hours: Tues-Thurs (9am-6pm), Fri (9am-9pm), Sat-Sun (9am-6pm)
Melbourne’s Best Barber Shops – Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the best barber shops in Melbourne?
Some of the top rated barber shops in Melbourne include Men+Co, Captains of Industry, Pickings & Parry, and The Bearded Man.
- How much is a men's cut in Melbourne?
While barber shops prices differ quite a lot, you can expect an average style cut to run you up $30.
- What should I look for in a barber?
If you're looking for a regular men's barber, you want someone who asks you questions as much as they listen to your requests. You're ideally looking for someone with knowledge and experience, as well as a genuine want to help you look the best you can.