It used to be that pampering was left to the salons and barbershops were for a no frills shave and a haircut. In, out and done. And while many barber shops still are low on frills, the urban landscape is also dotted with barber shops that know how to pamper a man and still make him feel like a man. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a little special treatment? Here are Haute Living’s top 5 barbershops in and around Boston.
1 State Street Barbers
Named one of the top ten barbershops in America by Playboy Magazine this year, State Street Barbers successfully marries old school hospitality with modern amenities for the ultimate barbershop experience. Hot lather shaves, precision cuts and all the grooming products you will need to keep your hair properly coiffed in between visits make State Street a favorite for business men and the rugged industrial type alike.
1313 Washington St., South EndBoston617.745.9990statestreetbarbers.com
2 Barbershop Deluxe
If you are seeking a classic good clean haircut, without looking like you are ready for your second grade picture, Barbershop Deluxe offers the quality you seek. Specializing on the simple goodness of the good old days, the shop, which opened in 1997, has the feel of an old reliable spot that men could come to rely on. And, it seems they have.
288 Columbus Ave., South EndBoston617.425.1928barbershopdeluxe.com
3 Barbershop Lounge
Barbershop Lounge is more than a spot to get your hair cut and get on with your day. It is a full service grooming facility that may remind you of the ultimate hip man cave. Enjoy a beverage on the house, shoot some pool or enjoy the flat screens throughout the area, making for a comfortable environment before your services even begin. No wonder celebrities are often spotted indulging in Lounge’s services.
245 Newbury St., Back BayBoston617.450.0021barbershoplounge.com
Boston University students and faculty have been getting their Ivy League look at Louie’s since 1993. This 5 barber shop may appear low on frills upon first glance, but the techniques of the experts here, with clippers and scissors in hand, is no less than mastery. Always on top of, or creating, the latest looks – Louie’s can handle your standard cut on up to your “what all the cool kids are doing” look… or what they have yet to do.
712 Commonwealth Ave,@BUBoston617.262.1980louies.com
5 Charlie’s Barber Shop
Who has the time for the long and drawn out process (also known as pampering) of a hair salon? For a good solid cut that won’t cut too much into your day, try out Charlie’s in Porter Square. The Edward Scissorhands of Cambridge, Charlie and his fellow barbers will give you a cut in as little as 10 minutes that you will love and your significant other will love run their fingers through.
1794 Mass. Ave. Porter SquareCambridge617.876.1116charliesbarbershopcam.com