Melbourne is the nation's style capital and locals like to look sharp for the weekend or upcoming events, so there's a constant demand for the best barber shops in the city.
But with so many barbers claiming to give you the best hair cut of your life, who can you really trust to cut your hair the way you want it?
We've reviewed 5 of the best across the capital, based on our 29-point criteria, that are both affordable and offer something unique to customers.
Here are the best Melbourne barbers that get our stamp of approval.
1. The Hair Guy
The Hair Guy is looking out for all your haircutting needs with a skilled and welcoming team waiting for you and your next hairstyle.
With bookings available over the phone, this modern barbershop should be on your radar if it isn’t already.
Located in Flinders Street, the shop offers a range of cuts and styles, and a cold drink while you wait, if you’re that way inclined.
Their cosy shop has a vintage air to it, and great banter to make the experience just that little bit more friendly. They’ve been praised time and time again for their professional and fun manner, making them a top pick for your next Melbourne barber.
‘I was long overdue for a cut, Neil was professional and friendly from the moment I walked in. Skillful barber and top bloke. walked out feeling great. Will be back again.’
1/367 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
0402 750 066
Style cuts, beard trimming, cut throat shaves, grooming.
2. The Melbourne Barber Shop
The Melbourne Barber Shop is a classic barber with a motoring-theme, established in 1994, and going strong to this day.
Built on a heritage site on Russell Street, the team aims to please and keeps a loyal customer base. They provide classic cuts, great service, and a range of products to keep your cut looking barber-fresh from home.
You can book in your appointment online, and if you’re still looking for more, the shop was provided with a commendation for service to the city in 2019, presented by the Lord Mayor.
The Melbourne Barber Shop is traditional business with a unique twist and years of experience behind them.
‘The Melbourne Barber Shop is the perfect blend of professionalism and an easy-going attitude. Never once have I questioned the quality or the effort.’
394 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9663 8548
Men’s cuts and styling, kids cuts, head and face shaves, beard trims and cuts, and sale of hair products, complimentary eyebrow, ear, and moustache trim.
3. Rockit Barber Shop
If you’re looking for an old school barbershop, Rockit Barber Shop is the one for you.
The business, set into the Melbourne CBD, is focused on reasonable pricing, an easy atmosphere, and great haircuts. The business also attends events with popup barbers, and better still, they don’t require bookings. Just walk on in when you’re in need of a haircut and they’ll sort you out.
If you need any bits and pieces to help you out with your everyday hair styling, they can also provide you with wax, combs, beard oil, and more. The shop is full of funky memorabilia and has a TV waiting for you to wait in front of.
g15/546-566 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9629 1099
Men’s hair cuts, grooms parties, pop up barber shop, beard grooming, hot towel and razor shave, gift vouchers.
4. Kings Domain Barber Shop
With their first shop opened in South Yarra in 2013, Kings Domain Barber Shop has come a long way since then, and now has six stores.
Considering 5 of said stores are based in Melbourne, you’re covered nomatter what pocket of the city you find yourself in; South Yarra, Richmond, Collins Street, Myer Melbourne, or Prahran.
The shop promises a relaxing space to rewind, and the offer of coffee or beer while you visit. They also happen to boast an impressive team of award-winning barbers, and a super-simple online booking system to get you started.
Amy Lancaster left this google review:
“Reliable, friendly and clean. Steve was a very safe driver and accommodated for the kids needs. We had a ball singing in the back and would definitely use this service again, it was excellent.”
1/12 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9939 5117
Hot towel shave, beard maintenance, haircuts and styling.
5. Uncle Rocco’s Barber Shop
Owner Fabian Sfameni is a third-generation barber and the proud creator of Uncle Rocco’s Barber Shop in Port and South Melbourne.
The traditional style barbershop first opened in 2012, and prides itself on classic services and ‘barbershop banter’.
You can book online, and connect with the shop via social media if you feel like having a window shop before you commit to a cut.
There are ten impressive barbers shared across Uncle Rocco’s two locations, and they promise to provide a killer cut and a cool atmosphere. The company has also branched out, and you can get yourself apparel, work wear, grooming tools and accessories. All for a reasonable price, of course.
‘Uncle Rocco’s has become more than a barber shop. It’s a place to catch up, look good and feel great.’
4 George St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
0423 693 877
Fades, tapers, cutthroat shaves.
How much do Melbourne barbers cost?
Most barber shops follow a similar price with a buzz cut being around $15-$25, a standard cut being around $25 - $40 and more labour intensive services being upwards of $50.
For those looking for the cheapest barber shop, you may wish to ring around or checkout the websites of various establishments.