<a href="http://blindbarber.com/" target="_blank">The Blind Barber (New York)</a>-
In a throwback to the Roaring Twenties, the seasoned professionals at the The Blind Barber will help you unwind with a complimentary cocktail—or recover with the Hangover Remedy Shave. Then you can work on tomorrow’s hangover at the speakeasy-style bar in the back!
Expert Tip: “We’re here to make this your hangout, so kick back with one of our cocktails—like the Sweeney Todd, made with Jameson, egg whites, lemon juice, and honey syrup, topped with grenadine and served over ice.”—Jeff Laub, Co-owner
<a href="http://www.barberlounge.com/" target="_blank">The Barber Lounge (San Francisco)</a>-
It’s the old-school barbershop reinvented for the 21st century and located in the heart of the ultra-cool SOMA district. Bonus points for the The Barber Lounge’s rotating art exhibition.
Expert Tip: “For a more classic beard, it’s important to keep the lines natural and avoid hard angles, which tend to look artificial. More natural lines also make maintenance easier.”—Mike Sposito, Barber
<a href="http://www.churchillspub.com/" target="_blank">The Churchill's (Miami)</a>-
With its oak wood floors and strong Italian espressos, Churchill's offers a luxurious and decidedly sophisticated refuge from the white suits and piña coladas for which Miami is known. If Sonny Crockett ever actually bothered with shaving, this is where he’d come.
Expert Tip: “Most of our clients are professionals, so it’s tough advising them on a trendy new look. We can’t give them a mohawk, but at least we can convince them that a comb-over belongs on the shop floor, not on them.”—Jose A. Goyanes, Owner
<a href="http://www.baxterfinley.com/" target="_blank">Baxter Finley (Los Angeles)</a>-
Last summer the Baxter of California grooming line opened this throw-back barbershop (an homage to the line’s founder), complete with a quaint rustic interior and the most badass porcelain thrones this side of Bill Gates’ bathroom.
Expert Tip: “My favorite Baxter of California product is Clay Pomade, which gives you a matte finish and doesn’t dry stiff like a gel. You can also restyle your hair throughout the day without adding any more.”—Shane Middleton, Lead Barber
<a href="http://2bgroomedstudios.com/" target="_blank">2B Groomed (Philadelphia)</a>-
Indulge in any of the seven different grooming packages available at 2B Groomed, where the jazz is always playing, the expert staff sport bow ties, and classic British products like Truefitt & Hill are for sale. It’s really smashing stuff.
Expert Tip: “The rule of thumb for trimming your sideburns is to start from the mid-ear down. A lot of times when guys shave them on their own, they go too high and end up looking like the guys on Star Trek.”—J.R. Rhaney, Founder
<a href="http://www.razorsedgebarbers.biz/" target="_blank">Razor’s Edge Barber Shop (Dallas)</a>-
Decorated like an old-world gentlemen’s club, the swank but subdued Texas spot, Razor’s Edge Barber Shop, opens at 7 a.m., so drop in before work for a hot shave or shoeshine and start the day off looking sharp.
Expert Tip: “We’ve been selling a lot of old-fashioned safety razors, as guys find that it not only gives you a good shave but is also more cost-effective. You’ll spend more on the razor itself, but the blades are only 20 cents apiece.”—Mike Cravens, Owner
<a href="http://www.rudysbarbershop.com/" target="_blank">Rudy’s Barbershop (Seattle)</a>-
With in-store concerts, walls plastered in band posters, and rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, this chain of old-school rock’n’roll barbershops is where Kurt Cobain would have gone if he’d been into the grooming thing.
Expert Tip: “One thing guys often forget when shaving their head at home is the neckline, even when they use clippers with guards. Remember, a good buzz cut is still personalized using both texture and head shape.”—David Petersen, Founder
<a href="http://www.belmontbarbershop.com/" target="_blank">The Belmont Barbershop (Chicago)</a>-
Maybe it’s the fact that the tattoo- covered barbers look more like a punk band than typical stylists, but this rockabilly joint is so masculine, it’s practically the anti-salon.
Expert Tip: “If you cut yourself while shaving, get cold water on it immediately. And always use an astringent after shaving— liquid styptic is nice, bottles that say aftershave are good, but nothing beats a splash of witch hazel.”—Josh Cooley, President
<a href="http://www.aidangillformen.com/" target="_blank">Aidan Gill For Men (New Orleans)</a>-
With more than 30 years of experience, Dublin native Aidan Gill takes the old-world shave to a new level at his shop, which boasts one of the largest collections of antique barbershop pieces in the country.
Expert Tip: “Remember, if you cut your own hair, everyone will know. If you get this idea, sit down, pour yourself a big Irish whiskey, and wait till it passes.”—Aidan Gill
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