10 Cool Barbershops in Metro Manila
Where to go for your next cut
(SPOT.ph) Barbershops are back in a big way. More and more are popping up and it’s easy to see why. First, they’re no longer the in-and-out affairs they once were. Second, what you see on the service menu isn’t always what you get—and we mean that in a good way because you usually get a bit more. Coffee or a beer and a barber’s massage are usual perks! And third, the fade haircut is a high-maintenance beast that needs precision care. Below, we round up some of the barbershops you should try for your next cut.
The Village Barber and Supply Shop
The Village Barber is your neighborhood barber that got a huge upgrade. Their branches are outfitted in polished cement, copper tubes, and natural wood with lots of sunlight coming through the large windows. On top of that, they also sell vinyls, books, and other specialty products (hence the supply shop tag). That means cold brew coffee if you’re by The Grove and bottled cocktails if you’re in BGC. Signature services include the Fonzie (P950), a cooling scalp treatment. By the way, the magazine selection is ace!
Other services: Haircut (P350), Shave (P450), Massage (P450), Hungover Treatment (P750)
John Barbers sets itself apart with its premium amenities. For starters, the full-grain leather barber chairs come with USB ports, earphone plugs, and electrical sockets. In each mirror is a vanishing TV with cable and built-in hidden speakers. John Barbers even has an exclusive Nap Room (P350/hour) equipped with a single bed, a desk and chair, so you can nap or even do a bit of work in peace. It also has a Shower Lounge (P350/hour) that’s basically a large, luxe restroom that’s been stocked with complimentary toiletries—and yes, there’s a full-length mirror so you can check your outfit before heading out. Signature services include the DeLuxe Cut (cut, rinse, and style, P350), Signature Shave (P350), Premium Shave (P650), and FrostBite Treatment (anti-dandruff, P900).
What's cool is that John Barbers also accepts other currencies such as the U.S. dollar in case you or a friend from abroad don't carry Philippine pesos.
Other services: Signature Facial (P800), Chair Massage (P400), Manicure (P250), Pedicure (P250), Eyebrow Trim (P150), Ear Cleaning (P350), Keratin Treatment (P1,500), Steam Press (P150)
John Barbers is at G/F Somerset Millennium Hotel Makati, 104 Aguirre Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, contact 887-5646 or log on to their Facebook page.
Back Alley Barbershop
Back Alley is one of the first to repackage the idea of what a barbershop should be—a hangout for a modern-day man. Its lounge area is stocked with beers, coffee, and cocktails, and a ton of cheeky art books, travel guides, and streetwear magazines which will make you want to stick around long after your haircut is done. Make sure to try the Hungover Treatment (P750) even when you're not hungover. It's a facial with a series of fragrant hot and cold towels and a massage so relaxing you’ll want to crawl back to bed!
Watch for its new branch opening in San Antonio Plaza which looks like it will have a darker, more opulent vibe.
Other services: Haircut (P400), Shave (P450), Quickee (buzz cut, P250), Shoulder Massage & More (P750), Fonzie (scalp treatment, P1,050)
Back Alley Barbershop is at Unit 1D, Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista Street corner Sanchez Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, contact 0947-518-5736 or 0915-256-1879 or log on to their Facebook page.
Hangar Fine Barbers
True to its name, Hangar is an aviation-themed barbershop that's decorated with actual flight bar carts and wartime mementos—even the seats are real commercial airliner seats! You're handed a boarding pass before you get the service. The basic service is the Glider (P280) which is a haircut, warm face towel treat, neck and scalp massage, but of interest is the Top Overhaul (P400) which is a hair spa with scalp, neck, and arm massage—it promises to bring your hair back. A note for the girls out there, they can cut your hair, too!
Other services: Constellation (P380 for a haircut, warm face towel treat, scalp, neck, and arm massage), Concorde (P500 for a haircut, shave, warm face towel treat, scalp and upper back massage), Zeppelin (P600 for a haircut, shave, warm face towel treat, full-body massage), Stratocruiser (P200 for a pedicure and leg massage)
Hangar Fine Barbers is at 9641 Kamagong Street, Makati City (beside Solace Hotel near Chino Roces and Guijo Street). For more information, contact 0917-800-8727 or log on to their Facebook page.
Strategically located in Old Balara, Cavemen Barbers draws a following from the gated communities around it. Their tagline is "Cut. Shave. Shop. Drink." You basically get to do all four in one place, so it's also a treat for the wives and girlfriends accompanying their man. Cavemen sells high-end perfumes and a growing selection of locally-made shoes, watches, and jeans as well as the usual pomades. But what really sets it apart is how much time is devoted to each customer and to perfecting the cut. The barbers here take their time in sculpting your ‘do so it’s perfect as it should be. Plus, you can score timepieces from Time Master Watches and shop from Above The Ankle clothing line at the barbershop very soon!
Other services: Cave It Up (Express Cut, P300), Cavemen Cut (P450), Captain Cavemen (Cut and Shave, P700), Cavemen Shave It Off (P350), Beards & Men (P450), Clean-Shaven Head (P450)
Cavemen Barbers is at 2/F Bali Garden Residences, 140 Zuzuaregui Street, Old Balara, Quezon City. For more information, contact 426-2900 or log on to their Facebook page.
Easily identified on social media by the colorful mural by local artists Gori and Hilo Bautista, The Urban Barber is the place to go for “the complete MANpering experience.” It’s known for A Cut Above (P350), a haircut and styling service that comes with a rinse, and a notch higher is The Urban Royal (P700), which comes with a shave. All services come with a cup of coffee or a cold beer, as well as a massage. It also stocks local clothing, accessory and men's grooming brands which are handpicked to complete the look of the Filipino urbanite. Brands include Huevo, Paragon Manila, Rhodes Manila, The Eighth, Knit Sicks, The Tokwa Co., and The Urban Warrior.
Other services: The Bro Buzz (P300), Baby-Butt Smooth (P400 for a shave), Touch My BEARD-y (P400 for beard sculpting), Bro-tox Facial (P650), Artsy Buzz Cut (P650 for a buzz cut with clipper art), I’m No Flaker (P1,000 for a scalp treatment)
The Urban Barber is at CKB Center, 203 Tomas Morato, Quezon City. For more information, contact 373-5517, 0917-8239975, or 0908-8629857 or log on to their Facebook page.
The space itself is generous and has art, knit ties and bow ties, and pomades on display for sale. There's also a lounge area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee. Its signature service is the Tune-Up (P890), a haircut and a facial with the complimentary hot towel massage, shampoo and rinse, pomade finishing, and a cuppa. You can even borrow an iPad in lieu of a magazine. Also worth checking out is the Anti-Thinning and Anti-Hair Loss Treatments (individually, P1,290; combined, P1,690; with a massage and a haircut, Burnside Hair Therapy, P1,450 to P1,800). Not only will they save you from balding, they are also so relaxing you can fall asleep!
Other services: Prime Cut (P350), Shave or Sculpting (P400), Supreme Hair Spa (P1,100), Respawn Special (P1,250 for a cut, rinse, hair spa, drink, hot towel massage, and pomade finishing), Medal of Honor (P2,290 for a cut, rinse, facial, choice of hair treatment drink, hot towel massage, and pomade finishing)
Burnside Barber is at White Plains West, Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City. For more information, contact 0977-836-7237 or log on to their Facebook page.
Dapper Club PH
The mafia-themed Dapper Club has a wider range of services than most barbershops in its category. They offer services like eyebrow threading (P200), nail services (P220 for a manicure and P250 for a pedicure), and shoe cleaning (P200) on top of the usual haircuts and shaves. Their signature is a package called The Godfather (P888) which takes care of full body grooming—haircut and shampoo, mani-pedi, hot and cold towels, and the best part, the four-hand massage. It's a sensory overload that guarantees deep relaxation. Top that with a whisky on the rocks for the full experience.
Other services: Made Man (P350 for a haircut), Forget about it! (P180 for a head shave), Hit & Whack (P280 for a buzz cut), Spring Cleaning (P280 for a shave), Pay Tribute (P200 for a beard trim)
Dapper Club PH is at 3/F Century City Mall, Makati City. For more information, contact 0917-470-5920 or log on to their Facebook page.
Slick Barbers Co.
An honest-to-goodness, no-frills barbershop, Slick Barbers offers either a haircut (P250) or a shave (or beard trim for P100). It even has its own take on classic cuts; now it’s known for the high fade/high taper comb-over for short-haired dudes, the Scumbag Boogie for curly-haired friends, and long trim pompadours for those who want a bit more length. A love for street culture and the hustle has led it to create a community of followers who are as passionate as they are, even going as far as doing out-of-town haircut sessions.
Other services: Haircut (P250), Haircut and Beard Grooming (P350), Full Shave (P200), Beard Grooming (P200)
Slick Barbers Co. is at 3919 Yague Street corner South Avenue, Makati City. For more information, contact 0935-715-2488 or log on to their Facebook page.
Bond St. Social
If you’re looking for something in the south, this might be the one for you. As its name suggests, Bond St. Social is one of those places whose proprietors make it a point to be in the shop to socialize and establish a personal relationship with its customers. It’s the vibe that they’ve cultivated that people come back for—other than the signature Cut n’ Rinse (P320), of course. Bond St. Social is best known for low, mid, high, and skin fades.
Other services: Full Shave (P350), Partial Shave (P200), Head Shave (P400), Beard Trim (P200), Moustache Trim (P120), Beard & Moustache Trim (P250), Nose [Hair] and/or Eyebrow Trim (P150), Barber’s Massage (30 mins, P280), Hair & Scalp Treatment (P600), Undercut Design (P350), Hair Styling (P200)
Bond St. Social is at 59 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City and Lot 8-B Dona Irenea Street, Ireneville 1, BF Homes, Parañaque City. For more information, contact 801-9415 or log on to their Facebook page.