Top 10 Places for a Professional Shave in Manila
When you want to feel like a prince, here's where you should go.
(SPOT.ph) Whether you have a beard that you’re maintaining or if you simply want a clean shave, it’s important to find the barbershop that you’d want to keep coming back to. Yeah, you could get the job done at home all by yourself, but it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself once in a while. Plus, if you get a shave done professionally, it's likely to come with one or two cool perks, like a relaxing shoulder massage or a refreshing drink. We checked out some of the best barbershops in the Metro and tried their shaving services so we can rank them based on the quality of service, comfort level, and value for money.
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Here are the top 10 places to get a shave in Manila:
10. The Men’s Room
Service/How much to shell out: Classic Shave (P300)
The lowdown: “Whenever I go to the mall, it’s usually to run errands like paying the bills or grocery shopping. It’s harder to squeeze in a grooming session at a mall if you’re a guy (there are usually more salons for the ladies compared to barbershops), especially if you’re like me who’s a little picky when it comes to barbershops. Lucky for me, SM Megamall has The Men’s Room. While my girlfriend was shopping, I was able to squeeze in a quick shave. The place was packed with customers, so there was a bit of waiting time (less than five minutes) but I was relieved to know that they could still accommodate me, considering I arrived a little past 7 p.m. I was pleasantly surprised when they offered a complimentary iced tea! When it was my turn, the whole thing only took about 15 minutes. The service has no frills—just a straight shave. This is a great option for those who need something fast and fuss-free.” —Joshua
The verdict: If you need a quick shave, you can count on The Men's Room to deliver but you can probably get the same service for a cheaper price elsewhere. The place is a bit cramped and given its location, it can get pretty packed—but the good thing is you won't have to wait too long to be accommodated even if you're a walk-in customer.
9. Talas Manileño
Service/How much to shell out: Ahit (P350)
The lowdown: “Good thing I made a reservation before going there because I was prioritized when I got to Talas. The staff was generally nice and accommodating. Upon entering the shop, I got the meh feeling. I was looking for that Old Manila vibe which their IG feed has but I didn’t get that IRL. Reception area was relatively small and the temperature was a little too warm for comfort. Service was good. After putting some exfoliating solution on my face, the barber massaged it on my facial hair, which was relaxing. According to kuya, this was meant to make my facial hair softer, which would make it easier for him to shave off. Kuya’s small talk was just right—it felt friendly and not annoying. Shave felt clean. The barber I got was definitely skilled and knew what he was doing. I felt that I was in good hands.” —Symon
The verdict: If you don't mind the warm temperature and the small space, getting a shave at Talas Manileño would be a good option. Their barbers are friendly and you can tell they know what they're doing so you'll feel at ease. You'll walk out with results that you love, so P350 is worth it. If you frequent the Cubao area, you might just find yourself coming back regularly.
Talas Manileño is at Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City. To make an appointment, contact 283-9631. For more information, log on to Talas Manileño's Facebook page.
8. Another Barbershop
Service/How much to shell out: Shave (P380)
The lowdown: “I frequent Poblacion for its vibrant night life—I didn’t think I would stumble upon a little barbershop that offers ‘man-pering.’ After a drink from its neighbor OTO, I decided to give it a go, since I was due for a shave anyway. The place is small and can only accommodate three people at a time, but their hip design more than makes up for it. I’m a fan of the clean white walls paired with industrial-themed interiors. I didn’t make an appointment, so I had to wait for about 30 minutes before my turn. I had no plans for the day and they have comfortable seats in their waiting area, so waiting wasn’t that big of a problem for me. When it was my turn, the barber prepped my face with a cool and fragrant cream, then a hot towel was placed on my face to soften the beard to achieve a clean and comfortable shave. It took only about 10 minutes and I was done. I was offered a massage for the face and back, which I gladly accepted. Overall, the experience was fast and straight to the point. I think I would definitely drop by here again before I hit the bars to get the fresh and clean look. If only they had a few more seats and more barbers so they could accommodate more people at a time to minimize the waiting time.” —Josh
The verdict: Since Another Barbershop can only accommodate up to three people at a time, it's best to make an appointment so you don't end up waiting so long. They keep the place neat and tidy, plus the creams and oils that they use smell great, leveling up the whole experience. You'll walk out feeling baby-smooth, thanks to their meticulous barbers. If only it were more accessible and had more seats, Another Barbershop would rank higher on the list.
Another Barbershop is at 5880 Enriquez Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City. To make an appointment, contact 0917-123-5880. For more information, log on to Another Barbershop's Facebook page.
7. House of Handsome
Service/How much to shell out: The Traditional Shave (P475)
The lowdown: “Shaving is one of the things I can do myself at home, so to convince me to shell out a few hundred pesos, the experience has to be special. Thankfully, House of Handsome managed to tick all the boxes. The barbershop, operated by Felipe and Sons, is a small three-chair operation—so appointments are a must. It’s found inside the Penguin store at the Power Plant Mall, so if you’re early for your appointment, like I was, feel free to browse around the store and try on a few things. My shaving session started right on the dot. The barber was friendly and as soon as I sat down, he immediately adjusted the chair back and started massaging my two weeks’ worth of stubble to prep it for a shave. He then placed a hot towel on my face and left it on for a minute or two. After that, he applied the shaving cream—and almost immediately, with precise swipes with a straight razor, it was off again. The shave itself was quick, so the rest of time was spent on a relaxing head massage and a heavy-handed arm and upper-back massage. Maybe it was a little too vigorous, but oddly enough, I felt loose and relaxed right after. The shave is a little pricey at P475, so it's best to pair it with a haircut, to set you back 'just' P750. Would I do it again? Sure, why not.”—Peter
The verdict: House of Handsome's barbers are friendly and highly skilled, so you know you're in good hands. While the shave is more expensive than most on the list, it's worth it if you don't mind paying a few extra for the comfort. Plus, since the barbershop can accommodate up to three people only, you'll be able to relax and let the barber do his job. We recommend making a reservation, though, to avoid waiting.
House of Handsome is inside the Original Penguin store, Main Wing R2 Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. To make an appointment, contact 0923-932-2725. For more information, log on to House of Handsome's Facebook page.
6. Bruno's Barbers
Service/How much to shell out: Shave (P280)
The lowdown: "Bruno's Barbers is my go-to barbershop for all my haircuts. They're efficient and get the job done quickly for a price that won't hurt your wallet even if you go two or three times a month. It was easy to make an appointment since I'm a regular, and while the barbershop is usually packed, walk-in customers are also welcome if they are willing to wait a bit. My barber was very meticulous with the shave and made sure he didn't miss a spot. It was quick, but I didn't feel like my barber rushed the service even if there was a line of customers waiting outside. For P280, I feel like I really got what I paid for—a good, no-nonsense, clean shave." —Junie
The verdict: Bruno's Barbers is a no-fail barbershop that offers wallet-friendly services to those who are looking for something straightforward, whether it's a haircut, a shave, or nail-cleaning. It would be easy to become a regular here, thanks to their wallet-friendly rates and friendly staff. While their shaving service was the simplest and most straightforward of them all, it does get the job done and costs a fraction compared to most. It's also very accessible and walking in won't be a problem. It's a great option for those who need a reliable barbershop that's quick and easy on the pocket.
5. Felipe & Sons
Service/How much to shell out: Shave (P495)
The lowdown: "Since I'm a regular at Felipe & Sons, I know it's almost impossible to be accommodated if you don't have a reservation. For this service, I tried their online booking system, but for some reason it wouldn't push through. So, I tried my luck walking in. To my surprise, I was immediately led to the second floor of the barbershop where my assigned barber warmly attended to me with the usual spiel. The shave service started with a towel 'ceremony' which prepped my skin and softened my facial hair. Then, it was followed by oil application which was topped off with a nice lather—this made it easier for my barber to give me a close and clean shave. The shave was done in no time and I enjoyed the rest of the service with some pressure-point therapy along with a relaxing massage. While the whole experience was excellent, it would have been smoother if I was able to make a reservation successfully, since I was worried I wouldn't be accommodated as a walk-in client." —Law
The verdict: Felipe & Sons has a solid following thanks to their expertise in haircuts, but when you just want to get a last-minute shave and you don't have a lot of time, you might want to go elsewhere since it'll be close to impossible to get a slot on short notice. They're equipped with all the tools they need to shave even the faintest stubble without giving you razor burn. So if you want Felipe & Sons' service, better set an appointment for it because in the end, the wait and the price (which is pricier compared to most) will be worth it.
4. Big Boss Barbers
Service/How much to shell out: Basic Shave (P450)
The lowdown: “Big Boss Barbers’ Basic Shave service is a little more luxurious than your standard barbershop. They prepped my skin with a hot towel and steam then finished it off with a cold towel to cool down my pores. They used an old-fashioned blade razor to trim my facial hair and my barber did it with ease and precision. The store itself is lined with large leather seats for maximum comfort. There’s a large mirror in front of each seat so you can really see the barber do his work. Plus, all the necessary tools are all laid out in the table in front of you, so you can see that they’re all freshly cleaned. There are many seats inside the barbershop so walking in without an appointment wouldn’t be much of a problem. The store definitely has that man-cave feel with a cool industrial design with a dapper twist. While it’s a bit on the pricier side, I feel like the service was totally worth the few extra bucks.” —Angelo
The verdict: Big Boss Barbers has a space that doesn't feel cramped so it's easy to feel comfortable—especially with their large leather seats. You wouldn't have a problem walking in without an appointment, since they have quite a number of barbers who are all well-trained. The only downside is it could get a little noisy in the barbershop, but not to the point where it's impossible to relax.
Big Boss Barbers is at 2/F Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City. To make an appointment, contact 0917-837-2677. For more information, log on to Big Boss Barbers' Facebook page.
3. Burnside Barber
Service/How much to shell out: Shave (P450)
The lowdown: “After I had my hot shave at Burnside Barber, my face felt really smooth without a trace of hair. The barber was really professional in using an old-fashioned straight razor, and it reminded me of Sam Mendes’ Skyfall scene where James Bond was in a hotel in Macau preparing for the casino event. LOL. They also offered a complimentary back massage which was great because it really loosened up my tight muscles. [I'd been thinking of having] my beard shaved at Burnside Barber ever since I found out that they offer complimentary drinks during your stay, plus the have a lounge area where you can sip your choice of beverage after your service. For me, this would be my go-to-barber place if I low-key want to pamper up while having a trim.” —Timothy
The verdict: If you're looking to pamper yourself without spending too much, Burnside Barber is where you should do it. They offer complimentary drinks to all their customers, so whether you're getting a shave or a new haircut (or both), you'll feel welcome and right at home here. You might even want to stay longer and hang out in their lounge if you've got lots of time to spare.
Burnside Barber is at 50B Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. To make an appointment, contact 0977-836-7237. For more information, log on to Burnside Barber's Facebook page.
Service/How much to shell out: The Pioneer (P320)
The lowdown: “My nine-to-five job gives me little to no ‘me’ time, so I sometimes overlook shaving. I recently discovered BOSSMAN, a barbershop that’s just a stone’s throw away from my workplace so I decided to give it a go. While they are still on soft-opening, the place was already filled with customers even past 8 p.m. It’s a good thing they’re very responsive through text, so I was accommodated right away. The barber started the service by massaging my face with pre-shaving cream, which was actually a refreshing treat in itself after a day’s work. Then a hot towel was placed on my face for about a minute. He then proceeded to apply the shaving cream not just on the upper lip and chin area, but to the whole face. The shave took a couple of minutes, mainly because the barber also decided to shave my eyebrows and parts of the face you wouldn’t think had hair. He had a very light hand during the shaving process, but gave a really solid back and arm massage right after the shave. Considering the service that was rendered, I feel like I got more than I paid for. Definitely coming back.” —Joshua
The verdict: For P320, you'll feel like you paid for more because of the overall experience. From making an appointment to the service itself, you can expect everything to go smoothly (literally, since you'll be walking out of there with no stubble in sight). The barbers are skillful and they already know what service you're getting even before you get to the barber's chair. Plus, they have a "living room" area where customer's companions can wait. It can be a bit packed even after work hours, so best to make an appointment before visiting.
BOSSMAN is at 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. To make an appointment, contact 0917-322-8861. For more information, log on to BOSSMAN's Facebook page.
1. 28 Cavalry
Service/How much to shell out: Royal Shave (P500)
The lowdown: “I’ve tried going to several barbershops but it would always be for a haircut, so when I learned about 28 Cavalry's shaving service, I figured I should give it a try. It was easy making an appointment; I just had to send a text and they replied right away. Entering the shop feels like you’ve been transported into a Kingsman movie. Their sleek interiors create an upscale feel, perfect for those who like to splurge on grooming once in a while. I was offered a drink before the service. They made me choose from coffee, tea, or juice. You can also order whisky, but it’s not part of their complimentary drinks list. During the service itself, I noticed that there were a couple of extra steps done prior to shaving aside from the usual shaving cream and hot towel. I was also given a cold towel and other creams were applied to my face, which made me walk out of there feeling smooth as a baby’s bum. I have to mention that they also give a mean massage that could easily knock you out. It’s like you’re really treated like a king at 28 Cavalry. I would definitely come back whenever the wallet permits.”—Josh
The verdict: You'll be treated like royalty at 28 Cavalry. The place feels like an upscale barbershop that isn't intimidating and it instantly puts you in a relaxed mood thanks to the dim lighting. They offer complimentary drinks for you and even your companion, which is an added bonus. Plus, you'll leave with results you're happy with and feeling rejuvenated thanks to the solid massage that will make you want to fall right asleep. It might not be good for the wallet for those who like to visit the barbershop on a weekly basis, considering it's P500 for a shave. But the plus side is you really get what you pay for at 28 Cavalry, and isn't that what matters most?
28 Cavalry is at 4/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. To make an appointment, contact 0917-897-2887. For more information, log on to 28 Cavalry’s Facebook page.