For those who prefer a short cut and shave, the barbershop is preferable to the ‘salon’ being without harsh product smells and noisy blow-dryer action. The barbershops in Vancouver range from old school neighborhood locations with walk-ins only to hipster hang-outs with tough guys covered in tattoos from head to toe.
Here are our 8 picks for a great haircut, facial maintenance, and the proper product to keep you dapper in between trims:
18th Amendment Barber Shop in Gastown
18th Amendment Barber Shop is based on tradition and designed for the modern man. The shop specializes in hot towel shaves, beard and mustache trims, classic haircuts and fades. The ambiance feels authentic and the decor is heavily influenced by nostalgia, making it perfect to take a step back in time for a short time.
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Regal Barbers in Downtown
Born from the ashes of the former well-established barbershop in downtown, these barbers have banded together and created a shop that others compare themselves to. Offering cuts, styling, straight razor shaves and eye-brow shaping, threading and a grooming club with members pricing.
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JD’s Barbershop in Gastown & the Vancouver Club (members only)
JD’s is the brainchild of Judah Down, a master barber, hairdresser and colourist of 15 years who switched gears in 2002 and opened his first barbershop in Gastown. This shop caters to men and women and offers specials that include $ off for students and scotch for grooms.
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Barber & Co in Gastown
A member of the Union of Barbers, in league with the Donnelly Group, Barber & Co is the sort of place you’ll come for a cut, trim or shave and then spend the afternoon hanging out. The atmosphere is traditional yet vibrant with 5 locations from Gastown to Main Street.
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The Belmont Barbershop on East Broadway
Senior barber, Rich Hope, made his bones as a musician/songwriter and has been with the Belmont for 5 years now. The Belmont is old school, the room is roughed up, and a stuffed deer head keeps watch over the shenanigans that only hockey fanatics would understand and partake in.
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FortKnight Barbers in Gastown
All the barbers at FortKnight are proud residents of Gastown and through old time customer service and advice, they strive to give you style. FortKnight is also a great place to unwind, catch up on the latest news and receive topnotch service.
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Farzad’s Barber Shop in Yaletown
Blink and you may miss this tiny bastion of cutting and shaving. With 2 barbers – owner Farzad and Noriko from Tokyo – this Yaletown hole-in-the-wall often has a motorcycle and an obsession with perfection. Traditional to eclectic modern, they cut it all, with no attitude.
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Man Cave Barber Shop in Yaletown & Metrotown
The Man Cave Barber Shop is supposed to be a place where every man can call his own but times are a-changing. The lady barbers have moved in and there is a regular female client who brings her dog every month. Carrying organic and cruelty-free products, great pricing and a walk-in policy, patrons can be in and out in 15 minutes. Man Cave offers convenience and quality that cannot be beat.
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Whether you want a cut, trim and clean, mustache wax and curl, or the full deal with a straight razor and hot towel, picking the perfect barbershop in Vancouver is hard as they seem to be popping up all over. Take our advice and try these first.