Where the Dapper Guys Go: Manila's 10 Best Barbershops
Specialty grooming shops are sprouting all over the metro, and with good reason. If you must know, gone are those days when guys and their girlfriends (or, you know, moms) are advised to share the same hairstylist. A true gentleman values the importance of a smooth shave; and more importantly, he can tell the difference between a budget haircut and a flawless pompadour. For that immaculately dapper look that’s guaranteed to turn heads, nothing beats the work of a bona fide and exceptionally trained barber.
Gents, you might want to bookmark this page for the next time you’re due for a haircut! Because below, we list down some of the coolest barbershops that will cater to your grooming needs:
1. Felipe and Sons
A grooming haven for the gents, Felipe and Sons is basically a one-stop shop! From styled haircuts that start at P360 to beard sculpting and facial treatments, this “barberdashery” (barbershop and haberdashery, get it?) has everything a dapper man might need and more. They even offer sneaker cleaning for only P200—so you can have your kicks back to tiptop shape while you try to look good yourself!
Locations: G/F Net Quad, 4th Ave. cor. 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig | 121 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati | Mezzanine A, LPL Mansions, San Agustin St., Salcedo Village, Makati | G/F UPRC III Bldg., 2289 Chino Roces Ave., Makati | El Pueblo Real de Manila, J. Vargas Ave., cor. ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig
Book an appointment: http://felipeandsons.com/barbershop/
2. Talas Manileño
Owned by the dashing Jericho Rosales himself, Talas Manileño is the perfect place for a chill afternoon, where a gentleman can enjoy good music and a great haircut. Their best service, the "Manileño" cut, is priced at P450 and comes with shampoo, scalp massage, plus craft beer or brewed coffee. But really, the best part is you stepping out of the place looking sharper than ever!
Location: Cubao Expo 38 Gen. Romulo Ave., Bgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City
Book an appointment: 0917 503 1842 / [email protected]
3. Back Alley Barbershop
An oldie but goodie, Back Alley promises to deliver excellent grooming using old school rituals and the best tools of the trade that even “grandpa would love.” Their services include a smart haircut, a clean and smooth shave, and a good ol' massage. No shortcuts and fancy fluff here!
Location: Unit 1D, Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista St. corner Sanchez St., Salcedo Village, Makati
Book an appointment: 0947 518 5736 / 0915 256 1879
4. Dapper Club
This retro-inspired “barbershop for the made man” just recently opened last November, but with their offered services cleverly named "The Don" and "The Godfather," the witty owners have already made quite an impression. Conveniently located beside the cinema, you can pop in for a quick trim while waiting for your movie—we suggest the “Made Man” for a P350 styled haircut, which comes with a massage, rinse, and hot towel.
Location: 3/F Century City Mall, Makati City
Book an appointment: 0917 470 5920
For all basketball players and fans alike, this is the place to be. Get groomed by seasoned barbers while enjoying the spirit of the game—you can pick up something to read, catch the game that’s on, check out the new kicks on display, and even discuss with a fellow hoops fanatic. And just so you know, they take pride in their "Titan Special" (P400), featuring a haircut, shave, and scalp massage, guaranteed to make you feel nothing less than an MVP!
Locations: Two Parkade, Ground Floor, 30th Street, The Fort, BGC, Taguig | 2/F S Maison, Conrad Hotel Manila, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay | 2/F Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati, 3/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Book an appointment: (02) 556 9771
6. Burnside Barber
No one’s ever too old (or too young) to become a gentleman. At Burnside Barber, you can bring your granddad or your three-year-old nephew for a new dapper ‘do. What’s more, you don’t just get a clean cut, you can also enjoy a fresh brew while you’re at it.
Location: White Plains West, Katipunan Avenue, Barangay White Plains, Quezon City
Book an appointment: 0977 836 7237 / (02) 281 5468 / [email protected]
7. The Barberian Barbershop
The Barberian is a place where “men can be men without having to apologize for it.” (And yes, being a real man means there’s no shame in taking good care of yourself!) Want a classic barbershop experience? They’ll give you exactly that, including a proper haircut performed by well-trained barbers who have “the utmost respect” for the craft.
Location: Westgate, Alabang
Book an appointment: (02) 805 0342
8. Bench Barbers
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, local retail giant Bench has recently opened its first branch of Bench Barbers described as “a modern-day man cave that offers top-notch pampering service.” (They even flew in New York-based Filipino hairstylist Mark Bustos as the newest ambassador of Clay Doh, the Bench Fix Professional Styling Tool.) For that precise cut and perfect pompadour, you now know where to go!
Location: 2/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City
Book an appointment: (02) 815 6913 / 0908 135 2931
9. M Barbers
A bona fide stylist to the stars, Jing Monis certainly knows the art of grooming like the back of his hand. And as he launches his first barbershop catering to modern gents, you can expect his signature styling flair and keen attention to detail.
Location: 3/F B Hotel, 14 Scout Rallos St., Laging Handa, Quezon City
Book an appointment: (02) 663 0733 / 0917 314 8533
10. Hangar Fine Barbers
Ready for takeoff? This aviation-inspired barbershop will give you that first-class grooming experience worthy of the true gent. It's complete with airplane seats, model planes, and even beverage carts! We personally love the "Zeppelin" package which includes a haircut, an executive shave, and a full body massage. Sounds awesome? Don't forget to book your flight, err, haircut now—they'll even give you a boarding pass! No joke.
Location: 9641 Kamagong st. (Beside Tenant Manila), Brgy. San Antonio Village, Makati City
Book an appointment: 0917 800 8727
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.