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The best barbershops in Los Angeles

Dapper up your 'do at one of the best barbershops in L.A. for top-notch cuts, lathers and shaves

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In need of a fresh cut? Now that the city is opening up again, it may be time to ditch the quarantine look and get trimming. We're not saying you have to go clean cut—but maybe your 'do is overdo for a trim. Lucky for you, we've sought out the best barber shops in Los Angeles, whether you're looking for a fade, trim, stylish cut or a clean shave that gives the city's best spas a run for their money. When you're looking to fine tune that beard, you don't want a stiff place with an "get in and get out" kind of vibe. You want it to feel like you can kick your feet up and have great conversation at a place that you've been going to for years—and that's exactly the kind of environment these barber shops are serving up. 

If there's one thing for sure, these joints aren't your average Fantastic Sams—we're talking inviting (and tempting) complementary services like swanky cocktails, draft beer, movies, Xbox, shoe-shining, happy hour specials and comfy salon chairs that'll make you want to stay a while. Pair that with some of the most experienced barbers weilding those scissors so that all you need to worry about is what drink to order next. (It's a mighty fine bachelor party idea to kick off the night.) New York transport the Blind Barber in Culver City even has one of the best bars in the city hidden in the back, speakeasy style. 

Whether you're headed to Los Feliz, Downtown or Melrose Avenue, we've got you covered with a range of high-end and afforable top barber shops in L.A.

L.A.'s top barbershops

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

The name of this place doesn't exactly instill confidence, but have no fear: the barbers here mean business and have a passion for their art. But it’s not just hair they’ve mastered: this spot offers cocktails as impressive as their cuts, championing the original concept of the barbershop as a place for men to socialize and congregate. Founded in New York City’s East Village, the concept expanded west in 2012, bringing the bar-and-barbershop concept to Culver City. A service includes a drink, chosen from an extensive mixology menu, with aptly named offerings such as the Sweeney Ted (Jameson, lemon, honey, Pama liqueur, egg white and creole bitters). Don’t expect to walk out the door without must-have products from the Blind Barber line, featuring cocktail-inspired ingredients such as the juniper berry, found in gin, naturally.

  • Things to do
  • West Third Street
  • price 2 of 4

Kick back at this old-school establishment, where founders Vinnie Morey (recognizable from season one of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover on Bravo) and Trent Magnano have combined their love of street culture and modern art with a traditional feel at this eclectic space on West Third Street. Movies, Xbox and beer are all on tap at this joint. The Proper is also available for group events, including birthdays, bachelor parties and wedding day needs—ensuring not a hair out of place for groom and co.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Barbershops
  • Echo Park
  • price 2 of 4

Top-notch service and quality reign supreme at this Echo Park grooming destination on Sunset Boulevard. A former musician, founder Brian Girgus now puts his creative chops to use cutting hair. Expect traditional barbershop offerings against the backdrop of this mid-century styled four-chair space, complete with a bright, mural-splashed wall of wind turbines. Don’t miss the adjoining General Store, featuring a handpicked mix of everything from vintage threads, and goods from cult hair and skincare line. Malin + Goetz. And ladies, rejoice! Tag along with your man on his grooming quest, and get your own snappy haircut, too.

  • Things to do
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

It’s not all fun and games at Bolt Barbers, but that’s certainly part of the experience. Indulge in a game of shuffleboard at the Downtown location after you’ve been shorn and shaved smoother than a baby’s bottom by a member of the expertly trained staff. Choose from a wide array of menu options, and on Trojan Tuesdays, USC students holding a valid student ID can expect 20% off cuts. 

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  • Things to do
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

The oldest barbershop in Beverly Hills, Gornik and Drucker draws a serious fan base across generations. Harry Drucker established the original outpost in 1936, amassing a client base ranging from Ronald Regan to Frank Sinatra and Clark Gable. In 1989, the barbershop joined forces with rival master clipper William Gornik of Rothschild’s fame, who boasted an equally impressive roster, unifying under one name and roof. Past now meets present at this classic space, which commands a presence in the lower level of the Maybourne Beverly Hills and a newer Palisades Village location. Gornik continues to tame the follicles of his loyal clientele daily from the comforts of the shop’s elegant modern-day surroundings.

  • Things to do
  • Fairfax District
  • price 3 of 4

Travel back in time at this 1920s-style, A-lister beloved grooming haven, founded by Woody Lovell and overseen now by his son Woody Jr. Located at the historic Hotel Normandie in Koreatown, this family-owned endeavor all but screams old school with its vintage chairs and nattily dressed barbers. These guys put the "bar" in barber: the services menu includes whiskey, beer and even tailoring. Become a member for exclusive hours, as well as a creative community to relax, eat, drink and get groomed.

  • Things to do
  • Los Feliz
  • price 2 of 4

No cell phones allowed in this throwback joint in Los Feliz, which focuses on precision shaves and haircuts in an old-fashioned space, overseen by Sween Lahman. Formerly Andy’s Barbershop, Lahman—an employee at the time—bought the space in 2007, and promptly returned it to its original glory. The vintage style brings you back in time, and may even inspire a 1950s cut to boot. Just remember to leave time for a shoe-shine on your way out the door. 

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  • Things to do
  • Fairfax District
  • price 2 of 4

Despite the name, this no-frills barbershop has a long-standing history on Fairfax, counting a wide swath of customers as its clientele, including Adam Levine, who though blessed in the hair department, has counted on Shorty’s to keep him looking fresh. Expect a ’do as hip as the digs, where walls are plastered with photos and an eye-catching tattoo pinup art mural. One traditional barbershop mentality is also laid to rest here, with some services primarily targeted to women, including color and hair relaxing.

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