Remember when a shave and a haircut was two-bits? And men obtained regular maintenance at their local barbershop?

It may sound like a long lost relic from days of yore, however, barbershops are not extinct; prices have just gone up a bit since the olden days.
Hot-towel prepping, straight-razor closeness and testosterone-charged gossip can still be yours at any number of public grooming destinations.

Allow us to groom you for getting groomed with our guide to the best and manliest, grittiest and sleekist (old school and new) barbershops in town.


Charlie's on South Robertson Boulevard is so brand spanking new that it still has yet to throw its official grand opening party (October 24), yet it's already gaining momentum as a go-to destination.
Charlie's Hair and Spa for Men is just that. A stylish, but not self-consciously so, modernized barbershop where men can flock for all their preening needs. Top notch hair cuts are a mere $25, flat screen TVs provide entertainment and cold beers are at the ready. Fancy a manicure? Charlie's will provide that too, manhood still intact.
1012 S. Robertson Blvd. Suite A,
Los Angeles, 90035
(310) 432-0077

Shorty's Barber ShopZbutton

On Fairfax in West Hollywood, Shorty's
is fashioned after the old school barbershops, with a rockabilly twist (pinup girl tattoo art abounds). Though the clientele is mostly male, Shorty's isn't exclusively for men-only. So, you guys out there with gals attached at the hip can go in together without paying through the nose--Shorty's staff of barbers/stylists are ready and willing to cut any style requested for less than 30 bucks.
755 N. Fairfax Ave.,
Los Angeles, 90046
(323) 297-0554

Sweeney Todd's Barber ShopZbutton

It doesn't get more legit than Sweeney Todd's. Old men in white coats actually still do the barbering at this Los Feliz staple, in operation since 1927. That said,
Sweeney Todd's is full of vintage oddities. Men's magazines from yesteryear are scattered about for perusal, Mancini wafts from the speakers and old stag films loop on an aging projector. Shaves and cuts are $17, trims range from $5-$7 and scalp massages are $10.
4639 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles, 90027
(323) 667-9690

Suite TwelveZbutton

Sometimes it takes a woman to do a man's job. Suite Twelve
, located inside the Chess & Burman salon collective, is (wo)manned by one Katie Bausch (an ex-pat of Reeder's). But this is no girlie interpretation of a what a men's salon should be. Suite Twelve keeps it simple with an ample supply of Maxims, brewskis and expert cuts, all administered by Bausch herself. From the "Standard Buzz Cut" to the "Executive," individual attention is all-inclusive at Suite Twelve.
9911 Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, 90034
(310) 553-5069



Where 'ballers get babied, Saffore's
is celebrity barber Tray Saffore's first flagship. The cozy location on Sunset Boulevard offers a masculine environment for cuts, manicures, facials and teeth whitening in addition to a private room for deep tissue massage and wrinkle treatments. Saffore has been Grant Hill, Dwight Howard and Reggie Miller's go-to groomer for years--now NBA fanatics can get the same premium pampering (at premium prices, of course) as their heroes, possibly while sitting right next to one.
8418 Sunset Blvd.,
Los Angeles, 90069
(323) 204-9886

Reeder's BarbershopZbutton

You know you've entered a male-centric environment when a giant statue of Shaq greets you at the door. Overflowing with sports memorabilia, even down to the basketball court-style floors, Reeder's (formerly Major League Trim) is a jock's paradise. A team of cheerleaders-cum-hairstylists do the cutting while customers channel surf the individual flat screens installed at every station, sip a Stella and chat about NBA stats. A standard cut runs about $30 and walk-ins are welcome.
11515 W. Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
(310) 473-0462

The Shave

For the fancy pants out there, a shave at The Shave
will cost you. If you don't place a price tag on pampering, word is it's worth it at The Shave. Leather club chairs, checkered flooring and bare brick walls give the shop an exclusive, ritzy, New York feel in keeping with the $65 you'll pull out of your wallet to get the "Standard Shave." Free beer, ESPN on the flat screen and a heavenly hand massage are included in the price. If you're ultra posh, look into the yearly, unlimited shave packages starting at $4,000.
230 S. Beverly Dr.,
Beverly Hills, 90212
(310) 888-2898