These New Age Barber Shops In Manila Are Perfect Man Caves
Barber shops in Manila are constant elements of the city’s urban fabric. You can see one at every corner, parading budget prices for a guy’s haircut priced much less than your budget lunch meal. It’s so cheap to maintain the mane of a male, everyone would think. These places often offer an easy, simple, sometimes a hit-or-miss experience for the men population.
In more recent times, however, the male grooming industry has answered to the needs of more proper grooming. Enter the new age barber shops in Manila that offer pompadour cuts, pomades, coffee and beer, and even dapper suits! These barber shops in Manila raised the grooming game by miles as they exude total man cave vibes of comfort, class, and a heck lot of masculinity. No more tacky 50-peso haircuts and simple cut-and-go! We have come to the age of the heyday of specialty grooming places for the true gentlemen.
Where to find them? We got you covered!
1The Urban Barber
The Urban Barber in Quezon City quite literally transports you to New York City. Their interiors give out the rugged and exposed vibe of the Brooklyn urban fabric. This alone provides you an entirely new experience. The pampering services do not only include your basic haircut! With their trained barbers, you can easily request for an added flair to your hairstyle. On top of this, The Urban Barber has a carefully curated playlist to get you in the whole New York urban vibe. An even bigger bonus? You can have a beer while getting your haircut.
The owners of Heavyhands Barbershop started making a mark in the Metro when they would put up a pop-up, makeshift barber shops in decrepit or unassuming locations in Manila. They wanted to prove that quality haircuts need not be located in fancy places. Eventually, Heavyhands found a home in Mendiola with a cult following and fans who have to book to get a spot for a haircut. True to the rock ‘n’ roll vibe of the place, their haircuts vary from sleek to clean to edgy. Not one gentleman comes out unsatisfied. If anything, most of them end up looking forward to their next!
3Back Alley Barber Shop
You know a place is well-thought of when this place makes you want to linger a bit longer. This is Back Alley, a well-curated barber shop nestling in the bustling cities of Makati and Taguig. While it multiplies your average kanto barber shop spending by 10 times more, the experience multiplies by about a hundred times. The interiors are all worth the rave. Sit on one of their refurbished vintage chairs, or lounge while enjoying the top notch coffee they serve. While you’re getting that quality haircut, you can listen to vinyl music at daytime and house music at night.
4The Fine Gentleman
The Fine Gentleman was created to solidify the true value of a real gentleman. Mimicking the American neighborhood barber shop and tailor, the interiors of The Fine Gentleman represents what bespoke and classy is. Their trained barbers can do haircuts from classy to edgy. Not only that, if you need tailor-made suits, the owners of this barber shop come from a family of suit tailors. Gentlemen now have a go-to place for times when they need to look dapper.
5John Barbers Groomers
We imagine the life of an on-the-go gentleman to have a packed schedule from day to night, swinging from a business meeting to a trip to the gym then ending the night with a fancy dinner and drinks. John Barbers Groomers provides a grooming place that provides the much-needed midday comfort and breaks for a gentleman on-the-go. Truly luxurious, John Barbers provides perks and comforts that aid a gentleman when he chooses to take a grooming break here. Not only does this place offer top notch haircut services, but this is also another one of the barber shops in Manila offering tailoring services. Maximize the exprience, after a quick workout at a nearby gym, hop into their shower suite to refresh in the middle of the day. If you are in dire need of a quick shut-eye, book their napping suite and massage services for the luxurious kind of rest.
6Felipe & Sons Barberdashery
Of all the barber shops in Manila, Felipe & Sons is easily one of the most famous of all. Being one of the pioneers of specialty grooming experience for men, Felipe & Sons helped changed the game of barber shops. The interiors of every Felipe & Sons branch speaks of class. Their service? Definitely of high quality! They offer the basic haircut as well as haberdashery services. Beyond that are shoe-grooming and tailoring services. For the grooming needs of every gentleman, they have it.
Thirsty Barber is Felipe & Sons’ little brother who is known for hiding a secret. It’s basically the same services. It has the same level of class. The biggest difference is that it has a speakeasy bar hiding behind it. When the sun goes down, the neon light that says Thirsty turns on as if to signal that it’s party time! What a good way to pamper yourself—get some grooming then head on over to a bar for a drink or two!
Titan is another one of the specialty barber shops in Manila that pioneered the grooming game. This one is mainly known for the kicks they carry and a known hub for basketball fans. It can be the perfect man cave for basketball fans, you and old alike. On top of all of this, their grooming services will definitely make you feel like an MVP!
9Bond St. Social
Bond St. Social is the go-to barber shop in Manila for the southern gentleman. Fairly straightforward, Bond st. Social’s goal is to provide a place for men to be groomed with style and class. While they specialize in classic, dapper cuts, you may also request what kind of cut you wish and they’ll whip it up in style.
10The Village Barber and Supply Shop
Same service, different name. The location isn’t quite a Back Alley, so they couldn’t name it that. The Village Barber and Supply Shop was created by the same owners of the Back Alley. Every corner is reminiscent of the Back Alley—from the music, the chairs, the service, to the drinks served. They just really had to change the name to fit the location. Now, that is brand dedication.
Fittingly so, Talas Manileño sits on a spot in Cubao X—a hub fit for the vintage, the new age, the experimental, the artisanal and everything in between. Talas Manileño pays homage to the Filipino culture revolving around barber shops—from the classic look of the interiors to dama boards that are staples in your usual neighborhood barber shop. Just like most new age barber shops, Talas Manileño offers drinks while you are being groomed by a trained barber, giving nothing but the best grooming service you can’t easily find. Just like most shops in Cubao Expo, Talas Manileno turns into a makeshift bar by the owners who always welcome new friends and guests with a cup of alcohol.
Another one to be added to our list of new age barber shops in Manila, The Barberian caters to the population of Southern Manila. Quite unassumingly and quietly sitting is a building in Alabang, as how it is mostly in the South, is a real gentleman’s cave where their grooming will make you feel like the man of the hour. Promising to give top notch haircuts and excellent pampering experience, The Barberian complements all this with free drinks to enjoy your relaxation with,
13Hangar Fine Barber
New age barber shops in Manila are definitely dominating the market. More gentlemen are valuing the artistry of proper grooming. So what can elevate the experience more to be noticed by the market? The concept, of course. If anything, this is where Hangar Fine Barber flies higher than most. See what we did there? Hangar Fine Barber is an aviation-themed barber shop where every inch of the store will remind you of some vintage aviation industry. To complement their quality service, they highlighted the experience with a fresh concept.
We will always pay homage to the decades-old barber shops that have become the go-to grooming places for generations past. These 50-peso-haircut places will always be home to easy, laid-back need of the male population. However, when we talk of artistry and grooming for men, the age has come when man caves have turned into manpering places. No harm in seeing our men extra dapper!
After having your sleek pompadour done and dapper suit tailored at any of these new age barber shops in Manila, drop by History Con Philippines to witness the tallest pompadour competition!