By our count, there are roughly a million places where you can go to get your haircut in downtown Toronto. In recent years, there has been somewhat of a renaissance in men's grooming for our fair city. A number of trendy barbershops specializing in old school style barber techniques with a young and modern twist have popped up. These classically inspired shops are a throwback to a simpler time and are great places for anyone looking for a classic side part, pompadour, undercut, slick back or maybe even your very own top knot if you ask really politely.
1. Town Barber
Originally located in a small back room inside a clothing store on Ossington Street, Town Barber has moved on to a bigger and better space right next door to the Lakeview Diner. Patrons in the newly expanded space can sit back, soak in a soundtrack of punk rock music, and get a quality cut and shave from their friendly staff. Also, and this can't be stressed enough, there is usually a dog named George just hanging out inside the shop as well.
2. Crows Nest
Housed in the heart of the always interesting Kensington Market, the ever popular Crows Nest barber shop has a highly loyal clientele attracted to the shop's retro-vintage aesthetic feel. They're also pretty damn good at cutting hair so that likely has something to do with their popularity as well.
3. Blood & Bandages
Don't let the name scare you off, because getting your hair cut over at Blood and Bandages is actually a pain-free experience. They've moved down the street from their tightly packed previous location and have added more barber's chairs to keep up with the demand, but you'll still likely want to phone ahead to make sure you can get a spot. They even make their own line of hair wax and pomades for those looking for a unique product you won't be able to find anywhere else.
Photo cred - King's Landing
4. King's Landing
Not to be confused with the capital city of Westeros, the crew at this laid back barber shop are more than capable of freshening up your look. Plus, King's Landing is just down the road from Sneaky Dee's, so you can even go grab yourself some nachos afterward to celebrate.
5. Bellwoods Barbers
The Bellwoods Barbers have set up their shop on the northern side of Trinity Bellwood's Park and the place takes a slightly more modern feel to the classic barber shop motif. Take a stroll through the park and later stop by to check out the dark wood floors, exposed brick interior, tin ceiling and of course you might as well get yourself a snazzy new haircut too while you're in the neighbourhood.
6. The Fitting Room
The Fitting Room on Dundas West can be easily recognized by its shiny vintage barber chair stationed right in the store's front window. With a backroom lounge featuring a big screen tv and a number of men's goods and grooming essentials for sale this is a one stop shop for getting that fitted look.
7. Hollow Ground
Hollow Ground, over in the Bloordale/Dovercourt area, is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a quality cut and straight razor shave. You might have to wait a bit to get your turn though as the shop has a strict walk-in only policy, but you can always come by and sign your name on the whiteboard waiting list.
8. Axe & Hatchet
Although a little more high end than other shops on this list the Axe and Hatchet, located in the upscale Yorkville neighborhood, is a great option for those with a little extra spending money on hand. If you can afford it, this full-service grooming club will have you walking out its doors looking as handsomely as you paid.
Photo cred - Garrison's Barber Shop
9. Garrison's By The Park Barber Shop
Overlooking Trinity Bellwoods park from its second-floor window the Garrison's By The Park Barber Shop can be recognized by the bulldog logo on its sign. The accommodating and friendly staff are also sure to listen to your request and tailor your look specifically to your hair type and preferred style.
10. Rod, Gun & Barbers
Rod, Gun And Barbers is especially unique amongst this list. Sure, you can get a wet shave and a cut here like other barber shops, but how many can boast having a beer license, hosting live music events, and feature grooming packages that include your own Cuban cigar and a glass of scotch? You can even join the shop's Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters affiliated Rod and Gun Club, and purchase your very own hunting and fishing licenses in store. Needless to say, you likely shouldn't tell your vegan friends about this place.