Mapped: The City's Very Best Barbershops
Some fellas are content walking into a $10 salon chain and asking a barber for a cleanup. For the rest, getting a haircut and shave is part of a pampering ritual. The straight edge razor. The old-timey smocks. The head massage and hot towel. And that ritual requires an expert—no, a master—of the barbering arts. Below, find the city's best barbershops conveniently compiled into a handy map. Commit it to memory, send it to a friend, or simply save it to your phone. However you use this information, it will be your key to avoiding ho-hum haircuts.
1018 Bush Street
Stop by, enjoy a cold beer, shoot the shit, and get cleaned up. Luis, the owner, has assembled a top notch staff of legitimately cool dudes who will keep you looking sharp. It's easy to schedule an appointment, but definitely plan ahead. This spot gets busy.
973 Market Street and 696 Valencia Street
Great haircuts, solid beard trims, and loads of styling tips. Fellow Barber started in NYC, and now has two locations in San Francisco. If you're looking for a relaxing way to spend an hour, book a haircut and hangover treatment for $65. That includes hot and cold towel applications, with essential oil and skincare treatments to cleanse and tighten pores.
Debonair Barber & Shave Parlor
520 Haight Street
Fans of this Haight Street spot rave about the fades and $30 haircuts in a super-chill environment. Try for an appointment, but you might luck out with a walk-in. Sit for a spell and have a beer while you watch a game on the projector while you wait.
351 Divisadero Street
Named the city's best barbershop by San Francisco magazine, J.P. Kempt has a personable, detail-oriented staff and great atmosphere. Shorty, the owner, has an impressive resume, opening and operating some of the best barbershops and salons in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
1512 Pine Street
If you're looking for an old-school barbershop experience, go see Sal. This isn't the spot for the latest, trendiest styles, but it's a solid bet for a good-looking, respectable haircut. Sal understands head shapes and hair patterns, and he won't steer you wrong.
13 Columbus Avenue
Susan, the owner, has over 20 years of experience, and is a master of her craft. A mix of modern and classic, the Blades team offers top of the line products, a friendly atmosphere, and (yasss!) hot mint towels at end of your treatment. Bonus: the online booking system is crazy easy-to-use.
203 Broad Street
Nate doesn't have a website, but you can request an appointment online through his Yelp page. Otherwise, this is a walk-in kind of spot where you can be out the door and looking sharp in 30 minutes. Loyalty, however, pays off. Nate's regulars say, that he'll even come in as early as 6 am to give you the city's best fade.
425C Battery Street
A nostalgic barbershop experience, Brogan and Son is one of those places where you'll find a sense of community, along with a great cut and shave. Cuts—$36-$45— range from traditional to contemporary styles for long or short hair and include a straight razor neck shave, a two-minute head and neck massage, and a hot towel soaked in tea tree and eucalyptus oils while you recline in the chair.
4102 19th Street
Daddy's is fun, welcoming, and open until 8 pm on weekdays (and 9 pm on weekends), so you'll never have an excuse for scruffy hair. While there are plenty of stylists, you'll get whomever is available if you walk in without an appointment. That said, everyone here does good work, and the team is incredibly friendly, and they publish half the barbers' cell numbers on their website , if you want to schedule an appointment directly. (Or if you're just crushing on your barber and want to text.)
550 Montgomery Street
One of the best-kept secrets at Wingtip is San Francisco's most private, relaxed barbershop atmosphere. Kick back with a coffee, water, beer, or whiskey, while master barber Joe Roberts works his magic with the straight razor or clippers. Haircuts, beard trims—Joe does it all.