Mapped: The City's Very Best Barbershops

Photo: Blades Co

Photo: Blades Co

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.

Metropolitan Barber Shop

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.

Photo: Fellow Barber

Photo: Fellow Barber

Fellow Barber

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.

JP Kempt Barber

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 Barber Shop

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.

Photo: Blades Co

Photo: Blades Co

Blades Co Barber Shop

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.

Nate’s Barbershop

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.

Photo: Wingtip

Photo: Wingtip

Brogan and Son

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.

Daddy’s Barbershop

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.