Five shops where your haircut comes with a drink
(New York City and Los Angeles)
You won’t need a drink to relax at the Blind Barber, a chop shop with locations in New York City’s East Village and Los Angeles, but it helps. Each service comes with a complimentary cocktail from a menu as carefully attended to as the whiskers on your face. Try the Sweeney Todd, a drink combining whiskey, egg whites, lemon juice, honey and grenadine that’s guaranteed to make you forget it’s named after a bloodthirsty barber. Blind Barber, 339 E. 10th St., New York City, 212-228-2123; 10797 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-841-6679; blindbarber.com.
316 Club Barber Spa
If it weren’t for the scissors, 316 Club Barber Spa could be mistaken for a billiard hall, considering its pool tables and fireside drinking. But then there are the barbers—and other professionals primed to handle everything down to your shoes—available to members or visitors who want to follow a few rounds (during billiards or at the bar) with manly pampering. Memberships, allowing unlimited treatments and endless lounging around the club, are for full or half-year periods. 316 Club Barber Spa, 175 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 312- 880-0316; 316barberspa.com.
Whether you’re dropping in for a haircut or a spa treatment, a visit to HairM is more than just upkeep. The shop doles out beer and wine as soon as you walk through the door, and if you’re more of a smoker than a drinker, a selection of cigars is also at your disposal. The pampering continues for the grooming: Personal TVs are available during procedures, making it simple to catch the game, have a brew and enjoy a pedicure. HairM, 101 S.W. Main St., Portland, Ore., 503-517-0570; hairmgrooming.com.
Proper Barber Shop
What better way to complement the experience of having your tresses tamed than with an icy can of beer? This shop, which also stocks vintage issues of Playboy, traffics in trims from your head on down, including haircuts, shaves and beard sculpting for grownups as well as cuts for kids, who should presumably bring their own drinks and reading materials. Proper Barbershop, 3923 Tennyson St., Denver, 303-862-7537; properbarbershop.com.
This family business, now run by a third generation of barbers, is smack in the middle of L.A.’s Farmers Market. You might need to pick up veggies elsewhere, but you can grab a locally brewed beer (or glass of wine) at the Barbershop Club before you indulge in a trademark straight-razor shave, done with products from London whisker mecca Geo F. Trumper. All treatments kick off with a hot towel—which has been steamed overnight in bay rum—and benefit from the Lovell family’s years of experience with keeping guys dashing. Barbershop Club, 6333 W. Third St. #116, Los Angeles, 323-931- 9916; barbershopclub.com.