Say what you like about hipsters, but they have been wonderful news for barbers. A glance down any gentrified metropolitan street shows that young men can’t show their faces outside these days without some painstakingly sculpted face furniture and a high-maintenance haircut that need weekly restyling. Good times if you’re handy with the scissors then, and The Barber Shop in Sydney employs a team of Master Barbers, no less, to look after the follicles of the city’s hirsute.
Another modern trend is mashing up two businesses in one, maximising the premises’ potential and offering clients a greater variety of service. The Barber Shop hides a cocktail bar within; one assumes the staff wielding cut-throat razors and other vintage tools are restricted on the number of dirty Martinis they’re allowed while on duty. By day the sober stylists work on the making their CBD clientele look their best, and later on, the barber shopfront dims the lights and becomes a front parlour for the bar operation which goes on further into the premises behind a discreet curtain. Both areas exhibit a fondness for the days of empire in decoration, with the bar strongly redolent of a traditional Victorian era boozer full of dark wood, period rugs and glazed tiling.