With Movember in full swing, now is the perfect time to give your moustache the five-star treatment it deserves. Whether the finely-detailed charitable hair above your upper lip is a mainstay or just making a four-week cameo, there is nothing quite like the personal touch of a barber and an old-fashioned hot shave. Here are our picks for the best barbershops in the city…
Blood & Bandages – 932 College St.
Blood & Bandages’ friendly staff on the edge of Little Italy and Little Portugal offers reasonably-priced haircuts and hot lather shaves in an exceptional two-chair salon. The project of Roger Janes, this barbershop has received rave reviews since its opening in 2007 both for its authentic, professional hair care and for its pretentious-free atmosphere. It’s almost like sitting at your best friend’s house and getting a top quality shave.
Gus the Other Barber – 596 Bloor St. W.
This neighbourhood joint is an old-school barbershop in Koreatown that has been in operation for over half a century. If you’re looking for a little conversation with your straight-edge razor trim, this is the place to visit. Gus and his team are more than happy to converse about all of life’s topics and also offer coverage of European soccer matches on weekends.
Crows Nest Barbershop – 35 Kensington Ave.
In the basement of a Kensington market vintage store, Crows Nest (pictured above) makes a trip to the barbershop something to look forward to rather than an errand. Think of it as a man’s sanctuary, where an exceptional haircut and facial hair trim is just part of the experience. Crows Nest also offers old-fashioned hair care products, a fully stocked refreshment fridge, and lively conversation.
World Famous Peter’s Barber Shop – 4 John Street
Also known as ‘Toronto’s other Hockey Hall of Fame’, it has been serving bearded Torontonians and notable members of hockey’s alumni for half a century. Gordie Howe, Scottie Bowman and Denis Savard are just a few of those lucky enough to have been served by the blade of Peter. Though preferred clientele may be limited to Leafs fans, it’s fair to say anyone that’s a fan of hockey or a quality moustache trim should make the trip to Weston Village.