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5 Barbershop Clubs That Are a Cut Above

Once upon a time, a man’s life revolved around the barbershop. More than a practical pit stop for upkeep, it was a place for spiritual restoration—where guys gathered to bond, minister, and bullshit. Thankfully, along with pre-Prohibition cocktails and heritage brands, we’ve seen a full-scale revival of the ol’ barbershop as social and cultural venue. To encourage guys to kick back and stay awhile, plenty of barbershop clubs are now offering all-inclusive, full-service annual memberships that include essentials like unlimited cuts and shaves, but also shoe shines, beers on tap, and pool table access. Like the old days, these bastions of masculine well-being will make you want to stick around long after your haircut.

John Allan’s, New York and beyond

With four branches across Manhattan and locations in Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco, a John Allan’s, membership means you can stay sharp even while out of town on business. Each location is decked out with a screening room, billiards, and rotating art for sale. Besides getting primped with premium barber and spa services (that come with complimentary booze), the Tribeca branch will even fit you for a made-to-measure suit.
($850 for annual membership;

Barbershop Club, Los Angeles

At this appointment-only establishment, member benefits include unlimited barber cuts and shaves, as well as craft and draft brews on the house. Enjoy a pitcher of Fox Barrel Black Currant Cider while getting shorn and manicured. The Ivory membership even includes a complimentary house call in case you don’t want to leave the couch.
(Pricing details available upon request;

Capelli’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop, Seattle

Old-fashioned barber services are right at home amid the rich brown leather chairs and dark wood, gentleman's library-like atmosphere. Watch the game on a flat screen and sip an expertly made espresso or sit for a hot-towel shave, beard trim, or brow wax. Executive members can get “Camo Color services” to take care of gray hairs.
From $500 a year;

The Gent’s Place, Dallas

An array of creatively named membership plans are on offer here, from “the Rainmaker to “the Fat Cat,” so you can get just what you like, whether you’re a simple haircut-and-hot towel kind of guy or you prefer the works every two weeks (paraffin hand dip and all). With nose waxing and customized massages, services are just as diverse.
(From $695 a year;

Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe, Miami

At Sloane, Executive members are treated to unlimited luxury haircuts (the “luxury” part of which means an added straight-razor shave, hot towel, shoulder massage, and accompanying beverage). While waiting for your complimentary neck cleanup or hot-lather shave, lounge on tufted leather chairs or shop a well-edited selection of premium grooming products including Goldfaden MD sunscreen and Marvis toothpaste.
(Pricing details available upon request;

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