Great barber shops are sprouting up around Ireland. It’s a growth sector. Here are eight of the best we’ve found. Tweet us @thinkbusiness if there’s any we left out or like us on Facebook and join in the conversation.
Cut & Sew
Where: 4 Crow Street, Dublin
What: Director Sean Bryan set up Cut & Sew after training with Toni & Guy and Queen, and the shop has quickly become one of the hottest barbers in town. With celebrity clients and DJs popping in to use the turntable, Cut & Sew is as much a place to be seen hanging out as it is somewhere to get your hair cut.
Where: Liosban, Barna, Oranmore, and Middle Street (Galway)
What: The self-proclaimed ‘Boss of Barbers’, the first Fat Tony’s was opened in a retail park in Liosban in 2003, and has expanded its hair cutting racket into three other locations around Galway since. Fat Tony’s boasts the aesthetic of a traditional barber shop but also has recently added Groom Treatment Rooms to offer customers more modern treatments like facials and waxing.
Where: 13 Westmoreland St, Dublin
What: The Waldorf is an institution of barbering in Dublin, founded 85 years ago by the great-grandfather of the current owner, Liam Finnegan. Liam’s daughter helps him run the business now, and his grandson is a trainee barber, so the company looks likely to stay in the family for some time. Tourists and Dubliners alike flock here to enjoy a traditional, authentic barber shop experience, and it even has a museum.
Where: 17b Denmark Street, Limerick
What: Since opening its doors in 2007, Frank Hackett’s Retro Barbers has won multiple awards and become a favourite of some well-known Munster sports people; and we all know how seriously they take their hair.
Where: Ground Floor, Eyre Square Centre, Galway
What: Located right in the heart of Galway, The Edge is one of the best-regarded men’s hairdressers in the city. The barbershop sticks out with a laid back atmosphere, a team of stylists and a variety of top hair products.
Beards & Barnets
Where: Unit 3, The Granary, Temple Bar, Dublin
What: With its minimalist design (seats are made from pallets) and with treatments varying from beard trims to 1950s hairstyling, Beards & Barnets has firmly established itself as a mecca for hipsters in Dublin.
The Notorious Barbershop
Where: Austin Friar St, Mullingar
What: Mullingar is more typically synonymous with Joe Dolan, but this Midlands barber has gone with another late music icon as its mascot instead; the Notorious B.I.G. Effectively channeling Biggie’s spirit with his image and a party atmosphere, the shop also has a bar and pool table. There’s even a mural of ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor for good measure.
The Butcher Barber
Where: 11 Johnson’s Court, Dublin
What: Hidden down the laneway just off Grafton St. in what was once a stable belonging to Lord Powerscourt, but is now one of the trendiest barber shops in Dublin. The Butcher Barber gives men a salon-type experience while its owner and stylist Emmet Byrne has some top Irish rugby players as his clients.
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