The cut on Sydney’s barbers

Short back-and-sides, fade or high-and-tight – these are Sydney’s best grooming destinations

By Benjamen Judd

Travelling for work or just taking a break, you can occasionally find yourself in need of some last minute maintenance. 

But trusting your locks to an unfamiliar barber can lead to more worry than it’s worth. Which is why we’ve done the legwork for you. Here forthwith, our favourite barbers to meet all your grooming needs. 

Chops ‘n’ Charlie

6 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 

A no-nonsense destination for the man who wants a quality cut without any fuss, Chops ‘n’ Charlie is a two-chair shop run by master barber Sasha. 

Unfazed by fads, Sasha and partner-in-style Danny will help you choose a style that suits you as opposed to just giving you something everyone else has. Whether it’s a trim or complete overhaul including hot shave, you’ll be in and done by the time it takes for you to finish the beer you’re handed on arrival. 

A warning: bookings are essential as this place is more popular than the local pub at happy hour.


 The Barberhood

S3, Wintergarden, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney  

One of the best things about The Barberhood is you don’t need to book – walk-ins aren’t just welcome, they’re encouraged. It’s an intriguingly honest insight into the way men approach grooming which, let’s admit, tends to be last minute.  

The Barberhood offers the full package for grooming – hot shaves, beard trims, full cuts. On your way out, treat yourself to some of the best luxury products to maintain your fresh new look such as Penhaligon’s, Marvis and Geo. F. Trumper.

The Barbershop

89 York Street, Sydney 

Shop 3, Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo 

At this the parlour-styled barbershop, old school techniques and tools reign. 

The Barbershop is a gentleman’s haven where you can get a sharp-as-razors cut with a cold drink from the classic cocktail bar. 

Whether you’re after a close shave, beard trim or all-over fix, every service comes with a complimentary pilsner or ale. 

Open late both Thursdays and Fridays, stop in for a quick top-up before you head out for a night on the town. 








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