Joe's Barbershop
     

Joe's Barbershop

Chicago, Illinois

Don't expect to find any frills, facials, massages, or other unnecessary nonsense at Joe's Barbershop. Established in 1968, the shop is — for better or worse, but we think better — essentially unchanged since it moved to its current digs in 1985. Offering haircuts, shaves, and nothing else, this Logan Square institution is run by the shop's namesake and his son — fittingly named Joe Jr. — and prides itself on great conversation and friendly service dished out on a first-come, first served basis.

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The Belmont Barbershop
     

The Belmont Barbershop

Chicago, Illinois

You won't be getting a manicure at The Belmont Barbershop. Nor can you order up a facial treatment, or lie down for a massage. But what you can get is a fantastic haircut. In business since 2005, this Roscoe Village haunt accepts appointments and walk-ins alike, and is staffed by six licensed barbers that are great at one thing: cutting hair. They also offer straight razor shaves. And that's it — but that's really all you need.

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Miomia
     

Miomia

Brooklyn, New York

It's not strictly for men, but the selection at Miomia is so outstanding that it simply doesn't matter. The owner, Katie, wrote her Master's thesis on men's grooming — so there's no doubt she knows her stuff — and has assembled a knowledgeable staff to help things run smoothly. Whether you're looking for help with your face or skin, shaving gear, hair product, or even some smell-good liquid, they have you covered with a hand-curated selection of goods that features a good mix of old favorites and more specialized brands.

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Bota Bota
     

Bota Bota

Montréal, Canada

The natural movements of water can be quite relaxing. So can a day of spa treatments. Combine the two with a trip to Bota Bota. Located in a transformed former ferryboat, this Old Montreal spa features five decks, housing two saunas with river views, a eucalyptus steam bath, outdoor whirlpool baths, cold showers and baths, chillout areas, a garden, various terraces, and a restaurant. While you're there, indulge in massages, body and facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, yoga, and pilates. And should you begin to feel a bit too feminine, just order up a martini and remember: you're on a boat.

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Harry's Corner Shop
     

Harry's Corner Shop

New York, New York

We know they know their stuff when it comes to shaving, but it turns out that Harry's has plans on caring for more than just the hair on your face. Harry's Corner Shop is a new neighborhood destination from the same guys, featuring talented, friendly barbers experienced in dishing out quality haircuts, shaves, and banter, as well as a carefully considered selection of essential man stuff like Makr leather goods, Geneva speakers, Trusco toolboxes, and Sleepy Jones boxers. Oh, and of course, all the Harry's shaving products you could ever need.

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Fellow Barber
     

Fellow Barber

New York, New York

A great barbershop should be more than just a place to get your haircut. The guys behind Fellow Barber agree. Founded by former motorcycle racer Sam Buffa, this small chain of shops was started on the Lower East Side of NYC as a place for men to come and "discuss sports, politics, and culture while getting a haircut or shave." Indeed, that's what the shop — originally called F.S.C. Barber — was, and what it continues to be, with uniquely designed outposts in the West Village, SoHo, Williamsburg, and San Francisco's Mission District. Along with haircuts, trims, and shaves, be sure to browse the selection of grooming products from the likes of Baxter of California, Malin + Goetz, MCMC Fragrances, and others.

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2B Groomed Studios
     

2B Groomed Studios

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When your barbershop has a happy hour, you know you're getting your hair cut at the right place. 2B Groomed Studios is Philly's upscale grooming option, with a rich interior of marble and cherry furniture, and list of services that includes standard clipper cuts, razor cuts, facials, and shaves. The service is always top-notch, but gets even better Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, when your cut or shave comes with a complimentary cocktail made from a selection of Johnny Walker, Remy Martin, Chambord, Macallan 12 and Crown Royal.

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HairM
     

HairM

Portland, Oregon

Unless you're looking for the most utilitarian cut possible — in which case, you might want to just cut your hair yourself — odds are you like to feel well taken care of when you head out for a haircut. And that's exactly the feeling you'll get at HairM. This downtown spot offers a full range of cuts, colors, scalp renewal treatments, massages, hot towel shaves, face treatments, foot treatments, waxing, and everything in between, as well as complementary beverages — including beer and wine — and sports on the various TVs. Can't make it into town? There's a location in Beaverton, as well.

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Big Kat's Tattoo and Barbershop
     

Big Kat's Tattoo and Barbershop

Houston, Texas

What's better than a shave and a haircut? A shave, haircut, and new tattoo, of course. Big Kat's Tattoo and Barbershop is ready to deliver all three for a complete one-stop makeover if you want — but if you're simply looking to groom your mane and not delving into more ink, they've got you covered there, as well, with knowledgeable barbers that do a great job and don't charge an arm and a leg. The earlier you go, the better — the lines can get a little long in the afternoon — and plus that gives you a perfect excuse to grab a lunchtime beer at one of the nearby bars once your cut is finished.

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Persons of Interest
     

Persons of Interest

Brooklyn, New York

Along with having one of the more interesting names we've heard, Persons of Interest also serves up some of the best haircuts in Williamsburg. This relaxed shop welcomes both appointments and walk-ins with quality tunes, a healthy stack of interesting reading material, and a good choice of beverages: seltzer, Coke, or Brooklyn Lager. The prices are reasonable, and the list of services includes everything a guy needs — cuts, clean ups, beard trims, shaves, and a combo cut/shave — and nothing he doesn't.

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Frank's Barbershop
     

Frank's Barbershop

Knoxville, Tennessee

When a place has been voted Best Barbershop in America multiple times, you expect a lot from it. And Frank's Barbershop doesn't disappoint. Its service menu includes traditional haircuts with contemporary styling, hot towel shaves, manicures, facials, waxing services, and grey-blending for both your top-of-head and facial hair. All of which is complemented by the excellent, old-school service and man's lounge, where you'll find TVs, a billiards table, reading materials, free beverages, and even a dart board — making a trip to Frank's less of a chore and more of a relaxing respite from your other commitments.

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MiN New York
     

MiN New York

New York, New York

There are more than enough places in Manhattan to buy men's apothecary goods — but if you're looking for something unique, MiN New York might be your best bet. This upscale SOHO shop features a lush interior of dark wood, exposed brick, and leather couches — as well as an espresso bar — but it's the outstanding selection that's the real draw, with rare and exclusive brands stocking the shelves, a solid line of self-branded goods, and concierge services available that promise one-on-one counseling to find the fragrance, products, and tools that are right for you.

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