The Top 5 Manchester Barber Shops To Get Your Bonnet To Right Now

A cut above the rest...


Finding a good barber can be tough. The amount of choice can be overwhelming and sometimes the whole experience can feel so awkward that we almost accept the inevitability of a bad trim.

But don't despair. Whether you're after a vintage cut-throat shave or a more contemporary look, here's a look at five of the best Manchester has to offer and what to expect.

1. Maclure Barbers – The Establishment

A mainstay of Manchester’s Northern Quarter and hairstyling scene, Maclure Barbers is a little pricier than some others on this list but that’s perhaps largely owing to reputation. Cutting hair since the beginning of the millennium, their staff are well experienced and believe in quality not quantity meaning they won’t rush you in and out of the chair.

Unit 16 Smithfield buildings, Hilton St, Manchester, Lancashire M4 1NB

2. Barber Barber – The Traditional

Like reggae reggae sauce and Bolton Wanderers fan favourite Jay-Jay Okocha, Barber Barber is so good they had to name it twice. They did, however, find themselves in a spot of bother thanks to their “No Women Allowed” slogan - now replaced by “For scoundrels and gentlemen.” Their vintage traditionalism continues with their no booking policy and plush leather interior. Scoundrels and gentlemen searching for “the ultimate men’s haircut” have the option of picking from a series of styles from The Vagabond to Asylum to The Dandy, not to mention precision beard-sculpting and the traditional cut throat shave set to an artisan backdrop of tattoos, flat caps and curly moustaches.

Barton Arcade, 3 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BH

3. Ross Parlane Barbershop (RPB) – The Modern Twist

Ross Parlane wanted to play the barbershop game differently. RPB not only take bookings online as a way of ensuring people are sat in the chair rather than hanging around waiting, but also encourage female customers. The décor is different too – arguably non-existent as RPB has a distinctly minimalist design aside from an entire wall featuring a doodled map of the Northern Quarter. This traditional-meets-modern outlook is also reflected in their traditional yet contemporary haircuts. 

35 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LX

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4. Rubber Soul Hair – The Cultural Icon

With a wall of vinyl and another plastered floor to ceiling in posters from the likes of Johnny Cash and The Stone Roses to Doctor Who and Enter The Dragon, Rubber Soul is the temple of pop culture the Beatles-inspired name suggests. You'll be provided with a tablet to browse for anything from hairstyle inspiration to today’s headlines and even help curate the salon’s Spotify playlist during your visit. Or, if digital isn’t your thing, you can bring your own vinyl to play on the turntable! Catering for women and also offering a 30% student discount, whether you’re after a Beatles bowl cut, a Paul Weller or something a bit more modern, Rubber Soul is a standout place for a fresh trim.

16 Whittle Street, Manchester M4 1LT

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5. Urban Gent – The Tried and Tested

There’s nothing worse than a bad haircut...

One of the most reliable ways to find the best barbershop is by looking at customer feedback which is, at times, brutally honest. Urban Gent has one of the best Yell ratings going and also features as one of ‘Three Best Rated’. Praised not only for its excellent cuts but also the trendy and chilled out atmosphere complete with complimentary drink, they offer 20% off for first-time clients if you weren’t already enticed to give them a go!

15 Back Bridge Street Manchester, M3 2PB

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Written By

Andrew Sharp

An apathetic Mancunian who has a beard through laziness more than fashion consciousness. Music obsessed jack of all trades, master of none.