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Gents Grooming in Manila

December 25, 2017
Get ship shape n’ festive a one of Manila’s boutique barbers. Whether you go for a look that’s hirsute, a cultivated bear or follicle-free as a baby, these sharp men’s groomers who will have you looking your best.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Felipe and Sons will have you A-list ready from top to toe: this dapper den also boasts a bespoke tailoring service, so you can invest in a perfectly cut suit when you get your short back n’ sides. Felipe’s signature cut involves pampering hot towels and a massage; you could also opt for an old-school close shave (with a badger-brush lather first), a spot of beard sculpting or some subtle colour (bye-bye, greys). Quench your thirst with a potent brew – a potent coffee or tot of whisky...

Reserve your chair in advance at Filipino actor Jericho Rosales’ popular Talas Manileño barbershops, whose services include a tasa (hair cut), ahit (shave) or pisil (massage), plus the house pompadour cut: a vintage style that pays quiffed homage to Elvis and James Dean. Expect vintage vinyls, style tips and drinks on the side; pick up a tub or two of pomade to take home with you, too.

Run by the crew behind Felipe and Sons, Thirsty Barber puts the ‘bar’ in barbershop: this tucked-away, speakeasy-style drinking den serves specialty cocktails, beer, bar chow, rice meals and has a barbershop to boot. If you’re in the market for a boxfresh barnet, head here from 12 noon, Tuesday–Sunday; after 6pm, swap cuts for cocktails.

Bruno’s Barbers lives stacks a covetable collection of take-home-with-you lotions and potions to adorn your bathroom cabinet, plus gift cards and on-the-house style advice. Indulge in some beard art, have your grey hairs swiftly banished or get your moustache trimmed.

The clue’s in the name: The Men’s Room at Katipunan Avenue is a chaps-only haven of preening, replete with a barber, lounge, and a spa. Have an on-the-house drink with any treatment; and browse the wide menu of facials, pedicures and other spa services.

Close to the Peninsula the Dapper Club in Makati is committed to getting gents’ barnets looking crisp: opt for the Godfather experience and you’ll leave feeling finer than Don Corleone. This package includes a haircut, shampoo, rinse, a manicure and pedicure, the Club’s signature four-hand massage, free soft drinks or alcohol and, most importantly, ‘Respect!’.


Felipe and Sons / El Pueblo Real de Manila / J. Vargas Ave cnr ADB Ave / Ortigas Centre / +branches / +63 2 997 3724 / 9am-9pm daily / felipeandsons.com
Talas Manileño / 1252 Epifanio Delos Santos Ave / Balintawak / +branch / +63 998 594 3723 / 9am-9pm daily / talasmanileno.com
Thirsty Barber / G/F / Promenade Bldg / Wilson St cnr P Guevarra St / San Juan / +63 977 360 8130 / noon-late daily / instagram.com
Bruno’s Barbers / LG / Service Town Alabang Town Centre / Muntinlupa / +branches / +63 2 842 4365 / 10am-8pm daily / brunosbarbers.com
The Men’s Room / The Oracle Hotel and Residences / 317 Katipunan Ave / Loyola Heights / +63 2 285 3554 / 10am-9pm daily / facebook.com
Dapper Club / 3/F / Century City Mall / Makati / +63 917 470 5920 / 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat, until 9pm Sun / facebook.com
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