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Best Old School Shaves and Haircuts In Los Angeles

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There is a secret club that every man should join and it is not the Loyal order of Water Buffaloes or Elks Lodge. Visiting a barbershop that exudes that feeling of the early 20th Century should be on the list of all men. Ask people to describe what this looks like and you'll probably hear something about an old fashioned candy striped barbershop pole and or listen to a description of a scene from an old black and white movie. Although some of today's barbershops don't fit entirely into that image, today's version of the old school barbershop offers a modern twist on the classic. Los Angeles offers many great old school shops that will make you feel like you've taken a step back in time just by getting a shave and sitting in an old barber chair.

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The Barbershop Club
Hotel Normandie
3610 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-1330

Nestled on the outside of Hotel Normandie in Koreatown, The Barbershop Club was once a staple of the Grove's Farmer's Market, but now anchors this fabulous hotel. This greatly designed barbershop offers all of the old-world charm and first rate barber services you'd expect these days. With a few chairs dating back to the early 20th Century, this family owned business began its roots in Kansas City, but has been influencing the hair and beards of many for over 25 years in Los Angeles. Getting a haircut and shave at The Barbershop Club is like entering a time warp, as you'll experience old world chairs, the smell of Bay Rum aftershave and getting your hair cut and your beard trimmed in a relaxing atmosphere. Think of this place as a club (hence the name) where the experienced barbers actually know your name the next time you come in. The interior is also immacuately decorated with a fine line of the old mixed with the new.

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Baxter Finley
515 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 657-4726

If any barbershop exudes the type of brilliant decor and atmosphere that is known of yesteryear, it most certainly has to be Baxter Finley. Started as a product line, the Baxter of California brand soon expanded its offering by building its barbershop. Offering cuts, shaves or both, the menu is simple and the decor is everything you'd imagine an old world barbershop to be. Sit back, relax on a vintage Koken barber chair and get tuned up by some of LA's best barbers here.

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The Art Of Shaving
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-2663

If you are like most men your days are exceptionally busy and you are on the lookout for ways to save time. Since you are not the guy who owns a fancy sports car that is capable of time travel The Art of Shaving might be right up your alley. Here, you'll relax in an old fashioned barber's chair and receive a closer shave than you could possibly give yourself. You'll leave feeling refreshed and pleased that you not only look good, but did it in a place that made you feel cool.

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Blind Barber
10797 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 841-6679

Don't let the name scare you away. The barbers know what they're doing. In fact, they are some of the best in the city. With a menu that includes grooming services along with cocktails, it's no wonder why The Blind Barber continues to be a haven for men looking to kick back and be groomed. There's also a bar in the back, so when you're done with your haircut and complimentary cocktail, you can schmooze with other patrons. Services at Blind Barber include cuts, trims and shaves.

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Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop
4639 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9690

Step back in time and get an up to date haircut at Hollywood's Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop. Situated near the Barnsdall Art Park, Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop is Los Angeles' only original and continually operating barber shop and has been around since 1947. Since then, barbers have come and gone, but today customers still frequent this old school barbershop with their specialized services. Come for a cut, or a straight razor shave and sit in chairs that date back to the the late 40's!

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