Monday, January 26, 2015

Blade Runner

Get magic tricks and shots of Jack with your haircut at Barber Society


In the biblically distant past, barbers doubled as doctors.
Today, they triple and quadruple as clowns and magicians.
Case in point: Barber Society, a new, two-chair homage to old-school barbershops, set inside Salon Republic in the 8000 Sunset shopping center.
Here, long-time barbers Loui and Richie, a 3rd-generation barber, offer straight-razor and three-towel shaves, cuts, fades, tight tapers, mohawks, fauxhawks, and beardscaping that give Floyd’s and Rudy’s a run for their razors.
And they do it with utmost hospitality, swathing you in a cape and offering you kettle corn or cotton candy. Or, back to those medical credentials, they’ll happily dull your ills with a shot of homemade, rosemary-infused Jack Daniels.
While you’re being pampered and preened with hot towels and LA-based Steadfast products, Richie will keep you entertained with card and magic tricks, juggling, or a random burst of confetti. One of the original Beacher’s Madhouse talents, this dude comes to work every day in permanent clown makeup, bowler hat, and water-squirting pocket flowers.
Water-squirting flowers are totally the new pocket square. 

Barber Society
8000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 22, West Hollywood
(310) 918-5502

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Garage
Scene: Guys getting a treat while their girlfriends get manis/pedis and facials in one of the other private studios
Best bet: The three-towel shave with three shots of whiskey
Price: Starting at $45 for a cut/shave
Nearby: Veggie Grill; Sunset 5 Cinemas; Gaucho Chicken Café 

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