The ladies can keep their spa days and manicures. When it comes to being pampered, there’s nothing quite like an old fashioned straight razor shave. Boston is full of places where you can get a classic shave with a few modern touches. Before just pulling a barbershop name out of the phonebook, try one of these great places to get a straight razor shave in Boston.
(Photo credit: Tweed/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Tweed/Facebook)

Tweed Barbers of Boston
1313 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 753-9990

Tweed Barbers of Boston is a full service salon offering everything from manly facials to haircuts to, of course, all the beard trimming and straight razor shaves you need to keep looking your best. In fact, Tweed even offers great package deals so you can mix and match all of the various services this shop offers. But if it is strictly a good, old-fashioned shave you’re after, look no further. The hot lather shave offered by Tweed Barbers of Boston is to die for. Warmed towels, hot lather and a classic shave.

Photo credit: Facebook/Firicano's Barbershop

Photo credit: Facebook/Firicano’s Barbershop

Firicano’s Barber Shop
240 North St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 557-9141

Firicano’s Barber Shop is simple, affordable and exactly what you want. The customer service harkens back to an earlier time when the customer was always right and got exactly what he wanted. The prices may feel like they’re from days gone by as well. You can get one of the most affordable straight razor shaves here without sacrificing quality. Even better, they work quickly, getting people in and out on a lunch break or just before heading out for the night.

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Mario’s Men Salon
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 247-6868

Mario’s Men Salon can be a little hard to find if you don’t already know where it is. Mario is in a basement level shop just under the Prudential and has been since the early 1970s. So as you can imagine, he has more than a little experience giving great shaves. Mario’s Men Salon gives the full traditional experience with hot towels and lather and a straight razor shave that gets every last hair. If you’ve never had a straight razor shave before, this is a good place to start.

Photo credit: Barbershop Lounge

Photo credit: Barbershop Lounge

Barbershop Lounge
245 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 450-0021

Barbershop Lounge offers a unique experience. It’s part gentlemen’s hangout, part barber shop. Stop in early and shoot a few games of pool while you wait. Expect complimentary coffee or water to sip while you watch the game on one of several flat screens. Oh yeah- they cut hair and give fantastic shaves while you’re there, too. And if you’re one of many guys that feel like the ladies are a little more attentive to grooming, Barbershop Lounge is one of the few places in the city where a woman can give you a classic straight razor shave.

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Blade Barbershop
603 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 267-2200

If you’re heading in on a weekend you’ll probably want to book an appointment at Blade Barbershop, but if you can swing a weekday time, chances are good you can walk right in. Accommodating customers is the name of the game at Blade Barbershop. The friendly staff has a knack for knowing exactly what someone wants, even if they don’t know it themselves. While the shop really shines with haircuts, adding a shave on at the end is more than worth it.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at