From beard trims to brogue-shines, these are Brisbane’s best places to get primped and pampered. By Kelli Alderman.
Heroes + Villains Barbers
You could be forgiven for thinking this store, on the corner of bustling Melbourne Street in West End, was a hip bar or café with its tiled shopfront, polished cement floors, wood-panelled walls and huge windows. Instead, Heroes + Villains Barbers is all about precision cuts, creative head-shaves and the aptly named Redken Camo Colour, used to disguise greys. While you’re there, enjoy freshly brewed coffee and boutique beers.
Best for beards
Esquire Male Grooming
The Art Deco Tattersall’s Arcade is the perfect spot for Esquire Male Grooming, where owner Mark Rabone administers Brisbane’s best beard love. A hot citrus-scented towel, straight-razor neck tidy and complimentary drinks are just the start; the barbers carefully shape every beard with scissors and combs (not electric clippers) and boast a staggering range of oils, waxes, balms, serums and combs to maintain your beard’s magnificence between visits.
Brooklyn Beauty Bar
The second addition to the Brooklyn Beauty Bar Group, the salon at The Barracks on Petrie Terrace caters to men and women in a unique New York-loft-style setting. After a 30-minute Glow & Go Facial or Collagen Stimulation Facial, linger over a G&T at the bar, which has more than 50 gins from around the globe, including boutique Australian drops. Service, under the guidance of owner Brooke Jesberg, is impeccable.
If the mark of a man is the shine of his shoes, you can’t trust just anyone with your brogues. Hallelujah ShoeWorks, on Adelaide Street in the city, has long been the go-to of the international leather-goods stores (now located around the corner in Edward Street’s new luxury precinct) – so you know your shoes are in good hands.
Best post-flight treatment
Dome Spa Retreat
The Executive Escape package, including a massage and facial cleanse and exfoliation, can feel as rejuvenating as a full night’s sleep. Before heading to the plush Dome Spa Retreat at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel, clients can make use of the hotel’s outdoor pool and sundeck, which overlooks the Brisbane River and city skyline. ￼