A well-rounded grooming routine is the foundation of every man's style, and we're talking about more than just run-of-the-mill haircuts. Barbershops across the country have arguably never been more sophisticated, offering services such as warm towel shaves, facials, pedicures, and manicures (sometimes carefully masculinized as "handshake maintenance"). Grooming clubs go a step further and, for an annual fee, offer unlimited shaves, haircuts, and even a stiff drink while you're being pampered.
But membership is about more than just convenience or saving by buying in bulk. It's also about treatment. At most of these establishments, preferences are remembered, drinks are poured, and cuts are timely. In other words, they offer service that makes you look and feel like a million bucks.
JA’S Razor Club in San Francisco
John Allan's has been a highly respected national chain of men's grooming clubs since 1988, but their San Francisco location, JA's Razor Club, is a standout. The renovated industrial space is covered in exposed brick and chrome accents, and membership costs $950 a year for “full service” access, which includes scalp massages, shampoos, haircuts, manicures, shoe shines and complimentary beverages. An added bonus: Membership allows you the same privileges at all John Allan's locations in New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, and Toronto. [415-398-2707, johnallans.com]