Washington, D.C.: Barber of Hell’s Bottom
Fun Fact: back in the day, the part of Shaw where this barber shop is located was called Hell’s Bottom, and it was pretty rough. Fun Fact #2: back then, they would’ve held a razor to your neck and taken your money, but would not have groomed you in any way.
But that won’t happen at this shop, where the straight-razor-shaving, scissor-snipping crew formerly worked at trendy cuttery Immortal Beloved, and wouldn’t dare spill a drop of blood on their Spanish mosaic tiles or an early-20th-century barber chair that was purchased from an old-school NY shop and which was said to once have cushioned the butts of the Rat Pack.
Make an appt or just walk in for clean-ups and shaves, or stop in to grab hair/ body/ skin lotions and equipment like handmade shaving handles from MD – the coolest in the area, no butts about it.
Barber of Hell’s Bottom: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Sundays); 818 Rhode Island Ave., 202-332-0200.
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