The Best Barbers in Indianapolis
Think of this list as your secret manual to the best barbers in Indianapolis.
By Amanda Montell
Yo, Hoosiers — we’ve got you pinned. You guys might know the best places to go around Indy for a stiff drink, a juicy burger, a legendary car race… but we’re betting you get a little lost when it comes to knowing where to go for a decent haircut. Indianapolis may be better known for its Colts than its crew cuts, but there’s no reason for all of you to look like you’ve never stepped foot inside a barbershop. Take our word for it — you won’t find a better list of the best barbers in Indianapolis than right here. We’ve consulted locals and raked through Yelp reviews, so you don’t have to look so hard for a barber that will have you looking fresh without feeling like a delicate old lady at a spa. So, go ahead, take a look. It’s probably high time you did.
1. Jack’s Barbershop
Tucked away on the second floor of the Indianapolis City Market, Jack’s Barbershop is the perfect spot to get a quick haircut before knocking back a few craft beers. For just fifteen bucks, you’ll walk out with a high-quality haircut or straight-razor shave, less than 20 minutes after you first sat down. Jack’s old school, 1920′s vibe creates a relaxed atmosphere you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Owner Brenda comes highly recommended, both for her stellar cuts and allegedly unbeatable humor. With more five-star Yelp reviews than any other Indianapolis barbershop, a visit to Jack’s seems like a total no-brainer.
Address: 222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 423-0550
You’re signing up for a legit experience when you head downtown to Red’s Classic Barber Shop. The place looks and feels straight-up cool — you’ve got your antique barber chairs, old school interiors, and architecture made from reclaimed materials. Indy’s own celebrities are big fans too; Red’s extensive client list includes IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and Governor Mitch Daniels. Their menu of services serves up anything a gentleman might need, from cuts and trims to shaves of all kinds. If you’ve managed to score yourself a date or an interview, you might even spring for the “Red’s Barbershop Quartet,” which includes a classic cut, razor finish, straight razor shave, and shampoo all for a cool fifty bucks.
Address: 22 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46262
Phone: (317) 636-7337
Don’t get it twisted, fellas — this place is a barber lounge. 4:59 is where you go when you want to punch your hand through a wall, but have decided upon a more peaceful approach to stress relief. It ain’t exactly cheap, but 4:59 delivers. Kick back with a free beverage, and let the barbers work their magic. Haircuts ($28) and shaves ($38) are full-service experiences here, and come highly recommended. If you’ve got time in your schedule, nab a foot treatment or massage — 4:59′s massage therapists specialize in sports massages, so no need to feel like a wuss for letting a chick with strong hands work out those muscle kinks you got from shooting hoops (or just walking down the stairs).
Address: 3407 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 257-4599
An old school barbershop run by a new school crew, Chad’s is a no-frills spot for the Indy everyman. Since 2004, owner Chad has kept his prices ultra affordable ($15 hair cut, $10 hot towel shave), and the shop is always staffed with chill guys who have amazing barber skills. Walk-ins are welcome, and since the place is stacked with 9 chairs, you know your turn will come up quick, even on a busy day. Stop in for one of their specialty hair designs if you want to sport a unique style for an upcoming events or sports game. And for the real ballers out there, you can even make a house call — for $50, one of Chad’s barbers will give you a haircut while you watch ESPN on your own living room TV.
Address: 5558 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227
Phone: (317) 782-2500
5. The Barber The Hairdresser
Fletcher Place is where it’s at for guys who want a first-rate haircut from a barber who’s been cutting hair since the Vietnam War. We’re talking about Sandy — the shop’s owner and resident master, who is just as adept at telling stories from the good old days as she is at cutting hair. After a slap of Lime-Sec tonic on the back of the neck, you’ll leave this charming local shop feeling fresh and caught up on your Indy pop culture history. Classic style that won’t leave a dent in your wallet is the name of the game at The Barber The Hairdresser, and that’s exactly what puts it on our list of the best barbers in Indianapolis.
Address: 659 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Phone: (317) 231-0138
There are two things about the best barbers in Indianapolis that make these spots collectively awesome: haircuts that won’t leave you looking like a trendy joke, and down-to-earth barbers who are just good at their job. So, pick up the phone or drop by — for the sake of anyone with eyes, we think you’d better.