Best Barbershop

TIE: Crestview Barber Shop, Birds Barbershop

No wonder they split down the middle: These two are from very different schools of barber. One shop boasts $15 mohawks, DJs spinning, and a venue for live music with hot stylists that back up the rock-star flamboyance. Meet Birds, the new kid on South Lamar that fuses art with music with life with beauty to give a helluva haircutting experience. Their credo? "Walk in. Rock out." The other is Crestview, a throwback to the tradition of barber shops. A good old-fashioned ear-lowering is what you'll get here, tucked away in Austin's own "Little Mayberry," where a haircut is just a haircut. Cheap, spick-and-span, and done right the first time, every time, since 1954.

Crestview Barber Shop
7113 Woodrow, 512/451-2887

Birds Barbershop
2110 S. Lamar, 512/442-8800
www.birdsbarbershop.com