The combination of my shaggy head and the rising heat sent me on a mission to get a haircut today. I’ve been a patron of chain salons for years like Great Clips or Supercuts, but since everything else is done differently in Austin I decided to experiment with local based shops instead. This mission led me to Capitol City Barbershop.
After browsing a few places on Yelp (some of which offered beer!), I landed on Capitol City (Slaughter Road location) because of its great reviews and proximity to my house. There was hardly any wait at all on a mid Saturday afternoon, despite the many reviews otherwise.
The atmosphere is retro 1950’s kind of feel with checkered tile floors, neon signs, old movie posters, and Patsy Cline records on the wall. My barber was Oscar, and he did a fantastic job on the haircut. He was thorough and fast, and the added bonus of a straight razor shave and hot towel was a first time experience for me.
They only take cash, but have an ATM in-store. It was a few dollars more ($18) than I had spent at the chain salons in the past, but worth it for the service, atmosphere and the shave.