As a frequent visitor to Baltimore, I like to play patron to the local shops. My last visit over Christmas found me needing a haircut. I had passed the Beatnik Barber sign several times on previous trips and decided to walk in.
Upon entering I greeted who I assume was the owner (black rimmed glasses, rockabilly type shirt) and said "hello" only to get a blank gaze and no response.
I simply asked for a scissor over comb classic cut, which most any barber should be able to do. What normally would take at least 30 minutes took him only 15, which showed in the end result. My hair was hacked to pieces. It was uneven allover, the neckline went at an angle that can only be descirbed as "New Wave" and there were visible gaps that revealed my scalp.
When speaking to the barber about my concerns, the owner just sat there, one chair away and stared blankly into the mirror.
This would be a great place if you were blind and had no sense of style., or maybe if you wanted to take a pet there to have them trimmed. I don't understand they hype behind this place.
This place rocks. i've been in baltimore 3 months now, had a horrible experience at the haircuttery, drove out to FX a couple times, and they were pretty good, then finally got turned on to The Beatnik Barbershop. The haircut was awesome. the place has a great blend of classic and new, it;s definitely a barbershop, but it's not overly obsessed with being retro. they finished off the cut with a straight razor neck shaves (though they don't offer full face shaves, which stinks). Over all though, i've definitely found my new spot.
cool people giving cool cuts.
don't listen to the other muppets that have posted comments.
i've been going there for 18 mo at least. after extensive searching for a haircutting establishment i've settled on this one. at $16 they've positioned themselves well in the market.
here are your options: go to somewhere like 'Tenpachie' or 'Great Clips' and get a scare cut where your backside barely warms the seat, or spend $50+ at a saloon and put up with inane and vapid conversation with a teenaged salonist.
i'm yet to have a coffee there, but hey who goes to a hairdresser for a coffee? there's a coffee shop down the road and you'll have less chance of putting hair in your coffee.
B-Ware B-More. I had been to the Beatnik Barber once before and got a pretty decent haircut from a woman, I think her name is Annie. This time I went and thought I was lucky enough to get the owner, Pete, to cut my hair. How wrong I was. Not only did he not give me the cut I asked for, he messed up the cut he gave me. Bad fade and failure to trim over my ears- I might sound like a bit of a primadonna complaining about a barber, but here's the clincher.... Rule no.1 of cutting hair, don't cut the client! Pete's signature straight razor turned out to be as fearsome as it sounds. The guy scraped down both sides of my neck!! And then played it off by not showing me the back of my head when he was done. I felt my neck stinging worse than razor burn as I left and found out when I got to the mirror that I had the scrapes. I took pictures to post them with this comment but unfortunately that is not an option here. I read another comment on a different site where someone said he threw them out for requesting a different barber. Guess I won't go back and ask for Annie.
owner very unprofessional. I would recommend against going on days when the owner (Pete) is working. In the year and half that I've been going to this place he's cut my hair 6 or so times and has really messed up the fade each time. Recently when I politely requested to wait for a different person to cut my hair he asked me to leave the shop. I've never once complained or made a scene when I've been unhappy with his work. In 20 some odd years of getting my hair cut almost weekly I don't think I've ever known a barber shop to pitch a fit because someone requested a specific barber.
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