I will say upfront that I’m biased for this profile. Joe’s Barbershop, owned by my good friend Joe Gallagher, is where I get my hair cut (as few hairs as I have left). With that said, I think my impressions are similar to most of the customers who frequent this wonderful establishment.
As a testament to how much I enjoy the barber experience at Joe’s Barbershop, I should say that for many years I never went to a barber at all. My head has been balding for years and I handled this situation by simply buzzing my own head periodically with clippers at home. Then one day I was feeling lazy and decided to give Joe’s shop a try. I so thoroughly enjoyed the experience that I now get my head buzzed there weekly by my regular barber, Mike McGinty (a great barber and nice guy).
I look forward to my time in the barber chair. Joe’s Barbershop isn’t just a place to get your hair cut. It’s also a quintessential San Francisco experience. Catering to the leather and edgier men’s population, the shop exudes a masculine essence. Everyone who works there is nice, interesting and welcoming of the diversity that is our scene. Sexual topics of discussion are not only OK, but welcome. In short, a gay man from our scene (or straight man – the shop has plenty of heterosexual customers too) feels entirely welcome here. I personally feel “at home” at Joe’s as much as I do at any leather bar, business or event.
Two thumbs up for this great business. If you’re a guy who lives in San Francisco, I suggest you consider Joe’s as your regular barbershop. If you’re visiting our fine city, stop by and enjoy the experience as a one-time thing. You’ll be happy you did.