Home' INSTYLE Magazine : Instyle Mens Supplement 2016 Contents JIMMY ROD’S Shave Saloon, Bar and Kitchen is more than
the sum of its parts – parts that are varied and impressive
in their own right. Part barbershop, part eatery, part bar
(the name should make that fairly obvious), the Brisbane
CBD-set establishment is also the 12th salon in the Jimmy
Rod brand and indicative of its future as the chain’s new
“I wanted to mix up, I want to test myself,” the eponymous
Jimmy Rod shared. “Barbershops for us now are kind of
second nature, we know what guys want, so it’s more
of a challenge to test ourselves to get into something a bit
different. So I thought ‘what’s better than whiskey, beer
and haircuts? And why not put them together?’”
The barbershop is the continuation of the Jimmy Rod
empire, with more of a focus on the hospitality industry.
Seating 60 patrons and incorporating a full service bar
and kitchen menu, the establishment puts the five-chair
barbershop as a feature in the back. While his previous
franchises have often included alcohol, and even a
café, this one puts the most emphasis on the food and
“We have a killer Reuben sandwich, that’s kind of our
signature dish, we do coffee as well, so people come in and
have their meetings, you don’t have to go in there and get
a haircut, it’s not based around that, we want people to
come in and have a drink after work, Friday’s are always
pretty packed already,” Jimmy shared. Beer, wine and a
world-class cocktail menu have also been instrumental in
enticing a mostly corporate clientele through the flagship
salon’s glass doors.
Still, don’t count the barbershop area out. The hairdressing
facet is Jimmy’s background – he’s been barbering since
he was 16 and owned his first salon by 21 – and as such, the
barbering element still feels like a highlight. The salon team’s
signature cut throat shaves are always in high demand while
every look from classic Don Draper-esque cuts to messy
textured styles, working with both short hair and long hair,
are part of their extensive repertoire. The team describe
themselves as ‘modern barbers’, renowned for their classic
work with the ability to be progressive.
Weekends at the salon are now centred around a very
important tradition and new business initiative – with
bucks parties coming in for some necessary pampering.
“It’s a big thing now, we’re having bucks parties and
grooms parties so a lot of the guys coming in have shaves
and haircuts before they get married,” Jimmy explained.
“They can come in, drink some beers, have a shave, get
a tidy up and then get married, and it’s a bonding event
for the guys that are coming in, so we’re going to base our
Saturdays around that.” We’re on board – why should pre-
wedding luxury be exclusive to the ladies?
This old school-style treat and those classic trademark
looks suits the vintage ‘20s, 30s New York and Chicago’
aesthetic of the establishment perfectly. Wary of becoming
too much of a one-note franchise, Jimmy ensures all
his salons have their own identity, so that fans of one
particular Jimmy Rod salon will be keen to check out
the others. This establishment is comprised of suave
leather chairs – brown in the restaurant and black in the
barbershop – and green tiles for detail in the salon and
bar. While the restaurant section has a somewhat rustic,
wooden feel to it, the barbershop keeps it clean and white.
Glass panelling and full-length windows expand the space,
creating an overall vibe Jimmy praises for its uniqueness.
Branded ‘the hipster barbershop’ (although Jimmy swears
they’re not really that hipster), Jimmy Rod’s Shave Saloon,
Bar and Kitchen draws on Jimmy’s incomparable experience
owning salons, while focusing on the company’s new
appreciation for hospitality. With salons set up all over the
country – from regional areas to Australia’s major cities –
Jimmy has big plans to introduce new barbershops, eateries
and flagship salons within the coming months and years.
Look out for the next cool-kid hang out, inevitably
coming to your area very soon.
For more information visit jimmyrods.com.au/locations/
This new establishment’s cocktail menu is as beloved
as its classic cuts.
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