Six words: hot towels and a straight razor. Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop in Los Feliz is a vintage-inspired man space where Henry Mancini is king and TVs aren't allowed. Not only are haircuts and shaves on the menu, but bachelor parties are also available. (Just don't mention Mrs. Lovett.) Peer through the window of this midcentury throwback, established in 1927 on a parched stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, and you'll notice no-nonsense guys in white coats snipping away at customers while waiting clientele peruse old-school copies of Playboy and other lad mags. Press your nose up to the glass and you'll see the crisp black-and-white photos of Golden Age stars on the walls and a pistachio-green cigarette machine that spits out a variety of smokes. If you're lucky, you might even catch pomade-friendly owner Todd Lahman taking a cigarette break outside. 4639 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 667-9690,

—Laura Clark


LA Weekly