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Barber shops used to be vaguely clinical, sour-smelling places where men reluctantly went to be shorn with casual brutality by unpleasant and grizzled old guys. In recent years, however, just as men's grooming products have gotten cooler, so have the establishments offering the classic shave and a haircut. Here are ten of the coolest from around the world.

1.) Argyle League, Houston

Our vote for the world's coolest barber shop, period. If you haven't been paying attention Houston is where it's at lately.

2.) Baxter Finley, Los Angeles

Born out of the Baxter of California grooming line, this has become as much a place to hang out for L.A.'s cool dudes as to get a haircut. 

3.) Pankhurst, London

Brent Pankhurst has cut hair for Daniel Craig, Blur and England's national rugby team. His barber chairs were upholstered by Bentley Motors. 

4.) Dolce & Gabbana, London

The Italian fashion brand's London groomery is suitably sexy, a dose of Fellini in Ye Olde England. 

5.) Barber at Bourdon House, London

Housed in the London flagship of luxury goods brand Dunhill, this shop has everything a gentleman of taste could desire – plsu you can have a suit made.

6.) 18th Amendment Barber Shop, Vancouver

Not all cool barber shops are in New York – this Vancouver charmer is a tribute to Prohibition-era style and good looks.

7.) Ludlow Blunt, Brooklyn

This British-themed shop "blends a heritage narrative with modern day techniques and craftsmanship." Also does haircuts.

8.) Fellow Barber, NYC

From their original downtown NYC location Fellow Barber has expanded to various outposts including San Francisco. Recently launched a grooming line.

9.) Barber & Parlour, London

Eat, drink, shop and be natty at this antique-furnished East London looker which takes full service to a whole new level. 

10.) Freemans Sporting Club, Tokyo

The Tokyo outpost of the New York City original is of course impeccable. Yet another of our stylish institutions the Japanese have made better.