lifestyle • 17 Aug, 2017
One To Try: Brothers Men’s Boutique Salon
A Hidden-Away Downtown Gentleman’s Club
The ice clinks about your glass of 12-year-old whiskey, there’s gently uplifting house music playing — the kind you’d hear in a Balinese beach bar — and the barber has committed to a shave so surgically precise it’s a surprise they didn’t give you a general anesthetic — but maybe that’s what the whiskey’s for.
Not that this is anything but tranquil. Brothers Men’s Boutique Salon tunes out the white noise of city living in an instant and reimagines the male barbers as a gentleman’s club replete with cigar menu (courtesy of their photographer neighbour and cigar aficionado Rehahn Croquevielle) and a minibar of artisanal spirits, like luxury vodka and British gin as well as Tê Tê craft beer.
In case it’s a little too early for you, order a long white or anything from the Illy 100% arabica coffee menu. Then, whatever your tipple of choice, sip it from the sun-dappled royal box of a balcony that looks across to Saigon Opera House and down tree-lined Dong Khoi before plunging back to the serenity inside for a men-only mani-pedi, a signature cut — with a superbly attentive shampoo, massage, and styling — or a traditional hot towel wet shave.
And although this place defines itself as ‘respectfully his’ it’s inclusive enough, once you’ve both found the hidden entrance, to let your partner take the weight off after a shopping excursion around these downtown Saigon streets. Plus, if it’s okay for you to get your nails done then it’s definitely fine for your girl to finish off a Cohiba Maduro 5 Magicos cigar while she waits.
Image coutersy of: Brothers Men's Boutique Salon
Words by David Kaye