Shave on the Rocks

By: Joel Marino

Aging gracefully.

It’s a sign of distinction. Works great for fine wines. Has worked even better for Sofía Vergara. And it’s done wonders for gin-slinging grooming emporium Blind Barber, which is still bringing in the crowds more than a year after opening for business.

The secret to its success? We’re sure it’s got something to do with their knack for mixing the retro with the new. Case in point: the shop’s conceit, a throwback to the good old days, when barbers were as skilled with the straight razor as they were with a mixing glass.

But that doesn’t mean this place is stuck in the past. Sure, its vintage barber chairs and weathered walls are what first drew us here, but it’s the state-of-the-art speakeasy in the back room that’s kept us coming for more.

From the whiskey-and-Creole-bitters elixir that is their Sweeney Ted to the seasonal gin-and-sake Green Viper, every cocktail is a carefully thought-out blend of international flavors.

And despite it technically being an out-of-towner (the original Blind Barber sprang up in New York), this offshoot has done its best to ingratiate itself with the locals since opening in the spring of last year. Just one look at the menu and we knew the barbershop was on its way to becoming a Culver City mainstay: unlike its Big Apple predecessor, this outfit serves up a smorgasbord fit for any West Coast foodie’s palate.

Our top choice: the buffalo-mozzarella grilled cheese. Because nothing soothes a hot shave quite like buffalo mozz.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.