From the gyrating barber pole by the front door to the smartly restored vintage leather barber chairs, Throne (917 NW 13th Ave, 503-206-6674, thronepdx.com) embodies the old-school ethic of classic American barbershops. Customers can kick off their appointment with a drink at the handsome bar, choosing from a full slate of top-shelf spirits, served either neat or on the rocks. “Whiskey is our specialty, for sure,” says Bobby O’Dell, who with partner Sang Nguyen opened Throne last December. He says Bulleit Bourbon and Jameson Irish Whiskey are the top pours, but there’s craft beer from iconic Portland brewery Widmer Brothers, too.
Throne has quickly developed a loyal following, especially with locals—plenty of specials and packages are offered, including a 10 percent discount for residents of the Pearl. These guys take their craft seriously, treat customers like royalty, and offer expert cuts and shaves. “We’re a traditional service shop,” says O’Dell, who notes that the hot-towel straight-razor shave is a house specialty. “It’s like treating yourself to a day at the spa.” —Andrew Collins