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Gus the Other Barber

Posted by Staff / Posted on December 27, 2008

Gus the Other BarberGus the Other Barber is a shrine to soccer - team pennants and jerseys line the walls- - with a special emphasis on Gus's beloved Olympiakos and the Euro 2004-winning Greek National Team. Going strong after half a century, Gus and cohorts Costas and Veronas have served four generations of clients including Honest Ed Mirvish who was the first customer at the current location.

Writing and photos by Christos Tsirbas

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19 Comments

Toronto Buzz / December 30, 2008 at 10:51 am
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Great place! Simple and straightforward. I think that they should have pictures of guys haircuts on the wall (regular, business, high and tight, flat top, fade, etc) so that we can pick what we want and avoid being miss-interpreted.
Wes / January 27, 2009 at 01:39 pm
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Gus the Other Barber is the best place in the city to go for a cut and a conversation. Gus and the crew are the most welcoming people around and they treat you like they would their friends and family. Make sure to have a few jokes at the ready because Gus will have a few hundred waiting for you. Just don't laugh too hard, you don't want to lose an ear.
Kevin H / February 9, 2009 at 10:37 am
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Hi all:

For those who have never experienced a Saturday (or any day) at Gus's are truly missing out - for all ages, all backgrounds, all interests, male or female, family or individual, Gus's provides a warm environment to truly relax away from the pressures of the everyday in Toronto. You can get a cut, a shave, a manicure, or just to sit and have a coffee/read the paper - all in a place full of fun, laughter, jokes and historic clientele.

Gus, you have truly created a place for all - see you on Saturday!

Kevin, Helen, Alex, Zoe and Amalia
Saul replying to a comment from Toronto Buzz / July 25, 2010 at 04:26 pm
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Do these guys do good line-ups?
Matt / July 29, 2010 at 01:51 pm
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anybody know about pricing?
fadel / December 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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I'm working with Gus almost 3 years and its good expernians to work with this guys
Nick Filipakopoulos / May 15, 2011 at 08:06 pm
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The best barber shop in town! Enough said.
James / June 10, 2011 at 02:16 pm
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I spent $55 for a haircut and shave at Gus's. The haircut was great. But the shave left me with a lot of razor burn and about 12 little nicks. I've been to real Turkish barbers in the Middle East, and the Turks really know what they are doing. Instead of just lathering your face once, the Turks use a gel that doesn't dry out. At Gus's, however, the lather dried out and the blade scraped over my dry face. The nicks were so bad that I just decided to grow a beard for a while because my face wasn't in any shape for any more shaving. Gus's needs to take a page from the Turks and get some of that shaving gel (not lather) and have everybody practice their shaving techniques. The Turks I went to never, ever nicked me. Not did I have razor burn afterwards. A shave should be a relaxing experience--but this one wasn't!
Steve replying to a comment from James / August 8, 2011 at 09:58 pm
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Are you sure you're refering to the right place? I've been going there for over 40 years and I have never seen anyone charged more than around $35.00 for a shave and haircut.
Do you remember the name of the barber?
Seems a little odd.
James / August 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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Yes, it was definitely the right place. The charge was $55 for a haircut and shave--nothing more. Don't remember the barber's name, but it surely wasn't Gus. I had sought out Gus's shop due to the reviews. And I'm sure that some great haircuts and shaves can be had there--I just didn't get one of the great shaves. There were probably about 12 little nicks, plus razor burn due to the lather drying out and not being renewed. And I might go back--but I'd wait for Gus himself this time! As it was, it was just one of those little disappointments in life!
HeyHey1 / September 6, 2011 at 07:43 pm
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Hasan cuts perfect short cut at Gus'.
Aoife / October 26, 2011 at 09:07 pm
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Is this the only barber's in Toronto that shows football (soccer) games?
Vincent replying to a comment from fadel / October 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm
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Fadel has left "Gus the Other Barber" and I want to follow him to his new shop, but I don't know where he went. Does anyone know where he now works? I was told from Gus that he left a few weeks ago....
Nice man / October 30, 2012 at 08:51 pm
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Vincent hi l find fadel just east of Gus at 590 Bloor st west his tel 6477688121
Chris / November 1, 2012 at 01:46 pm
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I ran into Fadel as I was heading to Gus's to get my hair cut the other day. He has taken over the front of Anes Hair and Spa. He always wanted his own space and gave up hope of ever buying out Gus. Although I felt like I was cheating on Gus (I went there for about 8 years), Fadel really was their best barber - and he does threading. I just hope that Kostas or Byron don't walk past while I'm in the chair.
Vincent / December 15, 2012 at 12:25 am
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I've gone to Gus's since 2007 and every barber in that place has cut my hair at least twice. However, once I got my hair cut from FADEL, he became my ONLY barber! I will not let anyone else near my mop--in fact, once he left Gus', I was so desperate for a hair cut that I was about to shave my head instead of having anyone else thrust their clippers near my 'do'. I could not find FADEL until 'nice man' answered my previous post on this very website. What makes FADEL such a good barber is that he's a super-talented perfectionist who just happens to be a great down-to-earth man. So if you're looking for (in my opinion) the best barber in Toronto, then look no farther than FADEL. Gus' has nostalgia but is not the place it once was (in my opinion), but FADEL has true talent and that's what counts for me. Try him once and you'll be back. His place in just 2-3 doors East of Gus' at 590 Bloor St West, 647-768-8121.
Andrew / January 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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Hi, I've going to Gus since the midle"80's, first Laci was mty barber, then when he passed, tryed Gus and Byron, and went to byron until 2008 when I retired to Vancouver. Have not had a decent haircut since. I will be back visiting Toronto and am looking forward to hopfully see Byron again for an exellent haircut.
blitzen / March 26, 2013 at 03:23 pm
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When I wore my hair short I went to Gus for several years and never had a bad cut. I’m a woman, but once I explained that I wanted a men’s haircut, they were entirely welcoming and treated me the same as any of their other customers. If I go short again, I will definitely go back!
Kelly / May 9, 2013 at 09:14 pm
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I very rarely leave comments on articles here or elsewhere, but I just got a haircut at Gus' and I have to say that it may be the best I've ever had.

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