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Terminal Barber Shop

Posted by Staff / Posted on December 27, 2008

Terminal Barber ShopStep into the past, when haircuts mattered and barbers ruled the earth. Part Western saloon, part speak-easy in terms of decor, the Terminal Barbershop features 19th-century chairs, antique mirrors and music from the '30s and '40s piped through a retro-style radio. Enjoy an upscale experience with polyglots Omar Mahruk and Karim Saaden.

Writing and photos by Christos Tsirbas



Jeffy / December 28, 2008 at 09:40 pm
The moment I stepped into the "saloon" I was attacked by a wave of discomforting heat. Poor climate control, however, was the least of their deficiencies. When asked what kind of hair cut I would like, my description was greeted with an air of uncertainty and confusion. As I proceeded to make my request, it appeared as if the barber was willing to carry on with his own plan in mind. When the hair cut began, I was immediately displeasured as my bangs were butchered to an uncomfortably short length. This set the tone for the duration of my experience. To spare gruesome details, this was by far the worst hair cut I have ever had. The man's hands were smelly, he was unable to understand my hair concept, and in the end, I walked out with the same hair cut every barber in the shop was sporting.

The location was convenient, though.
Me / December 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm
The barber told me he was Saddam Hussein's barber. Whatever.
dyyzy / December 31, 2008 at 11:04 am
Hey, if you want a stylist, go to a hair salon. That's why gus the other barber calls himself "the other barber" since barbers are barbers. Maybe you need to go to a fancy shop to get your emo bangs trimmed properly. The terminal barber shop is great. Sure there are a couple of transient barbers, one of whom you may have met, but you can't go wrong with Karim and Omar. Great guys and even better barbers. Not to mention the best shave in town. Keep that in mind when you want to get your hipster ironic moustache removed.
hungrybum / December 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm
"Hair Concept" LOL
Me / January 7, 2009 at 03:20 pm
Jeffy - FYI: men with "bangs" don't go to barber shops.
Uh / January 7, 2009 at 03:23 pm
How did you get lost en route to Coupe Bizarre and end up on Bay St., Jeffy? ROFL ...
korgie / January 11, 2009 at 02:42 am
I went in for a quick cut and was more then pleased with the results , I make without the classical music.

ch oh / January 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm
how much does it cost for a basic cut?
portorico replying to a comment from Jeffy / February 16, 2009 at 03:50 am
the barber at terminal barber shop was fired by karim the owner he told me that he smoked outside and client complaind about the odor of the cigarets if you had that baber cuting your hair than you have a point there omar and karim do care a lot about ther clients ther work is ampicable there is no daout.
swellman replying to a comment from ch oh / April 16, 2009 at 02:52 pm
Basic cut is $17. I was there this week for the first time and it's a solid barber shop.
quankers / September 3, 2009 at 03:51 pm
I went here for a haircut a few times. I also wanted to get some help with sharpening a straight razor as I had heard they do this for a small fee. They did not seem remotely interested in helping me with this, even though I was a paying customer and the only one in the shop at the time. They didn't seem too interested in cutting hair either. There was no discussion, just uncomfortable silence. Their haircuts were okay, but I'm looking elsewhere these days.
A.S / October 17, 2009 at 03:42 pm
It was my first time in the shop today. I must say Karim is incredible. It is extremely difficult to find a good barber these days but Karim knew what he was doing. The only thing that didnt sit well with me was the gentlemen cutting hair at the door gives you the most awkward stares when you enter...Like he just saw his long lost father making out with a poodle.
Franco replying to a comment from swellman / December 13, 2009 at 11:34 am
I get a buzz cut at my barber that takes about 10 mins.... paying 12.00 why would I venture to Bay St. (Live close by) for $17.00 ...I used to go there many years ago when two Italian Barbers where there they were the best of the best..those days are long barbers are in a hurry and dont care much just like the money... ciao
Kimfella / January 8, 2010 at 06:31 pm
I had a very professional straight razor shave by Omar today. Very smooth. No nicks, no scrapes. Just a completely comfortable and relaxing shave. I am very pleased with Omar's work and pleasant, professional attitude. I recommend him to anyone.
marlon / January 17, 2010 at 05:11 pm
I am marlon fisher in jamaica i have being cuting hair for 15 year no , ineed a work in canada to cut hair can you help me.
hollywoodsteve / March 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Does Terminal do fades? And how much do they charge?
butchered / April 13, 2010 at 11:23 am
Went here three times to all 3 of the regular barbers during 2009. The first two were fairly half-assed, with minor errors and difficulty communicating with barbers whose first language isn't English. This is also the highest priced barber shop I've ever been to and the results did not correspond to the price.

Finally had the owner, who was so busy speaking in French to his buddy that he misunderstood what I wanted and gave me a brushcut. I came in with about 4.5 inches of hair and left with 1/2 inch! He didn't bother clarifying such an incredible change in length, just ran his buzzer right down the middle of my head, so it was irreversable. When I saw a huge hank of hair fall in my lap I looked up in horror. When I asked him what in the hell he was doing he had the brass to get angry with me, saying I miscommunicated. Well excuse me, but I was speaking English, not French or Egyptian or Arabic or whatever the hell their first language is.

Any good barber--even a stupid mediocre barber--should have asked twice before giving me this haircut. It took 6 months to grow out.

happy / June 5, 2010 at 10:39 am
I've been there twice and I really like these guys. I had different barbers each time and both times they did a great job. They asked me how I wanted the cut beforehand and were friendly.

I'm not sure what the fellow above is complaining about, I speak english and had no trouble communicating with either of them.
james / August 9, 2010 at 09:19 am
The only one that can cut properly is Karim, the rest are mediocre although once i had a great cut from one of the blokes which didn't show up anymore.
Warning: Don't talk about religion to them!, they are very defensive and hardcore that's why i took my business somewhere else
Doug / August 24, 2010 at 10:39 am
Their prices recently increased to $22 for a cut. Still worth it imo... The person bragging about $12 why don't you really be a cheapskate an goto some college where they let students cut hair for free!
Also this place shaves the back of your neck with a straight razor
Jesse / October 13, 2010 at 05:26 pm
I had my worst cut here. My friends figured I had a back to school hazing. If you go INSIST that you get your cut from one of the barbers in the picture, not their assistants.
mike / November 1, 2010 at 10:08 am
...even though they raised their price, they are better than anyone else in the area. what do people expect? aveda? seriously not. it's a barber shop. karim and omar are the best, there's one guy that's tall and has thinning hair, he's good too.

all you have to do is explain what you want and you'll get it. one time, omar cut my hair and when i went into the atrium on bay i realized it was too long. i had second thoughts, went back, he did my touch up free of charge and apologized politely.
happy customer / January 14, 2011 at 12:27 am
i am so happy to have found a real barber shop.
they know mens hair. go in. sit down. tell them what you want, and then enjoy 15 mins of silence as they FOCUS on your hair. i do not want to talk to someone cutting my hair. i want them to pay attention to what they are doing, and these guys do.
and the hot shaving foam and straight razor? HOLLER! $25 ($22 + tip) is a good price for a great cut.
have had my last... 7 months of cuts there. don't see myself changing anytime soon.

they all say hello and goodbye when you enter / leave. it's a real barber shop. not a salon. not some chick who can't cut a mans hair for shit, who talks to you about stuff that you and she doesn't care about.

should be #1 on the list.

i went to blood and bandages once before here. once for a reason.
Alex / January 22, 2011 at 02:35 pm
In the late 1950s there was a chain of Terminal Barber Shops, In the one on the subway floor of Times Square I got an acceptable haircur for 65 cents. This was slowly increased to $ 1.00 when I left the area
Fred / January 28, 2011 at 08:21 pm
Got my cut there today. I've asked for a fade but he just gave me a buzzcut. I could have done that at home for free. I will not go back.
Faris / November 11, 2011 at 02:43 pm
I just got my shave there done by Fadi, it was just right. Totally recommended! I've been searching for a place like this for months, and finally found it.
Brandon / November 30, 2011 at 01:12 am
Terminal Barbershop is a FANTASTIC place to go if you need a man's haircut or a hot shave. It has all of the old school syle that Truefitt and Hill has, and charges less than half the price.
The atmosphere is extremely friendly and welcoming, and every time I have been there (about 5 times now), I have received excellent service. The owners are all about doing the little things to make you happy...The first time (and every consecutive time after that), I received a free shoe-shine. The last time I was there, they gave me a pack of DE blades for my new DE razor.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great experience
thomas / December 22, 2011 at 11:31 am
selling brand new oster classic clipper 76.
Price - $135
Original price - 199 + TAX.


* Barbers' favorite hair clipper! Barber supply necessity!!

* Powerful Universal Motor Clipper has maximum power for cutting through thick, thin, or coarse wet, damp or dry hair

* Detachable Cryogen-x clipper blade system allows for a quick blade change

* Operates quiet and cool

* 12 Cryogen-x clipper blade sizes available

* This kit includes: - classic 76 clipper

- size 1 (76918-086) and size 000 (76918-026) detachable clipper blades

- clipper blade guard

- clipper blade oil

- clipper grease

- cleaning brush

- instruction sheet

SunilToronto / February 13, 2012 at 11:20 am
My office used to be located across the street from shop; so the location was amazing!
I'm a BIG fan of the throw back decor of the place - it's original.
I'm a young professional, so there is definitely lacking a BUZZ in the air.
Step into that shop for a cut, and be detached from the on the go pace of downtown Toronto.
Pro's - location if you work downtown, clean razor cuts, professional and friendly barbers, Great classic cuts, and great clean up.
Con's - Boring wait time w no conversation - I almost get the feeling "Why is he talking?" / parking meters / don't expect to get a trendy haircut here.
Overall one of the better barber shops in downtown Toronto.
Dan / June 5, 2012 at 04:53 pm
Why the hell don't you give the address or phone number!?!?!
DL / July 4, 2012 at 03:13 pm
This place is over-priced. I pay for less at my regular barber and get a lot more service. For example, they take more time in cutting my hair to make sure there are no errors and ensure a good taper and a really good job with the straight razor. I found this place too inconsistent. I've gone here a few times, but today is was the last. The guy didn't even clean up the shaving cream on my head before applying the after-shave and did a poor job of clean up afterwards. Find another place, if you can.
Joe replying to a comment from Jeffy / March 13, 2013 at 04:58 pm
Jeffy, that's the funniest thing i've read in my life. You have bangs and a 'hair concept'? hahaha
Scott replying to a comment from Joe / April 13, 2013 at 07:46 pm
Have to agree with Joe - hair concept? That did make me laugh out loud! I could just imagine what my father would have said about that.

I went to this barber today, and I was really pleased with their work. They were polite, quick, and did a good job. $22 plus tip was a fair price. I'll definitely be going back.
Steve / May 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm
I must say that this was my first beard shaping and straight razor shaving experience in the GTA. My reference points are the babers of Istanbul, Turkey, where a high quality and quick haircut, beard trimming/shaping and straight razor shave runs you about $10 so it was already though to accept the steep price of $55 for the same thing. Unfortunately the quality and speed lacked significantly at this place. I have decided that I am on a mission to find the best valued places in the GTA. Thos definitely did not make the list. The shaping was totally messed up and stuble was left all over my upper chin and lower lip area. I'm super disappointed with the lack of quality for that price. I believe my barbers name was Ahmed located at the original spot.

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