A decade after childhood friends Michael Portman and Jayson Rapaport opened their no-fuss Birds Barbershop in Austin, the entrepreneurs have expanded to Houston with a location in The Heights. Located in a historic mid-century space, in the heart of the neighborhood, the salon promises affordable, high-quality haircuts with free Shiner beer thrown in as a bonus.
Bold pops of aqua, teal and yellow adorn the cheerful exterior—a design aesthetic inspired by community swimming pools in the area. The interior continues the laid-back vibe with blue patio tile accents, pennant flags and seven-foot circular windows, along with classic arcade games. It’s the perfect setting for unpretentious service for men, women and kids. Still not sure? Birds Barbershop has landed on Elle magazine’s list of the 100 best salons in America six consecutive times.