Birds Barbershop

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Birds Barbershop is an independently owned brand of barbershops founded in Austin, Texas. The first shop was opened in 2006 by Jayson Rapaport and Michael Portman with a goal of affordable salon quality for both men and women in a casual, rock club environment. The shops are sponsored by Independence Brewing and every customer gets a beer with a cut, upon request.


After Michael Portman quit his job at Disney and moved to Austin, he met up with lifelong friend Jayson Rapaport who had recently left a career as a Wall Street trader. They conceived of Birds as an alternative to salons and chain cutteries after Portman asked Rapaport for a recommendation on where to get his hair cut. Each of their five local shops is built around a large-scale mural by a local artist and features a stage for live music. Portman and Rapaport named it Birds as a direct appeal to women, who they felt were an essential ingredient to any party.


  • One of America's 52 Best Salons - Elle Magazine, July 2008
  • Best Barbershop - Austin Chronicle, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Best Hair Cut for Kids - Austin Chronicle, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Best in the Beauty Business - Austin Monthly
  • Best Beauty Salon - Austin A List, 2007

Past in-store performers[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. Official website
  2. Hair ApparentNewsweek, May 2006
  3. Web networking boom blasts into the workplaceReuters, August 2007
  4. Your A-List: Best Beauty, November 21, 2007
  5. Best of Austin, 2008Austin Chronicle, 2008
  6. Best of Austin, 2007Austin Chronicle, 2007
  7. Best of Austin, 2006Austin Chronicle, 2006