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18 Decadent Milkshakes To Try in Dallas

Creamy, chilly, and sometimes boozy — these are Dallas' best shakes

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Ice cream is so darn delicious by itself, yet one way dessert shops are making it even better is by throwing it in a blender and topping it with some tasty and oftentimes outrageous ingredients.

Milkshakes are appropriate year-round, but especially so when the temperatures are high and everyone’s looking for a creamy way to chill.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Dallas

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Ice cream by local favorite Sweet Firefly is partly what makes these shakes — like the Whiskey Banana Split shake — delicious. Booze is the other part.

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Grub Burger Bar

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Grub Burger Bar has plenty of shakes to go with its long list of burgers. Try the Dirty Kitchen Sink, which blends chocolate vodka, pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and potato chips.

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Wild About Harry's

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Wild About Harry’s, founded by the late Harry Coley, Jr., has been in the custard game for twenty years. So obviously, the shakes served there are nothing to sneeze at. Take, for example, the Captain America: vanilla and chocolate custard, plus Hershey's syrup, vanilla syrup and sprinkles.

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Haystack

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Only one thing can make a burger and fries from Haystack any better, and that’s a Banana Pudding shake for dessert.

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Highland Park Soda Fountain

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The most nostalgic of the bunch, the shakes and malts at the Highland Park Soda Fountain are made the old fashioned way, because they’ve been doing it that way for more than a hundred years. Since this soda fountain is closing in September, now’s the time to grab a spinny stool and a straw and sip on history over on Knox Street. Choose between vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, cherry, or butterscotch flavors. (Cherry is the owners’ favorite flavor we’re told).

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Hopdoddy

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Hopdoddy's menu of spike-able shakes are pretty rad. The secret, we’re told, is the vanilla-cinnamon ice cream base. Hopdoddy’s seasonal editions tends to grab the most attention, last fall a white chocolate cranberry made a perfect sweet-tart accompaniment.

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Hypnotic Emporium

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Part old-school soda fountain, part ice cream store, part candy shop, and part toy store, Hypnotic Emporium is pretty much a dream come true for kids and grown-ups alike. On any given day there are 20 ice cream flavors available to be made into shakes, plus a choice of extremely legit candy, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. It’s all served in a frosty-cold glass, of course.

Hypnotic Emporium

Liberty Burger Lakewood

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Liberty Burger is a small chain of family-friendly, neighborhood spots with great burgers and shakes with something for everyone. Case in point: the Lebowski shake made with custard, Patron XO Café, and coffee.

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Sablon Chocolate Lounge

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This dessert-focused spot in West Village has a substantial menu, much of which is devoted to Instagram-worthy, chocolatey goodness. The latest group of Grand Chocshakes, topped with towering cake slices, waffle cookies, and mini ice cream sandwiches are among the most drool-worthy.

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Shake Shack

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No meal at Shake Shack is complete without a shake. Fun fact: All the sweet treats at Shake Shack start with a base of cinnamon-vanilla custard before they spin it into something even more special like strawberry cookies ‘n’ cream.

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Stackhouse

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With one of the most underrated rooftops in Dallas, you’d think that’d be the cherry on top for Stackhouse Burgers. But no, it’s definitely the classic, hand-spun shakes and malts. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

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The Royale Magnificent Burgers & Beer

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The folks at The Royale are having almost TOO much fun dazzling patrons with their shakes, most of which are available with booze for a buck fifty more. The most “royale” of the bunch? Perhaps it’s The Magnificent S'mores Shake, which stirs up chocolate ice cream, fudge, and toasted home-made jet puff with a graham cracker rim.

Rachel Pinn

Hat Creek Burger Company

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This family-friendly burger spot has a surprisingly solid bunch of shakes to please sweet tooths of all ages. Try one of eight delicious house creations, or concoct your own from ingredients like peanut butter, white cake mix, and gummy worms.

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Cane Rosso

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Another serious contender in the adult milkshakes category, Cane Rosso’s location at The Star in Frisco has partnered with Cow Tipping Creamery to create the following crazy shakes: Pina Cow-lada, Pancakes & Sizzurp, and the Old Fashioned Shake, all with booze, of course.

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Cow Tipping Creamery

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The king of soft serve up in Frisco mixes up its goods with whole milk and house-made mix-ins like minty simple syrup and berry puree to create six shakes that are nothing short of glorious.

Cow Tipping Creamery's extravagantly-topped soft serve
Cow Tipping Creamery’s extravagantly-topped soft serve
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Slater's 50/50

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Slater’s 50/50 puts bacon in pretty much everything, and before you ask, yes, there is a bacon milkshake — two, actually. Shakes are available boozy or straight and without bacon as well, including a tasty Pop-Tart shake.

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Creamistry

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Lowest Greenville houses the latest Creamistry operation, where vegans might discover their new favorite shake. The nitrogen-frozen ice cream shop serves up a vegan-friendly shake made with a non-dairy coconut base, spiced up with more than two dozen flavors and countless toppings.

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Bingbox

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The new Asian shaved ice shop across from Trinity Groves serves up milkshakes made from a blissful mix of the shop’s trademark soft serve and a selection of toppings like Pocky sticks, Oreo cookies, vanilla wafers, and cereals like Fruity Pebbles, Froot Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Apple Jacks.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Dallas

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Ice cream by local favorite Sweet Firefly is partly what makes these shakes — like the Whiskey Banana Split shake — delicious. Booze is the other part.

Alamo Drafthouse/Facebook

Grub Burger Bar

Grub Burger Bar/Facebook

Grub Burger Bar has plenty of shakes to go with its long list of burgers. Try the Dirty Kitchen Sink, which blends chocolate vodka, pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and potato chips.

Grub Burger Bar/Facebook

Wild About Harry's

Autumn H./Yelp

Wild About Harry’s, founded by the late Harry Coley, Jr., has been in the custard game for twenty years. So obviously, the shakes served there are nothing to sneeze at. Take, for example, the Captain America: vanilla and chocolate custard, plus Hershey's syrup, vanilla syrup and sprinkles.

Autumn H./Yelp

Haystack

Haystack Burgers & Barley/Facebook

Only one thing can make a burger and fries from Haystack any better, and that’s a Banana Pudding shake for dessert.

Haystack Burgers & Barley/Facebook

Highland Park Soda Fountain

Highland Park Soda Foundation/Facebook

The most nostalgic of the bunch, the shakes and malts at the Highland Park Soda Fountain are made the old fashioned way, because they’ve been doing it that way for more than a hundred years. Since this soda fountain is closing in September, now’s the time to grab a spinny stool and a straw and sip on history over on Knox Street. Choose between vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, cherry, or butterscotch flavors. (Cherry is the owners’ favorite flavor we’re told).

Highland Park Soda Foundation/Facebook

Hopdoddy

Hopdoddy/Facebook

Hopdoddy's menu of spike-able shakes are pretty rad. The secret, we’re told, is the vanilla-cinnamon ice cream base. Hopdoddy’s seasonal editions tends to grab the most attention, last fall a white chocolate cranberry made a perfect sweet-tart accompaniment.

Hopdoddy/Facebook

Hypnotic Emporium

Hypnotic Emporium

Part old-school soda fountain, part ice cream store, part candy shop, and part toy store, Hypnotic Emporium is pretty much a dream come true for kids and grown-ups alike. On any given day there are 20 ice cream flavors available to be made into shakes, plus a choice of extremely legit candy, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. It’s all served in a frosty-cold glass, of course.

Hypnotic Emporium

Liberty Burger Lakewood

Rachel Pinn

Liberty Burger is a small chain of family-friendly, neighborhood spots with great burgers and shakes with something for everyone. Case in point: the Lebowski shake made with custard, Patron XO Café, and coffee.

Rachel Pinn

Sablon Chocolate Lounge

Sablon Chocolate Lounge/Facebook

This dessert-focused spot in West Village has a substantial menu, much of which is devoted to Instagram-worthy, chocolatey goodness. The latest group of Grand Chocshakes, topped with towering cake slices, waffle cookies, and mini ice cream sandwiches are among the most drool-worthy.

Sablon Chocolate Lounge/Facebook

Shake Shack

Rachel Pinn

No meal at Shake Shack is complete without a shake. Fun fact: All the sweet treats at Shake Shack start with a base of cinnamon-vanilla custard before they spin it into something even more special like strawberry cookies ‘n’ cream.

Rachel Pinn

Stackhouse

Rachel Pinn

With one of the most underrated rooftops in Dallas, you’d think that’d be the cherry on top for Stackhouse Burgers. But no, it’s definitely the classic, hand-spun shakes and malts. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

Rachel Pinn

The Royale Magnificent Burgers & Beer

Rachel Pinn

The folks at The Royale are having almost TOO much fun dazzling patrons with their shakes, most of which are available with booze for a buck fifty more. The most “royale” of the bunch? Perhaps it’s The Magnificent S'mores Shake, which stirs up chocolate ice cream, fudge, and toasted home-made jet puff with a graham cracker rim.

Rachel Pinn

Hat Creek Burger Company

Britany C./Yelp

This family-friendly burger spot has a surprisingly solid bunch of shakes to please sweet tooths of all ages. Try one of eight delicious house creations, or concoct your own from ingredients like peanut butter, white cake mix, and gummy worms.

Britany C./Yelp

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