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13 Places to Grab Great Milkshakes in Nashville

Because milkshakes are appropriate year-round

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With summer in full swing, there’s no time like the present to indulge in creamy, sugar-laden milkshakes. Here are some of the best spots to grab a milkshake in town, offering up everything from the classic staples to booze-infused and caffeine-kicked.

This time around we add two burger spots, both with sleeper standout milkshakes on the menu: Hopdoddy and Stock & Barrel.

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Sip Cafe

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Located in the Inglewood neighborhood in East Nashville, Sip Cafe is more a coffee shop than anything else, but it does serve milkshakes featuring Mike’s Ice Cream (Downtown). Try the espresso shake for a tasty pick-me-up.

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

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The shakes and malts at this popular east side burger and beer haven may come in only three basic flavors - chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry - but they're done just right.

The Soda Parlor

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Situated near East Nashville’s popular Five Points area, The Soda Parlor is a popular spot to grab floats, sundaes, and of course, milkshakes. The shop also offers several free arcade games and locally designed apparel items.

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Legendairy Milkshake Bar

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Legendairy Milkshake Bar specializes in over-the-top milkshakes with ostentatious toppings including brownies, donuts, and cheesecake slices, among others. The milkshakes here are substantial - perfect for serious dessert connoisseurs. Prepare for a wait for that decadent ‘shake.

Goo Goo Shop

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The Goo Goo Shop in downtown Nashville is a destination for tourists and locals alike, offering everything you can imagine in Goo Goo branded-merchandise and treats. But the Dessert Bar inside is where it's at, offering a number of Goo Goo-based sweets including a list of milkshake options.

Burger Republic

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The 'virgin' shakes at this popular burger joint, which now boasts locations in The Gulch, Lenox Village, and Mt. Juliet, are already respectable, but their alcohol-spiked shakes are what really set it apart from the competition. Try the evil s'mores with marshmallow vodka or the Reese's malt featuring house-infused Reese's Peanut Butter Cup vodka.

Elliston Place Soda Shop

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Stepping into Elliston Place Soda Shop is like traveling back in time. Established in 1939, the soda shop holds Nashville’s record for the longest running restaurant in its original location. And they still serve classic shakes and malts, as well as a dreamsicle — made with orange sherbet, orange juice, and vanilla ice cream.

Stock & Barrel

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Knoxville-based Stock & Barrel recently opened their second outpost, in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood. Burgers are their claim to fame, but their trio of shakes shines too: available in Nutella, S’mores, and Nutter Butter varieties for sipping.

Bobbie's Dairy Dip

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This perennially popular Nashville ice cream and burger joint opened in 1951 and is still one of the go-to spots in town for milkshakes. The options are extensive, with specialty shakes available along with the classic flavors.

Rotier's Restaurant

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Open since 1945, this Midtown stalwart just off West End still serves its classic milkshakes in metal tumblers, typically enough for two to share. Many consider the shakes here the best in town.

The Grilled Cheeserie

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The milkshake bar at The Grilled Cheeserie's Melt Shop in Hillsboro Village is a go-to for solid ‘shakes. Sit at the counter and enjoy a classic such as chocolate chocolate chip or strawberry, or try out the often-changing 'milkshake of the moment.'

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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The fast casual Austin, Texas–based Hopdoddy Burger Bar might be known for making things served on buns, but drinks sipped through straws also make it worth a visit. Flavors like bananas foster, birthday cake, and Nutells chocolate pretzel can be enjoyed as is — or made adult with boozy add-ons.

The Ice Cream Bar

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Tucked away towards the back of a busy shopping center at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard, is The Ice Cream Bar - a dessert lover’s heaven. The shop has dozens of ice cream flavors and an extensive dessert menu featuring photogenic confections including several milkshakes.

Sip Cafe

Located in the Inglewood neighborhood in East Nashville, Sip Cafe is more a coffee shop than anything else, but it does serve milkshakes featuring Mike’s Ice Cream (Downtown). Try the espresso shake for a tasty pick-me-up.

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

The shakes and malts at this popular east side burger and beer haven may come in only three basic flavors - chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry - but they're done just right.

The Soda Parlor

Situated near East Nashville’s popular Five Points area, The Soda Parlor is a popular spot to grab floats, sundaes, and of course, milkshakes. The shop also offers several free arcade games and locally designed apparel items.

Yelp/ The Soda Parlor

Legendairy Milkshake Bar

Legendairy Milkshake Bar specializes in over-the-top milkshakes with ostentatious toppings including brownies, donuts, and cheesecake slices, among others. The milkshakes here are substantial - perfect for serious dessert connoisseurs. Prepare for a wait for that decadent ‘shake.

Goo Goo Shop

The Goo Goo Shop in downtown Nashville is a destination for tourists and locals alike, offering everything you can imagine in Goo Goo branded-merchandise and treats. But the Dessert Bar inside is where it's at, offering a number of Goo Goo-based sweets including a list of milkshake options.

Burger Republic

The 'virgin' shakes at this popular burger joint, which now boasts locations in The Gulch, Lenox Village, and Mt. Juliet, are already respectable, but their alcohol-spiked shakes are what really set it apart from the competition. Try the evil s'mores with marshmallow vodka or the Reese's malt featuring house-infused Reese's Peanut Butter Cup vodka.

Elliston Place Soda Shop

Stepping into Elliston Place Soda Shop is like traveling back in time. Established in 1939, the soda shop holds Nashville’s record for the longest running restaurant in its original location. And they still serve classic shakes and malts, as well as a dreamsicle — made with orange sherbet, orange juice, and vanilla ice cream.

Stock & Barrel

Knoxville-based Stock & Barrel recently opened their second outpost, in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood. Burgers are their claim to fame, but their trio of shakes shines too: available in Nutella, S’mores, and Nutter Butter varieties for sipping.

Bobbie's Dairy Dip

This perennially popular Nashville ice cream and burger joint opened in 1951 and is still one of the go-to spots in town for milkshakes. The options are extensive, with specialty shakes available along with the classic flavors.

Rotier's Restaurant

Open since 1945, this Midtown stalwart just off West End still serves its classic milkshakes in metal tumblers, typically enough for two to share. Many consider the shakes here the best in town.

The Grilled Cheeserie

The milkshake bar at The Grilled Cheeserie's Melt Shop in Hillsboro Village is a go-to for solid ‘shakes. Sit at the counter and enjoy a classic such as chocolate chocolate chip or strawberry, or try out the often-changing 'milkshake of the moment.'

Sam Angel

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

The fast casual Austin, Texas–based Hopdoddy Burger Bar might be known for making things served on buns, but drinks sipped through straws also make it worth a visit. Flavors like bananas foster, birthday cake, and Nutells chocolate pretzel can be enjoyed as is — or made adult with boozy add-ons.

The Ice Cream Bar

Tucked away towards the back of a busy shopping center at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard, is The Ice Cream Bar - a dessert lover’s heaven. The shop has dozens of ice cream flavors and an extensive dessert menu featuring photogenic confections including several milkshakes.

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