The 7 Best Boozy Milkshakes in Austin

By Megan Giller  |  October 1, 2014

Why choose dessert or a cocktail when you can have both? Go gluttonous with these over-the-top sweets.

Alamo Drafthouse

Eat like a king or queen while watching the latest flick at Austin’s beloved mini-chain of movie theaters.
The Shake: The Stout Shake (with your beer of choice) always wins our hearts for its malty notes that keep it from crossing into saccharine.
Ideal for: Distracting from your desire for Ryan Gosling’s abs.

Dolce Vita


Head to Hyde Park to cool down with something Italian.
The Shake: Get a kick of both coffee and alcohol with the cafe’s Espresso Sorberita: housemade vanilla gelato with espresso, Kahlua and vodka. 
Ideal for: An after-dinner apéritif following a modern Italian meal across the street at Asti.


Escape the Warehouse District circa 2014 by stepping into 1920s Paris at this romantic Downtown spot.
The Shake: The Grasshopper, with housemade vanilla ice cream, crème de cacao and green crème de menthe.
Ideal for: A cool nightcap after a dinner of duck confit with apple and red cabbage in herb-Dijon sauce.

Porter Ale House and Gastropub


The new South Austin hot spot beckons with a Brie-topped burger and decadent cocktails.
The Shake: It’s not all frozen, but the Cold War is its own sweet treat, with Tito’s vodka, Kona coffee liqueur, RumChata (horchata-flavored cream liqueur) and Aztec chocolate bitters, topped with RumChata-infused Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Ideal for: A low-key Saturday night with friends.


Introduce your inner child to the advantages of adulthood with an artisanal burger, truffle fries and an alcoholic shake.
The Shake: Add Baileys to the Nutella and chocolate pretzel shake for an unforgettable treat.
Ideal for: A weeknight feast.

Green Pastures


Head here for one of Austin’s original brunch buffets on Sundays, with Southern delicacies galore.
The Shake: Milk punch with bourbon, rum, brandy and ice cream.
Ideal for: When your parents drop into town for the weekend.

Four Seasons

The Downtown hotel’s Lobby Lounge debuts boozy milkshakes (pictured at top) for this long, hot summer.
The Shake: The Golden Cadillac, with Galliano, crème de cacao and Amy’s Mexican Vanilla ice cream.
Ideal for: Something sweet after a decadent steak dinner at Trio.