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Some of Boston Burger Co.’s “freak frappes” are boozy. This is a previous special, featuring churros and a Choco Taco.
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Where to Find Boozy Milkshakes and Floats Around Boston

A refreshing treat on a hot day

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Some of Boston Burger Co.’s “freak frappes” are boozy. This is a previous special, featuring churros and a Choco Taco.
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Temperatures are unrelentingly hot, so it’s a good time for boozy milkshakes — or boozy frappes, if you prefer the correct regional terminology. For the purposes of this map, we're including beverages that include (1) ice cream and (2) booze, regardless of what the restaurant calls it on the menu. In addition to frosty blended beverages, we're also throwing in boozy ice cream floats and similar items for good measure.

Consult this map to track down these sweet adult dessert-drinks around the Boston area (with a couple bonus Rhode Island spots); most are even available for takeout — while that’s allowed, anyway.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

This map was originally published on May 24, 2016; the date of most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

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381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9500
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Specializing in whiskey, pies, and Southern-inspired cuisine, Rosebud offers bourbon-spiked milkshakes in chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a rotating flavor of the week. The same flavors of shakes are also available without booze. (Milkshakes, boozy or not, are currently only on the dine-in menu.)

Rosebud is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

A milkshake is topped with Cracker Jacks, and an open Cracker Jacks bag spills out on the table next to the shake. A glossy red booth is visible in the background.
A special boozy Cracker Jack shake at Rosebud (not on the current menu)
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2. Less Than Greater Than

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28 Main St
Hudson, MA 01749
(978) 333-7142
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Hudson’s popular ice cream shop New City Microcreamery — which has since expanded to Cambridge — has an adjacent hidden cocktail bar, and of course it has boozy ice cream offerings. Example: The peanut butter cup is made from ice cream base, peanut butter whiskey, peanut butter sauce, and chocolate.

Less Than Greater Than is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, but the boozy ice cream concoctions are not available for takeout or delivery.

A cocktail glass is full of a pale green soft serve topped with mint and chocolate shavings. It sits on a light wooden surface on a dark background.
A Less Than Greater Than boozy dessert
Less Than Greater Than [Official Photo]

3. Boston Burger Company

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1105 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(857) 242-3605
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With locations in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Salem, Boston Burger Co. offers over-the-top burgers with “freak frappes” to match. Two of the currently available frappes are boozy — the Milk Chocolatey Chance (stout with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a chocolate chip rim) and the Hard Apple Pie a la Mode (hard cider with vanilla ice cream, caramel, cinnamon sugar, and a graham cracker rim).

Boston Burger Company is currently open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery at all locations, and there’s also outdoor dining at all but the Cambridge location. Find online ordering links here. All frappes are available for takeout; the non-boozy ones are also available for delivery.

A chocolate shake is topped with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, a marshmallow rim, and a whole slice of red velvet cake
A “freak frappe” at Boston Burger Co.
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4. Earnest Drinks at Gracie's Ice Cream

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399 Binney St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 631-9113
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Somerville ice cream shop Gracie’s has expanded to Cambridge, and the new location includes a robust array of boozy and non-boozy beverages. There are adult frappes and floats aplenty: a pandan whiskey frappe, a lambrusco float, an ube coconut frappe, and even a build-your-own option. You could, for example, order Twinkies ‘n jam ice cream blended with rum, rainbow sprinkles, and Fritos. Choose your own adventure wisely.

5. A&B Kitchen & Bar

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115 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 449-2251
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This full-service, burger-focused restaurant — with locations up in Beverly and in Boston’s West End — offers several “adult milkshakes,” including chocolate salted bourbon (bourbon, sea salt, chocolate ice cream), Mexican mudslide (Patron XO Cafe, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream), and more.

Both locations are currently open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, and there’s outdoor dining at the Boston location. Adult milkshakes are available for takeout, but not delivery; non-boozy milkshakes are available both ways.

Two vanilla milkshakes with a stripe of chocolate sauce and whipped cream topping
Milkshakes at A&B Burgers
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6. Mamaleh's Delicatessen

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One Kendall Square, 15 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 958-3354
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This Jewish delicatessen in Kendall Square serves a whole lot of fun drinks, boozy and otherwise, from egg creams to slivovitz. There are a couple of adult milkshakes on its current menu, including the malted brandy Alexander milkshake — cognac and creme de cacao blended into a malted vanilla milkshake and garnished with whipped cream, grated nutmeg, and a cherry.

Mamaleh’s is currently open for takeout and delivery; you can eat your takeout at one of several outdoor tables, if space permits. There are also a variety of suburban pickup opportunities around the greater Boston area.

7. The Capital Burger

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159 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-1333
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Newbury Street newcomer the Capital Burger, an offshoot of steakhouse chain the Capital Grille, features several spiked shakes alongside its fancy burgers, including a bourbon caramel shake (bourbon, vanilla ice cream, smoked sea salt), and more.

The Capital Burger is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout.

8. Citrus & Salt

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142 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116
(833) 324-8787
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Alongside flavored margaritas, frozen cocktails, and optional souvenir palm tree and bikini bottles, Citrus & Salt has a mimosa float on the brunch menu, pairing the soft-serve sorbet of the day with a split of cava or rosé

Citrus & Salt is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, and the float is available for takeout.

A swirl of pink sorbet is served in a wine glass with a pink twisty straw and sparkling rose poured in the same glass. A small bottle of rose sits next to the glass.
Citrus & Salt’s watermelon sorbet with sparkling rosé
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9. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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Lincoln has experimented with a variety of boozy milkshakes over the years and currently offers a mudslide on its brunch and dinner menus — vanilla vodka, coffee, Irish cream liqueur, and mocha ice cream.

Lincoln is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

10. Wahlburgers

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9 District Ave
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 282-5300
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Boozy frappes have always been a staple at this rapidly growing international burger chain with Boston roots. Birthday cake and mud pie are on the currently flavor list, each spiked with vanilla vodka. Wahlburgers also has plenty of non-boozy shakes. There are Massachusetts locations in Boston (Fenway, Dorchester, and the airport), Hingham, Lynnfield, and Springfield.

Most locations are currently available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery; check the website for an individual location for details.

Closeup of a chocolate frappe with a chocolate syrup swirl. There’s a green circle on the glass with a white “W” in it.
A frappe at Wahlburgers
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11. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

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55 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 505-6446
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The Chestnut Hill offshoot of this New York-based group of ice cream shops is a local rarity: a boozy ice cream shop. There are a variety of boozy floats, adult milkshakes, and liqueur-spiked affogati available, or grab a milk stout kit to go.

OddFellows is open for outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

A bulbous glass with a scoop of ice cream inside has red wine poured onto it
OddFellows combines booze and ice cream in a variety of ways
OddFellows [Official Photo]

12. KC's Classic Burger Bar

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625 E Washington St
North Attleboro, MA 02760
(508) 316-0901
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This burger joint with locations in North Attleboro and Seekonk offers up a lengthy menu of spiked milkshakes — including mint chocolate (vanilla ice cream, chocolate vodka, crème de menthe), banana bread (vanilla ice cream, banana liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, spiced rum), and more.

KC’s is currently open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

Two mason jars hold chocolate milkshakes with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, marshmallows, and big straws
Banana split spiked shakes at KC’s Classic Burger Bar
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13. Harry's Bar & Burger

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121 N Main St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 228-7437
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With three Rhode Island locations (two in Providence and one in Newport), Harry's Bar & Burger serves several hard shakes, including s'mores (Tippy Cow chocolate rum cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, marshmallow, graham cracker).

All locations are currently open for indoor dining and takeout; Federal Hill also offers delivery.

Two milkshakes topped with chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallows, and crumbled graham cracker rims
Boozy shakes from Harry’s Bar & Burger
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14. Tilly's Feasts

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640 Boston Neck Rd
North Kingstown, RI 02852

This offshoot of Tilly’s Cheesesteaks now focuses on takeout and delivery of its Detroit-style pizza under the moniker Pizza Envy, as well as shakes, boozy and otherwise. There’s Tilly’s Slide, for example — soft-serve ice cream by Warwick Ice Cream, vanilla vodka, coffee and Irish cream liqueurs, chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and sea-salted chocolate bark.

Tilly’s Feasts is open for takeout and delivery, but boozy milkshakes cannot be delivered (non-boozy ones can).

Chocolate milkshake with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and other toppings on a wooden counter
The TCB Slide at Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit, which has become Tilly’s Feasts
Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit/Facebook

1. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

381 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144
A milkshake is topped with Cracker Jacks, and an open Cracker Jacks bag spills out on the table next to the shake. A glossy red booth is visible in the background.
A special boozy Cracker Jack shake at Rosebud (not on the current menu)
Rosebud/Facebook

Specializing in whiskey, pies, and Southern-inspired cuisine, Rosebud offers bourbon-spiked milkshakes in chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a rotating flavor of the week. The same flavors of shakes are also available without booze. (Milkshakes, boozy or not, are currently only on the dine-in menu.)

Rosebud is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Less Than Greater Than

28 Main St, Hudson, MA 01749
A cocktail glass is full of a pale green soft serve topped with mint and chocolate shavings. It sits on a light wooden surface on a dark background.
A Less Than Greater Than boozy dessert
Less Than Greater Than [Official Photo]

Hudson’s popular ice cream shop New City Microcreamery — which has since expanded to Cambridge — has an adjacent hidden cocktail bar, and of course it has boozy ice cream offerings. Example: The peanut butter cup is made from ice cream base, peanut butter whiskey, peanut butter sauce, and chocolate.

Less Than Greater Than is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, but the boozy ice cream concoctions are not available for takeout or delivery.

28 Main St
Hudson, MA 01749

3. Boston Burger Company

1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
A chocolate shake is topped with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, a marshmallow rim, and a whole slice of red velvet cake
A “freak frappe” at Boston Burger Co.
Boston Burger Company/Instagram

With locations in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Salem, Boston Burger Co. offers over-the-top burgers with “freak frappes” to match. Two of the currently available frappes are boozy — the Milk Chocolatey Chance (stout with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a chocolate chip rim) and the Hard Apple Pie a la Mode (hard cider with vanilla ice cream, caramel, cinnamon sugar, and a graham cracker rim).

Boston Burger Company is currently open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery at all locations, and there’s also outdoor dining at all but the Cambridge location. Find online ordering links here. All frappes are available for takeout; the non-boozy ones are also available for delivery.

1105 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Earnest Drinks at Gracie's Ice Cream

399 Binney St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Somerville ice cream shop Gracie’s has expanded to Cambridge, and the new location includes a robust array of boozy and non-boozy beverages. There are adult frappes and floats aplenty: a pandan whiskey frappe, a lambrusco float, an ube coconut frappe, and even a build-your-own option. You could, for example, order Twinkies ‘n jam ice cream blended with rum, rainbow sprinkles, and Fritos. Choose your own adventure wisely.

399 Binney St
Cambridge, MA 02142

5. A&B Kitchen & Bar

115 Beverly St, Boston, MA 02114
Two vanilla milkshakes with a stripe of chocolate sauce and whipped cream topping
Milkshakes at A&B Burgers
A&B Burgers/Facebook

This full-service, burger-focused restaurant — with locations up in Beverly and in Boston’s West End — offers several “adult milkshakes,” including chocolate salted bourbon (bourbon, sea salt, chocolate ice cream), Mexican mudslide (Patron XO Cafe, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream), and more.

Both locations are currently open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, and there’s outdoor dining at the Boston location. Adult milkshakes are available for takeout, but not delivery; non-boozy milkshakes are available both ways.

115 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

6. Mamaleh's Delicatessen

One Kendall Square, 15 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

This Jewish delicatessen in Kendall Square serves a whole lot of fun drinks, boozy and otherwise, from egg creams to slivovitz. There are a couple of adult milkshakes on its current menu, including the malted brandy Alexander milkshake — cognac and creme de cacao blended into a malted vanilla milkshake and garnished with whipped cream, grated nutmeg, and a cherry.

Mamaleh’s is currently open for takeout and delivery; you can eat your takeout at one of several outdoor tables, if space permits. There are also a variety of suburban pickup opportunities around the greater Boston area.

One Kendall Square, 15 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. The Capital Burger

159 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Newbury Street newcomer the Capital Burger, an offshoot of steakhouse chain the Capital Grille, features several spiked shakes alongside its fancy burgers, including a bourbon caramel shake (bourbon, vanilla ice cream, smoked sea salt), and more.

The Capital Burger is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout.

159 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

8. Citrus & Salt

142 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
A swirl of pink sorbet is served in a wine glass with a pink twisty straw and sparkling rose poured in the same glass. A small bottle of rose sits next to the glass.
Citrus & Salt’s watermelon sorbet with sparkling rosé
Citrus & Salt/Instagram

Alongside flavored margaritas, frozen cocktails, and optional souvenir palm tree and bikini bottles, Citrus & Salt has a mimosa float on the brunch menu, pairing the soft-serve sorbet of the day with a split of cava or rosé

Citrus & Salt is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, and the float is available for takeout.

142 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116

9. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Lincoln has experimented with a variety of boozy milkshakes over the years and currently offers a mudslide on its brunch and dinner menus — vanilla vodka, coffee, Irish cream liqueur, and mocha ice cream.

Lincoln is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

10. Wahlburgers

9 District Ave, Boston, MA 02125
Closeup of a chocolate frappe with a chocolate syrup swirl. There’s a green circle on the glass with a white “W” in it.
A frappe at Wahlburgers
Wahlburgers/Facebook

Boozy frappes have always been a staple at this rapidly growing international burger chain with Boston roots. Birthday cake and mud pie are on the currently flavor list, each spiked with vanilla vodka. Wahlburgers also has plenty of non-boozy shakes. There are Massachusetts locations in Boston (Fenway, Dorchester, and the airport), Hingham, Lynnfield, and Springfield.

Most locations are currently available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery; check the website for an individual location for details.

9 District Ave
Boston, MA 02125

11. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

55 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
A bulbous glass with a scoop of ice cream inside has red wine poured onto it
OddFellows combines booze and ice cream in a variety of ways
OddFellows [Official Photo]

The Chestnut Hill offshoot of this New York-based group of ice cream shops is a local rarity: a boozy ice cream shop. There are a variety of boozy floats, adult milkshakes, and liqueur-spiked affogati available, or grab a milk stout kit to go.

OddFellows is open for outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

55 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

12. KC's Classic Burger Bar

625 E Washington St, North Attleboro, MA 02760
Two mason jars hold chocolate milkshakes with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, marshmallows, and big straws
Banana split spiked shakes at KC’s Classic Burger Bar
KC’s Classic Burger Bar/Facebook

This burger joint with locations in North Attleboro and Seekonk offers up a lengthy menu of spiked milkshakes — including mint chocolate (vanilla ice cream, chocolate vodka, crème de menthe), banana bread (vanilla ice cream, banana liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, spiced rum), and more.

KC’s is currently open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

625 E Washington St
North Attleboro, MA 02760

13. Harry's Bar & Burger

121 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Two milkshakes topped with chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallows, and crumbled graham cracker rims
Boozy shakes from Harry’s Bar & Burger
Harry’s Bar & Burger/Facebook

With three Rhode Island locations (two in Providence and one in Newport), Harry's Bar & Burger serves several hard shakes, including s'mores (Tippy Cow chocolate rum cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, marshmallow, graham cracker).

All locations are currently open for indoor dining and takeout; Federal Hill also offers delivery.

121 N Main St
Providence, RI 02903

14. Tilly's Feasts

640 Boston Neck Rd, North Kingstown, RI 02852
Chocolate milkshake with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and other toppings on a wooden counter
The TCB Slide at Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit, which has become Tilly’s Feasts
Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit/Facebook

This offshoot of Tilly’s Cheesesteaks now focuses on takeout and delivery of its Detroit-style pizza under the moniker Pizza Envy, as well as shakes, boozy and otherwise. There’s Tilly’s Slide, for example — soft-serve ice cream by Warwick Ice Cream, vanilla vodka, coffee and Irish cream liqueurs, chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and sea-salted chocolate bark.

Tilly’s Feasts is open for takeout and delivery, but boozy milkshakes cannot be delivered (non-boozy ones can).

640 Boston Neck Rd
North Kingstown, RI 02852

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