The Alabama heat is in full force this year—what better way to chill out than with something cool and creamy? Welcome to your ultimate guide for the best milkshakes in Birmingham, both high-end and low-cost!
Here are the top five places to get your perfect premium shake:
K & J’s Elegant Pastries $8-$12
Instagram foodies, prepare your cameras. K & J’s gigantic, custom-made milkshakes look as beautiful as they are delicious. The pastry shop will temporarily close on May 27 and reopen June 4 for all your sugary, aesthetic needs.
236 1st St S Suite 300, Alabaster, AL 35007
After growing from a food truck to a full-blown creamery, Big Spoon offers specialty floats, fizzies, and of course the classic milkshake. With this shake, you’re paying for premium artisan ice cream. The best part? If you have a creative milkshake idea, they can hand-spin it for you!
4000 3rd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35222
What separates The Cowfish from the others on this list is that their shakes are spiked. That’s right, they sell alcoholic milkshakes! Choose from three boozy flavors made with vodka, liqueur, or rum. The ambience is funky and chic, there are hook-and-ring posts outside to keep kids entertained, and there’s a full bar beyond the shakes. The Cowfish is all about fusion, and you won’t regret trying their unique combinations.
105 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Looking for a frostier frappe? Flip Burger infuses their blended drinks with nitrogen, a chilling liquid that keeps their shakes extra cold. Ingredients like Krispy Kreme doughnuts and scorched marshmallows are always freshly mixed.
220 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, Alabama 35243
My personal favorite off this list is Bluff Park’s gourmet ice cream blended into this high-quality shake. They are the absolute definition of creamy, thanks to their premium, award-winning Wisconsin ice cream. Sounds pretty perfect, eh?
815 Shades Crest Rd Birmingham, AL 35226
If you’re looking for a quality shake without the high-end price, here are five parlors that don’t disappoint:
This hidden gem is located inside of a drugstore! Crestwood sells over the counter milkshakes and ice cream. Spend $5 for the classic chocolate, vanilla or strawberry shake and $6 for special flavors.
5502 Crestwood Blvd Suite A, Birmingham, AL 35243
Head downtown to grab a pint glass of this thick, creamy shake. Beyond the classic flavors, O’Carr’s sells seasonal blackberry and peach milkshakes for an up-charge, but both kinds are less than $5.
214 18th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Celebrate the tradition of these three items paired at MOOYAH. Select one of ten flavors and enjoy! They come in “big MOO” and “little MOO” sizes—so cute.
3439 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243
Baha Burger $4
Another delicious burger-and-shake joint, Baha Burger offers hand-spun chocolate and vanilla milkshakes. If you’re a Blue Bell ice cream fan, this might be your pick. Let their surf shop vibes bring you to pure summer relaxation.
4745 Chace Cir Suite 125, Hoover, AL 35244
One of the oldest names in town, Johnny Rockets offers that retro diner look to go with your vintage shake. It’s basically Back to the Future; grab a seat at one of their red vinyl stools, take in the familiar ‘50s nostalgia, and order the biggest milkshake they’ve got!
331 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Shake Shack $5
This past March, Shake Shack announced that it would open a new location in The Summit. It will be the very first Shake Shack in Alabama, offering their famous take on milkshakes, frozen custards, and more! Stay tuned for their grand opening this summer.
In the meantime, which of these top 10 places is your favorite?
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