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14 Milkshakes to Try Before You Die in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgIt's the middle of summer and the perfect time for a milkshake. While there are plenty of places to get them around town, below listed are a number of different or even boozy shakes that take the simple format to new heights. But, in the end, it's hard to have a bad shake. Anything loaded with ice cream and mix-ins or toppings is going to be delicious, so dive into Eater's guide to milkshakes in Los Angeles.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Go Get Em Tiger

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230 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
The coffee milkshake at this new cafe on Larchmont is remarkable. Based on a precise ratio of vanilla ice cream, two shots of espresso, and a splash of milk, it's refreshing, complex, and gives a major jolt of caffeine. Also available at G&B Coffee in Downtown's Grand Central Market. [Photo: FoodGPS]

2. The Oinkster

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2005 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 255-6465
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These hefty shakes, based on local favorite Fosselman's ice cream, are popular with this Eagle Rock joint's popular burgers. The ube shake is amazing, light purple and rich with the tuber's flavor.

3. 25°

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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 785-7244
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The boozy shakes at Tim Goodell's burger restaurant might be one of the best things to pair with the massive burgers. The Guinness shake might be the most popular, loaded with the Irish stout and chocolate syrup.

4. Fred 62

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1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-0062
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These shakes barely hurdle five dollars and come in a variety of flavors, including banana, espresso, mocha and peanut butter. They're thick, just like they were in the 50's.

5. Go Burger

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6290 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 327-9355
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There's a trio of boozy shakes at this Hollywood burger restaurant, one made with bourbon and caramel, another with coffee and Irish cream and shots of espresso (you'll be up all night), and another loaded with oreo, coffee, and chocolate ice cream. There's also regular, non-boozy shakes, with one even made with cookie dough.

6. Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

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1526 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA
(626) 799-1414
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This old-time soda fountain in Pasadena has all the favorites one might expect to see decades ago, completely unchanged. Hand-scooped ice cream come with an entire pint of ice cream, with flavors including butterscotch, heath bar, oreo, and fresh banana as additions. Definitely share one.

7. Pono Burger

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829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 584-7005
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Using Strauss dairy as a base, Pono Burger makes a ridiculous bacon shake using salted caramel ice cream and Niman Ranch bacon bits. Over the top and amazing at the same time.

8. The Fat Cow

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 965-1020
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The Moo Bar up front at Gordon Ramsay's casual pub inside the Grove is a full-on bonanza to ice cream desserts. The chocolate salted caramel shake is the recommended pick.

9. Umami Burger

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 954-8626
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This location of Umami has a special salted caramel shake that's just salty enough to counter the intensely sweet and rich ice cream shake.

10. The Counter

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2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-8383
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The Counter makes fully customized shakes, just like their burgers. The one with apple crumble is almost like an apple pie shake while the wine shakes come with an infusion of pinot noir or white wine.

11. Top Round Roast Beef

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1000 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 549-9445
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This remarkable new roast beef concept on La Brea makes great frozen custard shakes for a low price, starting at $2.95 for chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, then more for mix-ins. The pistachio shake is worth a try.

12. The Fountain Coffee Room

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251
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This old-time coffee shop inside the posh Beverly Hills hotel has one of the richest, most delicious shakes around. The chocolate one stands out.

13. Mel's Drive-In

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8585 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 854-7200
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The old-fashioned shakes featuring McGoo's Ice Cream (what a name) at this modern 50's-style diner are thick and tasty, though the coffee, pineapple, banana, and coffee shakes are worth a taste.

14. Short Order

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7970
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Using a Strauss frozen custard base, chef Christian Page makes some of the smoothest, thickest shakes around, in simple chocolate and vanilla, or coffee and a daily special, depending on the day. [Photo: Let Me Eat Cake]

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1. Go Get Em Tiger

230 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
The coffee milkshake at this new cafe on Larchmont is remarkable. Based on a precise ratio of vanilla ice cream, two shots of espresso, and a splash of milk, it's refreshing, complex, and gives a major jolt of caffeine. Also available at G&B Coffee in Downtown's Grand Central Market. [Photo: FoodGPS]
230 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

2. The Oinkster

2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
These hefty shakes, based on local favorite Fosselman's ice cream, are popular with this Eagle Rock joint's popular burgers. The ube shake is amazing, light purple and rich with the tuber's flavor.
2005 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

3. 25°

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The boozy shakes at Tim Goodell's burger restaurant might be one of the best things to pair with the massive burgers. The Guinness shake might be the most popular, loaded with the Irish stout and chocolate syrup.
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Fred 62

1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
These shakes barely hurdle five dollars and come in a variety of flavors, including banana, espresso, mocha and peanut butter. They're thick, just like they were in the 50's.
1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Go Burger

6290 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
There's a trio of boozy shakes at this Hollywood burger restaurant, one made with bourbon and caramel, another with coffee and Irish cream and shots of espresso (you'll be up all night), and another loaded with oreo, coffee, and chocolate ice cream. There's also regular, non-boozy shakes, with one even made with cookie dough.
6290 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

1526 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA
This old-time soda fountain in Pasadena has all the favorites one might expect to see decades ago, completely unchanged. Hand-scooped ice cream come with an entire pint of ice cream, with flavors including butterscotch, heath bar, oreo, and fresh banana as additions. Definitely share one.
1526 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA

7. Pono Burger

829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
Using Strauss dairy as a base, Pono Burger makes a ridiculous bacon shake using salted caramel ice cream and Niman Ranch bacon bits. Over the top and amazing at the same time.
829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA

8. The Fat Cow

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Moo Bar up front at Gordon Ramsay's casual pub inside the Grove is a full-on bonanza to ice cream desserts. The chocolate salted caramel shake is the recommended pick.
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Umami Burger

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This location of Umami has a special salted caramel shake that's just salty enough to counter the intensely sweet and rich ice cream shake.
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

10. The Counter

2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Counter makes fully customized shakes, just like their burgers. The one with apple crumble is almost like an apple pie shake while the wine shakes come with an infusion of pinot noir or white wine.
2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

11. Top Round Roast Beef

1000 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
This remarkable new roast beef concept on La Brea makes great frozen custard shakes for a low price, starting at $2.95 for chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, then more for mix-ins. The pistachio shake is worth a try.
1000 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

12. The Fountain Coffee Room

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This old-time coffee shop inside the posh Beverly Hills hotel has one of the richest, most delicious shakes around. The chocolate one stands out.
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13. Mel's Drive-In

8585 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
The old-fashioned shakes featuring McGoo's Ice Cream (what a name) at this modern 50's-style diner are thick and tasty, though the coffee, pineapple, banana, and coffee shakes are worth a taste.
8585 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

14. Short Order

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Using a Strauss frozen custard base, chef Christian Page makes some of the smoothest, thickest shakes around, in simple chocolate and vanilla, or coffee and a daily special, depending on the day. [Photo: Let Me Eat Cake]
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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