The 9 Best Milkshake Places In Columbus To Help You Find Your Happy Place

Because I think we all kind of deserve a tasty treat today.

Let’s face it, the world can often be an awful and terrifying place. One moment there’s millennials trying to destroy every (mediocre) institution in American culture, the next there’s the looming threat of a nuclear apocalypse. It’s enough to make you want to hide under the covers and never leave your house again.

Fortunately, one thing exists that makes all it better. One guiding force that shines brightly in the grim darkness that is society. One lonely consolation that provides soothing comfort for all that ails the human condition. That one glimmering truth, of course, is the almighty milkshake. Whenever the world gets a little mean and it feels like everything around you is consumed by an insatiable dumpster fire, you can always depend on that smooth frozen goodness to get you through the day.

So here’s a list of the best places in Columbus to pick up the icy treats, you know, in case anything going on in the current news cycle has you down and in the dumps.

Bareburger

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Bareburger is known for its delicious burgers, but they also whip up a really good shake. Like everything else they serve, their milkshakes are made using organic materials and ingredients, ensuring a delightful and additive-free taste.
Where:  463 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215 and 4560 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214


Shake Shack

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Another burger joint known for great shakes, Shake Shack has made quite the impact since opening to locations here in Columbus. Grab a burger, wash it down with a milkshake, and enjoy life friends.
Where: 740 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215 and 4005 The Strand W, Columbus, OH 43219


Hadley’s Bar and Kitchen

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When it comes to boozy shakes, Hadley’s offers a whole host of handcrafted shake cocktails. Try the Big Friendly Giant Float, made up of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, vanilla ice cream, chocolate drizzle, and served with a Twinkie. I know, it’s almost too good to be true.
Where: 260 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215


Double Happy

Double your happiness at double happy. Offering both coffee drinks and soft-serve treats, it’s only logical that they combine both for yummy caffeinated goodness. Try an affogato or a mochaccino milkshake to really kick start a grin from ear to ear.
Where:  1280 Brown Rd, Columbus, OH 43223


Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

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This fourth-generation, family-owned ice creamery has been serving the Central Ohio area for 67 years now. With three locations, Bexley, Dublin, and New Albany, Johnson’s is serving up some of the best ice cream and milkshakes you’ll find in the entire city.
Where:  2728 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209


HangOverEasy

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HangOverEasy is one of my favorite spots to grab brunch, even when I’m not hungover. Mostly because they have a great selection of milky, creamy goodness in the form of milkshakes.
Where: 1646 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43201 and 53 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH 43215


Diamond’s Ice Cream

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This Mexican style ice creamery offers delicious and decadent dishes. You can also try the paletas, ice cream popsicles made using a variety of flavors and ingredients. Or just go with this amazing fruit stuffed beauty right here, there’s no way you can go wrong with that.
Where:  5461 Bethel Sawmill Center, Columbus, OH 43235


Eden Burger

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This vegan burger shop also offers vegan shakes for anyone looking for a frozen treat without the dairy. Come for the tasty black bean burgers, stay for the handcrafted milkless shakes.
Where: 1437 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201


Krema Nut Company

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Krema is a pretty unique business concept. They specialize in nuts, natural peanut butter, gourmet PB&J sandwiches, and other treats including milkshakes. Krema has been in Columbus since 1898, serving a little bit of happy throughout the Central Ohio area.
Where:  1000 Goodale Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212

Originally published 8/16/17. Updated 11/26/19.