7 places to find extreme milkshakes in Columbus

A while ago, a milkshake stopped being just a milkshake and the extreme milkshake, dessert within a dessert arrived, spilling out of glasses everywhere. Not just a cool, creamy treat, but topped off with more sweet goodness than whipped cream and a cherry, grab a spoon and prepare for a sweet coma with these seven places to find extreme milkshakes in Columbus. (Central Ohio really loves their peanut butter and Oreos!)

The courtyard milkshake bar

1055 N. High St. – Short North
Hours: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday

It’s all in the name. The Yard is all about the extreme, over-the-top, dessert-plus-dessert-plus-dessert milkshake, offering 20 specialty shakes, plus rotating monthly specials – AND a create-your-own option.

Most popular milkshake: Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss – Brownie batter ice cream in a pot dipped in peanut butter rolled in chocolate shavings, topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate and peanut butter, plus a brownie entire

The Unicorn (l) & The Buckeye (r) – Photos by Susan Post

Forty Deuce by Ivan Kane

3959 Brighton Rose Sq – Easton
Opening hours: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday; 12pm – 11pm Friday & Saturday; 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday

Rising from the tables of Easton, Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce bears a special name for his towering creations: Skyscraper Shakes. Paying homage to the joint’s NYC theme, Decorated Delights come in six main flavors, plus a rotating monthly Skyscraper.

Most popular milkshake: It’s a tie! The Bridge & Tunnel – a rim of white frosting rolled into rainbow sprinkles with a drizzle of strawberry marmalade and handmade birthday cake ice cream, topped with a slice of Sugar Confetti Cake Rush, whipped cream, cherry and a sparkler! (Fire!) or The Bodega – a rim of milk chocolate frosting rolled into multicolored mini M&M’s with a drizzle of chocolate and handmade triple chocolate ice cream, topped with Kit Kat bars, a homemade ice cream sandwich rolled in Oreo crumbs, plus whipped cream and a cherry.

The Bridge and Tunnel Milkshake – Photo by Susan Post

chocolate coffee

1855 Northwest Blvd. – Fifth by Northwest/Grandview Region
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Serving sweets for a decade and a half, Chocolate Cafe keeps things fresh with the recent addition of its Monster Milkshakes (whose signage says bring all the boys to the yard). Find four fabulous flavors – S’mores, Strawberry Shortcake, Cookie Monster and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Most popular milkshake: S’mores – a chocolate milkshake with a marshmallow rim, chocolate marshmallows, graham crackers, whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate

Photo via Chocolate Cafe on Instagram

sugar rush

8130 E. Broad St. – Reynoldsburg
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

A sugar rush is exactly what you’ll get after sipping on one of the bakery’s colossal creations. Sugar Rush’s confectioneries are legendary enough to make another appearance on this list (see above), but they produce their own handful of shakes in flavors like vanilla cake batter, strawberry, cookie and milkshake. cream, peanut butter and chocolate. But stay tuned for more. The confectionery will move a few doors down in November (to 8114 E. Broad St.) and expand its offering with a dozen flavors and build-your-own options.

Most popular milkshake: Peanut Butter Extreme Shake – A massive milkshake topped with a Sugar Rush peanut butter cookie, buckeye cupcake and homemade buckeye skewer

Photo courtesy of Sugar Rush

Libby Lou’s Fun Factory

3039 Indianola Ave – Clintonville
Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Fun factory indeed, with Libby Lou’s range which not only includes sweet waffles, mini donuts, apple waffles and After sweet treats, but mammoth milkshakes (or sundaes!). Good luck choosing from two dozen extreme shake options, plus the occasional special.

Most popular milkshake: One day his Ultimate Reese’s, alongside his Banana Bliss Baby, but Butter Beer is a particularly popular choice for Harry Potter fans, with caramel ice cream burnt in a jar rolled in salted caramel and corn in caramel, topped with a Doby donut, whipped cream, butterscotch sprinkles, chocolate frog, Gringotts Bank coins, beans in every flavor of Berty, glitter sprinkles, pocky wand chocolate and Harry Potter glasses. Phew!

This S&$% is Bananas Extreme Shake (l) & ButterBeer Shake (r) – Photos courtesy of Libby Lou’s Fun Factory

Shake No.Ei8ht

1537 N. High St. – University District
Opening hours: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

Fueling the immense milkshake needs of the campus area, Shake No. Ei8ht blends eight extremes, plus a special Birthday Shake. To caffeinate the trip, the slash glacier café also offers a menu of hot chocolates, coffees and espresso drinks.

Most popular milkshake: It’s a three-way tie between the Oreo Supreme, Cotton Candy, and S’mores!

Photo provided by Shake No. Ei8ht


260 S. Fourth St. – Downtown
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. – midnight Friday; 10 a.m. – midnight Saturday; 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Sunday

Not only are Hadley’s milkshakes over the top. They have a little something extra going for them: alcohol. These spicy desserts come in four towering varieties: Strawberry Shortcake, O’Hadley’s Irish Coffee, Oreo Bonanza, and Boozy Root Beer Float.

Most popular milkshake: Bonanza Oreo

Photos courtesy of Hadley’s

Too extreme? If you’re looking for a more traditional milkshake, there’s plenty to do in Columbus. Check out spots like Hangover Easy (also with some booze options), Shake Shack, Weenie Wonder, Flip Side, Krema Nut and more. What’s your favorite place to score a shake?

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