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Cool Down With a Frozen Drink From These Atlanta Restaurants

From frozen margaritas and frozen lemonade to Jack and Coke slushies and milkshakes

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The heat is on in Atlanta. Buddying up with Georgia’s swampy humidity, a summer afternoon in the mid-80s here can easily feel like 95 sweltering degrees, or more. In such a steamy city, sipping on a frozen beverage is more than just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. Below, Eater maps out a few frozen drinks, slushies, and milkshakes (some beverages with booze, some without) to seek out at restaurants and shops throughout Atlanta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Not As Famous Cookie Company

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1080 Windy Hill Rd SE Suite 300
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 293-5588
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The dessert food truck opened as a shop in Smyrna in January and the menu includes handmade shakes with ice cream flavors like smokey mountain fudge and butter pecan drizzled with caramel and chocolate topped with choice candies and nuts. There’s also the option to blend in one of the shop’s scrumptious cookies into the shake to make that frozen treat extra decadent.

2. The Companion

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2316 Marietta Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 228-1632
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Keep tabs on the Instagram account for this Bolton neighborhood restaurant and bar, because during Atlanta’s hot summers, frozen drink specials are on the menu frequently here. Grab a seat on the patio or the outdoor bar and pair that frozen cocktail with wings, smoked chicken nachos, a shrimp po’boy, or the double-stack cheeseburger topped with bacon and million island dressing, the Tower of Power.

3. Nouveau Bar & Grill

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3775 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 343-6785
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The menu at this College Park restaurant and lounge centers around comfort foods, like jerk wings, sticky fried ribs, four cheese spinach dip, and Windy City crab cakes, paired with boozy punches and frozen margaritas.

4. Monday Night Garage

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933 Lee St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 352-7703
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Like many breweries, Monday Night has gotten into the hard seltzer game with its take on the fizzy drink called Narwater. The hard seltzers here are naturally fermented and made with real fruit, coming in flavors like key lime and mango guava. For hot days, grab a Narwater Slushee in a convenient cocktail pouch.

5. Rico Rico Latin kitchen

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1892 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 228-9156
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Located in the parking lot of the Zone 3 Car Wash on Metropolitan, the daily menu for Rico Rico is listed on a chalkboard beside the ordering window and offers everything from Cuban sandwiches and fish tacos to beef empanadas, fried sweet plantains, bacalaitos (salt fish fritters), and plates of the day with fish escabeche, rice, and beans. If it’s on the menu, order the virgin piña colada slushie topped with whipped cream and a cherry while waiting for your car to be washed.

6. The Varsity

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61 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1706
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The Varsity is likely Atlanta’s biggest dining tourist attraction. It still offers the most famous hot dog in the city. And folks are willing to brave the crowds for it — even on the weekends. Opened in 1928, the restaurant has served just about everyone. That includes a few presidents like Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as movie stars like Clark Gable and business tycoons such as Warren Buffett. When the car hop asks, “What’ll ya have”, the answer is a chili dog with a frosted orange — an orange milkshake mixed with vanilla ice cream and the Varsity’s orange drink.

7. Trader Vic's

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255 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 221-6339
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Trader Vic’s menu of tiki drinks offers some frozen favorites, like the massive Rum Cup, the potent Honolulu, and the frosty Peachtree Punch. The restaurant also serve spins on daiquiris and standard margaritas, both frozen or on the rocks.

8. Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

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187 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-7576
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This Midtown Mexican restaurant staple located a couple of blocks from Piedmont Park is where to head for great warm weather patio vibes on the deck and solid margaritas. Get the house margarita fresh or frozen here. Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon also own Chattahoochee Food Works stall Taqueria La Luz.

9. Bon Ton Atlanta

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674 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 996-6177
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The menu suggests “cold drinks for hot food” and Bon Ton offers two frozen drinks to beat the heat this summer in ATL. The Frozen Ward Six Cup, aka “Pimm’s Cup,” combines house-made vodka “Pimm’s” with cucumber, fruit, ginger, and lemon — a combination that pairs well with the seafood boils on the menu or spicy food. Enjoy the frozen Vietnamese Irish Coffee with dessert or as dessert. This drink mixes Jameson, coffee brandy, sweetened condense milk, chicory coffee, cream, and nutmeg for a java-centric drink which packs a punch.

10. Sean's Harvest Market

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500 Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 565-6698
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Grab sandwiches from the walk-up window at breakfast or lunch and a refreshing frozen lemonade to enjoy on the patio or at nearby Piedmont Park on a sunny day from this Midtown sandwich and smoothie bar. Looking for a smoothie? The selection of smoothies at Sean’s range from zippy energy boosters containing espresso to those loaded with fruit, kale, and herbs. Check out the milkshakes here, too, like the green tea shake or the Fosters Latte with hazelnut, banana, and espresso.

11. Lottafrutta

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590 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 588-0857
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There’s no shortage of cool drinks on the menu at this Old Fourth Ward sandwich shop and market, including the coffita frio — Cuban coffee blended with ice and topped with coconut crema whipped up to frozen perfection. It’s a solid frosty blend of coffee and dessert.

12. King of Pops Bar

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675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE N145
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 732-9321
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The pop shop’s boozy side comes out with its “poptails” and “pops n’ hops” — or pops served in cocktails and beers, as well as spiked slushies. Slushie flavors rotate at the bar, but offerings have included a classic margarita, vodka lemonade, rosé, piña colada, and lime rose gin.

13. Nina & Rafi

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661 Auburn Ave NE STE 220
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 549-8997
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For those strolling along the Eastside Beltline on a warm day, pop into this pizzeria and Italian restaurant for Detroit-style pies and cool drinks. The bar is offering a frozen beverage called the Strawberry Frosty made with brandy, cherry amaro, macerated strawberry, amontillado sherry, and cream.

14. Field Day

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668 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 941-7079
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Located in the Old Fourth Ward just off of the Freedom Park trail, Field Day keeps its food and drink menus rolling with the seasons. Expect everything from roasted oysters, ceviche, and heirloom tomatoes with burrata to a classic cheeseburger, pulled pork fries, and kimchi grilled cheese paired with wine, beer, and clever cocktails. This includes a frozen drink called the Total Champ — a rum slushie mixed with guava, orange, coconut, and red bitters. Enjoy on the covered patio out back or seating along the side of the restaurant at cafe tables.

15. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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701 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 228-3722
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Nothing pairs with a Grindhouse burger on a scorching day like one of the restaurant’s boozy shakes. The shake roster includes the El Duderino, a coffee shake mixed with coffee liqueur and Svedka vanilla vodka, the Oreo shake Stimulus Package with peppermint schnapps, and Monkey Wrench made with chocolate peanut butter malt, banana liqueur, and vanilla vodka. Shakes also come booze-free, with flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate peanut butter.

16. Rina

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699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE suite 9
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 343-0362
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Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house at the Ford Factory Lofts, serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs and draft and frozen cocktails and milkshakes. Shakes like the Tahini or Turkish coffee can be made boozy by adding rum or bourbon upon request. Frozen drinks here include the gin and rum Hof Alma mixed with passionfruit and citrus and the Hilton made with rum, arak, pineapple, lime, and coconut. Grab drinks to-go from the walk-up window off the Eastside Beltline, too.

17. Bar Mercado

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99-V, Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 480-4866
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Located at Krog Street Market, head into Bar Mercado for empanadas, tapas, and entrees like pollo asada paired with frozen margaritas and refreshing froze. Make sure to order the tres leche for dessert after dinner, too.

18. 8ARM

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710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

8ARM has shifted menu gears again, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh, featuring sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare. But people can still expect the cocktails here to be as creative as ever, including those listed under Brain Freeze on the drinks menu coming from the patio bar’s “magic” frozen drinks machine.

19. Ticonderoga Club

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99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 458-4534
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The New England-style tavern inside Krog Street Market continues to serve a mean cocktail from the bar and it’s to-go window on the patio. The cocktail menu is always evolving here (and never disappoints) and typically includes a frozen cocktail or two, like the frozen Irish coffee and the frozen strawberry margarita that can come served in a plastic palm tree.

20. Soul: Food & Culture

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99 Krog St NE T
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 705-3158
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Chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee, the owners of Lake & Oak Neighborhood BBQ in East Lake, opened their latest venture together, a soul food stall inside Krog Street Market. Order a frozen lemonade tea with a hot fried catfish or hot chicken sandwich or salmon croquettes at brunch on the weekends.

21. Victory Sandwich Bar

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913 Bernina Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 709-2892
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Few will dispute the frosty goodness of Victory’s Jack and Coke slushie — and for good reason. The sandwich bar’s slightly melted slush ice is the perfect vehicle to accentuate Coke’s brassy tang paired with whiskey. There’s also a location in Decatur.

22. ParkGrounds

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142 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 528-9901
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The dog-friendly area at the rear of ParkGrounds may be shaded by trees, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cool on a hot day in Atlanta. Retreat to the counter and order one of the coffee shop’s seasonal boozy slushies while watching dogs romp in the petite park.

23. Whiskey Bird

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1409 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 600-5797
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On top of offering a frosé made with pink guava, this Virginia-Highland restaurant also serves frozen lavender palomas and a frozen cocktail called the Dreamsicle — an orange creamsicle wine slushie. Frozen drinks come by the glass or the quart, if ordering takeout. Grab dinner and drinks on the patio or order to-go from Little Bird, the restaurant’s to-go window out front.

24. The Midway Pub

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552 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 584-0335
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This East Atlanta favorite known for its “Friday night flights” under the stars on its low-key neighborhood patio serves a menu filled with solid pub grub, including wings, burgers, fish and chips, and a fried chicken sandwich which can come topped with pimento cheese and candied jalepeños. Order a frosty frose or the pub’s frozen take on the French 75 cocktail — the Slushie 75 — on a hot day in the A.

25. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 744-5638
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After years of running their Cuban bakery and sandwich operation Buena Gente from a mobile teardrop camper or ventanita (little window), owners Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich now have a permanent sandwich shop and bakery in Decatur. Order Cubano sandwiches, empanadas, and croquettas for lunch with a tropical milkshake, including mango and frutabomba (papaya).

26. The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9308
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While S.O.S. Tiki Bar’s cocktail list provides no opportunity to go wrong with any order, an icy drink helps take the edge off the Georgia heat. The only frozen cocktail on the menu at this Decatur bar is the Pain Killa — a blend of white rum, aged rum, coconut cream, orange, and pineapple. Get it for $6. Feel the burn with extra rum for an additional $2.

27. 4.0 Ice Cream & Drinks

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6035 Peachtree Rd SUITE A201
Doraville, GA 30360
(470) 306-1030
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Located above Shoya Izakaya at the H Mart plaza, cool down on a hot day with one of the many slushes on the menu at this ice cream shop. Try the pink lychee tea, strawberry sago, Oreo cheese, or roasted red bean slush.

28. Vietvana Pho Noodle House

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2831 E College Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 963-2757
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Vietvana opened in Avondale Estates in 2019 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite for its pho and bánh mì, firecracker shrimp, and broken rice dishes. Order the Spicy Lychee Soju Slushie with soju, lychee, and a kick of paprika at both the Avondale Estates and Midtown locations. There’s also a selection of smoothies on the menu, including mango, passionfruit, coconut pineapple, and taro.

1. Not As Famous Cookie Company

1080 Windy Hill Rd SE Suite 300, Smyrna, GA 30080

The dessert food truck opened as a shop in Smyrna in January and the menu includes handmade shakes with ice cream flavors like smokey mountain fudge and butter pecan drizzled with caramel and chocolate topped with choice candies and nuts. There’s also the option to blend in one of the shop’s scrumptious cookies into the shake to make that frozen treat extra decadent.

1080 Windy Hill Rd SE Suite 300
Smyrna, GA 30080

2. The Companion

2316 Marietta Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Keep tabs on the Instagram account for this Bolton neighborhood restaurant and bar, because during Atlanta’s hot summers, frozen drink specials are on the menu frequently here. Grab a seat on the patio or the outdoor bar and pair that frozen cocktail with wings, smoked chicken nachos, a shrimp po’boy, or the double-stack cheeseburger topped with bacon and million island dressing, the Tower of Power.

2316 Marietta Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. Nouveau Bar & Grill

3775 Main St, College Park, GA 30337

The menu at this College Park restaurant and lounge centers around comfort foods, like jerk wings, sticky fried ribs, four cheese spinach dip, and Windy City crab cakes, paired with boozy punches and frozen margaritas.

3775 Main St
College Park, GA 30337

4. Monday Night Garage

933 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Like many breweries, Monday Night has gotten into the hard seltzer game with its take on the fizzy drink called Narwater. The hard seltzers here are naturally fermented and made with real fruit, coming in flavors like key lime and mango guava. For hot days, grab a Narwater Slushee in a convenient cocktail pouch.

933 Lee St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

5. Rico Rico Latin kitchen

1892 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Located in the parking lot of the Zone 3 Car Wash on Metropolitan, the daily menu for Rico Rico is listed on a chalkboard beside the ordering window and offers everything from Cuban sandwiches and fish tacos to beef empanadas, fried sweet plantains, bacalaitos (salt fish fritters), and plates of the day with fish escabeche, rice, and beans. If it’s on the menu, order the virgin piña colada slushie topped with whipped cream and a cherry while waiting for your car to be washed.

1892 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30315

6. The Varsity

61 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Varsity is likely Atlanta’s biggest dining tourist attraction. It still offers the most famous hot dog in the city. And folks are willing to brave the crowds for it — even on the weekends. Opened in 1928, the restaurant has served just about everyone. That includes a few presidents like Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as movie stars like Clark Gable and business tycoons such as Warren Buffett. When the car hop asks, “What’ll ya have”, the answer is a chili dog with a frosted orange — an orange milkshake mixed with vanilla ice cream and the Varsity’s orange drink.

61 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Trader Vic's

255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Trader Vic’s menu of tiki drinks offers some frozen favorites, like the massive Rum Cup, the potent Honolulu, and the frosty Peachtree Punch. The restaurant also serve spins on daiquiris and standard margaritas, both frozen or on the rocks.

255 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

187 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

This Midtown Mexican restaurant staple located a couple of blocks from Piedmont Park is where to head for great warm weather patio vibes on the deck and solid margaritas. Get the house margarita fresh or frozen here. Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon also own Chattahoochee Food Works stall Taqueria La Luz.

187 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Bon Ton Atlanta

674 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The menu suggests “cold drinks for hot food” and Bon Ton offers two frozen drinks to beat the heat this summer in ATL. The Frozen Ward Six Cup, aka “Pimm’s Cup,” combines house-made vodka “Pimm’s” with cucumber, fruit, ginger, and lemon — a combination that pairs well with the seafood boils on the menu or spicy food. Enjoy the frozen Vietnamese Irish Coffee with dessert or as dessert. This drink mixes Jameson, coffee brandy, sweetened condense milk, chicory coffee, cream, and nutmeg for a java-centric drink which packs a punch.

674 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Sean's Harvest Market

500 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Grab sandwiches from the walk-up window at breakfast or lunch and a refreshing frozen lemonade to enjoy on the patio or at nearby Piedmont Park on a sunny day from this Midtown sandwich and smoothie bar. Looking for a smoothie? The selection of smoothies at Sean’s range from zippy energy boosters containing espresso to those loaded with fruit, kale, and herbs. Check out the milkshakes here, too, like the green tea shake or the Fosters Latte with hazelnut, banana, and espresso.

500 Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. Lottafrutta

590 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

There’s no shortage of cool drinks on the menu at this Old Fourth Ward sandwich shop and market, including the coffita frio — Cuban coffee blended with ice and topped with coconut crema whipped up to frozen perfection. It’s a solid frosty blend of coffee and dessert.

590 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

12. King of Pops Bar

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE N145, Atlanta, GA 30308

The pop shop’s boozy side comes out with its “poptails” and “pops n’ hops” — or pops served in cocktails and beers, as well as spiked slushies. Slushie flavors rotate at the bar, but offerings have included a classic margarita, vodka lemonade, rosé, piña colada, and lime rose gin.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE N145
Atlanta, GA 30308

13. Nina & Rafi

661 Auburn Ave NE STE 220, Atlanta, GA 30312

For those strolling along the Eastside Beltline on a warm day, pop into this pizzeria and Italian restaurant for Detroit-style pies and cool drinks. The bar is offering a frozen beverage called the Strawberry Frosty made with brandy, cherry amaro, macerated strawberry, amontillado sherry, and cream.

661 Auburn Ave NE STE 220
Atlanta, GA 30312

14. Field Day

668 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Located in the Old Fourth Ward just off of the Freedom Park trail, Field Day keeps its food and drink menus rolling with the seasons. Expect everything from roasted oysters, ceviche, and heirloom tomatoes with burrata to a classic cheeseburger, pulled pork fries, and kimchi grilled cheese paired with wine, beer, and clever cocktails. This includes a frozen drink called the Total Champ — a rum slushie mixed with guava, orange, coconut, and red bitters. Enjoy on the covered patio out back or seating along the side of the restaurant at cafe tables.

668 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

15. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

701 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Nothing pairs with a Grindhouse burger on a scorching day like one of the restaurant’s boozy shakes. The shake roster includes the El Duderino, a coffee shake mixed with coffee liqueur and Svedka vanilla vodka, the Oreo shake Stimulus Package with peppermint schnapps, and Monkey Wrench made with chocolate peanut butter malt, banana liqueur, and vanilla vodka. Shakes also come booze-free, with flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate peanut butter.

701 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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16. Rina

699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE suite 9, Atlanta, GA 30308

Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house at the Ford Factory Lofts, serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs and draft and frozen cocktails and milkshakes. Shakes like the Tahini or Turkish coffee can be made boozy by adding rum or bourbon upon request. Frozen drinks here include the gin and rum Hof Alma mixed with passionfruit and citrus and the Hilton made with rum, arak, pineapple, lime, and coconut. Grab drinks to-go from the walk-up window off the Eastside Beltline, too.

699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE suite 9
Atlanta, GA 30308

17. Bar Mercado

99-V, Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Located at Krog Street Market, head into Bar Mercado for empanadas, tapas, and entrees like pollo asada paired with frozen margaritas and refreshing froze. Make sure to order the tres leche for dessert after dinner, too.

99-V, Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

18. 8ARM

710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

8ARM has shifted menu gears again, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh, featuring sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare. But people can still expect the cocktails here to be as creative as ever, including those listed under Brain Freeze on the drinks menu coming from the patio bar’s “magic” frozen drinks machine.

710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

19. Ticonderoga Club

99 Krog St NE W, Atlanta, GA 30307

The New England-style tavern inside Krog Street Market continues to serve a mean cocktail from the bar and it’s to-go window on the patio. The cocktail menu is always evolving here (and never disappoints) and typically includes a frozen cocktail or two, like the frozen Irish coffee and the frozen strawberry margarita that can come served in a plastic palm tree.

99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307

20. Soul: Food & Culture

99 Krog St NE T, Atlanta, GA 30307

Chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee, the owners of Lake & Oak Neighborhood BBQ in East Lake, opened their latest venture together, a soul food stall inside Krog Street Market. Order a frozen lemonade tea with a hot fried catfish or hot chicken sandwich or salmon croquettes at brunch on the weekends.

99 Krog St NE T
Atlanta, GA 30307

21. Victory Sandwich Bar

913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Few will dispute the frosty goodness of Victory’s Jack and Coke slushie — and for good reason. The sandwich bar’s slightly melted slush ice is the perfect vehicle to accentuate Coke’s brassy tang paired with whiskey. There’s also a location in Decatur.

913 Bernina Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

22. ParkGrounds

142 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

The dog-friendly area at the rear of ParkGrounds may be shaded by trees, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cool on a hot day in Atlanta. Retreat to the counter and order one of the coffee shop’s seasonal boozy slushies while watching dogs romp in the petite park.

142 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

23. Whiskey Bird

1409 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

On top of offering a frosé made with pink guava, this Virginia-Highland restaurant also serves frozen lavender palomas and a frozen cocktail called the Dreamsicle — an orange creamsicle wine slushie. Frozen drinks come by the glass or the quart, if ordering takeout. Grab dinner and drinks on the patio or order to-go from Little Bird, the restaurant’s to-go window out front.

1409 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

24. The Midway Pub

552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

This East Atlanta favorite known for its “Friday night flights” under the stars on its low-key neighborhood patio serves a menu filled with solid pub grub, including wings, burgers, fish and chips, and a fried chicken sandwich which can come topped with pimento cheese and candied jalepeños. Order a frosty frose or the pub’s frozen take on the French 75 cocktail — the Slushie 75 — on a hot day in the A.

552 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

25. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

1365 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

After years of running their Cuban bakery and sandwich operation Buena Gente from a mobile teardrop camper or ventanita (little window), owners Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich now have a permanent sandwich shop and bakery in Decatur. Order Cubano sandwiches, empanadas, and croquettas for lunch with a tropical milkshake, including mango and frutabomba (papaya).

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

26. The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

While S.O.S. Tiki Bar’s cocktail list provides no opportunity to go wrong with any order, an icy drink helps take the edge off the Georgia heat. The only frozen cocktail on the menu at this Decatur bar is the Pain Killa — a blend of white rum, aged rum, coconut cream, orange, and pineapple. Get it for $6. Feel the burn with extra rum for an additional $2.

340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

27. 4.0 Ice Cream & Drinks

6035 Peachtree Rd SUITE A201, Doraville, GA 30360

Located above Shoya Izakaya at the H Mart plaza, cool down on a hot day with one of the many slushes on the menu at this ice cream shop. Try the pink lychee tea, strawberry sago, Oreo cheese, or roasted red bean slush.

6035 Peachtree Rd SUITE A201
Doraville, GA 30360

28. Vietvana Pho Noodle House

2831 E College Ave, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Vietvana opened in Avondale Estates in 2019 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite for its pho and bánh mì, firecracker shrimp, and broken rice dishes. Order the Spicy Lychee Soju Slushie with soju, lychee, and a kick of paprika at both the Avondale Estates and Midtown locations. There’s also a selection of smoothies on the menu, including mango, passionfruit, coconut pineapple, and taro.

2831 E College Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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