20 Detroit area bars and restaurants serving boozy frozen beverages to beat the heat

In Michigan, during what feels like an eternity of hopelessly cold and grey weather, we grow wearier and wearier with each salt-stained puffy parka, every car battery failure, and every snowfall that makes the most benign errand into an epic saga of inconvenience. We crave Vitamin D, sleeveless tops, and being able to drink frosty beverages without looking like a total freak. Well, good news, folks. It's fucking hot again. That's right, it's practically summer and our frizzy, humidity-fried hair is proof that it is officially time to chill out. Thankfully, metro Detroit restaurants and bars know how to cool us down and light us up with boozy slushies and milkshakes. Pack some Lactaid, brace yourself for the inevitable brain freeze, and do your best to push the following fact to the back of your brain: Autumn is just 104 days away. Cheers!

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UFO Factory
2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com
Summer has landed, which means it's time to cool off on UFO Factory's cloud deck with one of the club's summery drinks. The Beach Boi comes frozen and is composed of dark rum, fernet, coconut cream, tamarind, fresh lime, and is described as a favorite of amaro lovers and the discerning palates of service industry folks. Well, damn. Catch you in the clouds, y'all. 
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UFO Factory

2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com

Summer has landed, which means it's time to cool off on UFO Factory's cloud deck with one of the club's summery drinks. The Beach Boi comes frozen and is composed of dark rum, fernet, coconut cream, tamarind, fresh lime, and is described as a favorite of amaro lovers and the discerning palates of service industry folks. Well, damn. Catch you in the clouds, y'all.

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MotorCity Wine
1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-483-7283; motorcitywine.com
MotorCity Wine has one of the more unique frozen boozy beverages in town and that's because they offer wine and sangria slushies just like the good lord intended. For their highly boozy slushie, they don't use the bottom shelf wine. Instead, they use open bottles from the pour list and add some passionfruit and well, the rest is history. Frozen, boozy history. 
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MotorCity Wine

1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-483-7283; motorcitywine.com

MotorCity Wine has one of the more unique frozen boozy beverages in town and that's because they offer wine and sangria slushies just like the good lord intended. For their highly boozy slushie, they don't use the bottom shelf wine. Instead, they use open bottles from the pour list and add some passionfruit and well, the rest is history. Frozen, boozy history.

Photo via @MotorCity Wine/Instagram
The Skip
The Belt, Detroit; theskipdetroit.com
This tropical cocktail bar located in the Belt is a must-visit for anyone to cool down while also looking very cool. Of The Skip's tropical, refreshing, and boozy bevs it is their watermelon Frosé (that's frozen rosé for the uninitiated) that might be the most summer-fied drink in town.  
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The Skip

The Belt, Detroit; theskipdetroit.com

This tropical cocktail bar located in the Belt is a must-visit for anyone to cool down while also looking very cool. Of The Skip's tropical, refreshing, and boozy bevs it is their watermelon Frosé (that's frozen rosé for the uninitiated) that might be the most summer-fied drink in town.

Photo via @The Skip Detroit/Instagram
Taqueria Mi Pueblo
7278 Dix St., Detroit; 313-841-3315; mipueblorestaurant.com
This family-owned Mexican mainstay serves up massive goblet-sized margaritas that can be served on the rocks or blended and come in a variety of flavors. They also have daiquiris, which also come blended, as well as a whole delicious, boozy mess of classic Mexican cocktails, beers, and concoctions. 
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Taqueria Mi Pueblo

7278 Dix St., Detroit; 313-841-3315; mipueblorestaurant.com

This family-owned Mexican mainstay serves up massive goblet-sized margaritas that can be served on the rocks or blended and come in a variety of flavors. They also have daiquiris, which also come blended, as well as a whole delicious, boozy mess of classic Mexican cocktails, beers, and concoctions.

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browndogbarlor.com

Some restaurants are within a destination city, while others, like Browndog Barlor, are the destination. It specializes in craft ice cream and creative liquor combinations and each of their hand-scooped milkshakes are topped with house-made whipped cream. The Drunken Muppet is made from Kookie for Cookies ice cream, chocolate vodka, dark chocolate liquor, house-made whipped cream, and cookie pieces. And then there's the Creamsicle, made with blood orange coconut ice sorbet and vanilla vodka. Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut has a lot going on, with boozy bourbon pecan ice cream, frangelico, Wild Turkey, caramel drizzle, house-made whipped cream, and candied walnuts.

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Mercury Burger Bar
2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5000; mercuryburgerbar.com
At first glance, dairy and booze do not seem like a desirable combination. Upon first taste, however, it's clear that Mercury Burger Bar has stumbled on something remarkable: the boozy milkshake. Made with Guernsey ice cream, their offerings include the Southern S'More which features Mercury's signature s'more shake base with Bulleit Bourbon; The Funky Monkey is made with chocolate, Bailey's and 99 Bananas liquor; And, the Detroit classic, Hummer comes with vanilla ice cream, a shot of Cafe Lolita, dark rum, and whipped cream. 
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Mercury Burger Bar

2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5000; mercuryburgerbar.com

At first glance, dairy and booze do not seem like a desirable combination. Upon first taste, however, it's clear that Mercury Burger Bar has stumbled on something remarkable: the boozy milkshake. Made with Guernsey ice cream, their offerings include the Southern S'More which features Mercury's signature s'more shake base with Bulleit Bourbon; The Funky Monkey is made with chocolate, Bailey's and 99 Bananas liquor; And, the Detroit classic, Hummer comes with vanilla ice cream, a shot of Cafe Lolita, dark rum, and whipped cream.

Photo by Tom Perkins >
Batch Brewing
1400 Porter St., Detroit; 313-338-8008; batchbrewingcompany.com
Batch Brewing has all the beer to keep you hoppy including some very frozen options. Sure, they've got their standard beer slushie (who knew you could even do that) they also have a raspberry beer slushie, which combines ZRBBT, raspberry, simple syrup, and vanilla. Only downside is they don't offer bucket-sized servings which is probably for the best, medically speaking.
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Batch Brewing

1400 Porter St., Detroit; 313-338-8008; batchbrewingcompany.com

Batch Brewing has all the beer to keep you hoppy including some very frozen options. Sure, they've got their standard beer slushie (who knew you could even do that) they also have a raspberry beer slushie, which combines ZRBBT, raspberry, simple syrup, and vanilla. Only downside is they don't offer bucket-sized servings which is probably for the best, medically speaking.

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Motor City Gas 
325 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-599-1427; motorcitygas.com
If a revolving variety of small batch whiskey made in-house, as well as bourbons, heirloom styles, and moonshine are your bag, Royal Oak's Motor City Gas is your spot. But, there's more. They have something called a bourbon creamsicle slushie, and for that we will never be the same.  
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Motor City Gas

325 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-599-1427; motorcitygas.com

If a revolving variety of small batch whiskey made in-house, as well as bourbons, heirloom styles, and moonshine are your bag, Royal Oak's Motor City Gas is your spot. But, there's more. They have something called a bourbon creamsicle slushie, and for that we will never be the same.

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Honest John's
488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646; honestjohnsdetroit.com
Ditch that FOMO for a big ol' glass of FROMO — which is always on the menu at Honest John's, where hangovers are made and cured. Oh, but back to the FROMO. For mimosa lovers, HJ's  frozen mimosas come in classic orange juice and strawberry varieties. 
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Honest John's

488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646; honestjohnsdetroit.com

Ditch that FOMO for a big ol' glass of FROMO — which is always on the menu at Honest John's, where hangovers are made and cured. Oh, but back to the FROMO. For mimosa lovers, HJ's frozen mimosas come in classic orange juice and strawberry varieties.

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Detroit Fleat
1820 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com
Listen up slushie lovers, this one's for you! Detroit Fleat — Ferndale's food truck park — has a rotating selection of spiked slushies, er, slooshies in mouth-watering, liver-stressing flavors like blueberry lemon, peach cobbler, salty dog, blue mother trucker, French Martini, caramel apple, pineapple upside down cake, Superman, and, like, so many more. 
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Detroit Fleat

1820 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com

Listen up slushie lovers, this one's for you! Detroit Fleat — Ferndale's food truck park — has a rotating selection of spiked slushies, er, slooshies in mouth-watering, liver-stressing flavors like blueberry lemon, peach cobbler, salty dog, blue mother trucker, French Martini, caramel apple, pineapple upside down cake, Superman, and, like, so many more.

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