At the height of summer's heat wave, a cold beer and a shot of bourbon might sound good, but an icy bourbon spiked milkshake is definitely better. We've been brought to the yard by these brilliant bars combining the two best things about the dog days -- booze and ice cream.
Bill's Bar & Burger: You may go to Bill's for the seven ounce short rib burger, but we'd suggest saving room for the peach cobbler -- vanilla ice cream, summer peaches, streusel and a shot of belly warming Woodford Reserve. 22 Ninth Ave., (212) 414-3003.
BLT Burger: For those with a taste for the racy, sidle up to BLT's bar and ask for the Shocker. (Hopefully) they'll sling you a tall glass of vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies and a refreshing bite of Stoli Vanil. 470 6th Ave., (212) 243-8226.
Brooklyn Bowl: So maybe $13 is a stretch for a milkshake, but the magic of this hipster alley's Nutella bourbon milkshake is no more expensive than a good cocktail. And it could double as dinner. What martini can do that? 61 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 963-3369.
Dutch Boy Burger: A newbie to the Crown Heights 'hood, Dutch Boy has masterfully perfected the art of the booze-lactose blend with Root-spiked shakes, a pairing of pre-prohibition style spirits and ice cream. 766 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 230-0239.
Juliet Supper Club: It's been proven by our experts that the best fuel for a long night of dancing is a dense chocolate tart alongside sugar burned bananas and a dark rum milkshake. We'll prove it again if you ask us to. 529 West 21st St., (212) 929-2400.