Bubble tea is a combination of Taiwanese black tea, condensed milk (or milk alternatives), tapioca pearls called boba, and syrup or honey, though there are many adaptations of this original recipe, ranging from green-tea-infused to fruit-flavored tea. Bubble tea has ballooned in popularity in the U.S. since the 1990s, and in Las Vegas especially since the 2010s. With so many spots to choose from, check out our guide to 11 of the best places to grab this sweet drink.Read More
Your Guide to Bubble Tea in Las Vegas
Where to find bubble tea in Las Vegas
Easy Life Boba Tea
First founded in Taiwan in 1992, Easy Life is an international chain that specializes in teas, smoothies, and slushes. Its Jasmine milk tea and avocado smoothie which comes with chunks of avocado toppings are must-haves on the menu, and it offers alternative milks and sweeteners to its patrons.
Kung Fu Tea
Kung Fu Tea is a national tea chain with four locations in the Las Vegas Valley to choose from: Chinatown, the Southwest, and near the Strip. From its large menu, patrons can customize their drinks from the base of and flavor of tea, milk tea, slushes, yogurt, seasonal specials, and more, then choose from nine toppings like boba, popping boba, red bean, and pudding. Some of its top sellers are the Winter Melon Milk Tea and the Strawberry Slush.
This Vietnamese shop serves chè (a blanket term for dessert soups and drinks), coffee, tea, and smoothies, with the option to personalize each drink. Favored choices are the Bambu Special, made with fresh coconut juice with longan (a fruit similar to lychee), basil seed, coconut meat, and pandan jelly, and the Bambu Favorite, made with coconut milk with pandan jelly, red tapioca, and grass jelly.
Chewy Boba Company
Chewy Boba is conveniently located for college students, directly across from UNLV’s Student Union (with another location in Town Square), and offers macarons to pair with your boba drink. It has a build-your-own menu, so you customize your drink every time: select the flavor of tea, then tailor drinks by adding sea salt cream, a variety of jellies like coffee or lychee, popping pearls like yogurt or strawberry, and even mini boba.
Visit this ice cream, coffee, and bubble tea shop and you’re in for a treat: the walls at Scoop LV are as colorful as its eats. Check out the macarons in the shape of movie characters, drinks served in light bulb and honey bear containers, and vibrant halo-halo. The taro slush and customizable macaron ice cream sandwich are the most requested menu items, with 40-plus flavors of ice cream (including 10+ vegan options) to experiment with.
Founded in 2014, Café 86 focuses on ube-flavored drinks and desserts, notably halo-halo, a layered Filipino dessert drink made of crushed ice, milk, jackfruit, and coconut jellies, topped with a scoop of ube ice cream and flan. It also serves a variety of milkshakes, milk teas, iced teas, espresso, and blended drinks, with the option to substitute alternative milks. The Upside Down Halo Halo and the Monster Ube Milkshake (add boba) are best-sellers, as well as its Ube Crack Cheesecake.
Visit Joah Boba in Henderson and you’ll find a colorful Korean-style cafe that serves customizable bubble tea drinks as well as street food options like taiyaki (a fish-shaped cake with filling) and rice flour corn dogs. Try the Ube Ume with green plum, ube soft cream, and honey, or Drops of Jupiter with strawberry, a matcha shot, and choice of milk, and the Potato Tornado (spiralized potatoes on a skewer) or Korean BBQ taiyaki for a snack.
Originally based in Los Altos, California, with over 20 locations, Teaspoon opened in early 2022 in Uncommons in Las Vegas, with another location planned. Order from its classic and specialty drink creations, or build your own (dairy-free milks are an option). Recommended from the set drinks: the Liquid Gold, made with oolong tea, honey, and cream, the Lychee On Lychee, made with lychee jelly and lychee black tea, and the Taro Lover, which is taro and more taro—add boba to all.
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Anime Boba Cafe
Tea enthusiasts can grab a drink on the go from Anime Boba Cafe in Henderson, a drive-thru and anime-themed Japanese cafe. Dine inside and you’ll find merchandise, free arcade games, and anime artwork and decorations. If you’re hungry, there are food offerings like miso ramen or spam musubi. For drinks, try the popular mango smoothie and Okinawa (brown sugar) milk teas, with the option of popping pearls and jellies as well as regular boba.
Brew Tea Bar
A Taiwanese tea shop established in 2015 in Las Vegas, with three locations in the Las Vegas Valley, Brew Tea Bar serves milk teas, slushes, sea salt lattes, and an assortment of loose leaf teas, like lavender and rosebuds. It’s an easy place to order a vegan drink, with many dairy-free options and a clearly-labeled menu. Don’t leave without trying the Taro Slush, which comes with a scoop of fresh taro on top, and be sure to add honey boba.
Loftti Cafe is a Korean-style establishment in the Southwest serving photo-op-ready drinks and desserts, like the raindrop cake (definitely look up a photo), and of course, sweet and chewy boba. Try the White Coconut Latte—served with a large portion of cotton candy on top of the lid—or the Loftti Black Classic Tea.
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