Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip a more modern incarnation with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a five-drink punch card at Bubble Island, valid for any five nonblended drinks (up to a $19.80 value).
Patrons sip on custom teas at Bubble Island, where staffers mix tapioca balls, or “bubbles,” with milk tea and creative flavors to concoct delightful chilled and hot beverages. Fresh fruit swims in many of the drinks, such as the green tea with mango stars ($3.65), and customers can often choose between bubbles and alternative drink accessories such as jellies and diamond-encrusted straws. As visitors lounge and mingle among the café's ample chairs or construct forts among the cozy benches lining the wall, they sip dulcet pourings of drinkable treats, such as milk tea with multicolored bubbles ($3.65).
Bubble Island’s rotating weekly special tempts guests with creamy, sweet, or fruity creations served hot or cold. Past crowd-pleasing specials include the strawberry shortcake⎯a milk tea infused with strawberry cream, vanilla, and chai, poured over bubbles or jellies ($3.50 medium; $4 large)⎯and the pumpkin-spice milk tea with bubbles, which celebrates pumpkins for their flavor rather than their resemblance to a human face with a candle inside of it (3.50 medium; $4 large).
1220 S University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104