What’s in a name? Well, with a name like “Suck It” you have to wonder what could be inside this tiny storefront at the corner of Babcock and De Zavala. What was originally supposed to be a hookah bar is swiftly becoming known for also serving a delicious and uncommon drink, bubble tea. It has quickly turned into a hot spot for both UTSA students and locals.
Originating in Taiwan, there are three different types of bubble tea served at “Suck It.” The first is traditional bubble tea, which is mixed with milk, fruit and has tapioca pudding balls at the bottom of the cup.
“I also offer a smoothie blend made with either milk or soy milk and has a creamy, fruity taste to it,” Vinh Hoang, “Suck It” owner said. “And also a slushy blend without milk that has more of the fruit flavor.”
“Suck It” sells its wonderful bubble tea ( over 20 flavors to choose from) for $3.99 each, all day and night, and has hookah (75 different flavors in all) starting at 4 p.m. until close for just $10.99 each with weekly house specials on two hookah flavors for $8.99 each.
If you come during the day the place is pretty empty, but only then can you appreciate the checkered-board ceiling tiles, dual TVs, the ever changing modern wall-art and the variety of board games to play with: Life and Scategories just to name a few.
“I think the layout is pretty cool,” Roxanne Hernandez, junior education major said, “I saw the board games walking in and now I want to come back and play board games.”
During the evening hours it can be hard to find a seat, especially if you come with a large group of friends, because it can get packed quickly.
“Wednesday through Saturday are our busiest nights for hookah and there are up to 80 people a night [coming in],” Hoang said, “one of our most popular [bubble tea] flavors is honeydew-avocado, and I can go through up to 20 avocados a night.”
I must say that being local matters in this case. “Suck It” opened its door just seven months ago and with its laid back, best friend’s living room vibe and helpful, friendly employees, you instantly get the feeling you are a regular from the moment you walk in.
Whether you have an hour between classes and want to grab a bubble tea, or you are out on a Friday night and want to smoke some hookah while playing some board games with your friends, Suck It is the place to go for a wide variety of music, good drinks, and a friendly atmosphere.
So, take the short drive from UTSA on over, and believe me, once you have had the bubble tea you will want to go back.