Alcoholic boba. FYI — you can't take this to-go.EXPAND
Alcoholic boba. FYI — you can't take this to-go.
Zach Dinh via Boba7

Boba 8, Alcoholic Boba Bar, Opens in the San Gabriel Valley

Alcoholic boba has made its way to the San Gabriel Valley. Boba 7, Los Angeles' first alcoholic boba bar, has opened a second location. This time, it's on Valley Boulevard — the epicenter of the Chinese food scene in Los Angeles. 

Fronted by entrepreneur Elton Keung, Boba 7 opened up in 2013 as a self-dubbed "speakeasy" located at a small bar space in the back of Soi 7 downtown. It made the headlines for being the first boozy boba establishment in the Southland.

Keung recently opened his second location in the back of restaurant No. 1 Kazoku in San Gabriel. He calls it Boba 8. "The San Gabriel Valley was where I grew up, and I wanted to bring my creations back here," he said.

While Boba 7 serves up both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Keung is bringing only his spiked concoctions to the San Gabriel location. "We only have 10 menu items at the Boba 8 location," Keung said. "It's really simple right now."

See also: Q & A With Boba 7 Founder Elton Keung: Green Tea Heineken, Labobatory + Alcoholic Boba

Signature drinks include the Green Tea Heineken and the cheekily named Bobagasm. The former is what it sounds like: Heineken steeped in green tea. Keung tops it off with honey-infused boba. The latter is a play on the classic Orgasm - flavored with Irish Cream and Kahlua. The twist? Boba, of course.

Kazoku has a separate bar space for Boba 8 patrons. The bar is running from Thursday to Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. Keung plans to stay there indefinitely.


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