The Best Juice Bars in Los Angeles

Drink your way to health

Uplift at Drink Houz

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Los Angeles has long been a hotbed for juice, but at no time in history have Angelenos been able to find such creative combinations of market-driven, herbal, and purposeful ingredients. Kreation Organic Juicery and Pressed Juicery are practically ubiquitous, and brands like Clover, Moon Juice, and Naturewell have their fans. Read on and discover a new generation of LA’s best juice bars.

Uplift at Drink Houz

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Drink Houz

Vardan Sargsyan opened this progressive café at the base of a Westlake condo complex in February 2017. Tables rest under red umbrellas on the landing, and wood bench seating joins art-lined walls indoors. A blackboard menu touts vegetarian foods and drinks, including nutrient-dense juices that are blended to order. Each Juice Houz (juice) has a stated purpose. To Detoxify, just combine celery, kale, spinach, red apple, cucumber, parsley, lemon, lime, apple cider vinegar, and ginger. Prefer to Soothe? Green apple, aloe vera, cucumber, spinach, lime, and cilantro answer the call. Shot Houz (wellness shots) preach Recovery with wheatgrass, orange, and blood orange. Prefer to heighten your Sensuality? Turn to maca berry powder, hemp milk, cacao powder, and cinnamon? Dial in Immunity with camu berry powder, watermelon, and mint.

Taste of Heaven at Fruit Gallery

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Fruit Gallery

Nina Merced and husband James have been “keeping you juiced since 2005” in Venice Beach, and recently expanded to Culver City. Their new café features colorful green, red, and blue walls lined with decorative dreamcatchers and hula-hoops. Organic juices are blended to order. Immodestly named Taste of Heaven may not actually transport you past the pearly gates, but this frothy orange drink is indeed satisfying, made with sweet potato, apple, carrot, and ginger, an ingredient that “helps boost the immune system.” Other juices include V-7, a riff on V-8, made with tomato, celery, lemon, bell pepper, carrot, and spinach that would no doubt help boost any Bloody Mary. Why get a facial when you can just drink Skin Cleanser, a mix of garlic, tomato, bell pepper, and celery? This is designed to drink, not a topical solution. “Shots!!!” are available in either one-ounce or two-ounce servings. Blue green algae promises “powerful energy, anti-aging, high protein.” Wheatgrass may be a juice bar cliché, but has demonstrated staying power as a “detoxifier, high on enzymes.” They also crack coconuts for a quick taste of the tropics.

Heroine at Glowing Juices

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Glowing Juices

Claudia Wit opened this hippie-friendly Echo Park juice bar and vegan market with husband Bartek in 2016. The space features brown and brick walls, aqua accents, wood pallet shelves, colorful blackboard menus, and blanket-lined bench seating. Each juice is made to order and corresponds to a different chakra, the seven spiritual centers of the human body found in Hindu culture in India. 3rd Eye (intuition, wisdom, concentration) calls for Brain Juice: green apple, tomato, strawberry, chard, kale, chia seeds, and gingko. Sacral Chakra (sensuality, creativity, flow) brings to mind Buddha Belly: grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, ginger, mint, and longan. Throat Chakra (truth, harmony, choice) inspired Immune Boost: celery, watermelon, kale, lemon, ginger, wheatgrass, and chaga mushroom. Organic tonics amount to only eight ounces, but are fairly intense. Consider The Heroine: grapefruit, watermelon, radish, parsley, turmeric, and rose hips.

Greenhouse Juice Bar

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Greenhouse Juice Bar - North Hollywood

Seasoned bartender Jason Bran joined forces with John Chae on a juice bar and produce stall at The Original Farmers Market and teamed with Chris Wilson on a NoHo Arts District spinoff. Basic offerings include fresh-pressed orange and grapefruit juices, cold-pressed pineapple and apple juices, and young coconuts that all avoid pasteurization and stabilizers. Bran has worked at establishments like The Roger Room and The Warwick and has a great understanding of how flavors match, resulting in delectable combos like Red Alert with red beet, apple, carrot, orange, lemon. Greens Galore lives up to the name with celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, spinach, romaine, chard, lemon, and ginger. Acai bowls and smoothies also benefit from attention to detail. Greenhouse even makes ginger beer.

Queen Beet at The Hive

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The Hive

Santa Monica is buzzing about this “organic,” “conscious” and “sexy” superfoods cafe just east of the Third Street Promenade. Positive affirmations are painted on the wall, including a cartoon beehive surrounded by fruits and the saying, “We are all one,” to “There is no try, there is only do,” a play on a famous line from Yoda. Organic juices (16 or 20 ounces) and wellness shots (smaller, more concentrated juices) are both big draws. Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs and Anima Mundi Apothecary supply herbs, powders, and tinctures that help contribute to beverage complexity. Queen Beet doesn’t have an expressed purpose, but looks and tastes great thanks to a blend of beet, pear, ginger, basil, and lime. Hangover Cure unites pineapple, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, apple, lemon, black pepper, milk thistle extract, and dandelion extract. Zen Me Out is a good idea given all the nearby yoga studies, mixing kava kava, pineapple, orange, cranberry, kombucha, and honey. Wellness shots all have bee-related names, including Rehab Bee, a mix of kale, spirulina, spinach, chard, parsley, milk thistle extract, and dandelion extract. Sexy Bee uses shilajit, a mineral rich, tar-like substance from the Atlas Mountains, cacao, maca, and almond mylk. Take the “flight challenge” and choose any four Hive shots for $17.

Howling Juice

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Howling Juice

“Health is wealth” at Howling Juice, a stylish shop that sisters Olivia, Noemi and Elisabeth Avila have run between auto repair and tire shops since April 2017. They serve “organic, hand-crafted juices, freshly made wellness shots, uplifting tonics, nourishing smoothies made with earth’s best superfoods, to satisfying wholesome meals and snacks.” Elisabeth Avila stressed organic, “fruits and vegetables work well together” after 15 years of juicing, and juices that are “well-designed, like art projects, well thought out.” The space houses a white counter facing a tonic and smoothie bar, fridge for colorful unpasteurized juices, picnic table and cushioned banquette seating, and fashionable metal wolves that keep watch on a ledge over the bar. The sisters make Nada Común jewelry in the upstairs mezzanine, which is for sale. Some of the sisters previously worked with Dr. Schultz, whose herbs are now incorporated into beverages. Wonder Blu may look like Windex, but tastes delicious thanks to a balanced blend of blue spirulina, jicama, pineapple and jalapeño that promotes “brain health + cognitive abilities, improved immune function, increase circulation, development + growth of red + white blood cells.” Turmeric Ginger Plus is a wellness shot with cayenne, oregano oil, and olive leaf extract that’s so potent the tiny glass comes with grapefruit and strawberry chasers. Under the Sports Juice banner, True Stamina (pre-workout) consists of beet root, apple, lime, and coconut water, a “blood purifier, boost memory + stamina, nitrates (natural chemical + nitric oxide (essential molecule), restore equilibrium.” Be Hydrated (post-workout) brings cucumber, celery, orange, and coconut water to the mix.

Beginner Cleanse | Photo: Juice Budz

Juice Budz

Juice Budz is located just south of Ventura Boulevard next to one of L.A.’s last surviving newsstands. Friends Anthony Espana, Ephraim Ponce, and Marco Anaya debuted this vibrant business in 2016 featuring white walls, a wheatgrass topped counter, and bumping hip-hop. Splashes of color include a wave of orange juice pouring from a cartoon bottle. A wall-mounted wellness glossary explains the health benefits of each key ingredient, including kale’s “powerful antioxidants like Quercetin and Kaempferol” celery’s ability to “aids digestions & reduces inflammation” and turmeric’s “bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties.” Another panel explains the cold-pressed process that ensures “maximum live nutrients, enzymes, and minimal oxidation.” Juices are color-coded on the LED menu: green for kale base, orange for carrot base, yellow for citrus base, and red for beet base. “Green Mile” isn’t just a Tom Hanks death row movie anymore. Juice Budz translates it as kale, spinach, apple, cucumber, romaine, parsley, lemon, and ginger. Zesty Tonic unites orange, apple, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. That countertop wheatgrass isn’t just a decoration. That ingredient doubles as a wellness shot.

Mayan Remedy at The Juice Parlor

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The Juice Parlor

Sarina Tounian worked in environmental science and engineering and suffered from Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid issue that necessitated a diet shift. She found that juices helped manage her issue, and she was so inspired that she and husband Dima opened The Juice Parlor in NoHo Green Village strip mall in 2016. As her motto says, “It’s better to feel good.” Every juice is made to order from shelves of produce. Order from a focused blackboard menu that states desired effects. Get a Spring in Your Step with the vegetal combo of cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, dandelion, lemon, ginger, and cayenne. Strap on your Dancing Shoes after downing a digestif of beets, celery, kale, lemon, parsley, and mint. Parlor Shots weigh two ounces and have clear purposes. Immunity won’t supply everlasting life, but the blend of ginger, lemon, oregano oil, and cayenne pepper packs punch. Anti-Inflammatory is less jarring: orange, turmeric, ginger, lemon, and cayenne.

The Classic at Ko Juice

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Ko Juice

Real estate pro Steve Kwon teamed with graphic designer Brendon Wong and recent USC business school grad Jonny Wang on Ko Juice, an Old Pasadena shop that specializes in pressed-to-order sugar cane juice. Ko is the Hawaiian name for sugar cane, and their California-grown stalks has been known to deliver benefits like electrolytes, cleaner livers, and lower cholesterol. “The Classic” Vietnamese-style cane juice is unprocessed, judiciously sweet, and incorporates tart squeezed kumquat. Other possible pairings include lemon juice with mint, ginger with lime juice, grapefruit juice, blended berries with bananas, carrot juice, matcha, and coffee from nearby Café de Leche. Hot chocolate combines cocoa powder and hot sugar cane juice in a 100% compostable cup (no sleeve required) that’s consistent with the company’s eco-friendly business practices.

The Bunker at Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

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Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

Jack Latner and Fraser Thompson have created a potable lifestyle brand in the heart of Hollywood with Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs. White walls with deliberate green stains frame an airy space that focuses on Chinese tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms, many wild grown, at least as many requiring a dictionary. “Potent + invigorating” wellness shots include a path to Detox with apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, magnesium, lemon, and cayenne. “Refreshing + hydrating” steeped elixirs include a mushroom-filled riff on the Arnold Palmer dubbed Fungi Palmer featuring cold-pressed lemon juice, Assam tea, cordyceps, reishi, chaga, lion’s mane, and lakanto. “Cleansing + rejuvenating” probiotic tonics all involve coconut water kefir (kombucha’s cousin). Wild orange strawberry also contains maca, eleuthero, astragalus, cordyceps, and lakanto.

Guava-Pitaya Juice at Pink Matter

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Pink Matter

Candace Chen traveled Southeast Asia and fell for pitaya juice, made with shocking pink (or white) dragon fruit that’s rich in antioxidants, fiber, and iron, to name just three benefits. In 2017, she decided to serve pitaya in bowls, juices, and smoothies, teaming with sister Patricia Nguyen and Cal Poly classmate Chris Huezo on Pink Matter. They started on Sundays at the Melrose Place Farmers Market and now share Demitasse Café’s corner space in West Hollywood. Two-toned guava-pitaya juice is a great place to start, featuring red and white pitaya mixed with apple juice, served in a bottle atop guava juice. They also make mango and lychee variations blended into almond milk smoothies. Blueberry pea-lavender water complements lemonade sweetened with honey and agave.

The Golden Idol at The Punchbowl

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The Punchbowl

Christiana Solano and Jonathon Wright previously crafted juices for Pure Food and Wine in Manhattan before relocating to L.A. They partnered with a friend on The Punchbowl, a Zen paradise on a Los Feliz side street. The space features red walls with floral elements, Mason jar chandeliers, reclaimed wood banquettes, and copper tables. They’re unusually skilled with turmeric, the vivid yellow, antioxidant-rich root. Spark Plug combines organic cold pressed juice with turmeric, pineapple, ginger, apple, lemon and cayenne. Healing Turmeric is more concentrated, a tiny bottle with turmeric, lime, coconut water and holy basil. Other compelling combos include Pink Chia Punch, a mix of chia seeds, pear, beet, grapefruit, and ginger. Zeus Juice is a green blend nearly as powerful as the name, with watercress, Roman chicory, parsley, apple, ginger, and lemon.

Greens at PURE Pressed Juice

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PURE Pressed Juice

Dawn Dail lost 170 pounds aided by cold-pressed juice and now preaches the green juice gospel in the same Westwood strip mall as legendary frozen yogurt shop The Bigg Chill. Consider this counterprogramming. The space features fridges for bottles of cold-pressed juice and snacks, an open kitchen, and a calming photo of lavender fields. “Don’t panic, go organic” by ordering bottles like Greens, an earthy blend of kale, romaine, spinach, and cucumber. Not all juices are green at Pure Pressed Juice. The rest of the menu explicitly spells out a range of health benefits. For instance, Energy combines tangerine, carrot, apple, and turmeric. Immunity teams grapefruit with pineapple, orange, apple, and cayenne. Heavy drinkers should probably consider Liver Support: ruby hued beet, carrot, apple, aloe, ginger, and cayenne juice. Return a bottle and get $1 back.

Turmeric Tonic at Root of Life Juicery

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Root of Life Juicery

Maria Pacheco and Robert Valdez started Root of Life Juicery at the Huntington Park Farmers Market in response to a community that offers way more health clinics and fast food than nutrition. The partners now run a strip mall juice bar with a reclaimed wood bar, painting of Frida Kahlo holding a monkey, and a fridge framed by a tree mural painted by a sketch artist from the nearby police station. Juices spotlight produce from “sustainable and eco-friendly” farmers market friends like Azteca Farm, Trinidad Farm and Fernandez Farms. Turmeric Tonic is an orange, moderately sweet juice that combines orange, ginger, lemon, apple, carrot, pineapple, apple cider vinegar, and turmeric, a superfood that’s simultaneously “antioxidant, cardiovascular health, anti-depressant, and probiotic.” Killer Cabbage co-stars coconut vinegar, apple, lemon, and ginger, a “digestive aid, great source of fiber, aids weight loss, and supports immune system health.” Paint it Black pairs mint, lemon, chia seeds, blue agave, alkaline water, and activated charcoal, a “powerful natural detoxifier, toxin removal, relieves indigestion, and alleviates gas and bloating.” They also rotate seasonal juices like the Happy Hippie.