You don’t have to worship fruits and veggies to visit Austin’s best juice bars—but it definitely won’t hurt. Living in this city often seems like a non-stop party; with year-round music and food festivals, nightly live music and plenty of incredible cocktail bars and craft beer bars, there’s always a good excuse to raise a glass. Luckily, getting back on track has never been more delicious. Next time you rage all night at one of Austin’s best dance clubs, just remember that fresh-squeezed redemption is just a juice bar away!
Best Austin juice bars
With twenty locations across Austin (plus more in Dallas, Houston and Brooklyn), there’s virtually no avoiding Juiceland. And why would you want to? This locally launched health mecca boasts a lengthy menu split into best-selling smoothies (like the Bam Bam, made with fresh pineapple juice, banana, mango, almond, hemp protein, coconut oil and spirulina), energy smoothies, berry smoothies, protein smoothies, green smoothies, original juices (like the Tree of Life, made with carrot, coconut water, beet, turmeric, ginger, lime and cayenne), grab-and-go cold-pressed juices, kids’ drinks, hot drinks and shots ranging from wheatgrass to cold-kicking blends. Customize your drink with add-ins like aloe, moringa, whey protein and CBD oil. And if you need more than a liquid lunch, each location carries a variety of healthy grab-and- go burritos, bowls, sandwiches and salads.
Our city’s OG juice bar is now seven Austin locations strong, with three shops in Houston and two in Nashville. Choose from a variety of made-to- order juices and smoothies, including six signature juice blends like The Warrior (kale, spinach, parsley, pineapple, celery, lime, Himalayan pink salt, jalapeño) and five signature smoothies like the Cosmic Trigger (blueberry, banana, coconut water, cacao, maca root, brown rice protein, vanilla, cinnamon, hemp oil, coconut, cayenne pepper, almond butter and Himalayan pink salt). Also available are revitalizing booster shots and “next level coffee,” blended with MCT oil and grass-fed butter or coconut oil. Food options include hot soups and garden toasts made on gluten-free, raw bread. For a true system reboot, commit to a juice cleanse for up to ten days; pick up your six daily juices from a Daily Juice location, or have them shipped overnight to your doorstep.
True to its name, Blenders and Bowls’ three locations specialize in smoothies (blenders) and açaí bowls, both packed with good-for-you ingredients and available in two different sizes. In addition to superfood açaí, find other tropical additions like pitaya (dragonfruit) and guava. The bowls feature smoothie blends topped with an edible mandala of fruits, nuts, seeds and granola. The Green Bowl (blended açaí, avocado, spinach, bananas, vanilla and almond milk topped with hemp granola, cucumber, strawberries, sliced almonds and local honey) is a best-seller, and each season brings rotating specials to the menu too.
After launching as a delivery-based juice company, Juice Society opened its flagship location in the Lamar Union last year. Before stocking up on bottles of grab-and-go blends displayed in the cafe’s refrigerator, try eight different varieties in a juice flight or customize your elixir with upgrades like ashwagandha, lion’s mane and reishi. The shop also offers six different smoothies and a menu of potions like a golden latte (turmeric-infused chai), brain tonic (coffee blended with rhodiola and MCT oil) and an activated latte (made with activated charcoal). Light food offerings include two different types of bowls (an avocado banana mousse and a lemon vanilla cashew parfait) plus three different toast options. And if you don’t live anywhere near South Austin, the company can still ship their fresh squeezed juices anywhere in the Austin area.
This homegrown juice dispensary focuses on cleanses and offers five different options depending on your experience, goals and flavor preferences. They also offer menus of green juices, fruit juices, root juices and nut mylks (like the Vanilla Sky, made with almond mylk, vanilla, honey, coconut water, cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and goji berries), which can all be mixed and matched into customized cleanse packages. Visit their shipping container location on South Congress for a fresh, vegan-friendly lunch or snack (in addition to a variety of smoothies and juices, they offer granola bowls and salads), have a cleanse or a juice order delivered, or request their juice truck to cater your next event.
This aptly named double decker bus, parked in the Thicket Food Park on South 1st Street, serves fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies starting at a reasonable $5. Juices are categorized as either “refreshing” or “nutrient-rich,” and any blend can be made into a smoothie for just a dollar more. Smoothies are split into three menus: fruity, green and guilt-free (though technically they all come devoid of guilt). Offerings like the Princess Peach (peach, mango, pineapple, coconut water, ginger, mint, lemon, spirulina) and the Extra Life (apple, cucumber, carrot, E3, lime) fit with the retro video game theme, the back of the bus serves as a rotating space for street artists, and they regularly host BYOB, dog-friendly events, like a weekly movie night.
The Soup Peddler’s name is more literal than you might think: founder David Ansel started the company years ago by cycling soup orders to residents of Bouldin Creek. But since soup isn’t a viable year-round option in Texas, he soon expanded into the juice realm, offering twelve signature concoctions (like the Afternoon Delight, made with beet, watermelon, pineapple, ginger, lemon, mint, maca and rosewater), plus the opportunity to mix and match your own. Smoothies are split into three categories, with pricing to match: entry level (basic blends with just a couple ingredients), second tier (which include ingredients like bee pollen, goji berries and and flax meal) and upper echelon (which brings you to creations like the Magic Carpet Ride, made with cherry, pistachio, tahini, sumac, Himalayan salt, banana and coconut water). In addition to signature daily soups, each of The Soup Peddler’s five locations also offers salads and sandwiches.
This healthy café off South Congress offers a menu of juices, mocktails and tonics to accompany its veggie-heavy menu— like the Earth Bite, made with golden beet, grapefruit bitters, soda, pineapple and lime. Want something a little more indulgent? Their saladBAR features signature cocktails using their juices, like the Purple Russian (purple cabbage, fennel, pineapple juice with lemon, Tito’s and Cynar) and the Kale Mary (kale celery, Thai bird chile, fresh grape tomato juice, horseradish, soy and Tito’s).
This Brazilian trailer began slinging açaí bowls in The Picnic food park on Barton Springs Road just last year and plans to open its first brick and mortar in the Mueller district this winter. Each bowl starts with a base of açaí and guarana and can be made “light” (topped with sliced fresh fruit and granola), “powerful” (blended with protein powder and avocado), or “naughty” (topped with crushed cookies and condensed milk). Four different types of smoothies are also offered, as well as gluten-free pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese rolls).
Located right across the street from the Driskill Hotel, chef Shawn Cirkiel’s juice bar brings much-needed healthful options to the heart of downtown. The shop offers five straightforward juice blends, like the best-selling carrot, orange, garlic lemon and turmeric. Also offered are five different types of smoothies, which can be enhanced with add-ins like maca, collagen, chia seeds and spirulina. A refrigerator offers grab-and- go edibles like rice and beans, quinoa, roasted veggies and bone broth.