You've stuffed yourself at LA's finest restaurants and tippled at the city's best watering holes—now it's time for a detox. Ditch the fried chicken sandwiches and chew on this: juices are sprouting up faster than you can turn that kale into liquid green. From seaside smoothies in Malibu to raw juices in Hollywood, check out the best juice bars in LA.
LA's best juice bars
With locations in both Venice and Silver Lake, Moon Juice sells everything nutritious that you could want to put in your body—dried fruit and nuts, cold-pressed juices and an extensive smoothie menu. Expect a high price tag for 100 percent organic ingredients and not-so-ordinary supplements like bee pollen, probiotics, aloe vera and anti-inflammatory maca.
At Clover, thirsty shoppers can pick up bottled, cold-pressed juices—try the eponymous green with pear, lime, cilantro, mint and kale or a seasonal concoction like the cold-weather comfort made with yam, carrot, cinnamon, ginger made from organic, local ingredients—or detox with an eight-juice-a-day cleanse from 1 day ($70) to five ($320). There's also Kombucha on tap, along with power shakes—we love the eye-opening Rise & Grind ($8.50) with espresso cubes, Stumptown coffee and chocolate protein powder. For those who prefer to chew, there are vegan selections of sandwiches and salads from Silver Lake's Flore and locally baked, gluten-free sweets. Peruse other locavore goodies like handmade aromatherapy candles and paintings for sale from Lab Art.
Los Feliz joins the juice craze with this neighborhood storefront that offers organic, raw, vegan juices. New York transplants Jonathon Wright and Christiana Solano prepare quality juice made with 100 percent organic ingredients that are good and they taste great. There are four green juices made with tons of leafy ruffage—we love the Meadow Greens ($9), made with dandelion, grapefruit, tarragon, cucumber, spinach and Bosc pear—and not your run-of-the-mill combos such as the Spark Plug ($10), an eye-awakening concotion of tumeric, pineapple, ginger, apple, lemon and cayenne. There are also smoothies on offer from the Golden Idol ($10)—a mix of mango, tumeric, coconut water, coconut butter, coconut nectar, cayenne, lime—to the strawberry, rose water and primrose oil–blended Rita Hayworth ($11). The make-shift space—literally handmade wooden table, mason jar-bulbed lights, wallpaper down to the hand-drawn, twine-strung labels—is open late (until 10pm Fridays and Saturdays), perfect for pre or post-dinner shots and tonics.
In the far reaches of Malibu—Point Dume Plaza, to be specific—this ever-packed storefront fuels Malibu with juices, açai bowls and smoothies, including a Million Dollar version which will set you back $15.95. But don't let that fool you. The vibe here is more Mother Earth than Brentwood mom. The laid back atmosphere gives way to long waits where surfers and nearby locals load up on superfood shakes with add-ons such as raw organic protein powder, goji berries and probiotics. We love (and can't get enough of) the real, young Thai coconut. Try the Little Dume ($9.95) made with coconut meat and water, vanilla bean, ginger, organic raw protein powder and coconut butter. Browse the retail section for everything you need for healthy, California living from chia seeds and raw cocoa snacks to natural beauty products and organic food for Fido.
Smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, is an urban oasis of wellness. Next door to the Sweat Shop, this small storefront offers an extensive menu of raw, organic and vegetarian foods from owner and holistic wünder-woman Annie Padden Jubb. There are also ready and custom-made juices and smoothies made with not so usual ingredients such as base carrot and green juice and fruits such as papaya and avocado. We love getting our dessert fix while feeling virtuous in the Chocolate Shake ($10) with cacao, goji berries, macadamia nuts, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt. Those in need of detoxing can opt (and shell out) for the 5-day ($350) to 15-day cleanse ($1100). Tasty and filling almond milk, green juice (kale, cucumber, celery, green apple and lemon), protein-filled super smoothie (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, avocado, kale, walnuts, raisin, bee pollen, hemp protein, coconut oil and sea salt) and thick soups that make us feel like we're getting our fill. Check out the retail products from body—we love the rose coconut lotion ($41 for 32oz)—to food and nutritional supplements that make this juice bar feel more like a lifestyle than fad.
West Hollywood's pretty young things flock to this juice bar/retail store for their daily sustenance in liquid form, like the Green Detox ($7.95) with banana, pineapple, kale and hemp milk. Muscle builders can load up on protein powder-rich power smoothies—ask for unflavored, vanilla or chocolate—supplemented with everything from maca (for energy and, eer, stamina) to slim down boost (for accelerated metabolism). Grab raw, vegan meals or organic, cold-pressed juices to go or belly up to the bar for shots such as algae-rich e3 live ($2.95) and the wellness ($3, 1-ounce shot; $5, 2-ounce shot) which instantly clear any ailment or hangover with a zingy (beware the burn) concoction of lemon, ginger, cayenne, oregano oil and garlic extract. Those wanting a wellness overhaul can shop the retail section, where the knowledgeable staff will point you towards reishi mushroom capsules, goldenberry extract and the like. Wanting to go hardcore? Check out the recently added Earthbar Vibrance—the clinical setting offers vitamin B shots, food sensitivity tests and diet/fitness counseling.
Is it a restaurant? A juice bar? A yoga studio? A spa? At The Springs, a wellness center housed in a former office supply warehouse in Downtown's Arts District, it's all of the above—a multi-purpose space meant to heal your body from the inside out. But if juice is all you're after, the bar serves cold-pressed varieties in recyclable glass bottles, which you can sip on while working at their communal tables (WiFi is free here, folks!). The Evergreen ($9) may convert even the staunchest green juice-hater: somehow a mix of cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, kale, parsley and dandelion manages to emerge without tasting like lawnmower trimmings, and instead like a healthy dose of refreshing greens. Your mom would be so proud.
We love our smoothies like any good Californian and admit to caving in to the anything-but-cheap, daily dose at Liquid. The West Hollywood juice bar is our morning and pre-workout pit stop and post-partying pick-me-up spot. Try the Cure ($6.50, 16 ounces; $7.75, 20 ounces) of green apple, cucumber, kale, ginger, lemon, aloe vera juice and mineral salt to fix any hangover or the Oxygenator ($6, 16 oz; $7.25, 20 oz) filled with apple, beet, carrot, ginger, lemon and jalapeño (those sensitive to heat can sub for cayenne) to jolt you into tip-top form. We love the smoothies made with housemade almond milk including the fruity Melrose Sunset ($5.50, 16 oz; $6.75, 20 oz), mixed with pineapple, strawberry, orange and banana or the downright earthy Chronic Smoothie ($7, 16 oz; $8.50, 20 oz)—a blend of almond milk, banana, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, kale, dates, mineral greens and hemp oil. When you'll hit a long queue is unpredictable, so call ahead and place your order. You can also call a day ahead to pick up the newly launched one ($55), three ($165) and five ($275)–day cleanses which come with daily juices, yerba mate tea and chia seed packs. And don't forget your rewards card, which buys you a free drink after ten. It pays to flex those juice dollars.
With cleanses from one day ($75) and two-and-a-half, weekend ($250) to the full ten-day re-boot ($650), Earthly Juices is for the juicer who wants a diet and lifestyle overhaul. With food coaching from detox counselor Ellie Lara and food coaching (learn how to shop, cook and eat) from in-house chefs and health counselors, the order-and-pick-up juices are meant to cleanse, energize and alkalize. Fill up on the quart-size servings—each filled in glass, Mason jars—of flavor-forward juices and smoothies that taste like a meal. But we can't get enough of the protein shakes made with sprouted almond and sunflower seeds. Try the Strawberry Hempster ($15, 1 quart) made with sunflower mylk, hemp protein, strawberries, kefir, sprouted flax and raw honey. The OC-based company has expanded to include pick-up locations at the DTLA's Penthouse in the Lady Liberty building (843 S Los Angeles St., Ste 500) on Mondays and WeHo's Sharh Wellness salon (9053 Nemo St, West Hollywood) on Wednesdays and Fridays.