Our moms always told us to eat our vegetables, but why would we go through all the trouble when we can get our greens in easy-to-drink liquid form? Plus, these days you don't have to go out of your way to find top-quality juice — heck, even Starbucks has started selling its own bottles of organic, cold-pressed goodness.
From five-day cleanses to the perfect post-yoga drink, these 10 metro Phoenix juice bars do drinkable veggies and fruit the right way. Visit one or try them all for your daily dose of wheatgrass, kale, turmeric, and more.
Original ChopShop Co.
We love all three locations of Original ChopShop Co. for a number of reasons (kale Caesar salads, anyone?), but no matter what food we order, we can never leave this health-nut’s paradise without grabbing a cold, freshly made juice to accompany our meal. And honestly, the juice is sometimes the only reason we stop in. Choose the Tropicale for a light and, yes, tropical treat that mixes watermelon and pineapple or put those fruits and veggies to work with an option like the Liver Cleanse, which includes beet, apple, and aloe vera. With more than ten options, we’re sure you’ll satisfy that juicy craving.
Whether or not you believe that the organic, cold-pressed juice at Kaleidoscope Juice can raise your "vibration" (as advertised on the company's website), it's impossible to deny that the juices from this Scottsdale-based juice bar with three locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale taste really good. With more than a dozen different cold-pressed juices on the standard menu, there's usually an option for every type of drinker. Hardcore juice lovers might want the Trinity, a green juice loaded with kale, spinach, parsley, turmeric root, ginger, lemon, celery, and cayenne, while the coconut water-based Electro-Light makes a refreshing nutrient-heavy post-workout drink. We like the Green Dragon, a sweet-and-spicy blend of kale, parsley, celery, cucumber, and jalapeno that's rounded out with just a hint of apple and mint.
Juby True’s juices may be cold-pressed, but you’ll be hard-pressed deciding which option you’ll want to take home. When you walk into the Phoenix location, located at 3912 East Camelback Road, you’ll be greeted with an entire wall of refrigerators stocked with a rainbow of freshly made juices. Take your pick from one of almost 15 cold-pressed juices with the maximum amount of nutrients, smoothies for something a little more filling, juice boosts for a quick burst of fruit and veggie goodness, and more. Or combine these in a cleanse. Can’t choose? We’re sure the friendly staff will be happy to help.
If you're into eating seriously good-for-you food — we're talking preservative-free, GMO-free, and gluten-free eats — then you're going to want to check out Grabbagreen. Founded in 2013 by two Scottsdale moms, this fast-casual restaurant with three locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix offers both healthy food and made-to-order juices. The juices come with simple, instructive names including Detox, Energy, Heal, and Immune and while we can't attest to their ability to live up to these names, we can promise you they all taste fresh and nutritious. For those who can't stand around and wait for their vegetables and fruits to be juiced, Grabbagreen also stocks a small selection of bottled juices in a refrigerated case. Try the Youth, a sweet green juice filled with apple, celery, kale, and pineapple.
This North Phoenix juice spot, located just north of Paradise Valley, is the perfect jumping off point for someone getting out of the Jamba Juice trend and into "serious" juicing. The menu offers a whole bunch of superfood, fruit, and vegetable smoothies, as well as nice selection of vegetable juices. The names are simple and the ingredients approachable; take for example, the All Green Energizer, which comes loaded with kale, spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce, ginger, apple, celery, and lemon.
The energetic woman working at Juicd Life within Union at Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 East Camelback Road, didn’t waste a second before launching into a detailed explanation about how the cold pressed juices retain more nutrients than the made-to-order options because there’s no heat added from the spinning blade in the juicer. We’d already been sold on this Juicd Life after taking a sip of our drink, but the knowledge of the juice bar employee and honesty in the products had us hooked. Juicd Life’s cold-pressed juices, made-to-order concoctions, smoothies, and Acai bowls ensure you get plenty of vitamins and nutrients with an equal amount of delicious flavor.
Nekter Juice Bar
Nekter is basically the Starbucks of juice bars. We mean that in a good way — while the California-based franchise lacks local charm, it makes up the deficit with unwavering consistency and drinks that are actually better than most. Need some energy? Grab The Buzz, an invigorating blend of carrots, orange, lemon, and ginger. Party too hard last night? The stomach-soothing Toxin Flush is calling your name. Sweeter offerings like the pitaya, strawberry, pineapple, and coconut water-based Pink Flamingo smoothie are perfect for juice noobs, and with six Valley locations (three in Scottsdale and one each in Chandler, Phoenix and Gilbert) you’ll know exactly what you’re getting, every time.
Juice Core's tagline is "a micro juicery" and though the Scottsdale storefront is certainly small on size, this juice bar might offer the widest selection of juices in the Valley. Not all of the recipes are available year-round, but Juice Core makes more than 30 different juices depending on availability of produce throughout the seasons. Walk into the small juice shop and you can consult the wall of the day's available juices — and if you don't know where to start, the friendly employees should be happy to help. (They'll even let you sample juices if you've never tried them before.) We appreciate the fact that Juice Core offers their juices in both 12 and 16-ounce bottles, an option not found at most other juice spots. From the signature Mother Earth juice (kale, spinach, celery, ginger, romaine, fennel, lemon, apple, and parsley) to more tailored options like the cold and flu support Feel Better (carrot, orange, and ginger), Juice Core should have something to meet any need.
The Local Yeti
Thankfully, the food truck The Local Yeti is much easier to hunt down than the mythical creature from which it gets its name. This mobile juice bar roams the Valley from east side to west selling raw, organic, cold-pressed juice and made-to-order smoothies. As owner Brandon Bennett will tell you, the juices pack more nutrients than the smoothies — plus they have awesome names like Citrasaurus (orange, lemon, and carrot) and Hungover Yeti (carrot, red beet, apple, and spinach). From this trailer food cart you can even get one, three, and five day cleanses; you can usually spot The Yeti at Uptown Farmers Market and Gilbert Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
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You don't have to worry about what's going into your juice at 24 Carrots in Tempe because you watch as the employees put every carrot, celery stalk, and beet into the restaurant's juicer. The downside is that you'll have to wait for your juice to be made — which can mean waiting a while if there are a few orders in front of you — but the upside is that it doesn't get fresher than at this juicery. Fresh juice options include the blood red El Vampiro made with orange, apple, carrots, celery, beets, and lime and sweet Carrots Over Easy, which features apple, carrot, pineapple, and strawberry. The juices here are less focused on nutrient-heavy, green juices and spiced-up detoxifying creations, but they make a great afternoon snack or a healthy drink to go with the cafe's all-natural food.