4 Great New San Diego Juice Bars

By Darlene Horn  |  April 22, 2014
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These days it seems everyone wants a piece of the fresh-juice action. Drinkers can't get enough of these vitamin-packed drinks and smoothies and juice bars are meeting the need: they keep opening up all over town. With so many choices, it's hard to know where to go for what occasion: be it a morning pick-me-up, a post-yoga refuel, or a pre-ballpark sip. Jamba Juice and Robeks notwithstanding, these four new juice hot spots should all be on your radar. 

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    The Mad Beet

    Why We Love It: With drink names like “Mi’Kale Jackson” (blueberries, blackberries, orange, cucumber, wheat grass and, of course, kale) or “Green Latifah” (spinach, cucumber, lime, kale, celery and ginger) it's hard to keep a straight face when you place an order.
    What to Drink: Beets By Dre ($5.95-$7.95), a blend of beets, carrot, spinach, ginger, cucumber, apple and orange.
    What to Chew: Aside from juices and smoothies, the shop also offers fruit bowls with granola and honey.
    Insider Tip: The signature drink mixes are only a suggestion. According to the owner, you can request an off-menu combination, and if you’re not satisfied with a drink, they’ll make it right.

    4508 Cass. St. Ste. C; 619-301-1082

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    Nekter Juice Bar

    Why We Love It: The La Jolla branch of this Orange County-based chain fuels the after-yoga set as well as those looking for juice and smoothie refreshers made right before their eyes.
    What to Drink: Toxin Flush ($3-$8.50), a refreshing drink with parsley, spinach, apples, lemon and ginger that promises to rid your body of toxins and soothe stomachaches.
    What to Chew: Aside from a variety of acai bowls, the shop also sells packaged power pancakes, protein poppers and nutrition bars.
    Insider Tip: Order 1-, 3-, or 5-day juice cleanses in sealed bottles at the store or online.

    834 Kline St., La Jolla; 559-313-5357

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    Why We Love It: East Village’s answer to the juice bar is a spot owned by two physicians who wanted to offer fresh smoothies and juice using locally sourced and organic ingredients. Baseball fans headed to the park should check out their specials if they want to avoid the temptations of ballpark food.
    What to Drink: The Triathlete super-food smoothie ($6), a meal replacement or post-workout recharge, combines avocado, banana, peanut butter, dates, spirulina and coco water.
    What to Chew: Acai/pitaya bowls, probiotics-rich frozen yogurt, salads, wraps and paninis.
    Insider Tip: Word is there’s a truck in the works offering the same menu available in the store.

    445 10th Ave.; 619-564-8431

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    Vitality Tap

    Why We Love It: This Downtown spot located inside Nutrition Zone caters to urban residents as well a tourists looking for healthy options while on vacation. A variety of blended smoothies, juices, shooters/elixirs, milk alternatives, kombucha teas and multiday juice cleanses make up the majority of their organic menu that also boasts the largest super-food add-ons on the West Coast.
    What to Drink: Undressed Greens ($7/16 oz.) promises to detox, rebuild bones and oxygenate with a blend of kale, romaine, celery, green apple, cucumber, lemon and ginger.
    What to Chew: Any one of their five Superbowls filled with acai, pitaya, almond butter, or dates with your choice of three toppings.
    Insider Tip: Buy a 64-oz. growler ($5) and refill it with any one of their specialty juices at a discount.

    650 First Ave.; 619-237-7625