5 Lesser-Known Juice Bars Perfect for Your Detox


Going green? A number of local juice and smoothie places have sprung up across the Bay Area in recent years, making detoxing, cleansing, and generally getting back on track even easier.

Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy's line of all-organic smoothies, juices, and healthy eats can be found all over the Bay Area—from San Francisco to Walnut Creek and Mill Valley. Founder Neka Pasquale, who has a background in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, has found a happy balance between health and flavor—indulgent-but-good-for-you favorites such as the mint cacao chip smoothie, no oatmeal cookies, and addictive sour cream and chive kale chips make sticking to your resolutions even easier. Check them out at the Ferry Building for a quick and easy treat. // 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero), urbanremedy.com


Elixira brings cold-pressed elixirs and juices—plus raw nut milks, boba, and organic coffee and pastries—to the Financial District. To feel like you're splurging without the guilt, opt for milkshakes made with nondairy milk and raw sweeteners, or the raw date and pecan cinnamon buns. The hand-done chalkboard signage adds a homespun touch to the store's interior, which also features a wall of living plants. // 25 Beale St. (FiDi), facebook.com/elixiriajuices


The Ferry Building welcomed another new healthy food and drink place at the end of 2015: juice joint Sow, a longtime favorite of local farmers markets, opened a kiosk on the north end of the building (facing Embarcadero) in late November. Crowd pleasers, such as the prescription juice—apple, orange, celery, mint, and kale—made the move, but you can now also sip steeped warm drinks (think chocolate mint and ginger, honey, and lemon) at the new location. // 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero), sowsf.com

Happy Moose Juice Co.

This pop-up juice bar, which operates out of The Range, focuses on cold-pressed, organic fruit and vegetable juices and nut milks using local ingredients when possible. Founders Phoebe Croxton and Ryan Armistead take their juices seriously but still know how to have fun: Pun-tastic product names include the Kale Earnhardt (kale, spinach, green apple, celery, lemon), Chard Knock Life (chard, pear, orange, spinach, lime, ginger), and seasonal Refresh and So Clean, Clean (watermelon, cucumber, mint). The company's moose-adorned glass bottles (which you can take to-go with a $2 deposit) can also be ordered through Postmates and found at local coffeeshops, including the new States Coffee & Mercantile in Martinez. // 842 Valencia St. (Mission), happymoosejuice.com

Main Squeeze

Since opening in Oakland's Lakeshore district, Main Squeeze has been dishing out organic acaí bowls, smoothies, and juices with optional superfood extras such as cacao, flaxseed, and hemp protein. Owner James Gatts, the former bar manager at nearby Shakewell, keeps the focus on the liquids at the grab-and-go storefront: Try the maca mama smoothie with a base of banana, maca, and almond butter, the dessert acaí bowl, or the seasonal kale and apple juice. // 3435 Lakeshore Ave. (Oakland), mainsqueezeoak.com

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