The South may be known for fried chicken and carbs, but that doesn't mean we don't like to throw in a few farm-fresh fruits and veggies into the mix to balance things out every now and then.
Enter: Nashville's hip juice bars, here to help us out when we need a healthful boost. But in case you're not sure where to find your next fix, we've got you covered with a list of the best places slinging cold and refreshing juice concoctions in the Music City.
The first of its kind in Tennessee, Juice Nashville is a do-it-all, family-run juicing outfit with a small storefront inside Hendersonville Produce. All juices are cold-pressed daily, and if you can’t make it to their counter-service shop—or any of Nashville’s farmers markets—they even offer same-day delivery! The hardest part about buying from this place is trying to decide what to order because not only do they stock their own creations, they also have options from their sister concept, Franklin Juice Company. But if you'd like a recommendation, we suggest the C-Ya, made with orange, grapefruit, apple, and ginger.
The staff at The Urban Juicer live for juicing. They’ve got that hipster passion that makes you wonder if they know the name of the farmer who grew your wheatgrass — they probably do. What we love even more than their friendly atmosphere though, their commitment to using local, fresh produce for all of their juices and smoothies. And with five locations in Nashville, they’re as convenient as they are passionate.
While all of the usual suspects—kale, carrots, beets, etc.—can be found at The Fountain, their mylk series sets them apart from your typical juicer. Grab a chocolate, spiced, vanilla, or turmeric almond milk when you're looking for a filling (and guilt-free) treat. But if you're in the mood for something lighter, you really can't go wrong with the BeatAde. You can find them at their permanent home in The Nations and downtown at the Nashville Farmers Market Thursday through Sunday. And, as one would hope, all ingredients are locally- and sustainably-sourced.
The Turnip Truck in East Nashville and The Gulch is more than just Nashville’s go-to natural food grocer. In addition to their cold salad bar and variety of soups, wraps, and sandwiches, they offer a selection of organic (and budget-friendly) juices, natural smoothies, and health shots courtesy of their in-house juice bar. Best of all, everything is freshly pressed and the counter service is fast and convenient. That's what we call a win-win, friends.
For those in West Nashville, this locally-owned shop is right off Highway 100 and has everything you need for a health-fueled reset. They divide their juices into three categories: Citrus, Greens, and Roots and also offer cashew milk and activated charcoal water that includes the perfect amount of lavender, lemon, and peppermint. Did we mention they offer cleanses, too? Stop in and grab a one-, two-, or three-day cleanse and get ready to live your best life.
You’d almost never know that I Love Juice Bar is actually part of a chain, with locations all over the South, because each shop has the feel of a small, privately-owned business — it probably has something to do with the fact that the family-run business was born right here in Nashville. Each of their handful of Nashville-area storefronts offer a huge, diverse menu of made-to-order juices, smoothies, shots, cleanses, and healthy snacks for you to enjoy (we're partial to Pineapple Greens drink). Oh, and their cleanse program is one of the best around. Plus, they’re so easily accessible from no matter where you are in the city, you really have no excuse NOT to get in your daily does of fruits and veggies.
Sometimes, you just need to double-fist a coffee and a juice (we get it). So, a place that serves both gets awarded all available bonus points. The Post East also has one of the best ingredient selections around, packing the likes of spirulina, bee pollen, and chia seeds into their smoothies (yes, they have those, too!). And their juice concoctions are so fresh, that you can't even find the menu on their website, because it rotates according to what's in season. One day, when there’s an East Nash juice bar crawl, this place will surely be a highlight.
The cutest Hawaii-inspired cafe in the 12th South neighborhood, Franklin Juice Co. is famous for their killer acai bowls, but they slay the juice game, too. All of their cold-pressed creations are organic and made with the finest local ingredients. The Lemon Cayenne will clear your congestion and when you need an energy boost, go for the Coffee Chocolate Almond. Find yourself in Franklin? Check out Franklin Juice’s original digs in the Factory at Franklin. Fitt Tip: they offer one-hour delivery via UberEats. Life is good.
This healthy little treasure (former Coco Greens) in Midtown is a combo juice bar, spa, market, vegan cafe, and wellness center all rolled into one. Be right back, going to 212. Their commitment to whole-body health is unmatched in the area, and everything they make has that in mind. So go grab a cold-pressed juice or smoothie, and while you’re there, treat yourself to a soothing spa treatment.
A good-for-you hot spot has locations all over the US, so we feel lucky that decided to secure spots in Five Points and Green Hills, with another location coming soon to The Gulch. And not only is Clean Juice is raising the bar by offering additional cold-pressed drinks — like Gold (turmeric, Himalayan pink salt, black pepper, cashews, cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla), but they're also the first certified organic juice bar in the nation. When you need a pick-me-up order The Wakeup One with ginger, lemon, and orange, and thank us later.
E+Rose is the brainchild of dietician and collegiate athlete who wanted to give Nashville scientifically-backed juices for improved fitness and performance, and they're doing just that. They're also one of the few spots in the city that offers cold-pressed juices that mix in superfood ingredients like spirulina and turmeric (the Music City Sunrise is incredible) and include buzzy add-ins like CBD oil. In addition to delicious juices, you'll also find wellness shots, smoothie blends and bowls, and a handful of healthy snacks. Check them out in Downtown Nashville or Brentwood.
Grabbagreen has been a favorite in Franklin for years now, so we were more thank stoked when they opened up shop in Midtown, too. This fast-casual chain is the closest thing to healthy fast food that you'll find in the city. But along side their seemingly endless food selection is a menu of fresh-pressed juice, elixirs, acai bowls, and smoothies. If you feel a cold coming on, reach for the Immune (carrot, ginger, lemon, orange), and when you'd rather drink your vegetables than eat them, the Power (apple, kale, lemon, spinach) has your back.
Cold-pressed juice may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Milk & Honey in The Gulch, but maybe it should be. While we admit that their wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, and brunch menu are pretty spectacular, so is their juice bar. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Liquid Gold blend featuring pineapple, mango, ginger, and apple or fill up with a Tiger's Blood smoothie crafted with cherries, Greek yogurt, pineapple, coconut, and whole milk (alternatives available!). No matter what you choose, though, we're sure you won't leave disappointed.
**Updated by Kate Wilke, February 2019