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Purple Orchid, El Segundo, CA (bar)
Doctor Z
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2004-01-19 12:20 am   Permalink

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On 2004-01-18 23:34, 2QueerTikis wrote:
This fabulous El Segundo location, located very near, but not on the beach is owned by Rachel and Dave who have obviously taken great care to create and re-create this tiki bar.



Dave himself is a member here (Wersmo Derinc - see the first post of this thread), but his wonderful wife is Rebecca! I'm sure they both appreciate the fine words you have for what is indeed, as Christiki295 says, "the all-around best tiki bar in Southern California."
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2QueerTikis
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2004-01-19 4:57 pm   Permalink

Our apologies to Rebecca for messing up on your name in our original review-- we went back and fixed it. Next time we must remember to write our reviews before we start in on those aforementioned libations of yours! Either way, it does not change our love for your fantastic bar! LONG LIVE THE PURPLE ORCHID!

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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-01-19 10:59 pm   Permalink

kbgator asked:
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Does the Purple Orchid sell their purple orchid tiki mug? If so how can I get two.


I'm curious too, and just called them. A delightful woman named Erin took my email address and said the owner would get back to me on whether they mail-order them and how much that would cost. I'll let you all know if they do.



 
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kbgator
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From: Deerfield Beach FL
Posted: 2004-01-20 10:54 am   Permalink

I wonder if holden from tiki farm can help us get some mugs.

 
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2QueerTikis
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Posted: 2004-01-25 1:03 pm   Permalink



Here is the fabulous Tiki Farm mug from the Purple Orchid!

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Kreaky Tiki
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From: Goleta the good land
Posted: 2004-03-24 11:13 pm   Permalink

I checked ou the Purple Orchid last week, and I bought the purple mug. I like the mug, and the decor was respectable. The drink that I had tasted like crap. It was supposedly a Mai Tai, but I tasted no fresh lime, orgeat, or mint. I may have had some orange curacao, but who could tell. It was strong and sweet. I really don't hold that against the place since most regular bars would have served the the same ?%$&. Tiki Ti, to me, is by far a better place to get a tiki drink.

Sorry to be so negative, but its late and I'm loaded.

KT

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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-04-01 10:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-03-24 23:13, Kreaky Tiki wrote:
I checked ou the Purple Orchid "lasy" week, and I bought the purple mug. I like the mug, and the decor was respectable. The drink that I had tasted like crap. It was supposedly a Mai Tai, but I tasted no fresh lime, orgeat, or mint. I may have had some orange curacao, but who could tell. It was strong and sweet. I rteally don't hold that against the place since most regular bars would have served the the same ?%$&. Tiki Ti, to me, is by far a better place to get a tiki drink.

Sorry to be so negative,

KT



What's "lasy" week?


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mriddle
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Posted: 2004-04-02 09:16 am   Permalink

They actually have 3 mugs. But the other 2 are standard Tiki Farm mugs just with the Purple Orchid logo on the back. The purple mug is THE mug for Purple Orchid and is only available there. For those of you who haven't been there yet, the purple mug is modeled after their large tiki on the stage in the bar.

 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-04-13 7:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-03-24 23:13, Kreaky Tiki wrote:
I checked ou the Purple Orchid last week, and I bought the purple mug. I like the mug, and the decor was respectable. . . .



The decor is merely "respectable?"

KreakyTiki, where's the tiki love?

The bamboo (on the walls and ceiling), the numerous tikis (inside and out), the Hawaiiana, the Book of Tiki in the (men's) bathroom, the Hawaiian print tables, etc., would, I hope, warrant somewhat greater approval.


 
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Kreaky Tiki
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From: Goleta the good land
Posted: 2004-04-18 10:42 pm   Permalink

I was disapponted, what can I say? Nice effort, but you bartender doesn't know what a Mai Tai is? I'm tired of the level of service that is available out there. I would pay extra for a proper drink. The Purple Orchid to me was not tiki. There was no Exotica or Hawaiian music on the juke box, what's up with that? Pool tables and television, looks more like sports bar tiki.

I'll go there again the next time Iam in the South Bay just to check again, but other than the ceramics, there was not much to appreciate.

Cheers,

KT


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-04-18 11:11 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-04-18 22:42, Kreaky Tiki wrote:
The Purple Orchid to me was not tiki. There was no Exotica or Hawaiian music on the juke box, what's up with that? Pool tables and television, looks more like sports bar tiki.



Kreaky Tiki, I feel your pain. The only time I've ever heard music worthy of a true tiki mecca is at Tiki Ti when Cass sponsored OnaTiki's opening party and Ray stated the music reminded him of when his dad ran the bar.

As for the pool tables and the tv, it must attract a crowd on a regular basis to keep its doors open. I loved Tahiti in LA which closed after just a few years, despite a fireplace which rivaled that of Kahiki. Also, some like watching the Lakers play.

The inability of the waitress to make a good MaiTai must have been a fluke. I find their version tied with the Lava Lounge as second only to Trader Vics.

Nevertheless, the totality of the Purple Orchid experience is a phenomenal tiki experience. You may be pleased next time you are there.

PS - you may wish to play the Blue Hawaiians on the jukebox.

Mahalo.


 
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docwoods
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Posted: 2004-05-04 3:01 pm   Permalink

Iwas at the Purple Orchid on Saturday night and it was great! Super decor,nice,informative bar folks-great volcano bowls (wanted to buy one-they don't have enough-boo),the tastiest pina colada I've ever had-all in all a terrific place.

 
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Posted: 2004-05-06 4:17 pm   Permalink

Purple Orchid is a great place period! Dave and Rebecca care greatly about keeping the tiki bar alive and well in America. Give them respect.
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Kreaky Tiki
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Posted: 2004-05-07 10:53 pm   Permalink



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LAWebChick
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Joined: Apr 21, 2003
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-18 12:57 pm   Permalink

I've been to the Purple Orchid a few times... most recently to see Dawn Shipley. The first couple of times were fun - I really enjoyed the drinks, and the pool tables, and making sure the jukebox was loaded with good songs. Everyone who works there is a real sweetheart and I totally admire the owners for putting together a tiki bar in El Segundo, but this past Saturday was a big let down. The satellite bartender had no idea what she was doing - I switched to straight tequila after she even blew a rum & coke. The regular bartenders usually have their act together, but the Mai Tais were off that night too - all sweet, no anything else. Maybe it was just a fluke?

 
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