||Purple Orchid, El Segundo, CA (bar)
Joined: Dec 08, 2004
From: DC Metro Area (MD)
|Posted: 2006-08-04 7:17 pm  Permalink|
Okay, here are some Purple Orchid photos from my December 2004 visit... these aren't as good a photo quality of my 2006 shots, simply 'cause my new camera is far superior in low-light situations and in pixel count. Huzzah!
A selection of lighting fixtures and a gander at the roofline:
Shot of the bar... and the bartender (whose name now escapes me) was very kind to this East Coaster, he was truly a gent:
Here's the exterior...
And the requisite glass floats:
Hope you enjoy 'em...
Joined: Aug 04, 2006
|Posted: 2006-08-20 3:13 pm  Permalink|
Arrived at the Purple Orchid just before midnight Saturday August 12th and toasted International Tiki day with LoLo Malako who carved some of these excellent Tikis and some fellow Tiki heads including the fun loving bartenders. Great place to end my Tiki trail that night.
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
|Posted: 2006-10-03 9:31 pm  Permalink|
Nice photos, Rupe33 and Ojaitimo.
Has anyone noticed
(a)the new, undulating, extended bar
(b) the volcano themed background
(c) the sexy new bartendress tops
(d) live music almost every Saturday?
Joined: Jun 06, 2003
|Posted: 2007-05-04 12:11 am  Permalink|
Looking forward to the Purple Orchid visit!
Joined: Aug 10, 2004
|Posted: 2007-05-04 7:08 pm  Permalink|
Dave and Rebecca Owners of the Purple Orchid are the Best.
They have recnetly added alot of Music almost every Sat night.
plus they are open to having alot of Tiki, surf and rockabilly music,
which is really what I wanna see if I go out for music.
this past Wed. Surf band Outterwave was supposed to play the begginign of the weekly Wed nigth summer shows at the Baja Cantina in Marina Del Rey.
but it got canceled at the last minute, becauseof health Dept, safety reasons,
The Guitar player called Dave and told him the Situation.
Dave was actually planning on going to the baja Cantina show as it was some mutual friends B-days.
anyways Dave said yeah bring the band on over and the fans too.
anybody and everybody should pay a visit to the Purple Orchid in El Segundo.
Joined: Feb 23, 2007
|Posted: 2007-05-26 08:56 am  Permalink|
My friends and I enjoyed the Purple Orchid last night and the drinks were very good! "Curious George" is one of their originals (a banana-coconut-rum drink) and quite tasty. We also got a couple of their signature mugs The mai tai was too strong for my taste, so we kept reordering the Chief Lapu-Lapu and Blue Hawaii. I'll be back.
Joined: Mar 18, 2007
|Posted: 2007-09-17 11:24 pm  Permalink|
I've only been to the Orchid once, some months back, on a cold and rainy night. And my impressions at that time were mixed in that: I LOVED the decor throughout (NO complaints there), BUT the clientele that night was WAY more biker than tiki. (No fault of the bar, of course -- the owners and staff can't help who chooses to wander in.) And the one drink I had -- the signature Purple Orchid -- tasted way too strongly of honey for my liking. So my experience was not optimum. However, reading all the comments posted here, I understand that I was probably there on an off night -- and, considering the cold & rainy weather, what else should I have expected? SO my plan is to reserve any final judgment and go back there another time or two and try more of the drinks, such as the Funky Monkey and/or Curious George, and maybe even a Volcano Bowl if I go with someone I'm able to share it with! And I'll vary the nights I go, as well, since crowds can change dramatically depending on what's up with the live entertainment, etc. Also, I hope very much to meet Dave and Rebecca as everyone clearly loves those guys! And more power TO 'em, I say! L.A. can't have enough good Tiki Bars as far as I'M concerned!
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Joined: Mar 18, 2007
|Posted: 2007-10-08 01:50 am  Permalink|
Well, a couple weeks ago I DID get back to the Orchid and had a WAAAAYYY better experience than before. First of all, I got to meet Dave, who was behind the bar that night and made me a wonderful (AND complimentary -- thanks, Dave!) Funky Monkey which was delicious and justly popular! And, what can I say? I had a great time, Dave was a blast to talk with, and I'll definitely be goin' back for more. The only odd thing was that the lighting was a lot brighter than I remembered it the last time, and Tiki bars & dim lighting just go together, don't they? (But maybe that was 'cause they were getting close to closing time.) Anyway, I'm very pleased to NOW be able say that The Purple Orchid is Koolamundo!
Joined: Jun 07, 2006
From: South Bay area L.A.
|Posted: 2007-10-13 10:24 pm  Permalink|
......Went in & played pool w/my daughter,on one of the cool PURPLE! pool table's. The drinks we had were excellent! Got to meet Dave. Very nice guy. Slid him one of the Agents oF VooDoo, CDs. Hope he digs it. I would love to have the Agents play there.
In any case, way cool place!!!................Remy
"You have the right to chant...use it"
Joined: Nov 28, 2002
From: santa monica
|Posted: 2007-11-08 07:01 am  Permalink|
The wife and I are there most every friday night getting the drink-on before dinner. Good drinks and good folks. Dave and Rebecca are super nice and really care about the place. A side note, go to main street and check out some of the local eateries, there is good food to be found.
Joined: Jan 08, 2009
|Posted: 2009-01-08 10:25 am  Permalink|
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
|Posted: 2009-01-08 3:14 pm  Permalink|
Hey! The Why's are rockin!
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2009-01-08 6:12 pm  Permalink|
SYLTB ! Support Your Local Tiki Bar!
Joined: Jul 10, 2006
From: San Francisco Bay Area
|Posted: 2009-01-08 7:45 pm  Permalink|
Not knowing the neighborhood, and looking for a place to eat near Purple Orchid recently, we stumbled across Burgers Etc. just a few blocks away. Despite low expectations, I was surprised by just how fresh, tasty and well-prepared our food was. Parking is challenging because the tiny parking lot is on a substantial slope, so street parking is a better bet. They also have a drive through. The cuisine can mostly be described as diner food.
130 Main St
El Segundo, CA 90245
Any locals have suggestions?
Joined: Jun 24, 2002
|Posted: 2009-01-08 11:20 pm  Permalink|
Havana Sandwich Co. On main street walking distance from THE PURPLE ORCHID. www.havanasandwich.com
I did some of the decor YEARS ago.