Does El Segundo conjure up images of low-flying planes and plumes of smoke coming from the Scattergood electric plant? It should. There’s a heavy industrial feel to this city, but the Purple Orchid, a dive-y tiki bar just around the corner from Main Street, brings a lighter touch to the city. Pass by regulars smoking under the neon purple sign and enter a tropical mecca of fruity drinks and kitschy decor. There are the requisite bamboo-lined walls and tiki lamps, but the Purple Orchid also does tropical with a twist: yes, tiki masks hang throughout the bar, but there are barbies dangling from their mouths as sacrificial offerings, and a cage with tiny heads hangs by a big screen TV (nope, we don’t want to know their origins). The drinks, unfortunately, don’t always take such a creative turn. With an average (and hefty) price of $12, the menu lists classic picks like a Mai Tai, Scorpion, Blackwell Daiquiri and various coconut-infused libations. You may or may not get an umbrella (a must) depending on who is working, and sometimes the bartender confuses the Vic’s Grog with the Navy Grog (a tarter version of the rum-based cocktail). The Dark and Stormy, a sailor favorite, has a strange metallic aftertaste. Still, the place gets points for ingenuity, like its $10 Martini and Manicure special on Mondays. Where else can you get your nails done under hanging heads? We thought so.
|Venue name:||Purple Orchid||Contact:|
221 Richmond St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 3:30pm-2am; Sat, Sun 2pm-2am|
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The atmosphere of this place is cute (though almost too divey), but the drinks are pretty awful! I know tiki drinks aren't always super high-brow, but everything here tasted way too strongly of mix, or was super sweet. Even the pina colada was un-drinkable—how do you screw up a pina colada?!
This is a great dive bar if you're looking to have some fun in an unpretentious place. The drinks are great (I recommend the mai tai bowls), and the tiki atmosphere is so fun and relaxing. I have come here in small and large groups, and no matter what it's always a good time.