Got a long layover at LAX? Tiki bliss is just a few blocks away. Purple Orchid combines tiki bar and dive bar in a wonderful way, with flaming drinks served in elaborate mugs on a bartop covered in island post cards—right next to pool tables and an old-fashioned jukebox. Being a bit off the beaten path, the place is never too crowded, and the drinks are a few dollars cheaper than some of the other spots on this list.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Try the Scorpion, a sweet-and-boozy concoction served in a volcano-shaped bowl and, of course, on fire.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
The live music schedule at Purple Orchid is a bit erratic, but if you come on a night with a band, you’re in for a treat: Surf rock groups from all over the world regularly stop in.