In ancient Chinese folklore, the scorpion was believed to be one of the Five Poisons, which were five creatures that could cause great harm to people, especially during the summer months. The first of these five were the snake, centipede and scorpion. The last two would either be the toad, lizard, spider, or tiger depending on the source of the information. But all of the sources agree on the first three. During that era, it was believed that special amulets would protect the wearer from these so-called troublemakers. It was more likely, however, that these little fiends were probably attracted to the cool environment of buildings from the harsh summer heat, hence why they would cause mischief more so in summer. The Chinese were not the only ones to notice these pests. In Lebanon, The Temple of Eshmun is an ancient sanctuary devoted to the Phoenician God of Healing. One of the only remaining frescoes on these ruins depicts a snake, centipede, scorpion, and crab, all symbolic of injury and illness. In modern times, while the scorpion can still cause trouble, it has redeemed itself in a variety of ways. Medicinally, scorpion venom has been used in many applications, such as in the treatment for brain cancer, in dermatological use, and as a pain reliever. Of course, there is one scorpion that I find to be highly beneficial, and that is tequila serving one known as L’Scorpion.
My friend Katherine and I came here the other night for an incredible tequila tasting, and we were both quite impressed. The lounge is nestled among costume stores and restaurants on Hollywood Boulevard, not too far from Hollywood and Highland. I love the elaborate metalwork on the bar and glass doors. Shades of vibrant red throughout, from the outside awning to the booths upholstery in back, add passion and warmth to the environment, as does the sensual lighting.
Lanterns and sconces, as well as a vintage tin-tiled ceiling are the prime examples of the metal in the space. I love when buildings incorporate brick into their design, be it natural brick or brick veneer. Here it adds a beautiful and stylish earth element to the setting, which acts a bridge between the fire and metal elements. The curvature of the metalwork adds a much-needed water element to the area, with the rectangular shapes of the bar and the very room itself symbolizing the final element, wood. Even though it is made of metal, I would also venture to stay that the stripper pole in the rear of the lounge is another example of wood energy feeding fire – or as creative energy feeding passion. It’s discretely displayed, while still being very attainable to all the patrons – should the mood strike them to use it. Neither Katherine nor I felt the inclination. The enormously high ceilings – I’m estimating them to be about eighteen feet high – also assist in a good flow of chi throughout the environment.
Four different tequilas were served to us, ranching from mescal (with an actual scorpion inside the bottle) to a nine months aged tequila. All of them were good, but my favorite by far was the third option provided by Don Julio – which happens to be my favorite brand of tequila.
Guacamole with Chips – A generous portion of guacamole was served to us on a large platter, with strips of white corn tortilla chips. L’Scorpion’s guacamole has a sting to it, with fresh green jalapenos added to the party. Zesty and sensational; I loved it!
Carnitas Tacos – We each got two carnitas tacos, and they were incredible. The carnitas was some of the best I’ve ever had. A small mound of refried beans accompanied the dish. I added some to my tacos, and it was perfect! I also like the modern presentation of the tacos on rectangular plates.
Flan – I feel all flan should be consumed by candlelight. Light-as-air, this was the ideal addition to the meal. It was impressive on its own, but when paired with the tequila, it was overwhelmingly good.
In addition to their abundant tequila selection, L’Scorpion also offers a choice drink menu. I went with their Jalapeno Margarita, because I like it spicy and full of yang energy. On the rocks with salt and limes, this was a refreshing and strong libation. The jalapeno in it offered just enough of a slap to get one’s attention. I may get it just a little spicier next time, just to see how it is. Katherine ordered the Paloma, which consists of tequila and Squirt soda mixed together with fresh lime juice. Unbeknownst to me, it is quite popular to mix Squirt and tequila together in various parts of Mexico. Citrus is the main forerunner of tastes in this beverage. Intriguing.
As it’s located in the heart of Hollywood, parking can be a difficult task. I would suggest bringing cash for one of the paid lots. Another option is to take the metro and exit at Hollywood and Highland. I did this and then walked the two short blocks to the bar. Just remember the subway closes around midnight. If you are going for a more mellow, yin mood, I would advise going early in the evening when they open at 6:00. However, if you want more of a lively, yang mood, go later in the evening after 10:00. L’Scorpion will definitely needle its way into heart and soul – but don’t worry. The perfect inoculation is more tequila.
L’Scorpion Tequila Bar
6679 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Hours: Sunday – Friday 6:00 pm – 2:00 am, Saturday 1:30pm – 2:00 am