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Naja's Place

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Naja's PlaceNaja's Place
BA SCORE
96
world-class

96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Taps: 88
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, California, 90277-3611
United States
phone: (310) 376-9951

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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

Re-Review after the August 13th, 2005 BA SoCal Social.

A recent “all-day” visit here during the latest BA get together seemed like one good reason to Re-Review Naja’s some 2-1/2 years after I first came here.

Since then, a change of ownership (I believe) and some (much needed) physical improvements to the structure, including new cleaner toilets where it is a pleasure to “drop the kids off at the pool”, are just two of the least important of many reasons for adding to my original BeerFly.

Jason the (new) owner has really pulled out all the stops here and transformed what was a good but “lazy” sea-side bar that sometimes had a decent beer range - into a real high quality Beer Bar that happens to be in a prime location. The draft beer range reads like a Who’s-Who of the Craft greats, whilst the Beer Coolers play host to many bottled domestic and international classics. One Angram Beer Engine spreads the Gospel of the Cask – RR Pliny the Elder during the BA Social. Now serves a limited range but damn tasty selection of Bar food that is not for those on an Atkins diet, but who cares. Service is first rate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and attentive. Stone Brewery Arrogant Bar (at least I think I remember that) but it does always have a Russian River brew on tap…….so come here and get Pliny’d….I did. Excellent.


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Sunday Feb. 9th, & the “CA-BA-Banner-Beer-Mobile”, complete with its esteemed & highly experienced ex-Fighter Pilot DavidBanner landed outside of my Apartment, with its thunderous booming muffler screaming “Come on, We have beer to drink”.
Co-Pilot & Navigator StoutLove77 directed the small crew of 3 from the back seat. With only one phone call to Beer Traffic Control, we were parked in the Redondo Beach Car Lot in no time. I acted as Flight Engineer for the journey, which meant I did nothing apart from control the Car Radio Volume until we landed. I was sufficiently awake when we arrived though that I utilized my skills to the maxim, and correctly interpreted the RB Map & Taxied us successfully to our Arrival Gate - Naja’s International Beer Parlor.

Naja’s IBP is right on the front of the International (?) Boardwalk, 2/3rds of it has a completely open frontage; the other 1/3 has an outward facing half open counter, perfect for Boat & Bird Watching.

On arrival, we were only the 3rd customer of the day & we acted like the beer geeks we all are & pointed at the plethora of light faded empty beer bottles displayed behind the bar. The waitress was not impressed by our filibustering as we pontificated about all of the display bottles & draft beers that we had drunk, as we struggled to make up our collective minds about what to have. That was until we spied the Alesmith Pale Ale. Then a smooth talking Limey discussed the options with the nice English–accent loving waitress, suddenly she was our friend & confirmed that she would like to share one of my home-made Curries for breakfast one morning. Oops, I digress. We duly ordered a Pitcher for the Flight crew at only $12 – not too bad. A long row of taps, some 70, including many classics & offerings from Stone, Alesmith, Anderson Valley, many other US, UK, German & Belgium beers – including the mighty Kasteel Beer (Blond) at 11%! As well as the Drafts, there are several coolers full of bottled beers that were not investigated in great detail but contained in excess of some 200+ beers for sure. Shame on us - Damn! We will just have to come back again. From the gleaming drum-kit that was set-up it looks like live music is an integral part of the nightlife here. A happening place for sure & not for Lightweights. Not sure about food, we never asked or tried, if indeed there was any.

If you get to Redondo Beach - you must come here & waste an hour, or two, drinking the fine draft and bottled beers on offer.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 17, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev 0%

wethorseblanket, Sep 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Stopped by a few beers while in Torrance on business.

Had a blast! Great beer selection, though they said it was down due to preparing for the an upcoming beer fest. Live band on the inside; the harbor, beautiful sunny day and fishing boats right outside the windows. Grabbed a Port Swami to begin with, then asked the boys behind the bar what I would like that I couldn't get at home similar to the Sculpin and Wesy Coast IPA they also had on the board. He said Dirt Wolf not knowing I was from PA!

Low and behold they had Pliney!! Was not listed on the board, but they readily volunteered it. Made my day!

A must see...

blkdth1313, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ChrisCutler, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

gordnbiers, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

SoCalTimmay, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

rollncalguy78, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

werdnacross, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

RolandBlunts, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Bnoise11, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bigjoe786, Apr 19, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -10.3%

It's really hard to rate this place. The selection is obviously incredible and the best around hands down. But the crowd/atmosphere is not so great and seemingly not there for the ridiculous beer selection. I prefer going when it's less crowded so I can just chill out and really enjoy what I'm tasting.

hopmandu, Apr 09, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

Dingy old feel, I was the youngest person in there, best beer selection in south bay. Must go.

Very few women, however very few attractive women are into craft beer so that is a push.

Right on the water enjoy a nice ocean breeze, weekends have live music from a fun garage band.

Kyle_Darr, Apr 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

dra5037, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

fthegiants, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

BillRoth, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

alexolit, Oct 27, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%

Went there during their annual IPA Festival--over 70 IPAs on tap and 2-3 rotating on cask. Amazing selection, esp. of SoCal IPAs.

The place is right on the boardwalk. It has kind of a dive bar feel, but I kinda dig that. Then again, it's right next to the beach which helps, too. The place can be loud with music playing from a jukebox or sometimes a live band playing. There is a quieter side bar where the regulars hang out.

Had the kebab while I was there. Maybe I was a little tipsy, but it was awesome (great bar food, IMO!).

Great place--can't wait to go back!

SoCalBeerIdiot, Aug 13, 2013
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4.07/5  rDev -6.4%

Western Montana and South Bay meet. Very fun atmosphere. IPA festival is super. Good selection of ipas. Southern California is well represented. Cool music and good place to get away. I would bring myself here again and/ or family. Relaxing and low pressure.

yaquina, Aug 10, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

Right on the water and classic rock cover bands rock out when it's sunny on the weekends - so pretty much every weekend.

Great draft selection that is ever-changing. The owners are passionate about what beer they are able to get their hands on. Ask them about something they don't have access to and you can tell they're pissed about it. Don't mention Alpine Beer Co.

They've got pretty solid bar food that showcases a variety of fine, fried items. The real winner is the pita plate. Chicken with muschrooms, onions, jalapenos, lettuce, pitas, and hummus. Unreal and pairs really well with an IPA.

TheCrowsNest, Feb 02, 2012
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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%

This place definitely falls under dives in a great way. This is not your trendy craft bar with stuck up self proclaimed "beer connoisseurs" talking out of their ass about terroir. Its directly next to the docks which adds a nice atmosphere. Has a kinda scummy sea-ness to it. Although i'm not sure how to describe that better, I mean it in a good way haha.

They have an amazing amount of beers on rotating tap. I've never seen less than 50 different ones available (they also have bottles of course). The aspect I like is that they have more than the regular found everywhere craft beers. Recently I was there and they had a 2009 double dead guy on tap woop woop! You will hear of events being hosted here as well. None are expensive and all are well worth it. Keep an eye out for their announcements when we get to LA beer week. Service wise it is beautiful, never have to wait more than a minute. Its very impressive. As well as being staffed by what seems like only beer geeks. That makes it a great place for you rookies out there. Don't be shy to ask and learn!
As far as their food I never tried it. Always seem to have just eaten before i go there. It seems like your regular bar food. No frills, nothing fancy, just some hearty looking bar food. Great spot

trancesk8er, Jan 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Living in the South Bay, I have visited this bar many times throughout the years. The atmosphere is great, set along the boardwalk at the Redondo Beach Pier. The selection is great, with everything from Bud Light to some of the sought after brews like Pliny, DFH 120, Sculpin, Citra, etc. There are usually some special events featuring a specific brewery or style. I recently attended the DFH and Ballast Point nights during LA Beer week and was treated to some real gems such as Bitches Brew, 120, and Victory at Sea. The food isn't anything special, burgers, fries, chicken strips, etc. Come for the beer not the food. Overall I love this place and if you are visiting Los Angeles I recommend stopping in for a brew.

fullthrottle77, Jan 21, 2012
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Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.