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Naja's Place

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

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
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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Reviews by GoCubsMatt:
Photo of GoCubsMatt
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Well I just left LA, and I knew that before I went I had to make one last stop at Naja's. I found this to be my favorite bar in the LA area. There might be bars that are better, but since driving is such an integral part of the vapid LA culture, this was the best bar within taxi-able distance of my buddy's place in Hermosa Beach.

Anyway the atmosphere is basically a divey beach bar complemented by a fantastic selection of beer. Whereas your average Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach establishment is going to draw a certain type of youthful, image concerned Angelino, Naja's clearly leans toward dive.

The bar itself is made of plastic, but behind the bar are all of the taps and several fridges chock full of good bottles. They recently added a handpump, and the several times I have been there since, they have a local brew on the cask (Stone brews are pretty common).

The service here is friendly and prompt (contrast this to the mandatory 5 minute plus wait at Father's Office). They'll give you a sample of a beer if you'd like to try before you buy. One of the guys working there is a huge Yankees fan, and it was entertaining to watch him squirm during the Red Sox-Yankees ALCS game that was on at the time. I'm sure he'd be happy to be reminded about the biggest choke of all time when you go there.

They have a limited menu of pub grub. It's nothing special but if you are looking for something upon which to munch while you imbibe, it's there.

I have been there on Saturday afternoons during the summer, and there was often a live band playing. It can get a little to loud to talk, but it sure is nice to kick back with a nice brew and the sun shining in on a summer afternoon. Another time, there was a nice 2-person fight outside, it was tough to get the jist of the fight, but it ended with one guy knocked out on the ground, and the RBPD rolling in with beanbag shotguns. Highly entertaining, and they didn't even charge cover (at no time did I feel unsafe, it was just a random fight between two drunk guys who clearly weren't the brightest bulbs in the knife drawer).

If I had ended up staying in LA as opposed to moving out, I would have moved within walking distance of Naja's. It's definitely one of a few bars in LA that is worth checking out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of The_Jerk
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Went during LABW for the FSW tapping event they had. Waited 3 hours in a overly crowded dive bar that had reggae music blasting so loud I could barely have a conversation with the people I was with. The lines were long and apparently they couldnt figure out how to tap the special beer that day. I went back n forth about 10 times constantly kept asking while in a line just to try the beer and one the guys just kept telling me "Bro, youll know its tapped when we announce it"..Well I gave up and on my way out of leaving, find out they tapped the beer and told no one..how thoughtful of you guys seriously. I got what was left in a pitcher prolly half a pints worth and it wasnt worth the hassle. I will not be coming back here for any event they have.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of blkdth1313
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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...

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of hopmandu
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kyle_Darr
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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!

Photo of yaquina
4.07/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of trancesk8er
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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

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Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.