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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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Photo of alexolit
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

alexolit, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%

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
Photo of yaquina
4.07/5  rDev -6%

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
Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

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
Photo of trancesk8er
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%

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
Photo of fullthrottle77
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

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
Photo of DCon
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%

While staying in Redondo Beach for over a week, I'm am VERY upset I didn't find this place before the last day of our trip... While traveling throughout almost all of Southern Cali, this was my favorite Beer Bar and will be coming back here for sure!

Although it isn't a visible place (located on the bottom level of the docks), it was for sure worth the hunt to find it! Located also right next to the piers/harbor right next to Redondo Beach, the atmosphere and scenery can't get any better! There is a "regulars" section on the North side of the place and then a stage and tons of tables looking out to the harbor on the other side of the bar. People are very cool here and with the breeze and open-air bar style, it can't get any better than this!

They served their brews from Chilled pint/snifters and once again, I'm not cool with this. He had clean glasses in the back and brought out 4 just for me because of knowing I would be hanging for a while. Just wait, the service gets even better.

While taking a huge interest in the bottle list and taps on their dry-erase board, John (manager) took this into account and hooked a brother up! After having the Raftman, I asked about any Russian River he had on-tap... Pliney the Elder and Consecration was not even listed on the "Tap List" but he let me enjoy both of these! Later on, we came back here and enjoyed both the 2009 and 2010 Abyss in bottle.

Unreal selection! From the bottles to the "Online LIVE!" tap list, I would definitely be a regular here if I lived by Redondo/Manhattan Beach. This beats anywhere in a 50 mile radius and am still upset I couldn't have found it sooner..

While there were specials and happy hours daily, the manager cut our bill by almost $20 since we were hanging out from noon-night time and this made the experience even better. Can't see anyone ever rating this place below an A+!

DCon, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of jrnyc
4.33/5  rDev 0%

Fantastic selection of beer here, they have 88 beers on tap and bottles. Any place that has PTE,Sculpin and Green Flash West Coast IPA on tap at same time is a hop heads heaven!!

Different kind of setup here than I am used to on East Coast. Half bar and other half you need to lineup and order beer. Day I was here there was only one person covering the whole place, took too long to get my beer. It was also a bit difficult to find, but worth it when you get there.

This place is a must visit if you are in the area.

jrnyc, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%

I stopped by Naja's on my way out of the city around noon on a Friday. It was quite empty, but to be expected.

It was in a cool area and I like the idea of the place, but I kind of felt like I was at a cheap spring break bar that sold daiquiris. The bartender seemed nice for the most part, but did not seem interested in interacting much. I think the atmosphere kind of played into this as there is not much space to sit at the bar.

The selection was solid, but not great. The tap selection was extensive with a few interesting beers, but I could have easily elimited 75%+ of the beers with no hinderance to how I'd score them in this area. The bottle selection was decent with a few interesting beers to choose from, but I wasn't terribly impressed. I didn't try the food.

I recommend stopping by this place if you're in the area, but I certainly wouldn't go out of the way to visit. I very much did not like the atmosphere and the beer selection was good, but not great. It was also quite expensive, though the pours were quite large. I'd much rather have the option for smaller pours at a lower price, though.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of ElSid
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

This place has a very dive bar feel to it. The crowd is usually quite laid back with a wide range of ages and personalities, but everyone is quite friendly and laid back. A great peoples beer bar.

Clean with a view of Redondo Beach Pier. The bar service is great and the staff have great beer knowledge and are always helpful. The food service all depends on busyness.

The beer selection is awesome! Beer are always rotating and they frequently have events featuring local brews and beer styles which is always fun.

Average bar food. Come for the beer and if you're hungry they will take care of your gastric needs but nothing to write home about in this category.

Very reasonably priced. They have the option to get most beers in pitchers which helps keep the wallet full and thick. A great beer bar with a laid back, beach community feel.

ElSid, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of jbtice0315
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Ah Naja's Place. This is the best beer bar in south bay. The location is great - right on the Redondo Beach Pier. Enjoy a beer while looking out at the Pacific Ocean.

Has a dive bar feel and look, but one of the best beer selections I've ever seen with 88 taps going. They have BMC, but also one of the older beer accounts with distributors in LA so they get a lot of rare beers that other places won't be able to.

What I love is that there seems to be always a few sours on tap, a ton of IPAs, and always something new that I've never tried.

The bartenders know beer. They will help you find the beer you like and will give you small tasters just to be sure.

The only ding that I have is that the food is not that great. The wings and tacos are good, but everything else isn't that great.

Overall, if you live in the area this should be your go to place for beer. If you are visiting LA, it's only about 20 mins from LAX so visit the beach and Naja's and kill 2 birds with one stone.

jbtice0315, May 07, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%

Visited here a number of times while working in LA in the Winter of 2011. The first time I stopped in I had a Pliny the Elder followed by a Hoptimum on-tap. 88 brews on-tap plus bottles. Quite impressive. Knowledgeable staff. On my last visit I was encouraged to try a Port Mongo on-tap and it was just great.

Bought the cool "Fear No Beer" hooded sweatshirt, which seems to be of good quality.

Sometimes I loved the music that was playing but sometimes the death metal was too much. Fortunately, you can get your beer and sit outside, looking at the Redondo Pier and boatyard.

Tucquan, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ikats
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%

Naja's Place is one of my favorite spots in LA. One trip I actually booked a hotel nearby, so I wouldn't need to drive after hanging out here.

Selection is exceptional. They have 88 taps with something for everyone. Beers range from macro (Coords, Amstel, Miller) to more popular craft (Lagunitas IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Fat Tire) to hard to get stuff (Russian River, Lost Abbey Angel's Share). A lot of local breweries are represented (big and small), but there are also a lot of beers from all over the US, Belgium, Germany (and a few other countries). The tap selection is so good, that I never paid any attention to bottles. I can't imagine not being able to find something here (regardless of my mood). I usually spend some time creating a line up of what I'll order based on a number of factors, and it's a bit hard to narrow down the list at Naja's. At appears that they now have an almost live picture of there beer list on their website.

I have no issues with quality. Everything I had was without any issues. Didn't have any food on any of my visits, so I can't comment on that (but it looked good).

I always found service very pleasant. I like their system - everybody's lining up to the main spot at the bar (no table service). Beers are organized on the board by color by price. Very efficient. Bartenders are attentive. In all my experiences they've been professional and friendly.

The place is right on the boardwalk, which makes it absolutely beautiful during sunset hours. I'm not sure I would call Naja's Place a dive bar, but it's definitely very unpretentious and relaxed spot. There was sometimes live music (but I am not sure if it's a regular thing). The place was never too crowded. There is a main area with tables, main bar area, music stage, and a much smaller and quieter spot in the back of the bar (it seemed to me that that's where most regulars are concentrated - I preferred it because music is not so loud there).

Great spot to have a beer!

ikats, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
5/5  rDev +15.5%

This place is seriously amazing. Right on the water in Redondo beach, seriously a few steps and you are right in the water. Great beer selection, plenty of places to sit, great staff, awesome grub. The scene is always going, doesn't matter if it's 11:30pm Sunday night, there is at least 20 people there. Always treated like family, no one rolls their eyes if you want to try before you buy. NFL Sunday ticket, great bands a place to sit and smoke right outside. It's like home, only you never have to clean up and the selection of beers and specialty beers you only have in your dreams. Love this place. I honestly don't think I could live without it and I only have been going here for a little more than a year. Thank you Jesus for Naja's place!

whatthehull, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%

Stopped in here on Tuesday afternoon (10-26-10). I had planned on staying for a couple of pints, but I spent too much time wandering around the Redondo Pier in search of Naja's. Oh well.

Naja's Place has a great location, and they take full advantage of it too! The front wall does little more than define the boundary between bar and boardwalk; it's very open and airy. Having the boardwalk right there provides for some nice people-watching opportunities too. For those that don't want to gaze outside, Naja's has plenty of flat-screen TVs, as well as hundreds of past tap handles hanging from the ceiling.

The tap list is huge! A good 80 or so offerings, all of them quality selections. While the focus was hoppier ales, Naja's offered a good selection of beer styles as well. There were also a good amount of rare, small-batch, beers, such as Double Dry Hopped Stone IPA, DDH 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, DDH Ruination, Lagunitas Ryan's Folly, etc. I was impressed. The bottle list is supposedly very good, too.

The prices were higher than I expected, and the service was meh. I ended up paying $8 for my pint of DDH Stone IPA, and tipped the guy at the counter a $1 for handing it to me (I feel like a tip isn't necessary when the only service they provide is filling the glass, but I still do it anyway). When asked if they had anything new or special on tap, he pointed to the board without saying a word. Thanks. Even though it was incredibly slow on Tuesday afternoon, nobody ever came by my table. I think that's just how they do it at Naja's though: if you want something, go to the counter.

If I lived near here and had a bit more expendable income, I'd be a regular. This is an awesome beer bar! Check it out if you're in the area.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

Has a typical Beach atmosphere here..right off the boardwalk with a nice view of the boats in the marina or pedestrians if you'd like to people watch. It's a bit run down and somewhat rustic. More of a dive beer bar than an upscale spot. 10 flat screens placed throughout tuned to sports. Bands playing weekends 3PM to 1AM which I did not hang around for, but by 3 PM most of the tables were already taken with a lot of the regulars and locals.

Beers on tap are exceptional and very well priced. Well worth a visit just for the beer selection.

Service mediocre. Get in line and wait to order your bottle or tap. I hope they have waiters during prime time!? But, they know their brews and are willing to give you a small sample taste if needed. I could spend a fair amount of time doing this, but did not want to hold up the people waiting in line behind me.

Beer selection 88 taps is exceptional. Very good brewery selections and wide selection of styles. Bottles available as well if you don't see what you want on tap.

Food menu is 5 or 6 items deep. Basic Hamburgers, hot wings, fries fare and, a bit pricey. $10 for burger and fries? Still, great beer prices balance this out if you choose to eat.

fourplayed, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of willbolk
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%

An absolute dive, albeit with the most amazing taplist in the southbay, and maybe all of socal. I think 88 taps. Some are reserved for the bmc crowd, but most are of the craft variety. They feature pretty much all breweries distributed in cali. I know they get PtY when it's available.

Website used to list taps, but it was rarely up to date and more recently they don't even have a tap list up.

They often have special events with beer and glass specials.

Haven't tried the food, but the tap list is reason enough to visit. Only bummer is you have to pay for parking.

willbolk, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of AndyNardo
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

This a great little place tucked away in the marina. I feel that since you can't see it from the street that it doesn't get overcrowded. Their beer selection is phenomenal and they are constantly having special nights dedicated to a specific brewery who has provided them with kegs/casks of their flagship beers and their rarities. They even have a facebook page that makes it easier to follow their special nights. You don't have to go to their website to find out, it's already on your newsfeed (sorry to those who don't use facebook).

The food is just your typical bar food appetizers and burgers. On weekends and some nights they have bands come and play cover songs. Granted the stage is small, so it's funny to see a four man band squeeze up there, but they get the job done. There is even a tiny little dance floor. I only have two beefs with the place. Their tables are small, so it's hard if you go with a big group of people, and their bathrooms are small.

AndyNardo, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of UnknownKoger
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Naja's is the only bar my buddies and I go to, and we live in San Pedro...the 20 minute drive is worth it. Naja's looks like a dive bar, but these guys (and the one female bartender) know their beer. They generally have 88 taps going with a good number of consistent beers always on tap. The others get rotated pretty frequently. Their bottle selection is worth checking out as well. Bartenders are great and super knowledgable and more than happy to let you sample something. Prices are reasonable. The food is greasy and good. Just don't go when the band is playing. They have a pretty good jukebox, but sometimes it can get hogged by certain people.

Naja's is also good about holding events. They have frequent keep the glass nights, and reps from lots of breweries are always coming in and handing out samples to patrons. They also hold events like their annual IPA fest. It pays to friend them on facebook!

If you're in the South Bay and love great beer, this is the bar for you. Absolutely essential.

UnknownKoger, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of RedRooster07
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Visited the place regularly. Had a good reggae band on Saturday afternoon's. Plenty of beer selection on tap and in bottle. Plenty of parking, regular crowd, not too rowdy. Food is reasonably priced and is very good. Would recommend to anyone. Has a good rock band on weekend nights. Close to the marina, large selection of IPA's. Goal has been to try every beer on tap but unfortunately haven't been able to do so. Service is sometimes slow, place is small so line to order beer can get kind of crazy, only one pool table but they have added more flat screens for sports enthusiasts

RedRooster07, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Been to najas a couple times now but went last night and the vibe was really cool with a live rock band covering all kinds of old skool jams. The selection there is quite nice with about a hundred beers on tap and another hundred in bottles. The service was alright due to the amount of people in the place but still managed to get plenty of tasty beer. I also like the fact that they always have pliny the elder on tap. Their buffalo wings and the chicken kabob plates are off the hook and are generous portions for bar food. Great view of the marina and you could definitelty smell the ocean from your seat. Can't say enough about najas and will always frequent this place for sure.

Gobzilla, May 31, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

I can't believe that I haven't reviewed Naja's Place yet. I've been there a handful of times while in the area for business. I went there for lunch last Sunday. It was a warm sunny afternoon and the sun poured in through the front of the place (rolling garage style doors). Very casual beach marina vibe, tall tin tables with vintage diner stools amongst surfing decco and literally hundreds of tap handles hanging from the ceiling. The taps list is CRAZY! I started off with the '08 Abyss draft. The place fills up quickly...especially on a sunny weekend..and the band starts playing. Service becomes an issue with the crowd but they work hard. I ordered the chicken version of their Famous Kabob Plate. The "small" version was a TON of food! I really enjoyed it. They also have an AMAZING bottle selection. It was really hard to choose, but i went with a bottle of Bruery's Papier...which i really enjoyed also. Very comfortable place..until the crowd pours in, right on the boardwalk, great view of the marina and the sun with the smell of the ocean in the air...like being on another planet. Great change of pace. Highly recommended!

jjayjaye, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

I swung by this place during a long road trip, 2009.

Place is right on the marina, nice area. It was a bit of a chilly night, I couldn't figure out why they had the doors and windows wide open (its an open air joint). When I realized how packed the place was, I understood.

Huge chalkboard, wide array of quality taps and bottles. The food is a step up from pub fare, and is relatively inexpensive. A band ended up playing and some douche-baggy guy was pretty much break dancing to classic rock covers (he was being serious, too). I was cracking up watching him while enjoying a brew with friends, what could be better?

zoolzoo, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

Stopped by here on the way back to Pomona from Beachwood BBQ. I've been meaning to stop by here for quite some time and just never ended up making it.

The place itself looks like your typical bar. The lighting is low, there are small tables with stools all around and an L-shaped bar at the front. There is also some outside seating, but it was a chilly evening, so not too many people were out there.

The beer list is fairly eclectic. They do have plenty of the usual macros, but quite an extensive list of American craft and imports. They had a few interesting bottles as well, but nothing I can't normally get.

We had pours of Victory at Sea, Abyss, Chicory Stout, SN Wet Hop (as it was SN pint night), and Strand brewing's pale ale. If you want to get down to being a real beer nerd, the beers aren't necessarily served in the proper glassware.

The food was pretty much your typical bar food, but still good. A bit pricey on the food front, for what you get, that is. Still, not terrible.

A pretty nice place and I'd stop in again.

womencantsail, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of iiii
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

Went here on a rainy Saturday in early December 2009 around 6pm. Wasn't crowded, but it was populated. Most folks were orderly, with some small exceptions. Had burgers (pretty good, but $9) and fries (meh, ok, came with the burgers), and a pitcher of Green Flash IPA from tap (great stuff, $15ish?). Service wasn't quite with a smile, but was tolerant of our requests. Didn't quite seem to be "in the mood" to deal with non-regulars. Anyway, I'm sure I'll go back eventually, if only for the amazing selection. The big menu whiteboard had somewhere around 88 beers on tap. Almost too many choices.

iiii, Dec 13, 2009
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.