Naja's Place

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Naja's PlaceNaja's Place
BA SCORE
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81 Reviews
Reviews: 81
Visits: 101
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 88
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of AndyNardo
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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. (967 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of RedRooster07
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 (583 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (684 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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! (1,137 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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? (621 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of iiii
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (597 characters)

Photo of tang3nt
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Good ole Naja's Place! Not the cleanest joint, but damn do they have a selection. A bottle list that is 200 + and a draft list of awesome beers (about 80+) to top it off. Always something great on tap. With stuff like Stone Vertical Epic Ale 07.07.07, Double Bastard 06, Pliny the Elder, and Old Crustation rotating through this joint all the time, I always leave pleased! The atmosphere is not bad, kinda cool with a open air front end and the water not 10 feet from the entrance. It does get very crowded especially when they have bands playing there on fridays though. Great staff, always helpful. If you live in the area, it really is one of the best places around locally. (677 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made my way over here by public transportation during a recent stay in Long Beach.

Atmosphere is good. It's a bit of a divey atmosphere but it's open air and right on a harbor so it has that going for it, although that's not to say the fact it seems like a dive is something it doesn't have going for it. The bar is located right near the entrance. TV's are located throughout the place with some other objects to while away the time.

Quality is OK. They had a few different kinds of glassware and it was all served at a good temperature with proper head.

Service is good. The bartender is pretty friendly and could hold his own while talking beer. He also pointed me to the new arrival - Raspy XII. Note that (at least as far as I know) you need to order your beer at the bar.

Selection is good. They had AleSmith Speedway Stout, Pliny the Elder, and a good amount of other fairly hard-to-find offerings - somewhere between 80 and 100 in all. They also have a pretty solid bottle list.

Food was good - I only had the wings but they were no disappointment.

Value is pretty good. The draft beer is priced pretty well but the bottles were a bit on the expensive side ($32 for Consecration and $35 for Raspy XII).

Overall this was a solid place and certainly has a vast collection of beers people east of the Mississippi are dying to try. Worth a stop. (1,356 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

The Boardwalk in Redondo Beach has some interesting shops, an old arcade, and well...Naja's Place. Very divey and ...um...aging, on the inside: a pool table in the back, a small stage for bands to perform, old stools and tables around, and sports on TV. Nothing wrong with that, but a neat freak might freak out.

Service was prompt and attentive, and helpful on a few of our questions.

Needless to say, there is a lot to choose from. Sours from Cantillon and 2004 Vintages of Celebration Ale, and over 250 other brands of bottles is a good place to start. The tap selection is mere icing on the cake, with beers like Speedway Stout, 2006 Old Crustacean, Magic Hat #9 (unavailable in CA at this writing), Sierra Nevada Chico Estate, Saison Dupont, Mammoth. Having a Weekday happy hour from 4-7pm on most drafts helps its cause as well. $5 on most drafts, but $4 during happy hour. One thing worth pointing out is their high-end draft pricing will set up back more than other establishments. $8 for a 12 ounce Pliny the Elder?

Why the low quality score? Okay, they do have several pieces of glassware, but it is all chilled. A can of PBR which I saw a customer open spewed a beer slushie at the counter (yes, they sell tallboys of PBR here). In addition, my two beers didn't seem like they were in optimal shape, which is the real reason. At least my friend's two beers were in good shape.

Naja's has an amazing beer selection with some vintages available, but keep in mind with a large quantity of beer, some of it may be sitting around for a while. After me and my friend each had two beers, we walked to the arcade and got ourselves dizzy riding the Tilt-O-Whirl. Damn that was fun. For those with kids, drops the kids off at the arcade so you can drink some killer beers at Naja's. Also, the staff knows its beer quite well, so add a little to the service.

Update 3/3/10: Came back again yesterday. Fewer quality porblems with the beer, so give that a boost. Also tried some chili cheese fries and onion rigns. Onion rigns are acceptable, chili cheese fries were too crunchy, and the chili was only lukewarm. Good cheese though. (2,140 characters)

Photo of KNORDSTROM
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was pretty excited to check this place out. I had met a fellow BA at Stone Brewery the day before. All I heard was IPA festival and we were there. I happened to have had 2 of my best friends with me that weekend , which one was lite yellow beer drinker.

This place is right on the marina,you cant beat the view. The beer list on the wall gave me wood. it's always cool when you can find a couple IPA'S that you haven't had.The live band was cool.

Service for me was a plus. The young lady was very helpful and kind. the place closed at 12:00am and she shut the doors and let us finish our beers.Prob. about 20-30 min

I will go back, and so will the now none lite yellow beer drinker. WE GOT ANOTHER ONE BOY'S!!!! (719 characters)

Photo of originalsin
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Wow. Heard so much about this place...was about time I made my way over to Redondo. My first trip to Naja's was for their IPA fest last week. It was great really. Amazing beer selection. I had Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, DFH 90 minute, sculpin, and about 3 others. Just great. My second visit came just the other day and now here I am, writing this.

I didn't think the Naja's could possibly disappoint. It didn't. It's a dive on the boardwalk in Redondo, so I certainly didn't expect the atmosphere to be much different than it was--TV's tuned to every ESPN imaginable, music blaring, lines of absurd length towards the bar. Again, as expected. Not perfect, but not unexpected.

Service at the bar wasn't perfect, either. Maybe another bartender could have helped but oh well. I don't mind waiting all that much. What did bother me was the wait for food. The hummus plate took 25 minutes to get to me--ordering my 3rd beer I saw them making it. That is, I watched them slapping hummus onto a plate from a nondescript white bucket and then tossing on some tomatoes etc. It was done before I could say "dogfish head".... Can't hold that against the barkeeps, though. The two that I spoke with were very willing to talk beer and were all kinds of knowledgeable as well.

The selection? Jesus. Visit their website. Take a look. 88 taps. Hundreds of bottles. So exceptional.

W/r/t beer I was so impressed. But when it comes to food...not at all. Being located on a boardwalk, not to mention 100 yards from one of the most incredible fresh food markets I've ever had the opportunity to dine at, I'd expect some decent sea-fare. Not a chance.

Long story short--decent bar. Amazing beer. Awesome bartenders. Food wasn't all that good. (1,739 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went here with a few friends for the IPA festival that included Younger, Elder...and my personal favorite...Sculpin. Incredible! It was a good showdown between the three...but that crazy fish got the best of both Pliny's. Anyways, here I go...

A: Right next the docks on the boardwalk, I walked into a lively cathedral that was home to many wonderful beers. The scene seemed to be a mix of old and young, but slightly leaning towards a 20's crowd. Good music, a lot of TV's, and decent food.

Q: Beer is top notch and in abundance. The service was pretty good as well, and the bartender had a surplus of knowledge about the brews he was serving.

S: Like I said, nothing to complain about here. Very knowledgable beer people...which ultimately means....good people.

S: WOW! I went here for a special occasion, so I'm not sure what they have on tap regularly...but seemed pretty awesome. I enjoyed the following brews: Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, Racer X, Mahajara, Rubicon IPA, 90 minute...you get the point.

F: Even though I didn't order food, my friends were willing to share some of their's with me. Bascially a decent burger joint with a few more things added to the menu.

Overall: Like my buddy Pehlman said...I would like to come here when they don't have anything special going on in order to get a real fee for the place, but I anticipate my opinion now won't change. A must see if you're in the So. California area. Cheers! (1,455 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Myself and a pair o' buddies decided to head out to naja's for the ipa fest last night. Boy am I glad we did. After a fourty five minute drive with an additional ten minutes of driving around trying to find catalina street and cursing the city of redondo for not using all lighted street signs we find the place. or general location rather. after a little bit of detective work at a competitors bar we find Naja's or heaven either word works.

the place was pretty busy for a wednesday night. a line forms down the bar past the fridges of beer under a plethora of old tap handles. i see everything from shiner bock, to pliny the younger. cherry wheat to black butte xx. rad. but the main star of the show sat up on that white board. 88 taps. no way. AWESOME.

bartender is friendly and wise. good for some chatter in between the crazy air about the place.

how can you not love this selection. this is what the yardhouse should be. a fantastic array of beers from around the country all up on tap. i am stoked.

food was alright. the burger was decent. tatter tots were awesome. but lets be honest here folks. i dont think you are going to najas for the food.

this place or palace if you will is well worth the gas to get out there. I will be back very soon. (1,261 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Do not try to find this place with your GPS. It is pretty hard, trust me. Also, parking is $5, so be prepared for that.

This place is located on the Boardwalk. It is on the end of a long stretch of shops and restaraunts. There are about 20 tall tables and some bar seatins, along with a few chairs just outside for smokers. There is a pool table, and a convienent change machine right next to it. It has a good view, out of its many windows, of the water and boats. There was a band playing when i was there, and it was nice, but it was a little loud, and there wa sno place to go to get away from the noise. Actually it was so loud that it was nearly impossible to hold a conversation. That was the only flaw.

The staff was friendly, and willing to talk beer. The service was prompt.

The beer selection was exceptional. they have 88 taps, and a LOT of bottles. They had beers from every style I was interested in. i dount they had anything from obscure styles, but they definately had something for everybody. Sours, Stouts, DIPA's, IPA's, Fresh hopped, Even a few macros. They had Stone old Guardian 05 to 08 on tap. So, yeah, a good beer selection.

The food selectios was small. They have a burger, and a few grilled items, and some appetisers. But everything we had was good.

The price might be just a little steep. i got an 8 oz New Begain La Folie for $7.50, which to me is pricy. But I got a pint of 2005 Old Guardian for $5, which is pretty good IMHO. So the price varies by what you want to drink.

Overall: This place was great. i would come back again if I was in the area. If I lived around there, I would be a regular. (1,637 characters)

Photo of Hebby
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Their selection is great. I was there on 1-24-09 and had a 2004 Stone Old Guardian, although I think I should have had the 2005. Good either way. Their tap list is huge and so is their bottle list. I tried to order the Sierra Torpedo but they didn't have it yet but said they are getting it soon. The weekends are loud and busy with a live band, sometimes it's reggae, sometimes it's rock n roll. If you want a vast selection of beers that you won't usually be able to drink at a bar I would look no further than Naja's. Plus I can ride my bike there, sometimes not home though. (578 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

What a mixed bag for the hyped and uberly inconvenient Naja's Place.

It's a dive... it's got a room full of TVs but even on an NFL Sunday they're split between every obscure sport you can imagine and the major games (which aren't necessarily on big screens) with the music blaring. The food is maybe passable, but you're on a freakin' dock... what, you can't even get fresh fish to fry? There's a kitchen back there and they're making slop. Try. A little.

The taps, yes, are excellent. They're arranged in a way that drunk locals and initiates can figure out something to order, which is a nice thing to help the uninitiated. There's a certain charm to a completely unpretentious place that serves great food, and I love dives, but the place doesn't have to feel like a hole, or miss out on obvious opportunities to do the bare minimum to improve. Service was adequate. I don't see why I'd come across town to go here, though. (928 characters)

Photo of quarrygirl
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

i dig naja's place, it's a chill dive type of bar with TONS of great beers on tap. i will always love it, because it's the first place i ever tried pliny the elder. plus it's right by the pier, so you get a lot of rowdy folks stopping in. it's a bit noisy, but always tons of fun.

the downside, it's a bit pricey and the service is often rude and indifferent. i feel like regulars get served first, and i am often left standing there at the bar with an empty glass for upwards of 10 minutes.

that being said, this is a great place! totally worth the drive from hollywood to get such a great selection of beer. :) (617 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

What a find! I went here last night after looking it up in the beerFly directory. Its right up the road from me too! There were 88 beers on tap! More beer on tap then I have ever seen (previously Max's in Baltimore had the most in my book). Some of which were crappy beer aka. bud, coors, miller ect... But most were craft beers american and belgium. The bottle list was exceptional lots of hard to find stuff at a great cost! Victory storm king (which is really really hard to find if you don't already know) was only $4. If you live in greater LA then you should check this place out. Two thumbs up (600 characters)

Photo of supermanjace
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Holy Lord, this place is da bomb. Yes, I just wrote "da bomb" in 2008. I am so loopy with love for this place that I am using hackneyed phrases from 10 years ago... Should you be impressed? You should!

I live in LA proper, and this hole in the wall is in Redondo Beach. Any residents of LA or former visitors to our fair city will likely be aware what a drive it is to get anywhere within the city, let alone drive 20 miles outside of it. But... but... but, this place is worth putting up with driving in LA. Heady statement, I know.

Their beer selection is by far the best I have ever seen. My selections include The Abyss, Racer X, Le Fleur Misseur, and Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Ale. This is just in addition to the innumerable (okay-- it's probably around 60-something) of other taps, not to mention (though I am) their enormous bottle selection. The food is tasty to boot, and the guys behind the counter (I think you call them bartenders) are kind souls who seem to like what they serve, which is a definite plus in this burg.

It's not a fancy place, but when the beer is this good, your mind can picture itself wherever you want.

So, why haven't you gone here yet? (1,183 characters)

Photo of kyleec
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Open-air beach bum bar with pub food and tons of amazing beers. The water is spitting distance from the front door. I really liked the laid-back attitude of this place compared to some of the more uppity beer bars I've visited.

Quality: lots of great beers coming in and out. The website is somewhat up-to-date but there were a few things I tried to order basd on their bottle menu that were sold out. Overall, the quality of the brews here really is stellar.

Service: The service was fairly quick during happy hour and most of the staff seemend knowledgeable. We asked to see a pair of Yulesmith bottles to try and determine what years they were, and the bartender thought we were ordering rather than inquiring. He popped the top,s and we got stuck with them even though I would have liked to have tried something else. Other than that it was ok.

Selection: Easily one of the deepest beer selections I've come across. There were a few too many IPAs, and I thought the draft menu could gave used more stouts, porters, and the like, but if you're a hophead, it's fantastic.

Food: Greasy pub food. My brother had chili cheese fries and said they were great. I didn't eat anything. It's just junk to fill your tummy while getting drunk.

Value: Happy hour value was awesome. Pints for $3, mugs for $4. My local bars charge $6 a pint and only drop it down to about $4 (and make you pick from a limited list of crappy beers). This is one of the best values I've seen. Unfotunately, all the best beers were in "red" or "orange," meaning no happy hour discounts. Still a great value though.

Overall, I was pleased with the place. The traffic getting there will likely keep me away except on special occasions, and I would like to be a greater variety of styles on tap, not just IPAs, but maybe it's a seasonal thing. Check out Naja's if you want to kick back and enjoy a damn good beer. (1,897 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Soo hard on how to evaluate my thoughts on this place (first visit.) I'll start with the easy stuff. Great selection. Actually didn't know where to start when I got there and just looking at the exceptional draft list, then the bottles. The next high point was the location and atmosphere. Right on the pier, though the marina blocks your view of the ocean, the walk to the place was nice. The dive beach bar vibe was excellent in my books. My gripe though was with the service. The girl behind the bar was highly uneducated and I counted at least ten obviously wrong statements she made about beers or styles, after the first few I gave up on correcting as I picked up that she didn't really care either way. Very disappointing. There was a five minute argument with her trying to convince me that Triple Karmeliet was a Trappist beer, she didn't want to hear otherwise. I would give a lower service score but it was saved as we ended up hanging out with the owner whom starting bringing us brews while in the middle of his construction project. He even walked me back to the cooler, very cool guy. Visit would have been worlds better if someone that cared about the beer was behind the bar. Eh, oh well. (1,205 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

A fantastic selection of taps persists despite the change in the management (miss you, Jason!). Many fine bottles as well. Atmosphere is like da Joisey boardwalk, replete with aging frat boys, Firebird-drivin' mulletheads and girls who drink too much and dance in front of the band that plays Aerosmith and ZZ Top covers. Sometimes, you may have to wait in line for a beer at the bar for 20 minutes. Food - if it can dropped into boiling oil in a basket, you can get it. Bottom line: awesome taps are the ONLY reason to go here. (528 characters)

Photo of dac
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This is my local dive. I've been coming here for over 25 years.

It is located just off the Redondo Beach Pier in an area called the International Boardwalk. Along with Naja's here you'll find fish markets, souvenir shops, an arcade, harbor tour rides and deep sea charter boats.

Naja's is an open front bar/restaurant facing the marina with the waters edge about 12 feet away. The atmosphere is decidedly low key but people watching is optimal. Order at the bar, take a numner for food. No table clothes or candles here. Live bands and dancing on Friday nights and Saturday & Sunday. No cover.

It's fun to go in and watch tourists jaws drop when they see all the taps. The patrons here are friendly and there are quite a few local regulars. 77 taps, Several Belgians and quite a few quality micros and imports. Unfortunately too many of them are the bud, miller, coors crap - and it seems like this has been increasing somewhat since the last managmeent change about a year ago (the bikers and lowriders must spend more money here than the beer snobs ;-) The bottle list is extensive and runs from O'douls to Flying Dog Gonzo Barrel Aged and some vintage beers.

The service here is usually great, however, I avoid this place on Fridays and weekend evenings in summer as the place becomes a zoo and you might have to stand in line up to 15 minutes to get a beer.

Food is of the frozen then deep fried variety for the most part. They do make their own humus and the kabab plates are pretty good. I generally bring in my own food or snacks, keep it discrete and the management hasn't had a problem with it.

Beers are reasonably priced, happy hour is a bargain and they have daily specials that can be worth it sometimes. (1,724 characters)

Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.