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Naja's Place

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Naja's PlaceNaja's Place

Taps: 88 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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fullthrottle77

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

01-21-2012 11:48:41 | More by fullthrottle77
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DCon

Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

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+!

08-02-2011 20:59:10 | More by DCon
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jrnyc

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

07-31-2011 15:56:24 | More by jrnyc
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

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.

06-28-2011 13:34:49 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ElSid

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

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.

06-18-2011 03:46:43 | More by ElSid
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jbtice0315

California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$

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.

05-07-2011 18:04:40 | More by jbtice0315
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

04-02-2011 13:00:50 | More by Tucquan
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ikats

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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!

03-09-2011 23:52:14 | More by ikats
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whatthehull

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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!

01-27-2011 08:11:11 | More by whatthehull
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

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.

10-28-2010 16:21:08 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.