Taps: 88 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Naja's is my home away from home every thursday night. With the occassional trip on Sunday, most of the beer nerd talking happens on Thursday.
Jason and staff are like family and you can see that in the atmosphere and the clientelle. You would be hard pressed to find a better group to talk beer about.
I have been going every thursday night for the past three months and have talked beer with some of the best people on the planet. Everyone at the bar really appreciates the quality and the craftsmanship of a good brew. Although, they still have the macro brews, Jason tries to keep some really great belgians on tap for the people who really know their beer. Their selection surpasses anyone else's in the area.
The food is great for bar food. The wings are straight out of the Buffalo cookbook and the burgers look amazing. The cook at Naja's really knows what the hell he is doing and the quality of the product beats most of the burger places in the area.
Stone runs free on the taps along with many of the alesmith brews that you can't find anywhere else. The beer is treated and aged very well and the staff knows exactly what to pour you based on your palate. I suggest running in there and telling one of them to surprise you...you might actually start exploring the world of beers a little more than staying in your "generic beer" box.
Naja's is a family for beer nerds the world over. If you are in the area and you don't stop by, you are crazy. Someone should probably institutionalize you immediately. Forget Lucky's and the other bars...just go to Naja's and pull up a chair. Who knows, you may find out that their are other beer crack jobs out there that are just like you. Of course, we are the people that keep the industry going....so, we must not be that crazy afterall. Who would ever want to see beer disappear? Surely not me.
12-03-2005 01:03:41 | More by PuckLSHS
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Naja's is dangerously close to becoming my #1 choice in the L.A. area. Since the ownership change, the quality and selection here has gone crazy. On a hot afternoon or a weekend night, this place is always full.
Naja's is on the King Harbor Boardwalk and is basically an open air place. It's getting to be winter here (that means it gets down to a frigid high 50's) and it was a foggy night. No band on a Thursday so it was pretty quiet. My group camped out at the side bar by the taps. Burned through a few pints of West Coast Hop Monsters. Moved on to a couple Belgians. The owner, Jason, was there and it was quiet enough that he was drinking some cellar selections and allowing us to sample them too.
Tap selection is constantly rotating and there are also many outstanding bottle selections. If you're looking for an obscure Stone beer or aged Old Guardian/Imperial Stout, this is a good place to try.
Food is typical bar-type except for the "Famous" kebab. Basically a big ole plate of chicken with pita bread and hot sauce. Try it. Really good.
09-23-2005 17:08:32 | More by czechsaaz
4.35/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here while in LA on business on 8/31. Very cool bar, with open front facing the International Boardwalk. There are 3 lengths of bar you can sit at, and plenty of tall tables with stools also.
The selection was very very nice. To date, this was the 2nd best selection I've encountered (the 1st is Hop Leaf in Chicago). Tons of drafts, served at $4.00 per pint if the name is listed in black marker, or $6.50 per pint if listed in red marker.
There were also tons of bottles, if you wanted something other than the 30-40 tap selections. Over 100 beers to try (probably much more than 100, I didn't try to count).
Started with a Monk's Flemish Sour Ale (tap) while waiting for a chicken sandwich. The food was only OK, but that's fine because the beer is the draw. Also tried a Damnation on tap and finished with some Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard.
The owner was working the front bar while I was there, and was gracious with his description of beers and beer history. I highly recommend this to anyone in the Redondo Beach area!
09-05-2005 21:19:07 | More by TurdFurgison
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $
After a great time at Naja's (during a BA gathering of course) I'm finally getting around to writing a review.
Naja's is located right on the Redondo Beach pier nestled right in between restaurants, gift shops, and some other stuff that I didn't notice because I was focused on all the great beer that stood seconds in front of me as I walked anticipatingly forward. A somewhat small establishment at first glance but opens up while your vision blurries after a few pints of Pliny.
On this visit we met up with some BA's that were situated at a few tables right against the center window, which made for a nice cool breeze and a killer view of the boardwalk scenery. A ton of neon signs adorn the inside walls. Jason (the owner) amused us with a funny story on how he obtained the big Yankee sign over the cooler. Damn those macro drinkers!
The beer selection is excellent, with a huge choice of brews from all over the West Coast plus many more. 70+ taps plus a huge cooler full of mostly belgians. From what I can remember I had a pint each of Pliny the Elder (on hand pump), Hop Town IPA, Hop Town Paint the Town Red, Rogue Glen's Special Ale, Sierra Nevada Harvest 03, and AleSmith Speedway Stout. I also had a taste of a rare Cantillon that Jason brought out and an awesome Gueze that TheBum was happy to pass around.
For lunch, I ordered the chicken strip basket which was OK. From what I saw the beef kabob meal was very good and the "build-your-own" burgers were also tasty.
Don't miss out on this place! The beer selection alone will amaze.
08-18-2005 05:32:36 | More by KingSlender
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 Najas 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 Whos-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 Plinyd .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 - Najas International Beer Parlor.
Najas 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 Englishaccent 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.
08-17-2005 02:51:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I have heard about this place for a while, but at 1 1/2 hour's drive from my house, it takes an effort to go. So fellow BAs decided to set up the Summer BA Social at this fine establishement, and I get the chance to check it out.
Arrived about 3 hours after the first BAs arrived, to find a great "beach bar" atmosphere along the marina at Redondo Beach. Boats tied up a few feet from the open side of the building, where you can sit on barstools and watch the sunset, watch shoppers, boaters, dog walkers, and cyclists wander by, or turn to the inside and watch one of several sports-related TVs, or hear the band (a decent Reggae band that played a long set). Because I wasn't there for the music, it was a little distracting, but people generally enjoyed it- a lot of people dancing for a late afternoon!
Selection and quality go hand in hand, and this is great on both sides of the coin. Dozens and dozens of taps, a mix of great American taps and some English/Belgians too, almost all of high quality beer (the sign outside proclaims 77 taps, I did not count). One hand pump, featuring Pliny the Elder on this day (oh, man is that stuff good!). And the owner, Jason, fielded my order of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, and told me he thought it had too much diacytl, but for me to try it. I couldn't taste the diacytl (never having had the beer before), but other BAs with a better palate than mine confirmed the problem. I took it back, he replaced it with a much better pint (Craftsman Black Lager), and took the whole keg off-line, while the place was really busy. Highest marks for quality.
Service was first rate when ordering at the bar, the only knock-down is because the number of staff prohibit at-table service, and also bussing of tables was pretty slow. This is really a nit on otherwise very good service. Jason the owner was cleaning the bathrooms himself when needed, so he definitely pitches in to make it a good experience.
Food was very good, although the selection was pretty limited to the behind bar fryer and grill. Healthier selection options would be appreciated (having said that, I had the German sausage, and it was excellent for bar food!).
Overall, I thought this was a fabulous place, and I really want to go back as often as possible. Highly recommended.
08-16-2005 19:50:56 | More by Dukeofearl
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
The location is what lends itself to the atmosphere. lots of touristy type people mixed in with locals on the boardwalk at redondo beach. Its funny because when I go to lucky baldwins I rarely ever hear anyone trying to order macro crap, but here even with the incredible beer selection you still have folks that drink miller and bud in the midst of one of the greatest selections of quality beer in the southland. Whatever, bill payers. The beer coolers are stocked to the hilt with anything you want. From English bitters, German Pils, Wiezens to hard to find Belgians. It was a bit pricey considering a pounder of domestic micros @ 4.50 and any foreign beer is about 6.50 for a pounder. BIG BONUS pliny the younger is on hand pump and is off the charts at a 94 ranking on beeradvocate. They had this "monk sour" beer that threw a wrench in my day but the wife drank that one to save me. Real nice selection.
The service was marginal as there are no waitresses so its a fend for yourself type environment and the line at the bar can get long. We bellied up to the bar and our service was still just ok as the barkeep would be watching tv and we had to grab his/her attention often. Some of the belgians I ordered (6 to be exact, yes it was a saucey day) came in the standard pounder style glass. Granted they did have some in their proper glassware but some weren't. No biggie. Overall a highly reccomended stop.
I didnt find it to be all that smelly or divey. Maybe I came on a good day because the smell was of the ocean. Being right on the marina there was plenty to see out the open front of the bar. We were entertained by the number of people coming in and out of the bar just for a quick pint. Highly active.
Nice display of all the beers they have on tap up on the wall above the main bar area. The live music starts at 3pm on Saturdays. I thought the volume of the music was ok. We sat at the edge of the bar closest to the band and were still able to hold (talking loudly) a conversation although if your looking just to drink beer and chat the small bar farthest from the band is ideal. Pliny on the pump nuf said.
Food is average to below average pub grub.
A must stop if your in the area. This place is worth going out of your way as well. Incredible selection, plenty of activity to keep your interest.
07-03-2005 19:13:06 | More by DogFood11
4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
So my good friend Jim and his ever patient girl loaded up the ole car and made the trek down to the world famous Naja's this past Saturday and I'm glad we took this delayed birthday celebration.
I'm firmly of the belief that folks fall on the side of liking the atmosphere of a dockside bar or hating it and the mixing of sea folk and land folk. :) But that's the atmosphere of Naja's and its a heady mix that comes to full fruition when the beer lover gets a hold of the beer menu: 75 taps, 1 active beer engine (pouring Pliny the Younger last) and a raft of bottles hiding in the fridge. Definately not for the faint of heart or liver or will.
Loud rocking music on the weekends keeps the energy level up, while the second narrow bar provides a respite and a hiding place from the antics.
Food is simple, but tasty.. Just make sure to get there before the kitchen takes his dinner break or you'll have to have a few beers before being able to order from the simple menu.
This place is run by a passionate homebrewer and he's always there and always has the attitude of a kid in a candy store. Make sure you say hi to Jason and pay him a high compliment for taking Naja's to the next level.
06-06-2005 16:38:10 | More by drewbage
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
My first BA review of any kind (long time lurker)! I rode my bike down to Naja's (yeah, it's *that* close!) on a Sunday afternoon, looking to sample some new beers. I sat in the far left area of the bar (as you look from the sidewalk). This is a good area IMO, because when/if the band starts, you can hear them, but it is not overwhelming.
So I walk into the bar and the first thing I see is one of the bartenders wearing a "Pliny the Elder" T-shirt. I knew this place was going to be nice! Service was prompt, and although I didn't ask for advice, the bartenders were very helpful to the other visitors. I actually learned a lot listening to them.
Atmosphere is decidedly "dive"; exactly what I look for in a bar. The view is of the harbor; and the people watching is great. Clientele was nicely eclectic, with a mix of tourists, locals, and a few beer aficiondados. I didn't try the food, so I can't comment.
I was only planning on sampling a couple of beers, but after my first two (RRBC Damnation (in a pint glass); Gulden Draak (in a tulip)), I found out they had Pliny the Younger on the hand pump. Are you kidding me?!? Since "Pliny the Elder" is one of my faves, I couldn't pass that up, so I had a small chalice (8oz). After that, the bike ride home was a bit tough!
All in all, this is my kind of place: non-pretentious, a great selection, knowledgeable bartenders, and close to home! I'm just disappointed that it took me so long to visit. Thanks to all the BA members that reviewed it.
06-06-2005 01:04:12 | More by Deli99
4.35/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-25-2004 21:35:12 | More by GoCubsMatt
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.