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Naja's Place

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

96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
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 fandgale
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

You know this must be a good place (Naja’s) but my experience is not good. I have gone there 4 times, but no luck, The first time it was closed (Monday ) .second time Tuesday its was closed (I know look on there web site). Ok, so on the third time it was evening.
And it was open but the music was to loud for me if I going to drink a Belgium or Pliny
I want quiet, so can enjoy the drink, don’t get me wrong rock music is great but most of
the time just want to enjoy a great beer. Anyway on the forth time (April 20th ) they opened at 2pm I was there at 12pm so had lunch walk around came back little after 2pm still not open but walk in and sat at the bar look at all the beer taps (woh! )I ask if I could set and wait , the person said ok but know one to serve beer( not shown up yet ) I waited till 2:15 not open yet but one other person was there .No one talk to me( I’m with some one else)or any thing . I just left.

fandgale, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of erica
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%

I visited this lovely bar on a Thursday night with Davo and TheLongBeachBum on my first night out on my CA trip. It's on a boardwalk/pier/marina thing, past a big fish market (at least it smelled like a fish market) and some other shops, all of which were already closed. The front of Naja's is mostly open, with some seats along the open "wall" which would be nice on a warm sunny day, but it was chilly this night, and we stood at the bar, though there were lots of empty seats. Not too crowded, which is strange for a Thursday night. Lots of empty tables throughout the place, which seemed big enough to hold a big crowd. And the ladies room was clean as well. Always a good thing.

BIG beer menu. They must have maybe 70 or so beers on tap, on a white marker board up behind the bar. Next to the board were 2 signs for the 2 past years, naming Naja's "The Most Arrogant Bar", as they apparently have sold the most Arrogant Bastard in the USA for the past 2 years. Lots of IPAs, and a large assortment of everything else- even the elusive Alaskan Smoked Porter. I'm not a fan, but Davo is, so good for him. Also in several coolers were maybe 50-100 more beers, in bottles. Domestic (Russian River, etc), Belgian (Fantome, etc), you name it, they probably have it. The beers we had there were all fresh too, which sometimes is a problem in bars with huge tap lists. Not here. I did not see a food menu, but I saw fried food equipment behind the one area of the bar, so I assume they do fries and things, maybe burgers too.

Service was excellent, very friendly bartenders, and the owner was there also, he came over to talk to us and had to know what was up with our little group- from PA, NJ, and CA??? So we explained we were in town for the Pizza Port SAF. And more talk ensued about various beers, and bars, and how he bought Naja's to make a great beer bar that he would want to go to. Well I think he succeeded. He even gave us samples of a beer and asked our opinion, it was decent, kind of floral, almost saison-like in a way. Then he brought out the bottle- A.B.'s Brewmaster's Reserve, then he told us all about that. HE was very knowledgeable, and took great pride in his bar. I like to see that, cos you know it will stay a great place as long as the owner loves what he does.

Overall, Naja's is a must-see if in the LA area, hands down. Great selection, high quality and freshness, superb service, nice enough atmosphere (nothing special). Highly recommended. Special thanks to Mr. Bum for driving!!

erica, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of theautorestorer
4/5  rDev -8%

I like the place but the hours are a little inconvenient. I was also there one night having a Pilsner Urquell and the Bud rep was there. I told him I don't drink Bud, so he insulted me by calling me Unamerican. What a jerk. The service is ok , I found the bartenders a little short and cold. But all in all s Good place for a pint. I like going there after I go to Quality Seafood for some crabs and clams, I just wish they were open during the day when I'm playing hooky. They also don't purge the lines very much so some times you get stale brew.

theautorestorer, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of SacoDeToro
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Naja's Place in a SoCal word: Hellatight. This place is the real deal and does an awesome job of catering to the true hopheads. Their selection has converted many a macrobrew pussy into a microbrew brute.

For the last 2 years, Naja's has received the award for "Most Arrogant Bar" for serving up more Arrogant Bastard than any other single place. In addition to about 70 beers on tap, they've several more in bottles including vintage Stone, Chimay, and others.

The atmosphere is mellow and carefree. I usually go on Tuesday nights, which coincidentally, is when the kitchen is closed. Not to worry, Naja's is friendly with you bringing your own munchies. Several times I've had a pizza delivered to the bar or wandered down the wharf to Captain Kidd's for fresh fish takeout.

Make your way down to Naja's and order a pitcher of Arrogant Bastard - because you can.

SacoDeToro, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of PuckLSHS
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

PuckLSHS, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

czechsaaz, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev 0%

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!

TurdFurgison, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of KingSlender
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

KingSlender, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

Dukeofearl, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

DogFood11, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of drewbage
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

drewbage, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of Deli99
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Deli99, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of GoCubsMatt
4.35/5  rDev 0%

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.

GoCubsMatt, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of insomnboy
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%

Stopped in on a Sunday a week ago. Place isn't real easy to find, but once you do find it you are rewarded with many choices to quench your thirst. Naja's has a funky beachfront dive vibe to it, but that is a good thing in my book. Place was hopping busy, but the service was pretty swift and the bartenders were definitely knowledgable about what they were serving. Lots of tourists wandering around but it seemed like most of the patrons were locals. Definitely good in the people-watching department.

The beer selection here is top-notch. I only had time for a couple, a Stone Imperial Stout on nitro (my curiosity won out, but yeah, the nitro just kills the flavor of this) and an Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout on cask (which was AMAZING). There were 72 beers listed on the whiteboard the day I was there, it was tough to choose just a couple (or resist the temptation to spend way more than I could afford). I'm sure the tap selections change on a regular basis.

If I have a gripe, it's that the 2 pints I had were a whopping $6.50 a piece. Probably because both beers I ordered were "specials", but then the whiteboard didn't really spell this out (unless I missed something. The whiteboard said "pints: $4.00") Minor gripe though, it won't keep me from going back. I definitely recommend Naja's to anyone looking for great beer on tap in the sprawling metropolis that is LA.

Note to the Beerfly guide: Naja's has a real website now, it's:
http://www.najasplace.com

insomnboy, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Rumrunner
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

A gloomy Sunday forced us out of the pad before spending the day napping. Time to check out Naja's.

There are two connecting rooms to Naja's. One room has many taps and a bar is the only place to sit. The other room has the rest of the taps, the end to the bar, the refrigerators, the stove, the restrooms and a large space with a small stage and tables and chairs. Naja's has a large decorative bottle collection. A nice large area(possible BA So. Cal. gathering in the future? Hard to top Lucky Baldwin's though.) A plain unassuming and somewhat dive bar feel. In other words a great place to have a couple of pints. There are also about six t.v.s for sports and one big screen.

Service was hit and miss. We ordered some food and it was forgotten. We had to remind them of our order. The bartenders were curt and wanted to know what you wanted. They also had no interest in discussing beer and were not impressed with anybody who shows a slight knowledge of beer. Order, drink, order again. Friendly but not interested in talking.

The selection for craft beers is exceptional. They have at the moment Stone's Double Bastard on tap and in bottles. This will quickly be gone. Especially if I return soon. They also have the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout in bottles at the moment. There is plenty of west coast craft beers from Alaska to California. Also a very nice selection of German and English beers on tap. The refrigerator is filled with Belgian styles, German, Czech, English, American and many other beers. The beer menu is very nicely mixed with a few of each variety. Stouts, oatmeal stouts, IPAs, lagers, hefes, porters, wheats, ales, seasonals, ambers, pales and a few others. Something for everyone. This is not a beer snobs bar. They also have the macros and some international macro flavored beers. They have some obscure sodas and wine as well.

The food is strictly simple to prepare bar style food. The menu is small and the stove is behind the bar in the corner. We had some greasy appetizers and they were good for what they were. I recommend eating somewhere else and then coming here for beer. The food is pretty average. I don't think they are too concerned with this aspect of their business as the bartenders prepare the food. They have no chef.

This is a great place to have a few pints. There is also enough space if you are out with a large group. Call in advance because their hours fluctuate. This means if they are not busy then they close the doors and go home.

Update: Naja's is now under new ownership. The menu is revised. The hours seem more steady. Big news. Naja's has a cask!! Amazing for the Los Angeles area. I would still call to confirm what is on the cask and that they are open.

Rumrunner, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of mikeys01
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%

Visited Naja's for the first time last night. I wish I would have discovered this place sooner. A very unassuming place, located right on the strip of small shops and restauraunts near Redondo Pier. First of all, what a great selection of beers, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I definitely enjoyed some good stuff I can't get at home. Good music and atmosphere as well, and every once in a while the entertainign bartender would get on the drumset in the back of the room and play along with the juke box. Great place to hang out, drink good beer, and meet some interesting people. I'll stop by again...

mikeys01, Oct 16, 2003
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.