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5/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
12-06-2005 23:16:37 | More by SacoDeToro
5/5 rDev +15.2%
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
5/5 rDev +15.2%
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
5/5 rDev +15.2%
Naja's is one of those places where you accidentally step into and somehow feel the need to keep coming back. Although I have only been there Thursday nights, the laid back atmosphere gives you a warm welcome. The bartender, Jason, is as cool as they come! And I have to thank Naja's for introducing me to new friends with common intrests. The beer selection is amazing, and for those who order Bud Light! Thanks a million! It's because tasteless consumers like you, that Naja's is able to afford quality beer for "Beer Advocates" like ourselves. =) Kudos! Naja's! Kudos!
04-25-2006 06:28:32 | More by BiLLiE5769
4.9/5 rDev +12.9%
If you are a beer lover you need to go to this place. I now live about 20 minutes away from the place...a couple of years ago I lived only 1 mile down the street and went all the time...now I get there maybe 1 or 2 times a month...If I were to move 2 hours away, I would still be willing to drive there maybe 8 times a year.
This is, hands down, the best beer-bar I've ever been to. (I don't want any skunky-line-lovin' Yard House groupies to even dare say otherwise!)
Naja's has expanded my palate for beer immensely. I didn't know what a Belgian Lambic or Gueze was before I sat down with Jason, the former co-owner of Naja's, for an all-night Belgian beer session a couple of years ago.
I personally love German smoke beers, and you can find those as well at Naja's ("Aecht Schnerkla Rauchbier - Urbock" from Bamburg, Germany is *highly* recommended). Naja's has 4 refrigerators stuffed with regional and international rarities. In addition to their mind-numbing bottle selection, Naja's has 74 beers on tap, many on a rotating basis.
Prices are great (owners are nice enough to charge the same amount for a crappy regular beer (Bud, MGD, etc...) as many high-quality micro-brews/imports (Stone, Russian River, Morland's, etc...)
Music is good...band called Land Sharks plays Sublime-style reggae-rock on Fridays on Saturdays...they're really good, but they've had the gig for awhile, meaning they can get boring after awhile to the regulars.
Bartenders are very nice, and knowledgable. They are willing to give free sample tastes if you're having a hard time making up your mind. They also provide solid guidance in selecting a beer, if you want help.
This place is basically a beer lover's dream come true...hopefully, I'll see ya there some time...I'll probably be sitting in the far end of the bar (as far away from the loud music as possible), wearing a Minnesota Twins baseball cap (Go Twins!), sitting with my good friend SpoonyG77, drinking a damn good IPA. Give me a nudge...say hi...let me know how you're doin'...no need to thank me, I already know how great Naja's is.
01-31-2007 09:13:56 | More by bringonthehops
4.9/5 rDev +12.9%
My favorite beer spot in SoCal. Amazing selection, 70+ taps, 100's of bottles of beers. Set right on the marina, just a great place to go for great beer. I've been here about five or six times now and love it every time. The resident band, the Land Sharks, always puts on a good show. Happy Hours are great. The people I've talked to working there are knowledgeable and friendly. Last time I went I was talking beer with the bar tender for a half an hour.
You can get beers I can't find anywhere else in CA. I went last weekend and was drinking a few Jolly Pumpkin beers. Which are amazing.
All in all, if you are in the area, you won't regret it.
08-04-2006 17:09:49 | More by Callenak
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
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
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
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?
07-19-2008 21:09:38 | More by supermanjace
4.84/5 rDev +11.5%
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
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.