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Naja's Place

Not Rated.
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 coreyfmcdonald
3.31/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -20%

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.

charlzm, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of errantnight
3.48/5  rDev -20%

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.

errantnight, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

DoubleJ, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of ubiq3000
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of naven
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

I hate to play the role of a spoiler, but this place really aint all that. First off, it's really expensive. I paid $7 for a leffe blond. Im sorry, that's ridiculous. Yes, they have lots of beer here. If that's the only criteria that makes a place epic, then this is your place. But, beyond the selection, I have some real issues here. Secondly, and I hate to sound stuck up, but the crowd was just odd the day I was there. It was full of what I presume to be less than sanitary individuals. The whole place smelled like B.O. So bad, that I could barely drink my beer. The place smelled amazingly bad. The clientèle was just odd. My wife could barely stand to be there, because it stunk so bad. The service was pretty good and the food was decent. Not a place I would seek out, but good for what it is.

naven, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of iiii
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

iiii, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of hopmandu
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%

It's really hard to rate this place. The selection is obviously incredible and the best around hands down. But the crowd/atmosphere is not so great and seemingly not there for the ridiculous beer selection. I prefer going when it's less crowded so I can just chill out and really enjoy what I'm tasting.

hopmandu, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

Finally got a chance to stop in here. I normally reside in Santa Barbara, but when I visit my hometown/my parents in Long Beach, Naja's isn't too far, so I'm not sure why it took me so long. Anyway, I was bored on a Friday night and decided to head up there pretty late (around 12:15 AM), since they're open until 2 on the weekends.

It was a Friday night, and very late, so I'm not sure what I could've expected, but Naja's had the ambiance of a dive bar, more or less. A lot of drunk people (some very much so), and most drinking BMC, with the exception of one guy ordering Sam Adams Boston Lager. Anyway, that's not really the fault of Naja's, though. The place itself had many bar-stool surrounded small tables, as well as some bar-like long tables that lined the windows looking out on the harbor. There was the actual bar that was fairly large, extending through a door to a smaller bar area in the back. The taps were mostly confined to behind the bar in this smaller area, but there were some in the larger section, also, including the hand pump for the cask. A big dry-erase board with all 76 or so of the beers on-tap/cask was above a doorway, and refrigerators with some impressive selections were along the larger bar section's bar, separated into Belgians/import and domestic craft fridges.

In terms of beer, this is, undoubtedly, one of the better places in the Los Angeles area. As of right now I wasn't blown away with the on-tap selection, but I still was impressed at the number of quality beers. Port Hop-15, Pliny the Elder, Old Rasputin, DUIPA, Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotles on Cask, most Stone beers, Houblon Chouffe, a few lambics, a lot of Deschutes, a Drake's beer, just generally quality stuff with little BMC. I didn't look at the bottle list, but saw some attractive things in the fridges from a quick glance. I also realize that they swap out their tap selection often enough, and get such consistently quality beers, that one trip isn't sufficient enough for me to not be blown away.

Service was decent. I managed to initially get a younger British gal to serve me, and I had to help her find the Stone Smoked Porter. She also didn't know how to work the hand pump, but she readily admitted it was her first night and that she was sorry. Thankfully, the other bartenders, of which there were two or three, were very experienced and the cask pour came out beautiful. I had a Pliny the Elder, also, and they had no trouble finding or pouring that one for me, although I also understand it's a staple there, like Hollingshead in Orange.

I didn't try any food, and I doubt I could have gotten any so late, as I stayed until the last-call bell was rung and they had begun to close up shop.

Prices were pretty good. I managed, of course, to try some of their rarer stuff, which happened to also be the beers "in red" on the dry-erase board. If the beer you want is written in red, it's $6.50 a pint rather than $4.50. Seemed pretty reasonable for the stuff they had "in red" (Pliny the Elder, Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotles, DUIPA, Houblon Chouffe, the lambics, etc.), and the vast majority of other offerings were not "in red."

Definitely worth a visit, but I would probably recommend going in during the day when it is, assumingly, a little less crowded and loud.

RidiculedDisplay, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of berlinabb
4/5  rDev -8%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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 keaton
4/5  rDev -8%

Update-4/24/10
Alas, the love affair has come to an end. Oh, Naja's, you were my first love and now you have abandoned me. I know your selection is still outstanding. I know the lines are in immpecable shape. But the prices keep going up and the glass size keeps shrinking. Worst of all, it's just not as much fun and I cannot understand why. True, we went during the "festival" week and there were so many rules it made my head spin but I'm sure that is temporary. Still, the time has come where I can't deny that something is ...missing. I have to face that I've been in denial for awhile about you. Maybe because there are more bars that serve beer so I'm not so dependent on you. And maybe because you feel so cold and distant. I don't why the spark has gone and it makes me so sad. I'm sure I'll still see you occasionally, but I won't be going out of my way anymore to make it happen. I'm sorry we've grown apart but I am thankful you were there to welcome me. Let's not say good-bye but just...ciao for now.

Yesterday was our first visit since Jason has been officially gone and it is still the greatest. I think Reuben et al are doing an awesome job but Jason still deserves props for setting the tone. From what I understand, before Jason the taps were there but the care was not. If any of the silent partners are reading this and want to protest the credit I give to Jason, I'd love to hear from you. It might just be the greatest bar in the world except that they don't have dessert. That's where Rootz in the Hague edges this place out a bit. Rootz actually has a more extensive, fancier food menu in general but Naja's has the beer. And I am fond of the food, even tho it is mega-junk food. Sublime frying. Atmosphere is tricky because if it wasn't the greatest beer bar in the world it would just be dive-y. But since it is likely the best bar in the world, I accept it as it is. Every time we go there we talk about moving to the Redondo area and I demur and go, no I don't think I should live so close to Naja's, I'd be their all the time. Then we settle in and I think, we should move to Redondo, I could go to Naja's all the time. What impressed me most yesterday was we had five beers and four of them were Californian and none of them were Stone. One of the greatest things about this place is the variety of Californian beers on tap, that is just unparalled as far as I know. We had Alesmith Numbskull, Bigfoot, Green Flash Imperial IPA and Pliny of the younger variety. I had a Houblon La Chouffe, too. The refrigerated glasses always take me aback, but usually it's no problem to ask for a room temp glass. It's just that yesterday they were pretty slammmed, so I let it go. The taps are always well maintained and the harbor is always there. Once we went on the Speed racer boat which zooms onto the ocean and then meanders back so you can see seals and birds. I highly recommend that! And Naja's-could it be the greatest beer bar in the world?

keaton, Mar 12, 2007
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4/5  rDev -8%

RolandBlunts, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Bnoise11, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

gordnbiers, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

ballewblake, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of fourplayed
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

Has a typical Beach atmosphere here..right off the boardwalk with a nice view of the boats in the marina or pedestrians if you'd like to people watch. It's a bit run down and somewhat rustic. More of a dive beer bar than an upscale spot. 10 flat screens placed throughout tuned to sports. Bands playing weekends 3PM to 1AM which I did not hang around for, but by 3 PM most of the tables were already taken with a lot of the regulars and locals.

Beers on tap are exceptional and very well priced. Well worth a visit just for the beer selection.

Service mediocre. Get in line and wait to order your bottle or tap. I hope they have waiters during prime time!? But, they know their brews and are willing to give you a small sample taste if needed. I could spend a fair amount of time doing this, but did not want to hold up the people waiting in line behind me.

Beer selection 88 taps is exceptional. Very good brewery selections and wide selection of styles. Bottles available as well if you don't see what you want on tap.

Food menu is 5 or 6 items deep. Basic Hamburgers, hot wings, fries fare and, a bit pricey. $10 for burger and fries? Still, great beer prices balance this out if you choose to eat.

fourplayed, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of yaquina
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%

Western Montana and South Bay meet. Very fun atmosphere. IPA festival is super. Good selection of ipas. Southern California is well represented. Cool music and good place to get away. I would bring myself here again and/ or family. Relaxing and low pressure.

yaquina, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

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?

zoolzoo, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

OStrungT, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

glid02, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of oggg
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

9/1/06 12:30pm Friday

At the Redondo Beach Pier, you can take Torrance all the way west and use the pier parking or park on the street, or park a few blocks north at the other entrance to the pier. Not sure if they validate. I parked on the street and walked, (25c per 15 min, max 4hr street parking).

"International Boardwalk" is a U-shaped walkway south of the main harbor, set back aways in the pier, so it overlooks about a dozen yachts, not the Pacific Ocean, not even the breakwater. See their website for a picture of their facade to help you find it (Or find a mall-style directory on the pier to find it). On one side you'll find a couple of restaurants, and on the other there are a couple seafood markets (oysters, clams, etc).

Naja's itself is a low slung establishment that looks like a dark dingy dive bar, even in daylight. It's a wide place with lots of windows and openings, not too deep. There's about 5 seats on the boardwalk for smokers, past which you find a pool table in the back. A small area is reserved for a live band. The inside is painted very black. There's a ton of beer memorabilia, including Bud, Miller, and worse. But there's also some cool stuff fron Stone, Unibroue, Pyramid, and elsewhere. A close look reveals Most Arrogant Bar in America 04, 05, Stone Anniversary fest glasses 7,8,9, Strand Brewers Club signs, a lamp with a female leg in fishnet stockings for a stand, and a rubber facsimile of the head of Moe the bartender from the Simpsons.

Finally, there's 74 taps in a long line that spans 3 walls. A big dry erase board lists the beers, but occasionally forgets to tell you the brewery name. The BMC crowd gets about 6 taps. Stone, Deschutes, Indian Wells, and a couple of German brews caught my attention. 16oz $4.50, 25oz mug $6.50, pitcher $12 I believe. PBR, Ballast Point Hot Rail Helles, and something else were on special 25oz for $5 when I was there. A couple large refrigerators held Stone Vertical Epic 4,5,6, Decadence, Stone, North Coast, myriad Belgians, holy mama.

The older female bartender was quite unhelpful. I watched as a few people strolled in for a beer and it almost killed me not to put my two cents in because she wouldn't give them any help with beer selection, and could've at least offered tastes. I know I'm being pretty harsh, but the place was empty, and her service was weak.

I had a burger with fries $7. The burger was big, greasy, and tasty. Oddly, they served it pre-condimented with ketchup and mayo. The fries were ho-hum. Also on the menu is a hummus plate that I might try next time.

Overall: great selection, a touch on the expensive, but it is in a tourist/ high people flow area.

oggg, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of quarrygirl
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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. :)

quarrygirl, Aug 28, 2008
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Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.