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Naja's Place

Not Rated.
Naja's PlaceNaja's Place
BA SCORE
96
world-class

94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
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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fandgale

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

04-21-2006 15:19:31 | More by fandgale
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -23.7%

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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charlzm

California

3.48/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

03-10-2008 23:22:46 | More by charlzm
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errantnight

California

3.48/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

01-08-2009 23:32:27 | More by errantnight
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DoubleJ

California

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

06-19-2009 05:58:59 | More by DoubleJ
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ubiq3000

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

08-20-2014 15:28:04 | More by ubiq3000
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naven

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

06-22-2007 04:13:47 | More by naven
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iiii

California

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

12-13-2009 03:38:22 | More by iiii
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hopmandu

California

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

04-09-2014 20:38:12 | More by hopmandu
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RidiculedDisplay

California

3.95/5  rDev -9%

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.

12-08-2007 18:16:19 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.