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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
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
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
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
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
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
Nice easy bike ride from my old house
Favorite bar in the South Bay area
Have had gems here like Rogue Festive Ale, Bear Republic Racer X, Avery 14th Anniversary, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Anchor Christmas, Piglet Purgatory, and Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
Very nice happy hour with three dollar pints on the weekdays from 4-7 pm
Friendly bartenders who are very knowledgable about beer
77 beers on tap with another 200 or so in bottles throughout their fridges
Specialize in Belgian beer
Have live band on the weekends named Landsharks
Great place to try several new and hard to find brews
09-03-2007 17:53:36 | More by Floydster
3.99/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
10-28-2010 16:21:08 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-04-2009 04:16:15 | More by glid02
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Stopped by here on the way back to Pomona from Beachwood BBQ. I've been meaning to stop by here for quite some time and just never ended up making it.
The place itself looks like your typical bar. The lighting is low, there are small tables with stools all around and an L-shaped bar at the front. There is also some outside seating, but it was a chilly evening, so not too many people were out there.
The beer list is fairly eclectic. They do have plenty of the usual macros, but quite an extensive list of American craft and imports. They had a few interesting bottles as well, but nothing I can't normally get.
We had pours of Victory at Sea, Abyss, Chicory Stout, SN Wet Hop (as it was SN pint night), and Strand brewing's pale ale. If you want to get down to being a real beer nerd, the beers aren't necessarily served in the proper glassware.
The food was pretty much your typical bar food, but still good. A bit pricey on the food front, for what you get, that is. Still, not terrible.
A pretty nice place and I'd stop in again.
12-18-2009 20:17:32 | More by womencantsail
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
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
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
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
96 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.