Naja's Place

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Type: Bar, Eatery

154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, California, 90277-3611
United States

(310) 376-9951 | map

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Photo of koolchas
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

i've been here two back to back friday nights over the past couple of weeks since luckily i had to visit family in manhatten beach (about an hour drive from chino hills in light to no traffic). i gotta say i enjoy this place. about 70 or so taps dominated by micro/craft brews. a very good bottle selection too although i would not frequent this place to buy bottles as prices are much more than the excellent bottle shops we have in so-cal.

the place is someone hard to find if not familiar with the area. on my first visit, i found some 'free' parking since it was evening but, it was on the opposite side of the pier ... so, the walk was about 10 minutes. basically think kincade's restaurant and park in the garage (my last visit for a few hours costs $2.00). since both times i was there at 7:30ish pm on friday night i am sure parking could be a zoo and difficult during the afternoon and weekends.

the cliente is quite interesting. my list visit, there were some biker types out in the front, inside were a mix of surfer types, locals, tourist, beach bums, and yuppies. all kinds of people but, everybody was enjoying themselves. the place itself is not fancy at all. as said, a bit dingy but, it is on the pier where the environmental elements are strong (salt water, wind, etc ...). think a little worse than the pizza port location in carlsbad but, nowhere near as bad as the freakin' frog in las vegas. the only thing is that the bar tables and stools are very close to each other which makes me knock down the points on atmosphere.

the food ... NOT recommended. if you have to eat, stick with the appetizers. i got a mixed plate with cheese sticks, chicken strips, jalapeno poppers and zucchini (sp?) ... it was edible but, nothing to rave about. other food items i saw people eating did not look that good at all plus, everything seems to be cooked right in the open next to the cashiers on an old stove/deep fryer. the food is real killer in the points for me.

the place is quite loud with music blaring but, for a place like this it is kind of expected. did not stay long enough but, a band was setting and the band starts playing between 9-10pm. although mostly a beer joint, kids are allowed until the band plays.

NOW, the big RAVE on this place is the beer. what i enjoy is they fill the glass to the top and the selection is just the best i've seen of tap anywhere. prices are very decent given the amount of pour you get. i can tell the people working the counter enjoy pouring the better beers on the list. i always got a thumbs up or positive nod when ordering avery maharaja, pliny the elder, and avery hog heaven for example.

my main advice would be to eat first before going there. both times i went it's been on an empty stomach. due to that, i could only take down two beers although i would love to have at least three or four since the selection will make your mouth water and drop!


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Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Another place that I recently visited that I was slightly disappointed by; I'm starting to get the impression that Publick House and Stone Brewing Co.'s Bistro and Bar have really spoiled me rotten...
First, the atmosphere: it is located on a boardwalk right by the ocean. It was very pleasant drinking beers with my friends and feeling the cool ocean breeze. However, there were televisions playing sports, a pool table, and a jukebox playing mostly rather drab and crappy music. The types that hang around there are mostly unsavory (though this isn't wholly the fault of the establishment).
The food was rather bland and uninteresting, though not bad. I wouldn't go here just for the food...
As with O'Brien's Pub, it's the beer selection and presentation that really shines here: this is the first time I encountered Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger on tap! Both were wonderful: I ordered P the Younger and my friend ordered P the Elder. My second beer was a Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere and I found it to be in good order as well!
Again, as with O'Brien's, I wouldn't visit it except if you are interested in the absolutely wonderful beer selection, though I'd take Stone's Bistro and Bar over it any day.

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Photo of keaton
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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?

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Photo of bringonthehops
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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 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 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' need to thank me, I already know how great Naja's is.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Difficult place to find unless you know where you are going. "On the water" doesn't help as the entire effing coast line is on the water. Had to check a directory.

The layout of the place is nice. Long and narrow opposed to short and squat. Local trash hangs out at this place (read: dive) which is just fine with me. If they didn't offer the beer they do the place would be one of the seedier bars around. Cover band with drunk groupies played in the back ground.

Looked like they had a grill or griddle going on in the corner making cheap eats (tacos, burgers, dogs, something of that nature). Didn't sample the food. The beer on the other hand.

Three large fridges with a friggin great selection of bottled beer. Heck, they had some Alesmith Decadence, 050505 and years going back of various barleywines and Xmas ales. Local, Belgian, German, name it. Impressive. But not as impressive as the tap selection.

An interesting thing about the tap selection is that it didn't look like it was picked by a beer snob. Yes, some really nice things on tap (Speedway, Port Brewing, etc) but a lot of traditional and fairly straight forward brews as well. Allows for all walks of beer drinking life to find something they liked. I started with a casked Hoptown red, moved to Kona coffee porter then a Flemish Sour.

Prices were very good and they even offered quite a few beers as specials for a substantial discount.

Moral of the story is, if I lived closer I'd go there all the time.

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Photo of gears81
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am spoiled in that this place is just down the street from my place. I make it a habbit to get down there about once a week. Their beer list is updated when ever they change thier selection and it seems like there is always something new coming in that is calling my name. In addition to thier amazing beer selections on tap they also have additional selections bottled behind the counter that are equally impressive. It is also worth noting that their food is better than average as well. Thier burgers are really good and they carry all the typical bar food as well as some stuff that is a little out of the ordinary. The bottom line is that this place is well worth visiting at least once, if not on a regular basis.

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Photo of oggg
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Callenak
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of chelovek
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Set on the boardwalk of Redondo Beach seemed a little odd as far as the atmosphere goes but it was unique and that counts for something. I kept thinking the whole night about what an odd place it was. The service was great, the bartenders were helpful and friendly. They have an exceptional selection of draft brews(74 I believe) and a pretty damn good fridge to boot. Had the Cantillon Rose while I was there as well as some other treats I had never had the pleasure of putting my lips to. I would have to say that it holds the best tap selection in the LA area. I will have to make a return trip to this place. I really enjoyed myself at Najas.

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Photo of bnutz
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Hands down the best beer bar in Los Angeles county.

Mellow atmoshpere; even if the band is playing you can sit all the way at the back by the bar and it's not too loud.

Killer selection. Every time I'm there Jason's got something new and always great.

If you're not a complete jerk, or Jason (the owner, who is behind the bar most of the time) recognizes you, you'll get great service, otherwise, the service is prompt but aloof at worst.

The menu is standard pub grill fare: burgers, quesadillas, etc. It's fine, but nothing to write home about.

The only downside to Naja's is the hours. They aren't open on Mondays and Tuesdays, close early on Sundays and often open late. But, it's obvious Jason is a really hands-on owner and as long as the quality and constistency stays so high being closed a couple days a week is totally forgiveable.

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Photo of BiLLiE5769
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

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Photo of fandgale
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of erica
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!!

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Photo of theautorestorer
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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 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, we must not be that crazy afterall. Who would ever want to see beer disappear? Surely not me.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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!

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Photo of KingSlender
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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 Naja’s 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 Who’s-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 Pliny’d….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 - Naja’s International Beer Parlor.

Naja’s 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 English–accent 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.

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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

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Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 108 ratings