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 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 Samposa
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Good place for a non-drinker to take their beer connoisseur friends from Pariguay.

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Photo of fthegiants
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

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 whatthehull
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is seriously amazing. Right on the water in Redondo beach, seriously a few steps and you are right in the water. Great beer selection, plenty of places to sit, great staff, awesome grub. The scene is always going, doesn't matter if it's 11:30pm Sunday night, there is at least 20 people there. Always treated like family, no one rolls their eyes if you want to try before you buy. NFL Sunday ticket, great bands a place to sit and smoke right outside. It's like home, only you never have to clean up and the selection of beers and specialty beers you only have in your dreams. Love this place. I honestly don't think I could live without it and I only have been going here for a little more than a year. Thank you Jesus for Naja's place!

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

Holy Lord, this place is da bomb. Yes, I just wrote "da bomb" in 2008. I am so loopy with love for this place that I am using hackneyed phrases from 10 years ago... Should you be impressed? You should!

I live in LA proper, and this hole in the wall is in Redondo Beach. Any residents of LA or former visitors to our fair city will likely be aware what a drive it is to get anywhere within the city, let alone drive 20 miles outside of it. But... but... but, this place is worth putting up with driving in LA. Heady statement, I know.

Their beer selection is by far the best I have ever seen. My selections include The Abyss, Racer X, Le Fleur Misseur, and Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Ale. This is just in addition to the innumerable (okay-- it's probably around 60-something) of other taps, not to mention (though I am) their enormous bottle selection. The food is tasty to boot, and the guys behind the counter (I think you call them bartenders) are kind souls who seem to like what they serve, which is a definite plus in this burg.

It's not a fancy place, but when the beer is this good, your mind can picture itself wherever you want.

So, why haven't you gone here yet?

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Photo of DCon
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While staying in Redondo Beach for over a week, I'm am VERY upset I didn't find this place before the last day of our trip... While traveling throughout almost all of Southern Cali, this was my favorite Beer Bar and will be coming back here for sure!

Although it isn't a visible place (located on the bottom level of the docks), it was for sure worth the hunt to find it! Located also right next to the piers/harbor right next to Redondo Beach, the atmosphere and scenery can't get any better! There is a "regulars" section on the North side of the place and then a stage and tons of tables looking out to the harbor on the other side of the bar. People are very cool here and with the breeze and open-air bar style, it can't get any better than this!

They served their brews from Chilled pint/snifters and once again, I'm not cool with this. He had clean glasses in the back and brought out 4 just for me because of knowing I would be hanging for a while. Just wait, the service gets even better.

While taking a huge interest in the bottle list and taps on their dry-erase board, John (manager) took this into account and hooked a brother up! After having the Raftman, I asked about any Russian River he had on-tap... Pliney the Elder and Consecration was not even listed on the "Tap List" but he let me enjoy both of these! Later on, we came back here and enjoyed both the 2009 and 2010 Abyss in bottle.

Unreal selection! From the bottles to the "Online LIVE!" tap list, I would definitely be a regular here if I lived by Redondo/Manhattan Beach. This beats anywhere in a 50 mile radius and am still upset I couldn't have found it sooner..

While there were specials and happy hours daily, the manager cut our bill by almost $20 since we were hanging out from noon-night time and this made the experience even better. Can't see anyone ever rating this place below an A+!

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Photo of Bkruse
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 blkdth1313
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Stopped by a few beers while in Torrance on business.

Had a blast! Great beer selection, though they said it was down due to preparing for the an upcoming beer fest. Live band on the inside; the harbor, beautiful sunny day and fishing boats right outside the windows. Grabbed a Port Swami to begin with, then asked the boys behind the bar what I would like that I couldn't get at home similar to the Sculpin and Wesy Coast IPA they also had on the board. He said Dirt Wolf not knowing I was from PA!

Low and behold they had Pliney!! Was not listed on the board, but they readily volunteered it. Made my day!

A must see...

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Photo of Tommylee80
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Selection should be a 6.0 for this place. Best beer joint in the state.

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

Myself and a pair o' buddies decided to head out to naja's for the ipa fest last night. Boy am I glad we did. After a fourty five minute drive with an additional ten minutes of driving around trying to find catalina street and cursing the city of redondo for not using all lighted street signs we find the place. or general location rather. after a little bit of detective work at a competitors bar we find Naja's or heaven either word works.

the place was pretty busy for a wednesday night. a line forms down the bar past the fridges of beer under a plethora of old tap handles. i see everything from shiner bock, to pliny the younger. cherry wheat to black butte xx. rad. but the main star of the show sat up on that white board. 88 taps. no way. AWESOME.

bartender is friendly and wise. good for some chatter in between the crazy air about the place.

how can you not love this selection. this is what the yardhouse should be. a fantastic array of beers from around the country all up on tap. i am stoked.

food was alright. the burger was decent. tatter tots were awesome. but lets be honest here folks. i dont think you are going to najas for the food.

this place or palace if you will is well worth the gas to get out there. I will be back very soon.

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Photo of jbtice0315
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Ah Naja's Place. This is the best beer bar in south bay. The location is great - right on the Redondo Beach Pier. Enjoy a beer while looking out at the Pacific Ocean.

Has a dive bar feel and look, but one of the best beer selections I've ever seen with 88 taps going. They have BMC, but also one of the older beer accounts with distributors in LA so they get a lot of rare beers that other places won't be able to.

What I love is that there seems to be always a few sours on tap, a ton of IPAs, and always something new that I've never tried.

The bartenders know beer. They will help you find the beer you like and will give you small tasters just to be sure.

The only ding that I have is that the food is not that great. The wings and tacos are good, but everything else isn't that great.

Overall, if you live in the area this should be your go to place for beer. If you are visiting LA, it's only about 20 mins from LAX so visit the beach and Naja's and kill 2 birds with one stone.

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Photo of sessycuban
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

After hearing great things about this place, I finally made my way out to Redondo Beach to check it out.

The atmosphere was agreeable. It's somewhat divebar-ish but I like the fact that it opens up to the harbor. I find the open air feeling appealing.

I found the service to be exceptional. They dude pouring me beer was knowledgeable and even threw in a free brew.

The selection is probably better than anywhere else in LA county besides the Stuffed Sandwich. I had Pliny the Elder on tap, as well as 04 Stone RIS and 05 Stone VE. They also had a cask of Stone Double Hopped Arrogant Bastard, which was amazing.

All I had was french fries which I found to be standard so I don't have much to add regarding this area.

I think the value is fine for what you get. They have an amazing selection of taps and bottles, so be prepared to pay for what you get.

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Photo of DogFood11
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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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 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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4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Visited Naja's for the first time last night. I wish I would have discovered this place sooner. A very unassuming place, located right on the strip of small shops and restauraunts near Redondo Pier. First of all, what a great selection of beers, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I definitely enjoyed some good stuff I can't get at home. Good music and atmosphere as well, and every once in a while the entertainign bartender would get on the drumset in the back of the room and play along with the juke box. Great place to hang out, drink good beer, and meet some interesting people. I'll stop by again...

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