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 DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

The Boardwalk in Redondo Beach has some interesting shops, an old arcade, and well...Naja's Place. Very divey and, 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.

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Floydster
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Been to najas a couple times now but went last night and the vibe was really cool with a live rock band covering all kinds of old skool jams. The selection there is quite nice with about a hundred beers on tap and another hundred in bottles. The service was alright due to the amount of people in the place but still managed to get plenty of tasty beer. I also like the fact that they always have pliny the elder on tap. Their buffalo wings and the chicken kabob plates are off the hook and are generous portions for bar food. Great view of the marina and you could definitelty smell the ocean from your seat. Can't say enough about najas and will always frequent this place for sure.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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 charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

A fantastic selection of taps persists despite the change in the management (miss you, Jason!). Many fine bottles as well. Atmosphere is like da Joisey boardwalk, replete with aging frat boys, Firebird-drivin' mulletheads and girls who drink too much and dance in front of the band that plays Aerosmith and ZZ Top covers. Sometimes, you may have to wait in line for a beer at the bar for 20 minutes. Food - if it can dropped into boiling oil in a basket, you can get it. Bottom line: awesome taps are the ONLY reason to go here.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

A gloomy Sunday forced us out of the pad before spending the day napping. Time to check out Naja's.

There are two connecting rooms to Naja's. One room has many taps and a bar is the only place to sit. The other room has the rest of the taps, the end to the bar, the refrigerators, the stove, the restrooms and a large space with a small stage and tables and chairs. Naja's has a large decorative bottle collection. A nice large area(possible BA So. Cal. gathering in the future? Hard to top Lucky Baldwin's though.) A plain unassuming and somewhat dive bar feel. In other words a great place to have a couple of pints. There are also about six t.v.s for sports and one big screen.

Service was hit and miss. We ordered some food and it was forgotten. We had to remind them of our order. The bartenders were curt and wanted to know what you wanted. They also had no interest in discussing beer and were not impressed with anybody who shows a slight knowledge of beer. Order, drink, order again. Friendly but not interested in talking.

The selection for craft beers is exceptional. They have at the moment Stone's Double Bastard on tap and in bottles. This will quickly be gone. Especially if I return soon. They also have the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout in bottles at the moment. There is plenty of west coast craft beers from Alaska to California. Also a very nice selection of German and English beers on tap. The refrigerator is filled with Belgian styles, German, Czech, English, American and many other beers. The beer menu is very nicely mixed with a few of each variety. Stouts, oatmeal stouts, IPAs, lagers, hefes, porters, wheats, ales, seasonals, ambers, pales and a few others. Something for everyone. This is not a beer snobs bar. They also have the macros and some international macro flavored beers. They have some obscure sodas and wine as well.

The food is strictly simple to prepare bar style food. The menu is small and the stove is behind the bar in the corner. We had some greasy appetizers and they were good for what they were. I recommend eating somewhere else and then coming here for beer. The food is pretty average. I don't think they are too concerned with this aspect of their business as the bartenders prepare the food. They have no chef.

This is a great place to have a few pints. There is also enough space if you are out with a large group. Call in advance because their hours fluctuate. This means if they are not busy then they close the doors and go home.

Update: Naja's is now under new ownership. The menu is revised. The hours seem more steady. Big news. Naja's has a cask!! Amazing for the Los Angeles area. I would still call to confirm what is on the cask and that they are open.

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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 OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Do not try to find this place with your GPS. It is pretty hard, trust me. Also, parking is $5, so be prepared for that.

This place is located on the Boardwalk. It is on the end of a long stretch of shops and restaraunts. There are about 20 tall tables and some bar seatins, along with a few chairs just outside for smokers. There is a pool table, and a convienent change machine right next to it. It has a good view, out of its many windows, of the water and boats. There was a band playing when i was there, and it was nice, but it was a little loud, and there wa sno place to go to get away from the noise. Actually it was so loud that it was nearly impossible to hold a conversation. That was the only flaw.

The staff was friendly, and willing to talk beer. The service was prompt.

The beer selection was exceptional. they have 88 taps, and a LOT of bottles. They had beers from every style I was interested in. i dount they had anything from obscure styles, but they definately had something for everybody. Sours, Stouts, DIPA's, IPA's, Fresh hopped, Even a few macros. They had Stone old Guardian 05 to 08 on tap. So, yeah, a good beer selection.

The food selectios was small. They have a burger, and a few grilled items, and some appetisers. But everything we had was good.

The price might be just a little steep. i got an 8 oz New Begain La Folie for $7.50, which to me is pricy. But I got a pint of 2005 Old Guardian for $5, which is pretty good IMHO. So the price varies by what you want to drink.

Overall: This place was great. i would come back again if I was in the area. If I lived around there, I would be a regular.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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 Halcyondays
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Located just off Torrance Blvd. in the Redondo Beach Pier Area, Naja's is a little hard to find at first, but then you look at the beer list and know you've arrived. They had 77 beers on tap, many I've had before, but only 10 or so are macros. They also have a huge bottle selection, unfortunately, you have to drink it there, you can't take it home with you, but that's a minor quibble. I spotted a vintage bottle of Stone RIS, that's at least as old as 2005. I had a Val-Dieu Brown on-tap, an '05 Sierra Nevada Celebration in bottle, and a Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle on cask, all 3 delicious. Service was prompt and competent, very good, and attentive. A great beer bar if you are in the area, if I lived in Redondo, I would definitely make this my local. A great place to have a beer and watch the waves crash on the shore.

Edit 11/22/08 - Have got to dock the vibe a little bit. Went here today, it was quite crowded, which I don't particulary like, but can't dock them for being popular. But, the fact that it's open to the outside means the smoke from the dicks that light up up right by the entrance is going to come in. This is CA, we're not supposed to have to deal with smoke in a bar. Went to the north side of the bar and that helped remedy it, but I was not happy for the first half of the visit. Still great selection. On days when it's hardly crowded like Sunday, it's been fine.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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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Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
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