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Taps: 88 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
154 International Boardwalk
phone: (310) 376-9951
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't believe that I haven't reviewed Naja's Place yet. I've been there a handful of times while in the area for business. I went there for lunch last Sunday. It was a warm sunny afternoon and the sun poured in through the front of the place (rolling garage style doors). Very casual beach marina vibe, tall tin tables with vintage diner stools amongst surfing decco and literally hundreds of tap handles hanging from the ceiling. The taps list is CRAZY! I started off with the '08 Abyss draft. The place fills up quickly...especially on a sunny weekend..and the band starts playing. Service becomes an issue with the crowd but they work hard. I ordered the chicken version of their Famous Kabob Plate. The "small" version was a TON of food! I really enjoyed it. They also have an AMAZING bottle selection. It was really hard to choose, but i went with a bottle of Bruery's Papier...which i really enjoyed also. Very comfortable place..until the crowd pours in, right on the boardwalk, great view of the marina and the sun with the smell of the ocean in the air...like being on another planet. Great change of pace. Highly recommended!
04-03-2010 16:18:41 |
More by jjayjaye
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I swung by this place during a long road trip, 2009.
Place is right on the marina, nice area. It was a bit of a chilly night, I couldn't figure out why they had the doors and windows wide open (its an open air joint). When I realized how packed the place was, I understood.
Huge chalkboard, wide array of quality taps and bottles. The food is a step up from pub fare, and is relatively inexpensive. A band ended up playing and some douche-baggy guy was pretty much break dancing to classic rock covers (he was being serious, too). I was cracking up watching him while enjoying a brew with friends, what could be better?
03-17-2010 03:45:01 |
More by zoolzoo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-18-2009 20:17:32 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went here on a rainy Saturday in early December 2009 around 6pm. Wasn't crowded, but it was populated. Most folks were orderly, with some small exceptions. Had burgers (pretty good, but $9) and fries (meh, ok, came with the burgers), and a pitcher of Green Flash IPA from tap (great stuff, $15ish?). Service wasn't quite with a smile, but was tolerant of our requests. Didn't quite seem to be "in the mood" to deal with non-regulars. Anyway, I'm sure I'll go back eventually, if only for the amazing selection. The big menu whiteboard had somewhere around 88 beers on tap. Almost too many choices.
12-13-2009 03:38:22 |
More by iiii
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Good ole Naja's Place! Not the cleanest joint, but damn do they have a selection. A bottle list that is 200 + and a draft list of awesome beers (about 80+) to top it off. Always something great on tap. With stuff like Stone Vertical Epic Ale 07.07.07, Double Bastard 06, Pliny the Elder, and Old Crustation rotating through this joint all the time, I always leave pleased! The atmosphere is not bad, kinda cool with a open air front end and the water not 10 feet from the entrance. It does get very crowded especially when they have bands playing there on fridays though. Great staff, always helpful. If you live in the area, it really is one of the best places around locally.
12-07-2009 17:53:47 |
More by tang3nt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made my way over here by public transportation during a recent stay in Long Beach.
Atmosphere is good. It's a bit of a divey atmosphere but it's open air and right on a harbor so it has that going for it, although that's not to say the fact it seems like a dive is something it doesn't have going for it. The bar is located right near the entrance. TV's are located throughout the place with some other objects to while away the time.
Quality is OK. They had a few different kinds of glassware and it was all served at a good temperature with proper head.
Service is good. The bartender is pretty friendly and could hold his own while talking beer. He also pointed me to the new arrival - Raspy XII. Note that (at least as far as I know) you need to order your beer at the bar.
Selection is good. They had AleSmith Speedway Stout, Pliny the Elder, and a good amount of other fairly hard-to-find offerings - somewhere between 80 and 100 in all. They also have a pretty solid bottle list.
Food was good - I only had the wings but they were no disappointment.
Value is pretty good. The draft beer is priced pretty well but the bottles were a bit on the expensive side ($32 for Consecration and $35 for Raspy XII).
Overall this was a solid place and certainly has a vast collection of beers people east of the Mississippi are dying to try. Worth a stop.
09-04-2009 04:16:15 |
More by glid02
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The Boardwalk in Redondo Beach has some interesting shops, an old arcade, and well...Naja's Place. Very divey and ...um...aging, on the inside: a pool table in the back, a small stage for bands to perform, old stools and tables around, and sports on TV. Nothing wrong with that, but a neat freak might freak out.
Service was prompt and attentive, and helpful on a few of our questions.
Needless to say, there is a lot to choose from. Sours from Cantillon and 2004 Vintages of Celebration Ale, and over 250 other brands of bottles is a good place to start. The tap selection is mere icing on the cake, with beers like Speedway Stout, 2006 Old Crustacean, Magic Hat #9 (unavailable in CA at this writing), Sierra Nevada Chico Estate, Saison Dupont, Mammoth. Having a Weekday happy hour from 4-7pm on most drafts helps its cause as well. $5 on most drafts, but $4 during happy hour. One thing worth pointing out is their high-end draft pricing will set up back more than other establishments. $8 for a 12 ounce Pliny the Elder?
Why the low quality score? Okay, they do have several pieces of glassware, but it is all chilled. A can of PBR which I saw a customer open spewed a beer slushie at the counter (yes, they sell tallboys of PBR here). In addition, my two beers didn't seem like they were in optimal shape, which is the real reason. At least my friend's two beers were in good shape.
Naja's has an amazing beer selection with some vintages available, but keep in mind with a large quantity of beer, some of it may be sitting around for a while. After me and my friend each had two beers, we walked to the arcade and got ourselves dizzy riding the Tilt-O-Whirl. Damn that was fun. For those with kids, drops the kids off at the arcade so you can drink some killer beers at Naja's. Also, the staff knows its beer quite well, so add a little to the service.
Update 3/3/10: Came back again yesterday. Fewer quality porblems with the beer, so give that a boost. Also tried some chili cheese fries and onion rigns. Onion rigns are acceptable, chili cheese fries were too crunchy, and the chili was only lukewarm. Good cheese though.
06-19-2009 05:58:59 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was pretty excited to check this place out. I had met a fellow BA at Stone Brewery the day before. All I heard was IPA festival and we were there. I happened to have had 2 of my best friends with me that weekend , which one was lite yellow beer drinker.
This place is right on the marina,you cant beat the view. The beer list on the wall gave me wood. it's always cool when you can find a couple IPA'S that you haven't had.The live band was cool.
Service for me was a plus. The young lady was very helpful and kind. the place closed at 12:00am and she shut the doors and let us finish our beers.Prob. about 20-30 min
I will go back, and so will the now none lite yellow beer drinker. WE GOT ANOTHER ONE BOY'S!!!!
06-13-2009 04:19:58 |
More by KNORDSTROM
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
Wow. Heard so much about this place...was about time I made my way over to Redondo. My first trip to Naja's was for their IPA fest last week. It was great really. Amazing beer selection. I had Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, DFH 90 minute, sculpin, and about 3 others. Just great. My second visit came just the other day and now here I am, writing this.
I didn't think the Naja's could possibly disappoint. It didn't. It's a dive on the boardwalk in Redondo, so I certainly didn't expect the atmosphere to be much different than it was--TV's tuned to every ESPN imaginable, music blaring, lines of absurd length towards the bar. Again, as expected. Not perfect, but not unexpected.
Service at the bar wasn't perfect, either. Maybe another bartender could have helped but oh well. I don't mind waiting all that much. What did bother me was the wait for food. The hummus plate took 25 minutes to get to me--ordering my 3rd beer I saw them making it. That is, I watched them slapping hummus onto a plate from a nondescript white bucket and then tossing on some tomatoes etc. It was done before I could say "dogfish head".... Can't hold that against the barkeeps, though. The two that I spoke with were very willing to talk beer and were all kinds of knowledgeable as well.
The selection? Jesus. Visit their website. Take a look. 88 taps. Hundreds of bottles. So exceptional.
W/r/t beer I was so impressed. But when it comes to food...not at all. Being located on a boardwalk, not to mention 100 yards from one of the most incredible fresh food markets I've ever had the opportunity to dine at, I'd expect some decent sea-fare. Not a chance.
Long story short--decent bar. Amazing beer. Awesome bartenders. Food wasn't all that good.
04-29-2009 08:06:27 |
More by originalsin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went here with a few friends for the IPA festival that included Younger, Elder...and my personal favorite...Sculpin. Incredible! It was a good showdown between the three...but that crazy fish got the best of both Pliny's. Anyways, here I go...
A: Right next the docks on the boardwalk, I walked into a lively cathedral that was home to many wonderful beers. The scene seemed to be a mix of old and young, but slightly leaning towards a 20's crowd. Good music, a lot of TV's, and decent food.
Q: Beer is top notch and in abundance. The service was pretty good as well, and the bartender had a surplus of knowledge about the brews he was serving.
S: Like I said, nothing to complain about here. Very knowledgable beer people...which ultimately means....good people.
S: WOW! I went here for a special occasion, so I'm not sure what they have on tap regularly...but seemed pretty awesome. I enjoyed the following brews: Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, Racer X, Mahajara, Rubicon IPA, 90 minute...you get the point.
F: Even though I didn't order food, my friends were willing to share some of their's with me. Bascially a decent burger joint with a few more things added to the menu.
Overall: Like my buddy Pehlman said...I would like to come here when they don't have anything special going on in order to get a real fee for the place, but I anticipate my opinion now won't change. A must see if you're in the So. California area. Cheers!
04-27-2009 01:39:14 |
More by OlieIPA
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
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