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Taps: 88 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
154 International Boardwalk
phone: (310) 376-9951
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-23-2005 17:08:32 |
More by czechsaaz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Difficult place to find unless you know where you are going. "On the water" doesn't help as the entire effing coast line is on the water. Had to check a directory.
The layout of the place is nice. Long and narrow opposed to short and squat. Local trash hangs out at this place (read: dive) which is just fine with me. If they didn't offer the beer they do the place would be one of the seedier bars around. Cover band with drunk groupies played in the back ground.
Looked like they had a grill or griddle going on in the corner making cheap eats (tacos, burgers, dogs, something of that nature). Didn't sample the food. The beer on the other hand.
Three large fridges with a friggin great selection of bottled beer. Heck, they had some Alesmith Decadence, 050505 and years going back of various barleywines and Xmas ales. Local, Belgian, German, English...you name it. Impressive. But not as impressive as the tap selection.
An interesting thing about the tap selection is that it didn't look like it was picked by a beer snob. Yes, some really nice things on tap (Speedway, Port Brewing, etc) but a lot of traditional and fairly straight forward brews as well. Allows for all walks of beer drinking life to find something they liked. I started with a casked Hoptown red, moved to Kona coffee porter then a Flemish Sour.
Prices were very good and they even offered quite a few beers as specials for a substantial discount.
Moral of the story is, if I lived closer I'd go there all the time.
11-30-2006 04:27:49 |
More by Westsidethreat
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
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
09-03-2007 17:53:36 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Whenever I am in the South Bay I come to Naja. Although I imagine it is not for everyone, the combination of a dive bar, beachside bar, and a beer bar hits a lot of my buttons. They have a lot of taps (more then 70) so you can sample many West coast beers in one place. Last time, I had a Russian River Brew, Stone, and a Descutes. Being a big fan of West coast beers, this is a wonderful place to sample several pints.
During the day, when it is warm (this is LA) Naja is the perfect set-up. You can sit just barely in the sun and sip and watch the masts on the sailboats sway. The clientele and bar staff has always been very friendly. You could wander the pier and get a snack and come back, or watch the ocean surge along the Redondo Beach pier.
One a week day night it is also great but on the weekend nights it might be a bit much for some as it gets very crowded and loud. The jukebox tends to rock classics in the dive beach bar tradition.
It is very hard to find, as you cannot drive near it, as you would expect in LA area. It is in the Redondo pier area, so park, and walk. The best bet is in the parking garage very near the local Marriott hotel. From there, it is about 100 feet away, down a set of stairs to the arcade like area surrounding the inner marina.
I would go, as this is a unique little bar in the world with a friendly staff, super location, and the best beer selection in the LA metro area. Once you have found it once, you will likely come back or wish you could.
11-04-2007 04:12:13 |
More by rbowser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Naja's is the only bar my buddies and I go to, and we live in San Pedro...the 20 minute drive is worth it. Naja's looks like a dive bar, but these guys (and the one female bartender) know their beer. They generally have 88 taps going with a good number of consistent beers always on tap. The others get rotated pretty frequently. Their bottle selection is worth checking out as well. Bartenders are great and super knowledgable and more than happy to let you sample something. Prices are reasonable. The food is greasy and good. Just don't go when the band is playing. They have a pretty good jukebox, but sometimes it can get hogged by certain people.
Naja's is also good about holding events. They have frequent keep the glass nights, and reps from lots of breweries are always coming in and handing out samples to patrons. They also hold events like their annual IPA fest. It pays to friend them on facebook!
If you're in the South Bay and love great beer, this is the bar for you. Absolutely essential.
07-14-2010 18:21:53 |
More by UnknownKoger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Set on the boardwalk of Redondo Beach seemed a little odd as far as the atmosphere goes but it was unique and that counts for something. I kept thinking the whole night about what an odd place it was. The service was great, the bartenders were helpful and friendly. They have an exceptional selection of draft brews(74 I believe) and a pretty damn good fridge to boot. Had the Cantillon Rose while I was there as well as some other treats I had never had the pleasure of putting my lips to. I would have to say that it holds the best tap selection in the LA area. I will have to make a return trip to this place. I really enjoyed myself at Najas.
07-10-2006 01:05:56 |
More by chelovek
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
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!
04-17-2007 03:33:07 |
More by koolchas
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $
What a find! I went here last night after looking it up in the beerFly directory. Its right up the road from me too! There were 88 beers on tap! More beer on tap then I have ever seen (previously Max's in Baltimore had the most in my book). Some of which were crappy beer aka. bud, coors, miller ect... But most were craft beers american and belgium. The bottle list was exceptional lots of hard to find stuff at a great cost! Victory storm king (which is really really hard to find if you don't already know) was only $4. If you live in greater LA then you should check this place out. Two thumbs up
08-26-2008 16:55:21 |
More by flannelman808
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located just off Torrance Blvd. in the Redondo Beach Pier Area, Naja's is a little hard to find at first, but then you look at the beer list and know you've arrived. They had 77 beers on tap, many I've had before, but only 10 or so are macros. They also have a huge bottle selection, unfortunately, you have to drink it there, you can't take it home with you, but that's a minor quibble. I spotted a vintage bottle of Stone RIS, that's at least as old as 2005. I had a Val-Dieu Brown on-tap, an '05 Sierra Nevada Celebration in bottle, and a Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle on cask, all 3 delicious. Service was prompt and competent, very good, and attentive. A great beer bar if you are in the area, if I lived in Redondo, I would definitely make this my local. A great place to have a beer and watch the waves crash on the shore.
Edit 11/22/08 - Have got to dock the vibe a little bit. Went here today, it was quite crowded, which I don't particulary like, but can't dock them for being popular. But, the fact that it's open to the outside means the smoke from the dicks that light up up right by the entrance is going to come in. This is CA, we're not supposed to have to deal with smoke in a bar. Went to the north side of the bar and that helped remedy it, but I was not happy for the first half of the visit. Still great selection. On days when it's hardly crowded like Sunday, it's been fine.
12-02-2007 00:39:37 |
More by Halcyondays
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This place has a very dive bar feel to it. The crowd is usually quite laid back with a wide range of ages and personalities, but everyone is quite friendly and laid back. A great peoples beer bar.
Clean with a view of Redondo Beach Pier. The bar service is great and the staff have great beer knowledge and are always helpful. The food service all depends on busyness.
The beer selection is awesome! Beer are always rotating and they frequently have events featuring local brews and beer styles which is always fun.
Average bar food. Come for the beer and if you're hungry they will take care of your gastric needs but nothing to write home about in this category.
Very reasonably priced. They have the option to get most beers in pitchers which helps keep the wallet full and thick. A great beer bar with a laid back, beach community feel.
06-18-2011 03:46:43 |
More by ElSid
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA
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