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Taps: 88 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
154 International Boardwalk
phone: (310) 376-9951
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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?
03-12-2007 16:48:58 |
More by keaton
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Soo hard on how to evaluate my thoughts on this place (first visit.) I'll start with the easy stuff. Great selection. Actually didn't know where to start when I got there and just looking at the exceptional draft list, then the bottles. The next high point was the location and atmosphere. Right on the pier, though the marina blocks your view of the ocean, the walk to the place was nice. The dive beach bar vibe was excellent in my books. My gripe though was with the service. The girl behind the bar was highly uneducated and I counted at least ten obviously wrong statements she made about beers or styles, after the first few I gave up on correcting as I picked up that she didn't really care either way. Very disappointing. There was a five minute argument with her trying to convince me that Triple Karmeliet was a Trappist beer, she didn't want to hear otherwise. I would give a lower service score but it was saved as we ended up hanging out with the owner whom starting bringing us brews while in the middle of his construction project. He even walked me back to the cooler, very cool guy. Visit would have been worlds better if someone that cared about the beer was behind the bar. Eh, oh well.
04-18-2008 19:46:19 |
More by ballewblake
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Has a typical Beach atmosphere here..right off the boardwalk with a nice view of the boats in the marina or pedestrians if you'd like to people watch. It's a bit run down and somewhat rustic. More of a dive beer bar than an upscale spot. 10 flat screens placed throughout tuned to sports. Bands playing weekends 3PM to 1AM which I did not hang around for, but by 3 PM most of the tables were already taken with a lot of the regulars and locals.
Beers on tap are exceptional and very well priced. Well worth a visit just for the beer selection.
Service mediocre. Get in line and wait to order your bottle or tap. I hope they have waiters during prime time!? But, they know their brews and are willing to give you a small sample taste if needed. I could spend a fair amount of time doing this, but did not want to hold up the people waiting in line behind me.
Beer selection 88 taps is exceptional. Very good brewery selections and wide selection of styles. Bottles available as well if you don't see what you want on tap.
Food menu is 5 or 6 items deep. Basic Hamburgers, hot wings, fries fare and, a bit pricey. $10 for burger and fries? Still, great beer prices balance this out if you choose to eat.
10-18-2010 18:11:08 |
More by fourplayed
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I swung by this place during a long road trip, 2009.
Place is right on the marina, nice area. It was a bit of a chilly night, I couldn't figure out why they had the doors and windows wide open (its an open air joint). When I realized how packed the place was, I understood.
Huge chalkboard, wide array of quality taps and bottles. The food is a step up from pub fare, and is relatively inexpensive. A band ended up playing and some douche-baggy guy was pretty much break dancing to classic rock covers (he was being serious, too). I was cracking up watching him while enjoying a brew with friends, what could be better?
03-17-2010 03:45:01 |
More by zoolzoo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-02-2006 18:55:48 |
More by oggg
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
i dig naja's place, it's a chill dive type of bar with TONS of great beers on tap. i will always love it, because it's the first place i ever tried pliny the elder. plus it's right by the pier, so you get a lot of rowdy folks stopping in. it's a bit noisy, but always tons of fun.
the downside, it's a bit pricey and the service is often rude and indifferent. i feel like regulars get served first, and i am often left standing there at the bar with an empty glass for upwards of 10 minutes.
that being said, this is a great place! totally worth the drive from hollywood to get such a great selection of beer. :)
08-28-2008 02:18:17 |
More by quarrygirl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
02-25-2009 21:54:25 |
More by OStrungT
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made my way over here by public transportation during a recent stay in Long Beach.
Atmosphere is good. It's a bit of a divey atmosphere but it's open air and right on a harbor so it has that going for it, although that's not to say the fact it seems like a dive is something it doesn't have going for it. The bar is located right near the entrance. TV's are located throughout the place with some other objects to while away the time.
Quality is OK. They had a few different kinds of glassware and it was all served at a good temperature with proper head.
Service is good. The bartender is pretty friendly and could hold his own while talking beer. He also pointed me to the new arrival - Raspy XII. Note that (at least as far as I know) you need to order your beer at the bar.
Selection is good. They had AleSmith Speedway Stout, Pliny the Elder, and a good amount of other fairly hard-to-find offerings - somewhere between 80 and 100 in all. They also have a pretty solid bottle list.
Food was good - I only had the wings but they were no disappointment.
Value is pretty good. The draft beer is priced pretty well but the bottles were a bit on the expensive side ($32 for Consecration and $35 for Raspy XII).
Overall this was a solid place and certainly has a vast collection of beers people east of the Mississippi are dying to try. Worth a stop.
09-04-2009 04:16:15 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Having grown up within skateboarding distance of this fine establishment it's odd that I didn't know about it until sometime last year. Of course, I didn't drink when I lived in LA, but I have walked by it probably 100 times. I love the pier area, and this is a cool little bar. Weird place for some of the best beers around. You can park for free out on Catalina, and it's a short walk in. I went on a Saturday afternoon when there was no one there, but I bet it gets really really crowded with Coors Light drinkers at night. I got my hands on a bottle of 2003 Alesmith Wee Heavy, which you can't find anywhere, and it was incredible. Also had a cask of Arrogant Bastard dry hopped with Centennial or something. Awesome surprise. Their tap and bottle lists are absurd, and this is a must visit. Will go back as much as possible.
08-28-2007 16:34:09 |
More by kleffman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is my local dive. I've been coming here for over 25 years.
It is located just off the Redondo Beach Pier in an area called the International Boardwalk. Along with Naja's here you'll find fish markets, souvenir shops, an arcade, harbor tour rides and deep sea charter boats.
Naja's is an open front bar/restaurant facing the marina with the waters edge about 12 feet away. The atmosphere is decidedly low key but people watching is optimal. Order at the bar, take a numner for food. No table clothes or candles here. Live bands and dancing on Friday nights and Saturday & Sunday. No cover.
It's fun to go in and watch tourists jaws drop when they see all the taps. The patrons here are friendly and there are quite a few local regulars. 77 taps, Several Belgians and quite a few quality micros and imports. Unfortunately too many of them are the bud, miller, coors crap - and it seems like this has been increasing somewhat since the last managmeent change about a year ago (the bikers and lowriders must spend more money here than the beer snobs ;-) The bottle list is extensive and runs from O'douls to Flying Dog Gonzo Barrel Aged and some vintage beers.
The service here is usually great, however, I avoid this place on Fridays and weekend evenings in summer as the place becomes a zoo and you might have to stand in line up to 15 minutes to get a beer.
Food is of the frozen then deep fried variety for the most part. They do make their own humus and the kabab plates are pretty good. I generally bring in my own food or snacks, keep it discrete and the management hasn't had a problem with it.
Beers are reasonably priced, happy hour is a bargain and they have daily specials that can be worth it sometimes.
01-22-2008 21:17:18 |
More by dac
Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA