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Taps: 88 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
154 International Boardwalk
phone: (310) 376-9951
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 77 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Visited here a number of times while working in LA in the Winter of 2011. The first time I stopped in I had a Pliny the Elder followed by a Hoptimum on-tap. 88 brews on-tap plus bottles. Quite impressive. Knowledgeable staff. On my last visit I was encouraged to try a Port Mongo on-tap and it was just great.
Bought the cool "Fear No Beer" hooded sweatshirt, which seems to be of good quality.
Sometimes I loved the music that was playing but sometimes the death metal was too much. Fortunately, you can get your beer and sit outside, looking at the Redondo Pier and boatyard.
04-02-2011 13:00:50 |
More by Tucquan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
I swung by this place during a long road trip, 2009.
Place is right on the marina, nice area. It was a bit of a chilly night, I couldn't figure out why they had the doors and windows wide open (its an open air joint). When I realized how packed the place was, I understood.
Huge chalkboard, wide array of quality taps and bottles. The food is a step up from pub fare, and is relatively inexpensive. A band ended up playing and some douche-baggy guy was pretty much break dancing to classic rock covers (he was being serious, too). I was cracking up watching him while enjoying a brew with friends, what could be better?
03-17-2010 03:45:01 |
More by zoolzoo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I was visiting a friend down in Torrance so finally got to check this little place out. Location is a bit tough to find at first. Moderate size with a few huge TV's, and open air which is cool. It was pretty empty being a Tuesday and all (even if it is New Years) so didn't have to fight the crowds. Hard to get a feel for the atmosphere, but I got the feeling everybody else was drinking crappy crap, which is sad considering the selection here.
Two bartenders were there. One seemed clueless, the other totally knew her shit (and was pretty cute to boot). Service was prompt, but again, there were only about a dozen people there so that's to be expected. Food looked great but I wasn't hungry.
Selection is impressive. Something around 80 beers on tap, with only like 6 of those being BMC. American micro's are featured, but there was some Belgian and British beers. Great selection of micros on tap including Stone, Alesmith, Bear Republic, Deschutes, Rogue, North Coast, etc. Mostly west coast places. Bottle selection was modest but still impressive. All the Cali crafts, including some hard to find stuff (I saw Stone X and some older seasonals), plus plenty of trappist/abbey beers.
Prices are great actually. $4.50 for a pint, $6 for a mug, and $6.50 for a "premeir" pint. But in LA, $6.50 for a pint of a really good beer is a great deal. I paid more at the Daily Pint, and their selection was not nearly as good. Food prices seemed reasonable as well, looked like 8 bucks for a burger with fries.
Too bad this is so far away, because I'd be here every week or more. It was hard for me to get a real feel for the atmosphere 'cause it was so empty, but it strikes me as a bit of a dive. Still, right there on the beach with the prices and the selection, I don't know how much better your're going to do in LA.
01-02-2008 07:09:10 |
More by rxdrewthejew
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
05-31-2010 02:24:36 |
More by Gobzilla
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.
07-03-2005 19:13:06 |
More by DogFood11
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: 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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