For all the spit-polished, impeccably shiny storefronts you'll find in Manhattan Beach or Hermosa, you'll also find a bar like Naja's Place. Facing the docks on the lower level of the Redondo Beach Pier, Naja's is the kind of place where a regular Joe or Jane can order off a huge list of excellent beers (“the largest in Los Angeles,” the website exclaims) on tap and a decent menu of hot bar snacks, and enjoy an afternoon quaffing repast, all while rubbing elbows with some salty gents who you get the sense know their way around a Harley, a tattoo parlor and a cell down at the county jail. But not to worry — it's Beach City vibe. It's “mellow.” 154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach. (310) 376-9951, najasplace.com. —Adam Gropman
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