A decent, if somewhat tiny, bar that my girlfriend and I popped into while spending an evening in Manhattan, mostly due to their having Einstok beers on tap.
The atmosphere was fine, with dim lighting, standard pub furnishings, and the like, as opposed to where one might have expected bearskins, trestle tables, and axes on the walls, per the name. There were a handful of patrons supplying plenty of screaming and pounding on tables, however, even on a relatively non-crowded Sunday night. The service was all right, if a bit unknowledgeable regarding the contents of their own tap list. We did not try any food.
The tap list seemed well put together, and featured good imports, a decent assortment of good beers from around the country, and a fair chunk of local and regional beers. The beer was served with all the proper beer geek boxes checked - glassware, temperature, pour, and so forth.
Might return, if anyone could ever convince me to get anywhere near Manhattan or NYC in general ever again. Iíd probably turn down a job offering a high six figure salary if it came with the stipulation that Iíd have to move there.
Stopped in on way to screening. Normal looking joint. Decent selection happen to have one awesome beer on. Food was just regular bar food i had a brat fine enough. Service was lacking it was a bit busy but had trouble getting bartenders attention. Overall though not a bad stop if in this area.
Good option and not too far from Central Park. I came by during happy hour but honestly canít remember if it worked out much cheaper than regular times. Semi-interesting tap selection and a few new beers for me but also filled with beers youíll catch elsewhere around the city. There were plates of snacks available such as wings, hot dogs and sliders. Service was fine and during a peak rush too. Iíd definitely suggest coming by and convenient after a walk through the park.
Very nice spot. Stopped in on a busy early spring night, weather was getting warm and this place was beyond swamped. The crowd seemed to be later 20ís into later 30ís. Beer selection was great! A chalkboard with "Here" and "There".... Lots of locals, and some amazing beers on tap. Service was fast, even given the busy crowd. The prices were normal for Manhattan. Great beer, good crowd, nice bar, stop in!
Valhalla is a great place to hang out. I can understand that itís a bit crowded at peak times, but Iíve had some really nice late nights here. Whenever I visit NY, somehow Valhalla always happens. Last time we tried to go to a show a few blocks away, but the line was really long so a "**** it, letís go to Valhalla", was in order. We had yet another great night. Theyíre not quite as obsessed with or passionate about beer as some of the other more highly rated beer bars on this site, but both beer novices and vets can have a quality time here.
Visited in May 2012 after walking through Central Park.
This place was on my radar mostly because of the name. Very Scandinavian, very metal. I was half expecting them to be blasting Bathory non stop but they had on some classic rock as well as some 90s stuff. Below the chalk board and above the liquor bottles is a cow skull and on the late night happy menu they call it "angry hour". Pretty good deal really as all "American craft beers" are $5 and they had some cheap snacks available. If I was there that late I would have ordered $.50 wings. They also have a large (and topless) viking woman with the horned helmet holding an ax and a sword above the hallway leading to the kitchen and bathrooms. But then they have Christmas lights strung all around the room. The tables are wooden picnic tables. I guess aside from the random multicolored lights everywhere they did a decent job making this look like an old pub. The only thing missing was people throwing their glasses (or pewter mugs) on the ground when they finished.
The tap list was decent. Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Smuttynose, Stone, Troegs, Victory, and Weyerbacher all offered. In the end I went with a Greenflash Imperial IPA and a soft pretzel. I dont honestly remember if they even send servers to the tables but I ordered everything at the bar. There are better tap lists in the city for sure but for the novelty of saying that Iím in Valhalla I might stop back in some day.
enjoyed a couple of drinks here with an old friend when in the city. A decent sized place with a not to huge selection. But there was a few nice things on tap and a good bottle list. Good mix of young working crowd. Menu looked like good bar food.