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t0rin0 (1456) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 7, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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 I’m in Valhalla I might stop back in some day.
Theydon_Bois (789) The ’Sham, England | February 2, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited just the once - May ’10 after a walk in Central Park.
It was a Saturday afternoon/evening around 5/6pm.
The joint was pretty quiet but there were one or two folks sat around the bar as we were.
Solid enough, if unspectacular tap line, comprised largely of east coast stalwarts.
Service was fine - they were under no pressure mind!
Decent enough bar, would’t go oout of the way for it as a beer destination but if you are heading back from a walk in Central park it links in on the way to the (original) Pony Bar.
JoeMcPhee (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 7, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited this place the other night while walking to a show. It quite a nice open space, longish bar off to one side with a few picnic-type tables directly across from it. Right at the back of the room is a plaster bust of a bare-chested Valkyrie... nice! It looks like there are more taps than there are, but there are duplicates of every handle. A pretty large bottle selection though. The few I tried were in good shape and the bartender was fast. No complaints about this place, especially given the dearth of beer bars near the entertainment district.
BlackHaddock (389) , England | April 13, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
18 Jan 2013: directed here by the staff in ’Alfies’ which is a few yards away on the corner of 53rd and 9th. I prefered Aflies to be honest!
Anyway this place was fine, helpful serving staff and a good selection of taps: sadly none from any state I hadn’t already had a beer from. The two beers I did have were both in excellent order as were the ’Salsa and Chips’.
All in all a pleasant little bar with a friendly vibe to it: sadly we had to leave early though, our ship was only in town for the day and I needed to buy some bottles for the sea days ahead.
jredmond (213) Manhattan, New York | December 6, 2011| Updated May 4, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Drafts with some friends. Nice atmosphere, nice draft list (hill farmstead) and an okay bottle list. Usually some local (ny state) brewery offerings. Loud on the week nights. Long tables good for groups. Table service.
blipp (134) Newark, New Jersey | June 2, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad place. Decent selection with good service. The prices however seem to be a bit high for the area. Most taps are $8 with about 3 shitty beers on special for $5 Pony Bar is a pretty close walk and a far better value. That being said, I only stopped in for a few pints, so I didn’t mind spending a little money on some new beers. Not the type of place I would stop by regularly though.
bmerz (122) Brooklyn, New York | October 10, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Basic midtown bar with sky high midtown prices for a decent selection, mostly from familiar breweries with a few noteworthies. We were served the wrong beer and realized it. I was surprised when we weren’t comped the drink and/or the bartender just poured the perfectly good beer down the drain.
BREWMUSKCLES (114) New Jersey | May 21, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
a lot of wood in a corner bar of about moderate size for NYC, ,maybe 30’ X 30’. taps along the far wall and full bar with some bottles. Packed for the 9th ave food festival. Finding it’s way into the mix there are some small tables and such. Median in most ways. clean glasses. Tourists and new arrivals.
fluffheady (100) Chicago, Illinois | January 4, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Valhalla is a great place to hang out. I can understand that it’s a bit crowded at peak times, but I’ve 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, let’s go to Valhalla", was in order. We had yet another great night. They’re 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.
Slipstream (91) | October 7, 2008| Updated February 13, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nicely designed place, comfortable and clean. A good selection of taps (around 20) and bottles, with a number of unusual items. Not too crowded or noisy when I went, which was fine with me. Prices are pretty high, but not unusually so for New York City. A lively and attractive atmosphere prevails on weekend nights.
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