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.
Good option and not too far from Central Park. I came by during happy hour but honestly can’t 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 you’ll 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. I’d definitely suggest coming by and convenient after a walk through the park.
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.
My last stop before heading back to Newport, Jersey City. I was in a hurry but had to try a beer here. My choice became Bells Hopsoulution Ale, not bad at all! Solid tap list, but mostly well known craft breweries from all over the US or from Europe. Sadly, no flights. The bar was well attended and service was efficient and friendly. (Visited June 22nd 2016)
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.
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.
jredmond (297) New York, New York | December 6, 2011| Updated May 4, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Smallish bar smelling of oak with tables for about 60 people and long wooden bar, 46 beers on tap, mix of local and Westside, nothing specially exciting though, small food menu, not a very enthusiastic bar tender, a few lcd screens with sports, soft rock, no flights. Nothing special here.