The service at this place is incredible. Upon entering, the bartender immediately pours a water, sets it down, and then gives you time to pick out a beer. Speaking of beer, the selection is great. Pricing is moderate, nothing outstanding. Food is decent but nothing to write home about. Very chill place, and also, the music is great.
I’m a frequenter. Great atmosphere with dim lights (but not so dark you can’t see) fitting the viking motif, and music that is good but is not blasting, so you can still have a conversation. It never gets extremely crowded unless it’s late on a Friday or Saturday night, and even then, we’ve always wound up getting a table or seat at the bar. Servers have always been quick and friendly, but in a short kind of way where they smile and walk away after serving you, even if there is nobody else to wait on. Not very conversational, which is probably good. I’ve had food here only a couple times, but the wings are good and meaty (and cheap during late-night hours). As for the selection, some of the earlier ratings should really be updated (if possible) b/c they have long since done away with the duplicate taps. They now have 24 separate beers on tap at all times, and you can usually find a bunch of beers you have never tried. In short: a fun, clean bar with quick, friendly service and B+ selection. Nice neighborhood joint that I would recommend checking out next time you’re in town.
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.
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 20’s into later 30’s. 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!
I like this place a lot! A little on the expensive side, but they have a good variety and selection of beers on tap, and a wide range of other beers, both standard and obscure, in bottles. No food here, but close to some amazing neighborhood restaurants (i.e. Island Burger...)
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. I’d probably turn down a job offering a high six figure salary if it came with the stipulation that I’d have to move there.