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Valhalla

Not Rated.
ValhallaValhalla
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

18 Reviews
Reviews: 18
Visits: 48
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 52
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

815 9th Ave
New York, New York, 10019-5601
United States
phone: (212) 757-2747

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Place added by: Imbiber on 03-01-2006

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 48
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is my kinda place. I was in during the day on the weekend. Soccer on the tube, a great draft list, decorated by breweriana. I had a few beers, standard NYC pricing. Food menu looked great for beer drinking, though I didn't eat. Great selection of local (NY/Northeast) and distro craft beers alike. A few nitro taps. Bartenders were cool, I had some trouble deciding and was given some tiny pours to help decide. Small bottle list- mostly imports and Belgians, but more than enough drafts to sway my palate. An easy (8-10 block) walk from Carnegie Hall/Central Park area where I was staying. If I was staying nearby, I'd definitely go there again when in town. (672 characters)

Photo of JGam115
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A diamond in the rough is probably the best way to describe it. Loads of options on tap at any given point in time and the food is pretty good as well. TV screens around the space are a nice touch as well.

Look out for some rare kegs that drop without much pomp and circumstance - just the way locals like me like it. It can get a bit loud at times, especially around happy hour. (381 characters)

Photo of BODOBEERS
3.91/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Valhalla is one of my favorite NYC bars, part because it's #freakingAwesome and part because it's right around the corner :-)

They have a really nice selection of beers both domestic and international, the selection rotates pretty often (some are there all the time, but always a large percentage of things you didn't see last time).

The place has tall windows/walls that let the fresh air and light in when it's nice out, and there's a good amount of seating, both at the bar, some communal picnic tables, and some round 4 tops.

It's always on the list of where to take visitors for a good beer, the one thing I'd say is they are usually (always) under staffed and sometimes you are forced to go scavenging for your next round by weaseling up to the bar even if you have a waitress and tab open. But whatever :P (816 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I was surprised by the smallness of this place - and I've lived in the NYC area for a couple of years. I was expecting something along the size of The Gingerman or Ratte n Hum but this place might even have been smaller than the Pony Bar (Hells Kitchen). The space was open and light which was nice and while I was there it was fairly busy. There is music playing but it is not so loud as in impair conversation.

While it took a little while to be served the beers, the pours were very nice - proper glassware, proper amount of head, proper temperature, etc. The beers, once poured, were served fairly quickly so there was not a lot of warming of the beer or settling of the head.

The service was not great, as I mentioned the place was pretty small but while we were there on the day before a holiday (July 3rd) in the afternoon the only person working was acting as both the bartender and waiter for the place. The made the service kind of slow though the guy actually knew his beers (and gave a good recommendation to my colleague) and was quite polite.

The selection is not too shabby here with 48 drafts and a cask (plus about 60 bottles/cans) with a decent amount of New York breweries that you do not see everywhere represented (Barrier, Empire, Yonkers, and Peekskill come to mind). There was a decent selection of different styles as well available on-tap covering everything from California Common/Steam to IPAs to Milk Stouts to Cream Ales and most things in between.

The food is pretty much standard pub fare, nothing special. I found the food to be decent but not great and we tried a couple of appetizers (chips + salsa and nachos) as well as two different meals (bratwurst and buffalo chicken fingers). Certainly not a fancy place as the food is served in plastic baskets with disposable plastic silverware.

I think the prices are a little high here, even for Manhattan - there are a lot of other places in the city with comparable tap lists that do not charge quite as much. That being said, the place actually has a decent lunch deal ($10 for a bar food item and a draft). (2,094 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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. (570 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The group I go to NYC with always stays at the Hudson. Since this is the closest craft beer mecca, we always end up here. This review is a conglomeration of many, the last being my appearance and performance and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Atmosphere: Typical NYC bar vibe, but with one VERY important distinction: craft beer!

Quality and Service: I always go several month apart, and to date, I've had the same female bartender each time. The beer quality here is the bomb. Compared to Pony Bar, the bar consider the craft beer mecca, they don't have as much local stuff, but they actually have lagers, hefeweizens, etc.

Selection: Like I stated before, this isn't exactly a "local-centric" place, but the brew selection is nothing to scoff at. The last time we were here (11/2012), we had Bear Republic Racer X and Stoudt's Old Abominable on-tap.

Value: About as good as you can expect. Heck, it's NYC!

I'm sure I'll be here many more times. (957 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife suggested this place after seeing an advertisement somewhere, and we were in the area. Easy to spot, and this place packed on a Saturday night. This is a typical NYC bar - a long bar with a good amount of stools, a bunch of high tops and other tables. The blackboard above the bar listed roughly 40+ beers on draft which included Delerium Tremens, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, DFH 60, a beers from Smuttynose, Stoudts, Victory, and Sierra Nevada. No real hard to find beers on the list, but a solid list overall.

Table service was a bit slow as the bar was packed. Our first order took some time, but when my pint glass was emptied, the waiter was quick to ask for my next beer selection. The bartenders were working feverishly here to fill orders.

This came off as a real locals bar, as plenty of people seemed to know each other here. The crowd made it very loud in the bar too. I would like to retry this place on a mellower evening. (949 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walked by this one on an early morning walk through the neighborhood and made sure to stop back in the evening. Glad we did.

Valhalla is a simple corner bar, nothing fancy. About 25 seats at the long bar, some window seating and a few long tables against one wall. Rustic, rough hewn feel to the tables and stools.

Beer selection is nice. Lots of taps, maybe 45 or so, mostly good craft with some macro stuff thrown in. Nothing super rare but very solid and well chosen between locals, other American crafts and Belgians.

Food menu is rather bare bones, and not for the weight conscious. We ate at Brickyard (meh!) and went back.

Service was quite pleasant and attentive. Prices were reasonable by Manhattan standards. I'd be happy is this were my corner bar.

HV (767 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

*** Revisiting Valhalla after a long time ***

The wife and I stopped at Valhalla recently after a very long time of not being there. We used to be sort of regulars, until the Pony bar opened with $5 beers, good food and right next to our place...

The greatest change to Valhalla is the addition of a food menu! Not much on it, but enough to satisfy your beer munchies. Hot dogs, bratwurst, nachos, pretzels, fries...

48 taps. Not as impressive and/or rare as I remember them but very good *and* cheaper than it used to be (lots of beer at $6 and $7). The Belgians are still expensive, though (up to $11!), but overall this bar is more wallet-friendly than I remember it.

I visited during Rapture Day (May 21 2011) and they had some cool specials, like $5 Ithaca beers (including the mighty Flower Power) and $5 Smuttynose. Nice!

They still offer their signature beer flights and beer cocktails, but these have changed- no more Godiva Chocolate liqueur+IPA!

There is also a new chalkboard over the bar listing their tap beers broken down in styles. Cool shit! I am not changing my rating overall but I do like Valhalla better now.

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First of all, this place has got much more than just 24 taps as the BA listing says. Back when I was a regular, it used to be around 55.

Lots of good choices, but also some macro-ish crap (Stella, Boddingtons, Hoegaarden) for the swilling masses. There is an emphasis on Belgians, plus all the big names (Stone, Victory, Sierra, you name it). I'm rarely wowed by stuff here, but there is always something to please almost everyone.

I like their beer cocktails (like IPA with Godiva Chocolate Liquor) and their beer flights, divided in European/Belgian/Euro.

Service is good, nice young pretty girls who know their beer.

Ambience is pretty cool, lots of wood, candles, not too loud, TV's are not usually on.

The crowd is so-so, and the prices blow. Nothing under $6-$7, and a lot of brews are $8-$10. Shit!

In all the years I've been coming here, they have never had food here. The reviewer below says they now offer some basic stuff? Shall check it out.

This is a pretty good beer bar that could be much better, and considering the prices, I'll go down to the Pony. (2,222 characters)

Photo of SeanGC
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A friend of mine suggested Valhalla for my birthday, so I gathered a bunch of my friends to check the place out. My group of 15 consisted of individuals with varying beer tastes. Needless to say, everyone seemed to enjoy the beer.

We arrived around 10:30 pm, and was greeted by the bar manager whom then suggested a few of his favorites. The service was top notch, with friendly bartenders and hospitable floor staff.

The atmosphere was dimly lit, with norse aesthetic elements decorating the walls. Casual crowd, with no rowdy incidents. The age range seemed to be about mid 20s - late 30s.

On to the beer. The draught selection was pretty large, about 40 beers that night. Beer was delicious, so its safe to say the lines are cleaned often, not like many of the bars in my area. However, I was a little upset there was no "boot" available to order (it was my birthday, after-all). My selections for the night were Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA (A), Delirium Tremens (A), Bitburger Pilsner (B+), Shipyard Blue Fin Stout (B). At least, those are the few that I could remember (again, birthday).

Food was pretty good. We ate pretzels and french fries which were better than what I was expecting from finger food.

Price was a bit above reasonable. Most of the beers start at $7 bucks, and I'd have to say the average was about $8-9.

Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere, beer, service, and food. I definitely suggest NYC beer enthusiasts to check the place out. I will be making a repeat visit very soon. (1,509 characters)

Photo of mitchmurr
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Noticed the reviews for this place were pretty outdated. This is the best place for beer in the area. The Pony is a rival but this tops it. Very nice selection on tap and in bottle but more so on tap. Had a Delirium, a Southern Tier Milk Stoudt, and La Chouffe. Prices were reasonable. They now serve limited food...bratwurst and other German type stuff. Very comfortable laid back atmosphere. Service was very good and easy on the eyes, if you know what I mean. Nice place. It will be my midtown regular spot. (510 characters)

Photo of crawlmeister
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Dropped in last Monday at about 11pm. Place was pretty busy, only one seat at the bar. Very mixed crowd. I was there previously about a year ago, and the atmosphere seemed to have improved, though I may have just hit a good night.

Decor is stil a bit soulless.

Tried the Otter Creek Copper (from Vermont), then the Otter Creek Porter (twice). Both decent, but I preferred the latter. I've really been into porters lately for some reason - possibly because even the most overenthusiastic brewmaster doesn't play the "let's see how much hops we can cram into this one" game like they seem to be doing with IPAs lately.

Bartender was on good form, in terms of both serving drinks and dealing with over-tired customers..

Prices seemed reasonable for Manhattan at $6 per pint. (776 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

first, they do NOT serve food but I was told that you can bring your own. Just making it clear in case anyone is thinking of going here for dinner or something. Also, they open at 430 during the week.

Sparsely decorated with a pretty minimilastic modern feel. It was pretty empty around 5pm on a Tuesday when I was there.

The tap selection was decent, a nice mix of Euro and Micro. Nothing amazing really but decent nonetheless. I got a Sixpoint Brownstone since that was the best local option by far.

Service was fine as it was pretty empty, not a beer lovers mecca but a good place for a pint if you're in midtown. Its a bit of a wasteland as far as beer goes in this area so this is a good spot considering...

Prices are pretty much average for NYC, my pint (which was less than 16 oz. was $7).

Something did surprise me was the price on certain bottles, it was $50 straight up for a bottle of Allagash Interlude. Wow! (927 characters)

Photo of etho1416
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I checked this place out on a Wednesday after work. The draft selection is quite impressive. A great mix of imports, local, and national microbrews. Beers are listed on the beer menu by country of origin instead of style which was disappointing. The service was okay but took longer than expected with such a small crowd. Not much atmosphere, just some huge TVs and mostly bare walls. My biggest complaint is the extremely high prices for beers that are not that rare or high in alcohol. I know it's in midtown, but they were higher than any other bar in the city, including The Ginger Man, which occupies some very expensive real estate itself. Plus they offered pre-selected beer flights (the bartender was not sure if you could mix and match your own flight) which started at $20. Worth checking out if you are in the area but a bit too expensive for repeat visits. (868 characters)

Photo of huuvola
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is an unpretentious little place, with a decent beer selection. If you're stuck around Times Square/Hell's Kitchen, you're not going to find a better beer bar in the area. (Or at least I haven't found one.) In my experience, the better beer bars in NYC are many, many blocks south.

Valhalla is rather bare in terms of decor, but it has a decent selection of drafts (20+ taps), quite a few bottles, and several single-malt scotches. (However, when I visited on a Sunday afternoon, they were out of about 5 beers listed on draft; hopefully this isn't the usual routine.) This is my new destination bar when stuck at a crappy overpriced hotel near Times Square. The beer prices are reasonable _for New York City_, meaning it ain't cheap, but it's about average for the area. (778 characters)

Photo of Newsman
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This cosy little beer joint in Hell's Kitchen is somewhat reminiscent of a Viking hall, complete with wood paneling and picnic-style benches and tables (though there are a few "normal" tables and bar seating, of course). They don't buy into the whole schtick, though -- nobody wears a horned helmet, and two flatscreens have sports on most of the time.

The real draw, though, is the beer, and it's damn fine. They have 24 taps, and maybe only one or two are wasted with low-grade stuff. The rest are a nice mix of Belgians, other Europeans and a solid raft of U.S. craft brews. The bottle selection is likewise well conceived. For the real beer explorer, there's probably only a handful of beers that'll get you really excited, but that's a handful more than you'll get in most other places. Service was fine on a busy night, and they poured the right beers in the right glassware. Didn't try the food, but hear it's not bad.

Overall, Valhalla has one of the better beer selections I've seen in the city. Too bad they don't serve the beer in drinking horns... (1,063 characters)

Photo of slander
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Ubu pointed this out to me that night some month ago when we hit that other place just around the corner (I don't see Ubu often enough, I's got to call her). Seems we've got some time just now. Dave & Marie aren't due into Grand Central Station for another 12 minutes, so I'm a-thinkin' that there's time for (at least) a beer as we're in the 'hood...
A big, clean room. Spacious windows looking out over 9th Ave, flatscreens above in the corners, chandelier candles with flame like lighting and Spuyten style double fans. Wood panelled base below painted walls. 4 picnic tables hold the room, 3 bar tables adjacent to the bar and 4 bar tables forward towards 9th near the jukebox.
An "L" shaped wood bar along the far wall seats upwards of a dozen and a half. Large copper plate panels over 2 dozen taps on both sides of center (some repeats), where lie shelves holding singles malts, whiskeys and good booze. Blackboards above list tap & bottle selections and between them, some of the usual norse love toys; a mace, a sword and a battleaxe.
My count is roughly 3 dozen unique taps, 1/2 of them micros (Victory Prima Pils & Golden Monkey, Sixpoints Brownstone & Porter, Lagunitas IPA & Censored, lovely Hennepin, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Bluepoint Toasted Lager, Sam Admas Winter Ale & Cherry Wheat, Fisherman's Brew, Magic Hat #9, Flying Dog Golden Ale), and the other 1/2 fair to midland imports (Rodenbach, Chimay, Grimbergen, Delirium, Stella, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Ayinger, G, H, B, etc).
Also some 4 dozen+ bottles, mostly displayed above. Imports (Orval, Chimay, Affligem, Duvel, Rochefort, Delirium, Aventinus) and micros (Brooklyn, Harpoon, Flying Dog, Southampton, DogFishHead, Anchor, Mendocino, Rockies, Shipyard). Nothing so unusual here but some good choices for a Saturday afternoon beer.
Service was good, asthetic Valkyrie behind the bar, but I'm like, the only goddamn person here dressed like a viking. Everybody, okay, well not everybody, but a lot of people are looking at me and then they look away when I look at them and I think they're talking smack about me but I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure. I've been had. This is not a viking bar. (2,165 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Corner location, northern portion of " Hell's Kitchen" neighborhood, boxy rectangle set up, large wooden bar, several picnic style tables, lage flat screens to watch the game. The story here is a decent selection of quality brews but a distinct lack of character in the room. Bare walls, clean but boring and cold feel to the place. Cheesy 70-80's rock over the sound system. About 35 taps and over 50 bottle , many worthy Belgian, German and U.S craft selections, nothing amazing or out of the range of ordinary good stuff availabe in the city. Watch out for the prices, I tried a Rodenbach and was glad I asked how much I owed, before I ordered a second...$9 (!) for about 1/2 of a pint. The regular pints were $6 and up...Bland, boring place with pleanty of quality brews. If yer in the western, northern part of Hell's Kitchen /theatre district, with no time to make it over to the Ginger man, this place will do, besides that head to the several, more athmospheric beer destinations in NYC for a quality beer experience (1,024 characters)

Valhalla in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.