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Valhalla

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 52
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of misternebbie
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JGam115
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jess0392
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of alucard
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Matt_Felix
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of kovarkid
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Ant4711
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Elfastball7
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jrschaef
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of tainohawk
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of kdub_nyc
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BODOBEERS
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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).

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Valhalla in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.