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Valhalla

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
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

view map and get directionsMap @valhallabarnyc

Notes:
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(Place added by: Imbiber on 03-01-2006)
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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%

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

BODOBEERS, Aug 30, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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).

dbrauneis, Jul 04, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

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.

Chaney, Dec 15, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Gavage, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

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

sholland119, Jun 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

*** 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.

DoubleSimcoe, May 24, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

SeanGC, May 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

mitchmurr, Nov 07, 2010
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Valhalla in New York, NY
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