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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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Reviews by Gavage:
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
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%

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3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jrschaef
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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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.

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