York has plenty of nods to Vikings ever since they invaded back in 866AD and decided to settle – and this independent bar Valhalla in York city centre has leaned into the heritage.
Valhalla is located just off Shambles Market and is a Viking-themed bar in the centre of the city. It is quite literally Viking heaven with plenty of mead and grub on offer. Perfect after a day of exploring the historic city.
Founded in 2017, the bar has proved a popular spot with locals and visitors alike and pays homage to York’s Viking heritage.
The bar aim is to create a warm community environment with great drinks, banging tunes and a proper atmosphere.
Upon visiting you can expect a great selection of craft beer, ale, mead and all great drinks along with home-cooked food and a great atmosphere.
The independent bar serves up hot Yorkshire tapas from Yorkshire pork sausages with a honey mustard glaze to chicken wings, halloumi fries with a range of sauces along with some other side dishes. All are reasonably priced.
Everywhere you look there is a Nordic nod such as wood furniture, wooden beams with chandeliers holding candles and stairways with skulls, Viking remains, and beer in tankards for that extra Viking touch.
Upstairs you’ll find deep Chesterfield chairs and sofas and a huge dining tables where you can imagine Vikings getting raucous and up to no good.
The bar even has old-fashioned Viking shields along the front of the bar making you feel like you might be grabbing one and heading to battle – but you’re more likely going to grab another cheeky beer in a glass tankard.
Watch the video for our visit to the Viking-themed pub in the York City centre below:
The next time you’re in York make sure you visit the Viking-themed bar, Valhalla in York.