BEST BARS IN AUSTIN
Sun - Wed: 7p - 2a
Thu - Sat: 5p - 2a
710 Red River St,
Austin, TX 78701
Valhalla is a mythical hall for fallen gods slain in battle. In the shared existence we call reality, it's a bar over on Red River. It should be added that if you are a fan of bottled beer then prepare to hunker down, because here it is kept on ice.
Similar to places that were around in the mid-90's, it will bring you back to the bright-blood painted bathroom doors and black ceilings that peppered the area then; Additionally, the odd humidity on Red River hasn't changed, which serves as a reminder to those days.
The first thing you'll notice are the albums lining the walls. From Led Zeppelin to Ray Charles, you'll see an arrangement made by someone with an eye for the classics.
You've got old school video games, pool tables, foosball...as well as an upstairs game room that is unlikely and cool. The TV is set on the whim of the bartenders. One time I saw a baseball game, and on another a dvd of KISS playing to Japan in the '70s.
The music is played on vinyl, and Wednesday nights you pick the album cover on the wall and the entire record gets played. If you smoke, then you're in luck. The place has an open air front patio where you can take your beer, or mixed drink.
The crowd is mid to late thirties with off- duty, tattooed bar people mixed with Europeans and those who know where to go when their ears are ringing after a show. You might find the band you just saw relaxing here as well.
In closing, I have to say that whoever's preaching the "Austin weird" slogan needs to check out Valhalla. One thing's for certain: The place is keeping it real.