MELBOURNE | I was recently invited to Valhalla, the new basement bar located in the Work Club’s Olderfleet location on Collins Street. It’s a dark, cavernous space, named by founder Soren Trampedach, after the place where Vikings slain in battle are received, a place of honour, glory & happiness.
The bar aims to blend the best of Scandanavian style and simplicity with seasonal cocktails made using local native ingredients sourced from independent foragers and producers. The bar is headed up by Drinks World’s Top 100 Bartender Tony Huang, and the drinks are delicious. I was a particular fan of the Lunda – made with Amontillado sherry, maple, apple and riberry shrub.
For those who don’t want cocktails, there’s also a selection of local beer and wine. If you’re hungry, the food menu follows the same philosophy as the cocktail menu, with dishes designed to match well with the drinks.
The fitout works well in conjunction with the heritage listed Olderfleet building, with deep greens, woods and dark hues. Definitely the kind of place I can see myself winding down in after a long day at the office.
Basement, 477 Collins Street
Wed – Sat: 5:00pm to 12:00am