Valhalla, Melbourne CBD

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
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 8688 7189
E-mail: [email protected]

Wed – Sat: 5:00pm to 12:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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