It’s a secret for no one, not even for tourists passing through: beer is an integral part of the Ardennes’ heritage. First the Gruit, but also the abbey beers – whether Trappist or not -, the so-called “Saison” beers or even the more recent wave of triples. There is no doubt that this cross-border territory is full of stories linked to beer and of course of places to discover and drink it. Here is a quick overview of the best beer bars in the Ardennes.
- Beer Lover’s Café – Liège (BE)
Beer Lover’s is a real reference for all lovers of meticulously selected craft beers. Here, the beers offered (15 beers and 750 bottles and cans) come from all over the world. Even if, obviously, the establishment makes a beautiful place to the top of the Belgian breweries. For the locals, let’s mention the hermitage brewery, Misery, La Senne, Bertinchamps, Cantillon or even Rulles. But the Beer Lover’s Café is also the sharpest European references like the French La Débauche, the Spanish Cierzo, the Dutch Frontaal or the beers of the best brewery of the continent (according to RateBeer): Cloudwater! In short, there’s something for every palate, whether it’s experienced or not.
Rue de la Violette 9, 4000 Liège
From Thursday to Sunday 12:00 – 02:00
- Le St-Hu’bar – Saint-Hubert (BE)
This bar, located at the foot of the charming Saint-Hubert basilica and facing the abbey palace, is above all the specialist of Belgian drinks. This bar with a rather basic decoration proposes on the other hand a long menu as the arm decorated with a particularly pretty terrace. Lovers of historical Belgian beers, you are at the right place! From the Lupulus to the Corne and the Chimay range, you are sure to find what you are looking for. The St-Hu’bar is also a good address to learn more about beer and its secrets since many thematic evenings are organized there.
Place de l’Abbaye 9, 6870 Saint-Hubert
Monday to Thursday 10:00 – 01:00 / Friday 10:00 – 03:00 / Saturday 09:00 – 03:00 / Sunday 09:00 – 01:00
- Mac Allan’s Tavern (FR)
Welcome to the temple of dark beers. Here, Stouts, Porters and Brown Ale are king! From Piggy Brewing Company to Page 24 and local microbreweries, Eric is a connoisseur and a passionate of invigorating beers. If the bar has a rather simple or even rustic decoration, on the other hand, expect to discover many high quality craft beers. Emblematic bar of South Ardenne, Mac Allan’s Tavern is a place not to be missed if you have a craving for peated/roasted malts!
12 avenue Jean Jaurès, 08300 Rethel
Tuesday from 18:00 to 01:00 / Wednesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 01:00