The Ardennes drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in Liège

Le Bar À Cacao

Elegantly contemporary with tones of black and muted gold, this superb find serves excellent coffee (from €2.50) with which you get two exquisite Benoit Nihant mini-pralines as accompaniment. Indeed the chocolates c…
Top Choice Pub in Liège

Le Pot au Lait

Liège’s wackiest pub-café lurks down a private cul-de-sac decorated with psychedelic murals and lamps resembling radioactive triffids. Watch UFOs landing while lobsters wear dentures and mannequins show off their sc…
Pub in Liège

Aux Olivettes

In the days of Jacques Brel cafés chantants were common – simple pubs where crooner, pianist and accordionist sang for their beer. Today Aux Olivettes is a very rare, authentic survivor, its pékèt-supping audience e…
Coffee in Liège

Accattone

Outremeuse is the antithesis of all things hipster, right? Not if Accattone can help it, with great coffee (from €1.80), breakfasts and wine-and-pasta lunches (wine from €4.50, pasta €11) served in a converted corne…
Bar in Bastogne

Brasserie Lamborelle

This small, cosy pub features elements of exposed brick and stonework amid cowhide wallpaper squares and enamel signboards. It serves a remarkable range of beers, including brown and blonde versions of the excellent…
Pub in Orval

À l'Ange Gardien

Around 150m south of the Abbaye Notre Dame d'Orval gates is the monastery's own stylish if architecturally forgettable tavern. As well as ‘normal’ and year-old bottle-aged Orval beer it also serves draught ‘Orval Ve…
Brewery in Orval

GenGoulf

If you're determined to see inside a brewery while visiting Orval, head 1.5km southwest to the former railway station in Villers-devant-Orval where, behind a rusty old steam locomotive, this microbrewery produces a …
Bar in La Roche-en-Ardenne

Le Quai Son

Look for the ghost mural when finding this central yet hidden delight just off Pl du Bronze. It serves Lupulus beer on draught and good coffee. In summer, relax on a big open terrace while staring up at La Roche's c…
Bar in Liège

Beer Lovers

Brewery signs, high ceilings and the odd exposed beam contrast with a contemporary serving station, but the big draw here is the remarkable range of Belgian draught beers, which are served in 20cL taster glasses (€2…
Teahouse in Liège

Fragrances

The name of this gorgeous-smelling little shop-cafe is very apt, with its teapots, marmalades, strainers, tea cosies and around 350 types of tea. Little has changed since 1932, but it does now squeeze in four minusc…