Every European city should really have at least one decent Irish pub in which to glug a pint of Guinness and eat a hearty stew. Liège has multiple such haunts, and one of the best is Le Celtic, a bright red pub and small restaurant where the rugby broadcasts are a celebration and St. Paddy’s Day an explosion of Irish cheer.
Few pubs have as poetic a name as Le Soleil a rendez-vous avec la Lune or The Sun has a meeting with the Moon. What’s more is that the title is entirely fitting when you witness the place come to life after dark. The sun might have set but the crowd dancing and drinking shots at Le Soleil exudes heat like you wouldn’t believe. Their famed “tour around the world” will reward you for drinking your way through 31 different alcoholic beverages over the course of a day by hanging up a plaque in your honor.
The music corner of party neighborhood Le Carré, L’Escalier alternates between letting techno and house DJs take the reins and having live rockers own the stage. With loads of performances by national artists, Liège’s musicians have adopted this place as their second home.
Almost trendy beyond words, Le Notger is a fixture on the Liège cocktail scene. While also a restaurant, the 18th century house filled with industrial detail and luxurious-looking flea market finds has a club on the second floor where you’ll find hundreds of spirits at your fingertips. It is quite fitting that the place, named after Liège’s first prince-bishop, Notker or Notger of Liège, now sits at the heart of the city’s nightlife.