Hotel du Commerce

Houffalize, Belgium

Apr 2, 2012
Outside Magazine
La Chouffe

A glass of La Chouffe from Brasserie d’Achouffe at La Gourmandise in Rochefort    Photo: Bernt Rostad/Flickr

Best for: Belgian beer aficionados and fans of the Ardennes Classics
If you judge an establishment by its clientele, Hotel du Commerce, in Houffalize, Belgium, might just be the best Biker’s Bar on the planet. The world’s top mountain bikers fill the place up during the World Cup race held here every April (April 14 and 15, 2012). Two hours south of Brussels, there’s nothing bike-themed about this place. It’s just a classic Euro-style café and bar serving great Belgian ales to very fast racers. Two local options are La Chouffe Blonde and McChouffe Brun, both brewed at the Brasserie d’Achouffe, just a few miles down the road. It’s also a great spot to watch the spring classics alongside hundreds of rabid Belgian cycling fanatics, especially Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which passes through Houffalize. Start the race at the bar, sprint outside to see the peloton pass by, and then belly up for more live coverage on TV.

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