Paul Simpson, co-owner of The Tube, on right, posses with the bar’s manager, Tom Evans, on left, in front of the 18 year old establishment in Luxembourg City
Photo: The Tube
Popular expat haunt The Tube turns 18 this year, a landmark which will be toasted in August with a special birthday brew.
“We’ve teamed up with Nowhere Brewing. They’ve done some research and came up with a fantastic recipe for our own anniversary beer,” explained pub co-owner Paul Simpson.
The beer will be available on tap and in bottles from 1 August and will no doubt be a big hit at the pub’s official birthday party on 5 August.
The iconic bar on rue Sigefroi, whose name derives from its arched ceiling, first opened as The Tube in 1999. Prior to that it functioned as a bar for several years. While its origins are not known, today it has protected building status.
“She’s an old lady who needs constant repair. She sees a lot of footfall throughout the years. We’re constantly keeping it nice and clean and shiny,” Simpson said.
Simpson, who was born in Edinburgh and moved to Luxembourg in 2011, was resident DJ in the pub for several years in his free time before he quit a full-time management role two-and-a-half years ago to snap up the business along with entrepreneur Sebastian van der Weerden.
“I decided to get out of the rat race and move into the nightlife,” Simpson said earlier this month.
Its eighteenth year is an exciting time for the venue, the road in front recently reopened as a residential zone. Simpson plans to install awnings and a seating area.
“I think before it was quite notorious as being a place where you end up on a Friday or Saturday night at 2am… Over the last couple of years, we’ve managed to change that. It’s become more of a cool bar to hang out,” he said.