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The Great Escape

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French, American, Hamburgers, British
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18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
021 312 31 94
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10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 1:30 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Weekend in Lausanne

We were looking for somewhere to watch english football and came across the Great Escape which is a stone's throw from The Palais Rumine. Quite an international crowd made up of a mixture of Students from the uni and expats. 3 screens for watching sports and a good selection of beer on draft. Small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
josgray
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We were looking for somewhere to watch english football and came across the Great Escape which is a stone's throw from The Palais Rumine. Quite an international crowd made up of a mixture of Students from the uni and expats. 3 screens for watching sports and a good selection of beer on draft. Small seating area to the left. Nice... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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160 reviews 160 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If you've been in Lausanne long enough and are in your 20s or 30s, chances are you've heard of or have been to the Great Escape. The ultimate meeting point to the Lausanne youth. Ideally located on top to the place de la Riponne, the place is full all year long. Frequented by students and expats alike, english is usually... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Really a good place to eat on Sunday! The Great Escape has not only all that burgers that everybody is talking about but you can also discover the fabulous Benidict Eggs with salmon and spinach that are really tasty😀 they're usually booked, so if you want to have a table and not to seet on the chair near the Bar,reserve... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you're looking to have some beers and something quick to eat, go to The Great Escape. They have a lot of barrel beers, very accessible and some pub food. Most of the times is fully crowded, however you can enjoy some time with friends. Music is loud... If you can bare that, you're in!

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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Get the chicken nuggets! Excellent bar food, great atmosphere, with a lovely terrace overlooking Riponne square. Perfect for those long summer evenings.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

What else could you want in a sports bar? It can get crowded when there are soccer matches on - or there are multiple sports competing (Rugby, Football, F1, etc.), but this is the place with a great - and broad- selection of beer. FYI: The owners open the place up early for special events, like the Australian/NZ Rugby matches.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I really loved what I ate there. I also love the variety of beers on tap. It is a great place if you want to have a good burger while enjoying the nice atmosphere of Lausanne. I remember the service to be acceptable, and the price of the burgers to be a little over the top. Coming from the United... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Good bar with a decent selection of beers and typical bar food (which is pretty good), lots of space outside with good views of the Cathedral and the Riponne. Book for a table as is very popular and always a sociable crowd.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a great pub, my husband and I love it, either for FUN beers on the terrace when the weather is good, or to watch English football on a Sunday when our team is playing. The burgers are exceptional, there are plenty of beers on tap, the atmosphere is great. One place we consistently go back to. Not haute... More 

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Senior Contributor
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

feel in London, have a London Pride & burger at the great escape. very cool bar, lausanne's best terrasse in summer

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: 021 312 31 94

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 17
  • Cuisine: French, American, Hamburgers, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
1:30 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?