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The Great Escape

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18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
021 312 31 94
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11:30 am - 2:00 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: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Location

Great Terrace for.a summer.apero with friends. Centrally located in Lausanne and good selection of drinks. Lots of young people if you're looking for fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Denys T
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Great Terrace for.a summer.apero with friends. Centrally located in Lausanne and good selection of drinks. Lots of young people if you're looking for fun.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

One of my favorite bars in Lausanne, always lively and even better in the Summer when it's possible to fully enjoy the terrace overlooking Place de la Riponne. Live music on the terrace stage adds to the fun. Hamburgers are good too.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There is a very buzzy atmosphere here. The locals come in the summer, the older ones i suspect to feel studenty, with drinks at reasonable prices in local terms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

And the food is great too! Immagine this: summertime, warm evenings, sunlight until 10, cold beers and a very cool terrace - its the great escape! This bar is alwas overcrowded, but it never serms too much as the underlying vibe of the regulars is very good. Yiu feel good being there and even if you wait 10/15 minutes to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I lived in Lausanne for a year and this was definitely my friends and my meeting point, specially when it was warm outside. Great ambiance, good music and cheap (i mean, for Switzerland) beer. The food was also good. I totally recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This bar is an excellent place to spend friday night with friends. They also have good burgers. The choice of beer is not very good, and service could be better as well. However, the location and the atmosphere of the place compensate for this.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a very nice place to share a beer with friend and even family with kinds, during summer and spring. It is also a good choice for watching a football or a rugby game.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

My friends and I waited 1h20' for 4 burgers to be made! And for what? A burger at CHF 19.- which is half empty... better value for money and no waste of time at Holy Cow, can assure that! In addition to that, when getting back to the counter to get my plates' deposit was asked whether they were mine,... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Took our 16 year old son for his first beer. It was lovely. Very nice burgers and excellent chicken nuggets, only thing we would of changed is that we would have preferred fries instead of potato slices. We had booked a table which I would recommend if you have children with you as it does get very busy very quickly.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Nice place to hang out and have burgers and beer. Self-service place with great outside area. Restrooms could have a refurbishment though.

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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, British, Pub

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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?