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The Great Escape

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French, American, Hamburgers, British, Pub
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18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
021 312 31 94
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 49
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  • 77
    Very good
  • 15
    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
One of the best happy hour/bars in Lausanne

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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  • Bar scene
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6 reviews
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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Zurich, Switzerland
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Authentic pub, with a great hamburger, outstanding pints and perfect ambience to see sports with friends! Don't miss it when in Lausanne

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This place is situated on top of the Riponne's place. You'll enjoy a tremendous burger while watching football inside if you like, or, during summer, you'll be outside drinking beers on the huge terrace full of people. The atmosphere is always excellent at night. Great escape indeed...

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Really good burger and a pretty decent selection of beers. Friendly waitresses as well. This place is worth a visit if your in Lausanne.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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Additional Information about The Great Escape

Address: 18 rue de la Madeleine, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
Phone Number: 021 312 31 94
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
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
Average Prices: USD 11 - 17
Cuisine: French, American, Hamburgers, British, Pub

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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, 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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