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The Great Escape

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rue Madeleine 18, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
+41 21 312 31 94
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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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
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Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch and tried one of their burgers (#1 of 4), and it was amazingly great! Big selection of beers, both on tap and bottled. Kind and swift service too! Definitely not the last visit there!

Thank Martin T
Thessaloniki, Greece
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Went there quite a few times during my stay in Lausanne. Overall a very nice and lively bar. However, during Friday and Saturday it is very crowded making it almost impossibe to stay inside. There is space outside - a small yard- that should be great when the weather is nice. Would definately recommend for a beer especially during happy... More 

Thank ellethwen
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2014

One of the great ambiances in Lausanne. The bar is normally crowed (specially during summer). The burgers are an excelent and they have the best chicken wings in town. And lots and lots of good beer.

Thank MadeinBrasil
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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106 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Let's admit it, Lausanne is not a hot spot on a party map. Most of the places r closed on Sunday and after 8 pm streets r pretty empty. It was a bit of a challenge to find a bar on Tuesday evening with music, drinks and party mode. So the great escape looked like a perfect option for that.... More 

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586 reviews
424 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

This place is one of the best at Lausanne to drink a beer with friends and/or to follow a rugby match on a rainy Sunday ;-) great atmosphere, great beers and cool service. They provide food but I didn't took the risk to try it... Seems not to bad however really overpriced with up to 20 box for a burger...

Thank Bambooly
Geneva, Switzerland
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is (thankfully) one of the rare places around the area that are open beyond 2pm. Food was deliciously filling (our late lunch lasted us till that same evening), loved the potato chips. Not a lot of tables available, but customers have the freedom to take their food out to the nearby park. Just remember to bring back your plate... More 

Thank Rachel N
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Excellent ! Nothing else to tell just perfect ! It's really good the staff are really kind ! I recommend them to everyone who lives in Lausanne or around

Thank AlecPlayswiss
Burgdorf, Switzerland
2 reviews
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Good food for a reasonable price (compared to other sports in Switzerland), lots of ex-pats and university folks you cna meet. Can get crowded, but in the summer the terrace is fantastic!

Thank Vivian K
Pully, Switzerland
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Great Escape is a casual sports bar in Lausanne with a laid back and fun atmosphere. Our family of four ate there (drinks not included) for 57 CHF which is very reasonable in Switzerland. The Great Escape is geared primarily to a college age crowd; however, anyone will fill welcomed! Please visit to enjoy either the terrace outside of... More 

Thank HelenHThomas
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2013

The ambiance is a bit pub-like, with football games on lcd screens, so I prefer to stay on the lovely terrace, that is a bit punk-ish. The burger is very good, with wonderful big peace of meat and followed by great potatoes or salad. If you want the best burger in Lausanne, that is the place!

Thank Petsy_petsy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $17
American, Bar, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
1:30 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: rue Madeleine 18, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Vaud  >  Lausanne
  • Phone Number: +41 21 312 31 94

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?