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The Great Escape

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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rue Madeleine 18, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
+41 21 312 31 94
Today
10:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 13:30 - 01:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 01:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This pub has everything. Nice beers, nice food, happy hour after 22.00 ( only 4 Franks the big one ), screens for watching football. The stuff that is working there is excellent. Many thanks for the wonderful night and the snaps :)) Au revoir !!!

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Thank Ορφέας Γ
Saignelegier, Switzerland
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool bar in a very nice location. Went there on Thursday evening, was still warm enough to stay outside. It was really busy but still got quickly my drink at the bar.

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Thank Marc B
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can say that I felt uncomfortable having that beer there. Music so bad and loud. Hopefully was not the permanent DJ.

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Thank Jari A
Geneva, Switzerland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place for expats and locals alike to enjoy a beer, some food, sport or just to catchup through the day with a coffee. The burgers, priced around 14 CHF with chips are great tasting and good value for Lausanne. The pints of beer, at around 8CHF are great value and wide selection. One of my favorite... More 

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Thank Bryanajones
Lausanne, Switzerland
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100 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

It's great because it has all sport events you wish on tv, but gets extremely crowded especially in summer, so if you're claustrophobic, it isn't a good idea, but if you want to drink and watch sport, it's perfect !

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Thank Julien B
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

My favorite pub in Lausanne! Beer is always cold, the ambiance is super nice. I've tried burger and salads and I was never disappointed, I love their burger. A place to go with friends, as a couple, to meet new people... Full of expats. I recommend to many people and always get good feedback.

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Thank Julia A
Lyon, France
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Food quality mediocre, bland chicken wings comparable to microwave food. We were served a burger with what seemed to be off mayonnaise. Complained as the burger was uneaten, and we were offered a coke in return!! Beer was good.....

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Thank mmck88
Athens, Greece
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Very nice atmosphere, it is a bar-eataswell-watchsoccer place, good food, cold beer, interesting people and a nice terrace outside overlooking the fountain. I will go back for sure when in Lausanne again

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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We went there after the Color Run had beers and wings in the sun on the terrasse, the service was friendly, I'm sure we are going to make this a tradition

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Thank Jonathan C
Delft, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is right in the center. Very cozy atmosphere inside, but especially outside in the summer. The prices are very doable. They also have happy hour (half hour)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$17
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
13:30 - 01:00
Monday
11:30 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 01:00
Thursday
11:30 - 02:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
10:00 - 01:00
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?