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The Great Escape

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, European, Pub
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rue Madeleine 18, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
+41 21 312 31 94
11:30 - 02:00
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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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 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 

1 Thank josgray
Lausanne, Switzerland
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178 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 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 

1 Thank Caroline R
Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 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 

Thank Nastia_Kunitsyna
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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85 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

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!

Thank Z4cha
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2015

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

1 Thank Tanya C
Frankfurt, Germany
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344 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 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 

1 Thank Nate H
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 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 

2 Thank dannynocera
Lausanne, Switzerland
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121 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 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.

1 Thank toby r
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 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 

Thank BoofieBoo
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$17
American, Bar, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
13:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?