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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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Cali, Colombia
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2014

This bar is the best option in town...good selection of beers (with a crazy happy hour)...amazing burguers...nice environment

1 Thank ingepapo
Basel, Switzerland
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

This restaurant is famous in London for delicious self made burgers. (Tip from a local citizen) Chips were excellent, meat was medium cooked, just perfect. (see picture) A bit noisy, due to TV and background music, but conversation is still possible. This restaurant/bar provides outside seating.

Thank Fae_55
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

Best Bar in Lausanne. They serve delicious Burgers and Nuggets! The staff is really cool and the atmosphere is great! You can enjoy your beer with kind people (old and young) on the terrasse or listen to music/ watch your favorite sport inside. It's THE PLACE TO BE on Lausanne

Thank michel t
Solroed Strand, Denmark
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118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

On a sunny Sunday I visited The Great. It was crowded with Young People - dermed to be the place to go for locals. The atmosphere was good, both outside at the terasse and inside. Staff friendly and smiling. Will go there again.

Thank hbgdk
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148 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

I stumbled upon this bar last year and had an amazing night. So naturally when I returned to Lausanne this summer I had to make time for this bar. The food is good but not great and the drinks are pretty standard however if you are wanting to relax in the sun with friends this is the best place for... More 

Thank Tom C
Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Great burger, the fries where a little fiddley to eat with no fork but tasted good, top it off with friendly staff and its a good place to grab some food and a beer.

Thank Dallie_11
Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Second time here and this is still one of our favorite burger places in Lausanne! The weather was pretty good and we had a nice table outside. Service outside still quick and friendly!

Thank Martin T
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Amazing setting just below the Cathedral. Order a beer inside and then stand on the large outdoor space along side the bar. It feels like you are on top of the city! It's especially beautiful at sunset. Great atmosphere, good beer selection, a delicious burgers and other bar food. Great night out!

Thank jmdeneweth
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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471 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

So this place is the sh1t. I come here all the time and everyone is always having a f|_|cking awesome time. beers-a-flowin, chicks-a-...looking hot But seriously, tons of beers, awesome location to hang out and drink outside, watch sports, etc Big expat community in Lausanne and we all hang out here because WE KNOW WHATS UP so yeah come here.... More 

2 Thank ilovecorndogs
London, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

I may be doing this place a disservice but we went there for burgers just at the end of the Switzerland vs Ecuador World Cup football match (which was being televised on a big screen; Switzerland won). The place was packed both inside and in the outdoor seating area and everyone was excited. We had burgers, at the recommendation of... More 

Thank MonyetS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 17
American, Bar, European, Pub
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
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?