Le Vestibule

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Rue Cité-Devant 4
A library that transforms into a bar once you step through the door, making it the first hidden bar in Lausanne!

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Rue Cité-Devant 4
1005 Lausanne

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Open
Closed
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
17:00 - 00:00
Thursday
17:00 - 00:00
Friday
17:00 - 02:00
Saturday
17:00 - 02:00
Sunday
Closed

La Cité

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This is a quarter full of typical small bistros and craft shops. To the north of the Cité hill, at Place du Tunnel, avenue César-Roux avenue and Place de l’Ours, shops and quirky bistros cry out to be discovered. It is around the Cité hill, sculpted by the Flon and Louve rivers, that the mediaeval town grew. Its cobble-stoned pedestrian streets as well as its monuments, the Cathedral of Lausanne, the St-Maire Castle and the Old academy, bear witness to that.
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Lausanne Cathedral

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At the heart of the old town, the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooks the city. Seen as one of the most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.
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Palud square

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In the centre of the square is the town’s oldest fountain, adorned with a statue representing justice. Close by, a clock presents the history of Vaud in animated scenes every hour from 9:00 to 19:00. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings this is the site of the country market, which also sets up shop in the neighbouring pedestrian streets. Every first Friday of the month, it plays host to a craft market. Typical cafes, boutiques and large, elegant shops complement what this high-class district, which is completely pedestrianised, has to offer.
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Sabine, the cultural connoisseur
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Sabine the cultural connoisseur
Le Vestibule, known as the city's clandestine bar, is modelled after a speakeasy from the '20s. Once you've discovered its secret doors, you can take a seat on one of the comfy sofas and sip a delicious little cocktail. However, making your choice is difficult – each new drink is more original than the last. In summer you can even sit on a terrace with a view of the cathedral while reading one of the books plucked from the shelves lining the bar.

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The concept behind Le Vestibule was inspired by the Prohibition era in the United States, which started in 1920. During that time, people had to rely on ingenuity to obtain alcohol, since selling it was illegal. This led to the emergence of “speakeasies” or “blind pig” establishments, whose façades made it possible to conceal the sale of alcoholic beverages, which was carried out in secret.

Le Vestibule looks like a library from the outside but you will discover that it is indeed a bar once you step inside!

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