6 Lausanne pubs for great beer and fun times

The Lausanner
The Lausanner
April 21, 2023

Autumn is here, and on a chilly evening there’s nothing better than enjoying a beer with friends in a warm pub. And we’re talking a proper English-style pub. Or Irish. Or Canadian! With its diverse international population, cosmopolitan Lausanne is the perfect place to embrace the joys of pub culture. Step inside these six pubs and you’ll find good beer, lively conversation, pool tables, televised sport and even an English pub quiz!

1. Les Boucaniers

One of a clutch of bars in the lively area around Place Benjamin-Constant, Les Boucaniers is a go-to pub for international beers, inventive burgers and a brilliant atmosphere. Choose from bottled lagers, bitters and pale ales by breweries including Scotland’s Brewdog, Belgium’s Lindemans and several Swiss microbreweries. From the line-up of draft beer, we recommend the tasty Boucanier Red Ale, which is served in a pint glass shaped like a boot!


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2. The Great Escape

Is there anyone in Lausanne who hasn’t been to The Great Escape? This place is an institution, both for the city’s expat community and born-and-bred Lausanners. With the vibe of an authentic British pub, and a vast outdoor terrace that makes the most of the Swiss sunshine, The Great Escape is the best of both worlds. Come for delicious bar food, a pint of London Pride, and an unmatched atmosphere on weekends and evenings – especially when live football or rugby is shown on the big screens in the bar.

3. Brasserie du Château

Long before microbreweries took Lausanne by storm, La Brasserie du Château was quietly brewing its own beer to serve alongside homemade pizzas. It’s a formula that has endured 25 years now – and rightly so. The two-storey pub has a lively but relaxed atmosphere, quality tunes and interesting décor, including exposed brick walls and a ceiling covered in faux foliage! Sit at the long bar with a pint of Ginger, a lager with a real kick of spice which is bound to have you returning again and again.


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4. McCarthy’s

If you’re looking for a pint of Guinness and guaranteed craic, there’s only one place to go – Irish pub McCarthy’s. We love the decorative Jameson mirrors behind the bar, the dark wood tables and booths, the regular live sport on the telly and the classic pub grub – you can’t go wrong with beer-battered fish and chips, beef and Guinness pie, or bangers and mash. No wonder the place even has that classic pub smell! Come with a group on friends on a Sunday evening to have a go at the pub quiz (in English) – the perfect way to round off your weekend.

5. Les Gosses de Québec

From Ireland to Canada in one Swiss city? Why not?! This slice of Canadiana honours the Great White North with ice skates and basketball hoops hanging from the ceiling, several pool tables, and big screens showing everything from cycling to darts to ice hockey. Order a Coors Light and a bowl of poutine to tuck into while watching a hockey game and you’ll be transported to Toronto without ever leaving Lausanne.


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6. Trois 14

This small neighbourhood bar on Rue du Valentin punches above its weight when it comes to beer. Specialising in craft brews, it offers numerous draught and bottled beers by artisanal breweries from all around the world, so you can drink your way from Lausanne to Spain to the US in one night (though we advise ordering a platter of cheese and dried meats to soak it all up!). To add to the pub vibe, it runs regular darts tournaments where you can try your luck against the locals. Cheers!


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