The Great Escape

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  • Ville Marché
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A down-to-earth sports pub ideal for watching the big games on a weekend afternoon.

Massively popular with expats, this English-style pub comes into its own as a place to watch live football and rugby and quickly gets crammed on match days. Perched half way up the steps from Riponne, it has a large garden area out front with its own bar which serves as an overspill, especially in summer. During world cup games big screens set up here attract the masses. As a freehouse, it has a wide range of beers on tap including London Pride, while the food – burgers, chicken wings, nuggets, salads – satisfies hungry drinkers without being anything particularly special. But the best reason to visit is the atmosphere. Friendly and down-to-earth, you’ll likely come away from a night here with both a hangover and a few new pals – especially if you share your table on match days with those who failed to reserve one ahead of time.


Rue de la Madeleine 18
Metro M2; Bus 16
Main courses CHF20
Opening hours:
11.30am-1am Mon-Thu; 11.30am-2am Fri; 10am-2am Sat; 1.30pm-1am Sun
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