Bourg Plage

  • Restaurants
  • Ville Marché
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
  1. Bourg Plage, Lausanne bar, Time Out Switzerland
    ©Caroline Bishop
  2. Bourg Plage, Lausanne bar, Time Out Switzerland
    ©Caroline Bishop
  3. Bourg Plage, Lausanne bar, Time Out Switzerland
    ©Caroline Bishop

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This pop-up bar is a popular local hangout on a warm summer's day.

Owned by alternative theatre and performance venue Le Bourg, this outdoor pop-up bar tucked under Bessières bridge is a great spot to kick back with a drink in summer. Accessed via a metal staircase from the bridge above or Rue Centrale below, it’s basically a large beer garden, one half of which is sheltered from the elements by an arch of the bridge overhead.

On a sunny afternoon or a lively weekend evening it thrives, and with its pretty coloured fairy lights and convivial atmosphere it’s easy for afternoon to merge swiftly into evening before you’ve even noticed – particularly if you get on the baby-foot table.  There are some downsides – the choice of draft beer is limited, there’s only one (bottled) cider, and dedicated sun-chasers will likely move down the road to the garden of The Great Escape when the sun leaves Bourg Plage before it. But, these minor flaws aside, it’s a quirky, lively place to hang out, with plenty of room to bring your mates.


Arche Ouest du Pont Bessieres
Metro M2; Bus 16, 22, 60
Opening hours:
2pm-midnight daily (in good weather)
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