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Floor to ceiling windows, refined drinks, and a panoramic terrace make this cocktail bar one of the most elegant and pleasant in Lausanne. The bar is inside the Lausanne Palace & Spa, and exudes the same contemporary style. A comprehensive menu offers just about any drink one can think of, with dozens of champagnes, spirits, dessert wines, and aperitifs to choose from. Holding to Swiss tradition, the bar also offers nearly a dozen first-rate cigars to go along with cocktails. Hotel guests and locals come to LP’s for coffee and tea breaks, evening cocktails on the terrace with lake views, and live music sets during evenings five days a week.
The dozen characteristic arches under the 19th-century Grand Pont Bridge are great for taking a break from walking around Lausanne, and are also the home of Les Arches café and pub. During the day the café is full of people spilling in from the Place de l’Europe, and enjoying the outdoor seating on a sunny day. At night, the arches are lit in neon colors, and the bar turns into a kind of under-the bridge nightclub, serving drinks, cocktails, appetizers, and full dinners from a fixed menu. Les Arches is a unique urban bar in the center of one of Lausanne’s busiest squares.
Le Colony is an old-school colonial-style bar mixed with a hookah lounge. The bar, which is also popular for its Moroccan mint tea and first-rate cocktails, has a beautiful heated terrace lined with hookah stations and shisha tables where guests can enjoy centuries-old smoking traditions on just about any night of any season. The terrace is covered, the lounge has plenty of sultry appeal, and the shisha flavors are plentiful to the tune of hundreds. The bar is great for couples looking for an intimate drink, or for groups that want to relax in a lounge setting.
This down-to-earth English-style pub is filled to the brim during soccer and rugby match days, and has become massively popular with Anglophiles and British expats. The place is well-stocked with beers on tap, and graced with a large garden and outdoor seating area that recalls a beer garden. The menu is full of items that pair well with a swig of decent beer, but is dominated by burgers. First-timers often return for the house burger specialties, which are cleverly named: The Rolls Royce, Chicken Butterfly Miso, and King Henry IV are ruled by the Great Beefburger.
MGM Cafe located in the lakeside town of Ouchy is one odd place. On weekdays DJs will spin funky house tunes in the evening. On Sundays, look out! MGM turns into House o' Salsa for a bit of the hot southern beats. The restaurant's menu is simple and features local cuisines. But this is an ideal place to relax with friends, especially on the fantastic terrace.