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Brettos Bar

Address: Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
Phone Number: 30 2103232110
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Ranked #43 of 309 things to do in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bars & clubs, Nightlife
Owner description: The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss the hundreds of colorful...
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Type: Bars & clubs, Nightlife
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Owner description: The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss the hundreds of colorful bottles and lights that decorate the walls of "Brettos". “BRETTOS” is the oldest distillery in Athens. It started operating for the first time back in 1909 at the ground level of an Athenian old mansion in the heart of Plaka. At those premises, his founder Mr Michael Brettos, started producing ouzo, brandy and few liqueur flavors, from the old time classics like cherry and pepermint to the most distinct ones like citrus and masticha, using old family recipes from Smyrni (Izmir, Turkey). When demand started rising more that expected he had to relocate the distillery to Kallithea and operate the small shop on Kydathineon street only as a liquor shop and at the same time as a bar where tourists as well as local could taste and buy any liqueur they wished for. After all these decades “Brettos” distillery and bar is still the best place to have a few drinks after work, after a good meal, or just before you go to sleep. Without any lifestyle codes, with soft music coming from a small radio forgotten on one of the wooden shelves, “Brettos” is the perfect place is you wish to get away form everyday life and have a chat with your friends. The only thing that could surprise you are the flashes coming from the cameras of all shorts of tourist that visit the store daily. The only thing you should be certain of is the fact that you can easily fall in love with “Brettos” for its special atmosphere, both low-key and attractive, the authenticity and the friendliness of its owners. 

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My friends and I stumbled across this place on a long weekend in Athens whilst out looking for a bar to drink in. The use of colour and bottles gives the venue a fantastic ambience, is very inviting, and certainly did the trick in enticing us in. Clientele were mixed, from 20-somethings upwards to 40-somethings like us. It's a small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Once you are in the Plaka area you can't miss this place with its multicoloured bottles of spirits begging you to step inside. But be warned - you will say to yourself you will stay for one drink but you might end up staying there till closing time. Because they serve all their wines and spirits by the glass you... More 

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Awesome place. Must visit if you are in Athens. But not an ideal place to be with kids. And difficult to find a spot to sit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Easy to find in Plaka, it's hard not to want to walk in when you look into the entrance way! Filled with wonderfully colourful bottles of drinks, it's a great bar to drop into! The bartenders are really friendly and helpful, explaining what's in the bottles and how they're made/where they're from. Grab a drink from here, and then if... More 

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We went into this bar on New Years Day and planned to stay for an hour - three hours later we left. Everything was really lovely - the service, the wine choice and the atmosphere. We loved it so much that we came back the last day for a drink and to say Good-Bye to the lovely lady who served... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Its in Plaka and its called "potopolio" which means the store that sells drinks.But this is much more,it's a fantastic place to have a glass of wine,or have a chat with your friend.And the stuff is really friendly.

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

we got served from irene this bar wouldnt work out if it wasnt for irene working there . the place needs some smiles and she has it all unlike the rest of the staff there . very nice wine and friendly atmosphere. would go back !!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

Wine was of poor quality, service was considerably worse. I wouldn't pay the price for a bottle which we paid for a glass.

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yiannhs23, Ιδιοκτήτης at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Dear Lulia B, I am sorry you had a bad experience in Brettos. We have over 200 wine labels that we serve by the glass, I find it difficult to believe that our wine is poor. If you didn't like a specific wine it is our policy to provide you with a another one for free. As far as the... More 

Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Stumbled upon Brettos quite by accident, went in "just for a look" and ended up staying for several drinks and a meze plate. The star of the the show is the Ouzo - there were several flight options available (as there were with the wine) or just single glasses which is they way we went. Between us we tried a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This family bar has become part of my ritual when visiting Athens.Brettos in the Plaka is world renowned and has been filmed by international TV channels. Favorite hangout for discriminating locals and visitors, who appreciate the high quality and traditional atmosphere of this family owned business with a history of over a hundred years. Wines from all over Greece in... More 

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