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Address: Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
Phone Number: 30 2103232110
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The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss...

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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Good stopping off point in mad Plaka

We happened to come upon this place while weaving through the Plaka - the back wall of coloured bottles light from behind was the main draw. Beware, this place is small so time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We happened to come upon this place while weaving through the Plaka - the back wall of coloured bottles light from behind was the main draw. Beware, this place is small so time your visit, but staff are great, knowledgeable and attentive - we reacquainted ourselves with ouzo (after a misspent youth as a student in Athens drinking the cheaper,... More 

Thank Manclaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I had a very good surprise in this bar located in the middle of Plaka. Great service, good Belgian beer. My wife drunk the "Margarita Brettos" and she was delighted with its taste. The very stylish decoration was also amazing. If you're in Plaka, you can't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this!! Their Ouzo is outstandning. Lots of people, friendly atmosphere and very service minded people in the bar. Try their Masticha liquer.

Thank GoToGreece_se
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very friendly, they make their own ouzo, brandy and liquors that you can also buy by he bottle. its small casual perfect for a pit stop. forget the cocktails tho, they average and overprice.

Thank Selassie31
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll find lots of other travelers here, which is expected in the center of Plaka, so you can expect slightly higher prices. There's a surprisingly wide selection of wine so drink to your heart's content.

Thank Meagan L
Bangalore, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We read about this bar on TripAdvisor and decided to check it out . The decor is very trendy and pleasing but this small space was stuffed and packed with people with no room to sit or stand. We waited good 15 min to get a waiter to attend us but he was so rude and refused to pay us... More 

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yiannhs23, Ιδιοκτήτης at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Dear madam, I deeply apologise of the bad experience you had in our place. Your visit was during the Athens Marathon and as a result our bar, being one of the most famous in Athens, was indeed overcrowded. As you can see from the other reviews your bad experience was an exception and it was due to this special event... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very colorful, literally, and fun bar in Plaka. The atmosphere is fun, quite small so not always easy to find a seat. Excellent very long list of Greek wines, almost too daunting, but the server was helpful. An enjoyable atmosphere for a drink.

Thank Chicago60604
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First stop in Athens after a long day trip. Positive: Very cozy place, nice bar environment. Large drinks menu (including Ouzos, typical Greek drink). Not far from Monastiraki. Negative: people smoking inside the bar. My rating for Bretto's bar is average.

Thank León Manuel L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Discover the night with Brettos's unique drinks. Rakomelo is great. Colourful moments are waiting you. If you are in Athens, you have to visit here.

Thank Orkun S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We came across this delightful bar and went back the following evening too. There is a huge selection of wines, cocktails and spirits. The staff were friendly. Why can't all bars be this good?

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Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
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