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Brettos Bar

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

I make an annual stop to this ouzo bar which is sort of touristy but fun. This year I asked for the smoothest ouzo they offer and got the red one. Very nice. I also tried wine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went to have a gin tonic with the family, and after a long wait the waitress finally brought the cocktail, when my father was drinking it the glass literally broke on the air and split all the content on my father. The waitress started to laugh saying was my fathers fault and show it to all the People of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I make an annual stop to this ouzo bar which is sort of touristy but fun. This year I asked for the smoothest ouzo they offer and got the red one. Very nice. I also tried wine this year which was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great bar ...it's institution in Grece !! Great staff amazing place to decompress !!! More then just and ouzo bar great whisky, wine and more!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Oldest distillery in Greece (so it claims!) but amazing small little bar, it's stunning inside and lined with hundreds of different coloured and flavoured liquors. Bartenders were very knowledgeable and helpful too! Highly recommend checking it out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Loved the drink , I took watermelon liquor , they got different flavors , all good great, the shop is so colourful , full of young people and the drink was great ... Cheers everyone

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The coloured bottles backlit by light attracts you to the bar....2 walls have bottles from counter to ceiling with the other wall displaying old wine or spirit casks.....the atmosphere is second to none, drink prices reasonable, we found a great place to meet before dinner and have a few cocktails or three.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The staff at our hotel recommended this bar. It was one of the best suggestions we have had in awhile. It's a very trendy bar in plaka. Has a great wine list and the staff there are very accommodating. Gave us a taste of some unusual liquores they make without any payment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We found this place as part of the free photo tour from city sightseeing... It is very quaint and laid back and a delightful place just to kick back and have a few drinks.... This bar and distillery is in the plaka area...it looks pretty cool with barrels against the one wall and the different colors from all the bottles... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

we found brettos accidentally while we were walking in plaka and it was one of the best bars . they have their own cocktails we asked the waiter for a special drinks and his recommendation was very good . very friendly stuff and excellent customer service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Fantastic bar, every cocktail known to man plus a few more and every liqueur you could want to drink in or take away! No short measures and great atmos too!

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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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