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Brettos Bar

Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
30 2103232110
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Ranked #1 of 26 nightlife in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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".... more » 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.  « less
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Athens, Greece
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favourite bars in Athens. It has an authentic feel and attracts a mixed crowd of locals and toursits. The location is awesome - in the middle of Plaka, underneath the Acropolis - and it is a great place to meet friends (or new people) in a relaxing environment. The main feature is the colourful bottles... More

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Athens, Greece
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The oldest distillery in Athens. Location: Central that cannot be missed. The interior is nice, drinks are good, but more attention is paid to tourists than locals. Been here with friends two or three times in the past, but on our recent visit a week ago, to our surprise locals are kind of ignored. We were disappointed and after waiting... More

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yiannhs23, Owner at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Dear DesertRose2014, I am very sorry to hear that you felt neglected in our bar. I want to assure you that in Brettos all clients are treated equally and all clients receive the best possible service from our staff. I am sure this was just a missunderstanding, probably because of the high season. I hope to see you again in... More

Paris
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went to this bar because a friend recommended The place was really nice and we were sure to enjoy a couple of drinks there. Unfortunately nobody came to see us to take our order, or even to welcome us, even if the bar wasn't crowded. We decided to leave when we saw two guys that arrived after us and... More

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yiannhs23, Owner at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Dear SophieNotbert, I am very sorry to hear about your experience in Brettos. We usually welcome everybody in the bar and our service is immediate. Servicing someone who came after you was obviously a mistake made by our part and we take full responsibility. I hope in the near future to give us another chance to service you better. More

Rushden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

By chance we had read about this bar in a magazine a few months before travelling to Athens. We were not really looking for it and then there it was in all its colour bottle glory We stepped into this beautiful little bar for cocktails one afternoon. We had a great time, with excellent service. So impressed we went along... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Had a great visit here... the owner was with us for the wine tasting (which they offer each evening) and helped us choose what was best for us (taste wise and wallet wise!) shared some stories, was very hospitable. Really enjoyed it here! Packed at night though... so come early and get a place.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Speciality of this place is the beautiful decoration and add on top of it the friendly and fast service plus the variety of drinks . Not To miss when you are in athens , and enjoy after a walk in plaka .

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

We were pleasantly surpised when we found Brettos while sightseeing. We stopped and sipped liquers while a heavy rainstorm blew through. Make sure you get a photo of the beautiful bottles!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We stumbled upon Brettos while walking around in Plaka. The colored bottles lining the shelves are mesmerizing. Upon entering I was in adult candyland -each colored bottle is a fruit liqueur made in house and they have at least 70-100 varieties. I tried many shots of "juice" and decided that coconut was my favorite. They also distill their own brandy... More

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KLOCK1
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband had heard of Brettos and we are so glad we paid them a visit. A fantastic wine list, a choice of well over 100 wines, fantastic ouzo, great meze plates and fantastic service. The bar itself if a visual delight. Enjoy!

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Port Melbourne
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Ancient barrels and hundreds of bottles of coloured liqueurs line the walls of this small, friendly bar. You have to go and try one of the Miriam of cocktails and other beverages on offer here. Go everyday for a preprandial or night cap and try something different every time!

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