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Brettos Bar

Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
30 2103232110
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Ranked #1 of 24 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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Staten Island, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed Bretons three times while in Athens for only two days. The owner and his daughter as well as the barmaids were just great!!! We had some cocktails the first day and spoke with the owner for awhile. What a nice guy! We returned later that night for a nightcap after dinner. Then once again the... More

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Central Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Usually we check Trip Advisor or Yelp before we head out but we ended up here because of a surprise thunderstorm. Irene waited on us graciously and with a great understanding of both the wine list and our requests. A lovely little meze plate (6€) tided us over 'til our next meal. Great wines. Great vibe. Ouzo and liqueurs seem... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Atmosphere and shop presentation is lovely. White wine tasting was wonderful and fun. We enjoyed our experience here

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Melbourne, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We wandered by this bar an thought we must call in before we leave Athens. The next night we did and as soon as we entered the staff were great an helped us through the different wines an ouzo available an explained the history of this bar. We enjoyed it so much that after dinner we went back for a... More

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Naxos, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Cool bar and engaging owners when you are buying but 180 degree attitude when you say you'll pass.? Owner just walked away and ignored us as we finished our rather expensive glass of wine. We did buy 2 bottles of oyzo but not the wine. Guess he was mad about that.

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yiannhs23, Ιδιοκτήτης at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Dear sir, Thank you for visiting our bar and for buying our famous ouzo. I am sure the incident you described was just a mere missunderstanding, we always offer our clients our advise on what to try but we never "force" them to buy anything. On the contrary we offer free tastes of almost all our drinks without the obligation... More

Vienna, Austria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great place to drink, and the main reason to stay near the otherwise touristy Plaka district. Wide selection of wine and of course house ouzo and tsipouro. I met my wife here in 2011!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Best bar I've been to in my life. Better than acropolis. You will love it. Amazing choices of wine, spirits, and wine. Anything you want they have in great quantity and price. If you're in Athens you must visit Brettos.

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