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Brettos Bar

Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
30 2103232110
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89%
Ranked #2 of 37 Nightlife in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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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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Corfu, Greece
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15 reviews 15 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I liked the atmosphere of a local bar, with interesting old looking design. It is though in every gudie book and that makes it unfortunatelly quite turistic. It is also rather smoky. But you can meet local people of similar nature and because of the layout of the bar you get to chat with them quite easily.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you're in Athens definitely pay a visit! We had a few drinks there on our first night in Athens and had a great time. Its a great place to sample ouzo. It does a good selection of beers and wines too.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Great music, great ambient, simple but so well designed and amazing alchohol, every home made drink is gold, visit!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Walking past we were lured in by the sounds of laughing and the brightly coloured bottles. This is a very interesting bar in the heart of Plaka that is well used by locals and tourists alike. Quirky in that there are not many seats, well that is until they get you to sit behind the bar and pull our little... More

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Amsterdam
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17 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

What an atmospheric spot this is, in the middle of a very touristic area. Even if you will not have a drink, take a look and perhaps some pictures inside. The drinkmenu is extensive, with lot's of different kinds of ouzo, wine etc. Unfortunately the grumpy waitress did pay more attention to a few (local?) men at the bar then... More

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Naples, Italy
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This place offers great drinks with a fantastic atmosphere. All drinks are homemade by the bar and their liqueurs are a one of a kind experience in every flavor you could imagine. Additionally they have cask aged Ouzo and Brandy that is served from the cask on site. The Ouzo is especially delicious and comes in 40%, 42%, 46%, and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It has everything a good bar needs, plenty of choice, (drinks) take away service and great prices. Only down side is there are not enough seats, this is a busy place, if you are lucky enough to get a seat, treasure it and never let it out of your sight.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We found this place on our way to a restaurant in Plaka one night and made it a priority to go back the next night. This is such a great bar with amazing drinks, atmosphere and service. We sat there for a few rounds, met great people and had a couple of there meze platter that we didn't even bother... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We read that ‘’Brettos’’ is the oldest distillery in Athens and we thought that we wouldn’t miss having a drink there. We easily found it in Plaka area. The bar is beautifully decorated with colorful bottles and has a cozy atmosphere. We were surprised by the big win list and the different flavors of liqueur. We finally come back to... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The place not to miss on each visit for a short drink or a happy hour time . as the story tells, one of the oldest distillery in Athens . hundred of coloured bottles ...their famous Ouzou and Masticha . cosy wooden seating around the bar . their famous not to miss drink is Masticha based with champagne on peppermint... More

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