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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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I think we went here every night of our stay in Athens. Super cute decor, delicious cocktails, awesome, knowledgeable and helpful staff. The decor is really charming although much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Wilton Manors, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I think we went here every night of our stay in Athens. Super cute decor, delicious cocktails, awesome, knowledgeable and helpful staff. The decor is really charming although much brighter than any bar we're used to in the US. It's a really small space so you'll be lucky to get a seat and there's not a ton of standing room.... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Flew into Athens for a quick 2 day visit from Cyprus. Had just eaten in an ice restaurant round the corner, walking around taking in the atmosphere, when we came across this little gem. Lovely, bright colours and a great atmosphere. Ended up staying a long time. Good staff, excellent selection of drinks. Just make sure you know the name... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This was a colourful, cheap little place to get a drink. The staff were really friendly and were happy to help. The colourful bottles are arranged around the walls, with barrels of wine on one side which they draw your drink straight from. Well worth a visit.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was here on a public holiday in early May. The wines by the glass were good and varied and the atmosphere and location excellent. However, the service was so bad that it reminded my of an episode of Faulty Towers. In fact, people were walking out without being served, and at one point I thought the waitress was one... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

I went there yesterday May 13, 2015, and I am going back today May 14, 2015. I have walked a lot in Athens and stopped at different places, but in my opinion Brettos was great. Service is just like any European country I have been in, they take their time, but I am in vacation and I am not in... More 

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Theale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The drinks are fantastic. I had a sparkling wine and Mastic cocktail, I had never had mastic before it was really good. We tried some tasters of the home made liqueurs all are really nice. The ouzo they make is the best I have tasted. Don't miss out if you are in Athens it really is the best bar there!

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We took Absinthe shots. They have a huge menu of drinks. Definitely a must go place to make your night more interesting. Loved it totally.

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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

the particular bar i am going often and is one of the best meeting place in the city.tourists are melted with locals and reminds atmosphere from erasmus party.the oweners are very friendly and the barwoman Anna from serbia is unique personality rational and tactfull barwoman with sensitivity and proffesionalism is the elements that characterise her.11 out of 10 in the... More 

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Wales
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We saw this place featured in our city guide but only stumbled across it by accident on our last day. This was a fun place with great staff and fun ambience. The staff gave us honest advice on the wine list and didn't try to up sell...just asked us what type of wine we liked and recommended a few based... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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Staying in Plaka

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Plaka
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.