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Brettos Bar

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Address: Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
Phone Number: 30 2103232110
10:00 am - 3:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
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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1st place Olympic Games are held. Greek stadium was restored after lifting required. Modern lift Hickory began in the first place.

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

1st place Olympic Games are held. Greek stadium was restored after lifting required. Modern lift Hickory began in the first place.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

by chance we walked past this bar and were drawn in by the incredible bottle display. once in, the atmosphere was a great mixture of old, inviting and upbeat. we stayed on for 2 hours - and we are not bar-goers.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This bar has a huge range of Greek liqueurs, wines and spirits. We went late afternoon and stayed for ages! The waitress was knowledgable about all the drinks on offer and made some good recommendations. We liked it so much we went back after dinner on the same day. By around 11pm it was packed, but there isn't very much... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My husband and I saw this bar on Trip Advisor prior to coming to Athens. We thought we would never be able to find it. But after walking our way through the Plaka we stumbled across it. We came mid-day so it was not crowded - but we heard from the owner that it gets very crowded later at night.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A really nice place to drink, surrounded by wood fittings and colourful bottles full of different liqueurs. We thought there was nowhere to sit, but the bar tender folded down a table behind the bar. Some of the liqueurs are very sweet, but the cocktails were really good.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We just happened upon this place and was drawn inside because of the colorful display. Never seen anything like it. We don't drink so did not partake of the spirits but a great photo shoot to show friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Well the space is very colorfull and welcoming. It is a unique place you should visit, and taste different types of liquers and drinks...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

What a treat, from the time you walk in to the time you leave you are welcomed with a smile and the experience of the staff. First impressions will leave you in awe of the amount of selection but a quick chat with the friendly informative staff will leave you with a tasty drink steeped in Athens heritage. Definitely coming... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We popped in as it was pouring it down and ended up spending hours there! A MUST DO! Brettos brew their own ouzo, 28921919 millions different flavoured drinks, amongst others! The wine tasting was a decent shout too! Fantastic find.

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My friends and I stumbled across this place on a long weekend in Athens whilst out looking for a bar to drink in. The use of colour and bottles gives the venue a fantastic ambience, is very inviting, and certainly did the trick in enticing us in. Clientele were mixed, from 20-somethings upwards to 40-somethings like us. It's a small... More 

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Staying in Plaka

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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.