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Brettos Bar

Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 38 Nightlife in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Owner description: The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss the hundreds of colorful...
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wine was of poor quality, service was considerably worse. I wouldn't pay the price for a bottle which we paid for a glass.

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yiannhs23, Ιδιοκτήτης at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Dear Lulia B, I am sorry you had a bad experience in Brettos. We have over 200 wine labels that we serve by the glass, I find it difficult to believe that our wine is poor. If you didn't like a specific wine it is our policy to provide you with a another one for free. As far as the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Stumbled upon Brettos quite by accident, went in "just for a look" and ended up staying for several drinks and a meze plate. The star of the the show is the Ouzo - there were several flight options available (as there were with the wine) or just single glasses which is they way we went. Between us we tried a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This family bar has become part of my ritual when visiting Athens.Brettos in the Plaka is world renowned and has been filmed by international TV channels. Favorite hangout for discriminating locals and visitors, who appreciate the high quality and traditional atmosphere of this family owned business with a history of over a hundred years. Wines from all over Greece in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very nice with a lot of beautiful people. I drank a tasty rose sparkling wine !!!!!! I thing I come here again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

I visited thus famous Athenian bar in August (very busy) and November (seats available). It's worth the visit just to take the obligatory photo of the bottles shelved on the bar walls. On our recent visit we chatted to the manager. Excellent English and unfaltering recommendations on drinks. You've got to go

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

In the centre of the tourist district to find a bar populated with Greeks, with a diverse demographic and a wide range of Greek wines is a joy....Brettos does not disappoint. Its small and unpretentious; you rub shoulders with locals; there are no frills. The wine is amazing, the tall shelves full of coloured bottles from its days as a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I once saw pictures of this bar and it seemed pretty cool, so when we returned to Athens I was determined to find it. It did not disppoint. The place is small and awesome. There are no words to describe how much we loved this unique ouzeri. Their cocktail menu is quite large and the bartenders were happy to help... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I stumbled upon this place in the centre of Athens, lured in by all the bright colours. It's a fantastic little bar where they make their own liqueurs and ouzo. It is very popular and gets quite busy but it has a lovely atmosphere and you can have ouzo straight from the barrel. I went here a few times while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 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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