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Brettos Bar

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Address: Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
Phone Number: 30 2103232110
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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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One of a kind - A must see in Athens

Vrettos is a unique and causy liqueur shop and bar at the heart of Athens in Plaka. Its a great meeting spot for locals and a must see for tourists. You should try coffee and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Vrettos is a unique and causy liqueur shop and bar at the heart of Athens in Plaka. Its a great meeting spot for locals and a must see for tourists. You should try coffee and sour cherry liqueurs for sure. While you are having the delicious liqueurs you can also have great photos in the charming vivid atmosphere of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great bar that you must visit.. we ordered coctails, wine and beer all of the drinks were exactly what we wanted and even more tasteful and interesting than we expected, The style and atmosphere is authentic and really unique. The staff was very friendly and helpful even though it was very crowded...that the reason for my 4 stars the noisy... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here as a group of ten. We were told that it is the best bar in Athens. The minute we stepped into the place we understood why it is the best one. Everything I said in the title and more makes you feel like you are in the best place on earth at that very moment when you... More 

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Vitre, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Everything is said in the title ; the "self-made" "Metaxa" is absolutely delightful. The colours are magical and the advice are precious when you buy your delicious wine there. Vendors and owners are extremely sympathic and worth the chat. Go there without a doubt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Best ouzo we ever tried. Four different kinds from their own distillery. Huge selection of licors and wine. Don't go to Athens without a visit here.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

We went in because the colorful bottles on the wall caught our attention, we had s drink and ended up having a great time with locals, it's a nice spot to let yourself be

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Brettos is as good as it's rated. More than 100 years experience pays out amazing variety of premium alcoholic beverages. The brandy barrels and the colorful liquor bottles create an unbeatable setting. Must visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

For my memories is not a bar is a place where my mother bought like r Banana for serving the other ladies or brandy for cook meat . So I know this place all my life no I don't like it .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Staying in Athens in the Plaka area for a couple of days, and found this bar on trip advisor. I love ouzo, so I thought we'd try it given the high rating reviews. It really is a lovely, unassumingly attractive bar with a very wide selection of spirits and wines. We ordered the ouzo carafe - 200ml bottle of ouzo,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

We happened to come upon this place while weaving through the Plaka - the back wall of coloured bottles light from behind was the main draw. Beware, this place is small so time your visit, but staff are great, knowledgeable and attentive - we reacquainted ourselves with ouzo (after a misspent youth as a student in Athens drinking the cheaper,... More 

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