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Address: Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 21 0323 2110
10:00 am - 3:00 am
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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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Time traveler

This bar is so beautiful and warm, you feel like a time traveler. The drinks are very good, you have good variety of drinks so it satisfies the most demanding tastes.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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20 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This bar is highly overrated ...i guess u might like it depending on what u into..it's more of a chilled and drink vibe not as lively as I expected. The decor is pretty cool ..and the colourful bottles on the walls create a sophisticated vibe..but yeh the place was rather boring for me..think most people in their late 20s and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This bar is so beautiful and warm, you feel like a time traveler. The drinks are very good, you have good variety of drinks so it satisfies the most demanding tastes.

Thank Ana Maria C
Thoiry, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice bar, nice decoration with many colourful liquors in the walls, small for big groups and is almost alwasys full but is a place in Athenes to pass by and have a drink. Medium prices.

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The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful cosy atmosphere. Great selection of liqueurs, brandy, cocktails, wines and beers. Many special tastes! In the heart of Plaka with many restaurants, shops and other bars. And near to my wonderful AVA hotel 👍

Thank Schreuder
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the oldest wine and brandy bars of Greece. Still decorated and set-up as it was in the beginning of last century. You can taste different wines , brandies and outside. And you can smoke if you wish. Also offers small mezzes worth trying. No doubt best environment, always packed! Great experience

Thank worldender
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went here every night of our Greek holiday. It is a great bar on the weekends but it is an amazing bar when its slow on weekday nights. So many options and good service.

Thank Lindy S
Chisinau, Moldova
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The interior, the staff and the overall atmosphere are real magic! A must-see when in Athens! It's like a flashback!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little place tucked away in Athens, be sure the try some of their home-brewed liqueurs! One of the prettiest places I've seen here too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Europe's second oldest bar is a must visit for anyone who literally wants a taste of history. This place sells one of the best fruit liquors period and the famous house Ouzo. If you are in Athens and in Plaka on the way to the Acropolis you cannot miss this joint. Super service beautiful looking bar..love the colors..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drank and bought a bottle of wine, the owner/sommerlier recommanded. Completly our taste! If we come back one day, you'll see us again.

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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.
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