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Brettos Bar

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Address: Kydathinaion 41 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
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Phone Number: 30 2103232110
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Sun - Sat 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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Very cozy and great for photos

Brettos bar is a small place with tons of bottles. I like the place as it had a sense of relax atmosphere in the middle of a crowded market. Its also great to take photos and see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Wafic F
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Brettos bar is a small place with tons of bottles. I like the place as it had a sense of relax atmosphere in the middle of a crowded market. Its also great to take photos and see how ouzou was created in the old days.

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Somma Lombardo, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Right in the heart of Plaka, you can't miss it. Having a glass of ouzo at Bretto's is a must. Remember to take your camera, the place will offer you great opportunities for amazingly colorful shots.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try their own 42% Ouzo - Chasing a local Red beer - very good For the ladies - a Frizzante Mojito or Strawberry liquor Bags and bags of character - if you go to Plaka in Athens don't miss this bar - it's a must go !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place doesn't seem to be very popular during the day so if you want to go somewhere to sample a variety of drinks and talk to fun people, head to Brettos during the day. It's small-ish and in a pretty touristy part of Plaka but it's pretty neat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The last night that my wife and I were in Athens we passed Brettos on our way back to the hotel. It looked really cool inside so we went in for a drink or two... They had a bunch of cocktails using ouzo and mastika and we sampled several.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice place to enjoy a glass of wine. The owner speaks English very well and can inform you on the different varieties of Greek wines, The staff very amiable and with a smile on their face. Makes the experience worth while.

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Thank Susan D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Plaka and you miss this place, then you will regret it! super cosy & super cool!!! Visit Brettos for its atmosphere, its wines and because is Brettos is one of a kind!

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Valletta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great bar to start the night with an amazing cocktail or a locally brewed ouzo. A little expensive but worth it for the service atmosphere and cocktails!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little bar in the heart of Plaka not far from Acropolis. The place is unique and has been around for over a 100 years. Try the ouzo or mastiha shots! Brilliant, don't miss out on a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I kept seeing posts about this place on Pinterest before I even left the U.S and decided to make a point to visit. It's a teeny-tiny, beautiful bar in Plaka - all of the lighted up bottles make it look like a potions room out of Harry Potter! The menu is pages and pages long - my cousin and I... More 

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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.
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