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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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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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Amazing drinks and staff

We were walking and saw the bar, decided to go in the decoration was really nice and so was the staff. Prices were in a good range for drinks. A must do experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Beatriz G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were walking and saw the bar, decided to go in the decoration was really nice and so was the staff. Prices were in a good range for drinks. A must do experience.

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Long Beach, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend of mine recommended this bar to me and I was surprised at how cool of a place it is. It’s a small bar with a wide variety of drinks; from wine to brandy this place had it all. The décor had so much character you kind of just wanted to sit there all day and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, friendly hosts and bar tenders. Definite repeat. Had some of the local brandy mix, and a drink with Mastika that was delicious.

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing 100yr old design with so much character that when u walk past you cannot go by without stopping for a drink. an amazing array if homemade drink selections, its ine bar you simply must visit when in town!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rather a unique experience with very friendly and helpful staff. Local wine tasting, incredible range of Ouzo and liquers in a very different setting.. Best Sea Breeze ever

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

multi-ethnic bar with a huge variety in liquors, wines and traditional drinks! Its hasn't changed since the last 100 years and the smell of the place takes you to another era..

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small 100+ year old distillery/bar in the heart of the Plaka. The place was full of locals and tourists. They have a huge selection of liqueurs, wines, beers, etc. I am pure beer drinker but had to try some of their homemade liqueurs after a local told me that was their specialty. It was great, a must try

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It needs no review...it is the best bar in town and probably one of the oldest in all of europe. The liquore drinks were amazing!!! The place was packed..getting a table can be difficult but it is fun to sit on those communal tables once you do get one. We were so impressed by the cocktails that we ended up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was taken here by a tuour guide to try homemade liqueurs. Delicious! Interesting history. Picture of original owner present

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is just awesome. The owners are super nice. Only the 3 owners in the bar's 114 year history. That tells you something about an establishment like this. We loved everything we tried here. The ouzo was delicious, the brandy great, perfect wine options (and tastings) and great beer. Everything the bartenders recommended were just delicious. They also have... More 

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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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