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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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No way not to like it:)

Cozy bar with all possible kinds of Ouzo. As surrounded by all this colorful bottles you will get tipsy even before you start tasting;) Great predrinking spot in Plaka... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cozy bar with all possible kinds of Ouzo. As surrounded by all this colorful bottles you will get tipsy even before you start tasting;) Great predrinking spot in Plaka. Reasonable prices good atmosphere.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice atmosphere, with friendly and attentive staff. Not too noisy. Very long list of drinks, reasonable priced. Very good cocktails. Some good food as well for nibbling. Recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The atmosphere inside was nice, very sociable and cozy. The drinks weren't too pricey, especially for the portion of Ouzo they give (4-5 shots in a single glass for 4 euro). I would definitely recommend this place as a pre drinking spot, or a hang out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very nice and unique place to try all kind of drinks and liquours from greece and all over the world, you can taste a wine without buying the whole bottle! Awesome place!

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Bucharest, Romania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It started out as an enjoyable place. Then I returned from the restroom to find my drink and personal items (nothing of value) cleared from the table and a new group seated there. They didn't speak Engish. The waiter avoided my trying to get his attention, staying at the opposite end of the bar. It was late and I called... More 

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yiannhs23, Ιδιοκτήτης at Brettos Bar, responded to this review

Hi Tom, We are very sorry this happened to you. We always try to accommodate our clients the best we can. This is surely and isolated incident, and we will do our best not to repeat this in the future. We hope you in the future to give us the opportunity to serve you better! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service LOTS of variety. We walked in since we saw this bar on the travel channel. It's really cute, with lots of variety. Quiet little place in the middle of Plaka.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked past and were pulled in by the colours bottles on display. It's cozy, with pull out tables and benches as well as proper bar seats. My mastica cocktail was very good. And the kids were welcomed too!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awful service and behavior from the girls that work there. We have never seen something like this ever in Athens or anywhere in the world, and we travel very often. Shame for a bar that is in a very beautiful place in Athens!!

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Thank Fili S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really beautiful bar with great menu of drinks. Only reason for four stars is the guy that works there is a little socially weird. A group of 8 of us came in to just try two drinks. He made a side comment about why we ordered so little ( we were there for less than 5 minutes and didn't take... More 

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Thank Ashley G
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unreal bar, superb cocktails, Christos is awesome, very welcoming and a great barman, would definitely recommend to anyone vision Athens

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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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