Monday, May 16, 2016

100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go: Brettos Ouzo Bar

Chapter 73: Brettos Ouzo Bar - The Most Colorful Bar in Athens

Located just a stone's throw from the first Greek university in Athens is Brettos Ouzo Bar. This oldest distillery in Greece and second oldest in Europe, Brettos was established in 1909 when its founder, Michael Brettos, began distilling ouzos, brandies and other liqueurs. Situated on the first floor of an old Athenian mansion in the city's main shopping district known as the Plaka, this is what Athens looked like before developers tore down the neoclassical buildings in favor of cement apartment buildings. Even for those who don't favor the taste of this licorice flavored classic Greek beverage, a stop at Brettos is a must just to check out the floor to ceiling walls of colorful bottles of pomegranate, apple and mint flavored ouzos and catch a respite from the penetrating rays of the Athenian sun. 
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12 comments:

  1. "They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot". Joni Mitchell

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  2. I have sen it in one book about Athens but never round it. My husband was delighted seeing this post:)

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    1. Brettos is located in the Plaka shopping district just beneath the eastern end of the Acropolis hill - near many shops and restaurants, it's a lovely place to visit on a hot Athenian day!

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  3. It looks so interesting. I'm not really into anything that's liquorice flavoured but this bar would still be worth a visit.

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    1. Loree, I wonder if the different flavors, including apple, pomegranate and mint might drown out the licorice taste?

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  4. Wonderful..looks fantastic! and very cool, it is in an old mansion! Thanks for sharing this gem my friend! Beautiful shot, loving all the colored bottles, very striking !
    Have a beautiful day
    Victoria

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    1. Thanks Victoria :))
      I love the Neoclassical buildings of Athens - makes me sad that so many were torn down to put up apartment buildings instead!

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    1. So good to see you back in blogland Lori!!! xoxo

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  6. I love the backlit bottles and the vibe. You make me want to visit Greece.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit someday, Sarah, it is an unforgettable place :))

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